Kittson County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Hallock
Organized: Mar 3, 1881[1]
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory
Neighboring Counties
Marshall  • Pembina (ND)  • Roseau  • Walsh (ND)  • Manitoba, Canada
See County Maps
Minnesota, Kittson County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Kittson County Map.svg.png

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.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Kittson County Courthouse
410 S 5th Street
PO Box 39
Hallock, MN 56728
Phone: 218-843-3674
Kittson County Website

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]

Kittson 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[4]
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.

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:[8]

Unincorporated communities
Unorganized territories
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 Kittson 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 1,612
1870 64 −96.0%
1880 905 1314.1%
1890 5,387 495.2%
1900 7,889 46.4%
1910 9,669 22.6%
1920 10,638 10.0%
1930 9,688 −8.9%
1940 10,717 10.6%
1950 9,649 −10.0%
1960 8,343 −13.5%
1970 6,853 −17.9%
1980 6,672 −2.6%
1990 5,767 −13.6%
2000 5,285 −8.4%
2010 4,552 −13.9%
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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 Kittson 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 CountyPembina CountyMarshall CountyWalsh CountyManitobaMN KITTSON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

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 Kittson County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Kittson County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Hallock Public Library
163 3rd Street S
Hallock, MN 56728
Phone: 218-843-2401

Karlstad Public Library
104 1st Street S, Suite 4
Karlstad, MN 56732
Phone: 218-843-2178

Northwest Minnesota Historical Center
Livingston Lord Library
Moorhead State University
1104 7th Avenue S
Moorhead, MN 56560
Phone: 800-593-7246 or 218-477-2346

Museums[edit | edit source]

Kittson County Museum
332 E Main St
Lake Bronson, MN 56734
Phone: 218-754-4100

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Kittson County Historical Society
P.O. Box 100
332 E Main St
Lake Bronson, MN 56734

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Research at Minnesota Historical Society — links to Records and Indexes; See also MHS Wiki Page
  • Iron Range Research Center The Iron Range Research Center contains one of the largest collections of genealogical and local history research materials in the Upper Midwest and includes census, naturalization records, passenger arrival records, mining company newsletters, and a survey of Women in Industry taken in 1919, among many others
  • Kittson County, a member of MN USGenWeb Archives, an affiliate of USGenWeb Archives.
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

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 1/26/2021.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Kittson County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/26/2021.
  6. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Libraryaccessed 1/26/2021.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Kittson County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 01 February 2020 .