Clearwater County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Guide to Clearwater County Minnesota genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Clearwater County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Clearwater County
Location in the state of Minnesota, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded December 20, 1902
County Seat Bagley
Address Clearwater County Courthouse
213 Main Avenue North
Bagley, MN 56621
Phone: 218-694-6520
Phone: 218-694-6129
Clearwater County Website

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and land records
and military records from 1903.
Court Administrator has divorce probate, court and naturalization records. [1]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

  • 1902--Clearwater County was created 20 December 1902 from Beltrami County.  County seat: Bagley [2]
  • For a brief history of how Clearwater County was named, click here, then select Clearwater County.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Minnesota County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Minnesota County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Bagley | Clearbrook | Gonvick | Leonard | Shevlin

Townships[edit | edit source]

Bear Creek Township | Clover Township | Copley Township | Dudley Township | Eddy Township | Falk Township | Greenwood Township | Hangaard Township | Holst Township | Itasca Township | La Prairie Township | Leon Township | Minerva Township | Moose Creek Township | Nora Township | Pine Lake Township | Popple Township | Rice Township | Shevlin Township | Sinclair Township | Winsor Township

CDPs[edit | edit source]

Elbow Lake | Rice Lake

Unorganized[edit | edit source]

North Clearwater | South Clearwater

Ghost Town[edit | edit source]


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Church[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[edit | edit source]

Land[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.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Clearwater County, Minnesota Genealogy. 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[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clearwater County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate[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.

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

See also a List of Minnesota Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

  • Clearwater County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 241
    Bagley, MN 56621

Family History Centers
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Web Sites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clearwater County, Minnesota page 363, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).