Isanti County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Cambridge
Organized: February 25, 1871[1]
Parent County(s): Ramsey[2]
Neighboring Counties
Pine  • Kanabec  • Chisago  • Sherburne  • Anoka  • Mille Lacs
See County Maps
Minnesota, Isanti County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Isanti County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Dakota word meaning "knife" and refers to the Santee tribe. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Isanti County Courthouse
555 18th Ave SW
Cambridge, MN 55008
Phone: 763-689-3859
Isanti County Website

Clerk District Court has birth records from 1869, marriage records from 1871, death records from 1873, burial records 1900-1908 and 1941-1979, divorce and court records from 1872 and probate records from 1892.
County Recorder has land records.[4]

Isanti 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
1869 1871 1873 1872 1857 1892 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

2011 About 70 percent of archives in the historical society building were destroyed by fire. Destroyed documents include church records, family histories, cemetery records, 1800s plat maps.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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:[8]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

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 Isanti 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 284
1870 2,035 616.5%
1880 5,063 148.8%
1890 7,607 50.2%
1900 11,675 53.5%
1910 12,615 8.1%
1920 13,278 5.3%
1930 12,081 −9.0%
1940 12,950 7.2%
1950 12,123 −6.4%
1960 13,530 11.6%
1970 16,560 22.4%
1980 23,600 42.5%
1990 25,921 9.8%
2000 31,287 20.7%
2010 37,816 20.9%
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 Isanti 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]

Mille Lacs CountyKanabec CountyPine CountyChisago CountyAnoka CountySherburne CountyMN ISANTI.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 Isanti County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

East Central Regional Library
111 Dellwood St N
Cambridge, MN 55008
Phone: 763-689-7390

St. Cloud State University Archives
James W. Miller Learning Resources Building 314
St. Cloud University
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320-308-4753

Museums[edit | edit source]

Isanti County Historical Society Museum
33525 Flanders St NE
Cambridge, MN 55008
Phone: 763-689-4229

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Isanti County Historical Society
P.O. Box 525
33525 Flanders St NE
Cambridge, MN 55008
Phone: 763-689-4229

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; accessed 1/23/21.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/23/21.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Isanti County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 13 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; accessed 1/23/21.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Isanti County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 30 January 2020.