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


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Kittson County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Kittson County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 27, 1849
County Seat Hallock
Courthouse
Address Kittson County Courthouse
410 S 5th St
PO Box 39
Hallock, MN 56728
Phone: 218.843.3632
Kittson County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the fur trader and railroad entrepreneur Norman Kittson. The County is located in the northwest area of the state. [1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1877 1881 1881 1897 1879 1899 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, divorce,
probate and court records from 1880’s.
County Recorder has land records.
Minnesota Historical Society has naturalization records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1849--Kittson County was created 27 October 1849 from unorganized territory. County seat: Hallock [4]

  • For a brief history of how Kittson County was named, click here, then select Kittson County.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Cities[edit | edit source]

Donaldson | Hallock | Halma | Humboldt | Karlstad | Kennedy | Lake Bronson | Lancaster | St. Vincent

Townships[edit | edit source]

Arveson Township | Cannon Township | Caribou Township | Clow Township | Davis Township | Deerwood Township | Granville Township | Hallock Township | Hampden Township Hazelton Township | Hill Township | Jupiter Township | North Red River Township | Norway Township | Pelan Township | Percy Township | Poppleton Township | Richardville Township | St. Joseph Township | St. Vincent Township | Skane Township | South Red River Township | Spring Brook Township | Svea Township | Tegner Township | Teien Township | Thompson Township

Unorganized[edit | edit source]

East Kittson | McKinley

Unincorporated[edit | edit source]

Pelan | Robbin | Noyes

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Minnesota Church Records.


Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[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:

MINNESOTA, Kittson – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Kittson 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]

Roseau CountyPembina CountyMarshall CountyWalsh CountyManitobaMN KITTSON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

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.


Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Minnesota tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. 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 State Registrar of Vital Records, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred], order electronically online ($) or download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

See also Minnesota Vital Records or How to order Minnesota Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.


Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]


Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Kittson County Historical Society
PO Box 100
332 East Main St
Lake Bronson MN
Telephone: 218-754-4100
Website

Red River Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 9284
112 N University Drive Suite L116
Fargo, ND
Website

Northwest Minnesota Historical Center
Livingston Lord Library
Moorhead State University
Moorhead, MN 56560

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Kittson County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kittson_County,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kittson County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 362-365.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kittson County, Minnesota page 365, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

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