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

County Facts
County seat: Carlton
Organized: Mar 6, 1871[1]
Parent County(s): Pine, St. Louis[2]
Neighboring Counties
Aitkin  • Douglas (WI)  • Pine  • St. Louis
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Carlton Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Carlton County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Reuben B. Carlton. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Carlton County Courthouse
PO Box 190
301 Walnut Ave
Carlton, MN 55718
Phone: 218-384-9578
Carlton County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, burial, probate, court, land and naturalization records from 1972. [4]

Carlton 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
1872 1872 1872 1872 1872 1872 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:[9]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Unorganized territories


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 Carlton 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 51
1870 286 460.8%
1880 1,230 330.1%
1890 5,272 328.6%
1900 10,017 90.0%
1910 17,559 75.3%
1920 19,391 10.4%
1930 21,232 9.5%
1940 24,212 14.0%
1950 24,584 1.5%
1960 27,932 13.6%
1970 28,072 0.5%
1980 29,936 6.6%
1990 29,259 −2.3%
2000 31,671 8.2%
2010 35,386 11.7%
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 Carlton 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]

Aitkin CountySt. Louis CountyPine CountyDouglas CountyMN CARLTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil war

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 Carlton 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 Carlton County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Carlton Public Library
310 Chestnut Ave
PO Box 309
Carlton, MN 55718
218-384-3322
E-mail:bethany.leseman@alslib.info
Website

Cloquet Public Library
320 14th Street
Cloquet MN 55720
218.879.1531
Website

Moose Lake Public Library
313 Elm Ave
Moose Lake, MN 55767
218-485-4424
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Carlton County Historical Museum and Heritage Center
406 Cloquet Ave
Cloquet, MN 55720-1750
218 879-1938
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Carlton County Historical Society
406 Cloquet Ave
Cloquet, MN 55720-1750
218-879-1938
E-mail: info@carltoncountyhistory.org
Website

Genealogical Society Of Carlton County
PO Box 204
Cloquet, MN 55720
218-879-3646
Facebook

Moose Lake Area Historical Society
PO Box 235
900 Folz Blvd
Moose Lake, MN 55767-0235
218-485-4234
E-mail:mlareahistory@gmail.com
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, "Carlton County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlton_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. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Carlton County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlton_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 22 January 2020.