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Kanabec County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Kanabec County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Kanabec County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded October 12, 1858
County Seat Mora
Address Kanabec County Courthouse
18 Vine Street N
Mora, MN 55051
Phone: 320.679.6466
Kanabec County Website

County InformationEdit


The County was named for the Ojibwe word for "snake," after the Snake River. The County is located in the east central area of the state. [1]

Kanabec County, Minnesota Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1883 1882 1883 1882 1859 1888 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County CourthouseEdit

Clerk District Courth has birth and death records from 1883,
marriage, divoce, and court records from 1882
and probate records from 1891.
County Recorder has land records.
Mora City Hall has burial records. [3]


Parent CountyEdit

  • 1858--Kanabec County was created 12 October 1858 from Pine County but was not formally organized until 1881. It was attached for a period of time to Chisago and Pine counties. County seat: Mora [4]
  • For a brief history of how Kanabec County was named, click here, then select Kanabec County.

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

1894 The courthouse was burned by fire in March; some records were destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Populated PlacesEdit


Braham  | Grasston | Mora | Ogilvie | Quamba


Ann Lake Township | Arthur Township | Brunswick Township | Comfort Township | Ford Township | Grass Lake Township | Hay Brook Township | Hillman Township | Kanabec Township | Knife Lake Township | Kroschel Township | Peace Township | Pomroy Township | South Fork Township | Whited Township

Unincorporated CommunitiesEdit

Brunswick | Coin | Kroschel | Lewis Lake | Warman | Woodland

Neighboring CountiesEdit



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


State Census


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.


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit


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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Kanabec 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.


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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


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



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


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 RecordsEdit

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.


Societies and LibrariesEdit

Kanabec History Center
PO Box 113
805 West Forest Avenue
Mora MN 55051-0113
Telephone: 320-679-1665

Central Minnesota Historical Center
Centennial Hall, Room 148
St. Cloud University
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Family History Centers

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.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Kanabec County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kanabec 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), Kanabec 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).