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Guide to Chisago County, Minnesota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Center City
Organized: January 1, 1852[1]
Parent County(s): Ramsey, Washington[2]
Neighboring Counties
Anoka  • Burnett (WI)  • Isanti  • Kanabec  • Pine  • Polk (WI)  • Washington
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Chisago County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Chisago County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Chisago Lake. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Chisago County Courthouse
313 N Main St
Center City, MN 55012
Phone: 651-257-1300
Phone: 612-213-0438
Chisago County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870, marriage records from 1852, court records from 1880 and divorce records.
Probate Judge has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records.[4]

Chisago County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1852 1870 1880 1852 1857 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Populated Places
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Chisago County, Minnesota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For links to Federal, State, and Territorial censuses, see Minnesota Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 1,743
1870 4,358 150.0%
1880 7,982 83.2%
1890 10,359 29.8%
1900 13,248 27.9%
1910 13,537 2.2%
1920 14,445 6.7%
1930 13,189 −8.7%
1940 13,124 −0.5%
1950 12,669 −3.5%
1960 13,419 5.9%
1970 17,492 30.4%
1980 25,717 47.0%
1990 30,521 18.7%
2000 41,101 34.7%
2010 53,887 31.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information, see Minnesota Church Records.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The county register of deeds keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Chisago County. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Minnesota Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Pine CountyKanabec CountyIsanti CountyAnoka CountyWashington CountyPolk CountyBurnett CountyMN CHISAGO.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War
Civil War service men from Chisago County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Chisago County.

-1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company M.
-1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.
-7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.

Online Civil War Indexes and Records

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records may include wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Minnesota Probate Records for additional information.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Since Minnesota tax records include only persons who owned taxable property, many residents were not included. Still they complement land records and can be used in place of missing censuses or the years between censuses. There may also be gaps. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Minnesota Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Chisago County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Chisago County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Central Minnesota Historical Center
St Cloud University, Archives
720 4th Avenue S
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
320-308-4753
E-mail:archives@stcloudstate.edu
Website

Chisago Lakes Area Library
11754 302nd St
Chisago City, MN 55013
651-257-2817
Website

Chisago Lakes Area Library
North Branch Area Library
6355 379th St
North Branch, MN 55056
651-674-8443
Website

Rush City Public Library
240 W Fourth St
Rush City, MN 55069
320-358-3948
Website

Taylors Falls Public Library
473 Bench St
Taylors Falls, MN 55084
651-465-6905
Website

Wyoming Area Giese Memorial Library
26855 Forest Blvd
Wyoming, MN 55092
651-462-9001
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Chisago County Historical Society Museum
PO Box 146
12785 & 12795 Lake Blvd
Lindsrom, MN 55045
651-257-5310
E-mail:chisagohistory@frontiernet.net
Website

The North Chisago History Museum
350 S Eliot Ave
Rush City, MN55069
320-438-9468
E-mail:nchs-lwh@earthlink.net
Website

Amador Heritage Center
Maple Street and CSAH #12
Amador Township, MN
168 N Lake St
Forest Lake, MN 55025
651-269-3580
Email:lin.strong269@gmail.com
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Chisago County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Minnesota Societies.

Chisago County Historical Society
PO Box 146
13100 3rd Ave N
Lindstrom, MN 55045-0146
651-257-5310
Website

Chisago County Genealogical Group
PO Box 360
Center City, MN 55012

North Chisago Historical Society
PO Box 556
51533 Forest Blvd
Rush City, MN 55069
E-mail:nchs-lwh@earthlink.net
Website

Center City Historical Society
PO Box 366
313 N Main St
Center City, MN 55012
651-257-6691

Lindstrom Historical Society
Ki-Chi-Saga Park
29061 Glader Blvd
PO Box 12
Lindstrom, MN 55045
651-257-2519 or 651-464-3594
Email:neilcar@frontier.com
Facebook

Taylors Falls Historical Society
331 Government St
PO Box 333
Taylors Falls, MN 55084
651-329-09855 or 651-465-3125
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Chisago County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chisago_County,_Minnesota accessed 8 Nov 2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Chisago County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chisago_County,_Minnesota, accessed 23 January 2020.