Beltrami County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Bemidji
Organized: 6 Apr 1897[1]
Parent County(s): Itasca, Pembina (Old) now Kittson, Polk Counties and Non-County Area 9[2]
Neighboring Counties
Cass  • Clearwater  • Hubbard  • Itasca  • Koochiching  • Lake of the Woods  • Marshall  • Pennington  • Roseau
See County Maps
Minnesota, Beltrami Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Beltrami County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Italian count Giacomo Beltrami, who supposedly explored the area in 1825. The County is located in the north-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Beltrami County Courthouse
619 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601-3041
Phone: 218-759-4174
Beltrami County Website

Court Administrator Customer Service has birth, marriage and death records from 1896.
Clerk Courts has divorce records from 1951, probate and court records.
Recorder Office has military records.
Historical Society has land records prior to 1969. [4]

Beltrami 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
1896 1896 1896 1897 1874 1896 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]

Unincorporated communities
  • Andrusia
  • Aure
  • Carmel
  • Debs
  • Four Town
  • Hines
Census-designated places
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 Beltrami 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.
1870 80
1880 10 −87.5%
1890 312 3020.0%
1900 11,030 3435.3%
1910 19,337 75.3%
1920 27,079 40.0%
1930 20,707 −23.5%
1940 26,107 26.1%
1950 24,962 −4.4%
1960 23,425 −6.2%
1970 26,373 12.6%
1980 30,982 17.5%
1990 34,384 11.0%
2000 39,650 15.3%
2010 44,442 12.1%
Source: "".

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 Beltrami 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]

Roseau CountyLake of the Woods CountyMarshall CountyPennington CountyClearwater CountyHubbard CountyCass CountyItasca CountyKoochiching CountyMN BELTRAMI.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 Beltrami County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • 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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

Kitchigami Regional Library
Bemidji Public Library Branch
509 America Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-751-3963

Kitchigami Regional Library
Blackduck Community Library
72 First St SE
P.O. Box 326
Blackduck, MN 56630
Phone: 218-835-6600

Museums[edit | edit source]

Beltrami County History Center
130 Minnesota Ave SW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Beltrami Historical Society
130 Minnesota Ave SW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone: 218-444-3376

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, "Beltrami County, Minnesota" in,_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, "Beltrami County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 20 January 2020.