Norman County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Ada[1]
Organized: November 8, 1881[2]
Parent County(s): Polk[3]
Neighboring Counties
Becker  • Cass (ND)  • Clay  • Mahnomen  • Polk  • Traill (ND)
See County Maps
Minnesota, Norman County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Norman County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Norman Kittson, an early historical figure of the region; another account printed at a later date refers to Norwegians (Nordmann in Norwegian), who settled in this county. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[4]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Norman County Courthouse
16 E 3rd Avenue
Ada, MN 56510
Phone: 218-784-5458
Norman County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from from 1881, marriage records from 1882, some divorce and court records.
Probate Judge has probate records.[5]

Norman 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[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1882 1881 1882 1885 1882 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]

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
  • Waukon
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 Norman 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.
1890 10,618
1900 15,045 41.7%
1910 13,446 −10.6%
1920 14,880 10.7%
1930 14,061 −5.5%
1940 14,746 4.9%
1950 12,909 −12.5%
1960 11,253 −12.8%
1970 10,008 −11.1%
1980 9,379 −6.3%
1990 7,975 −15.0%
2000 7,442 −6.7%
2010 6,852 −7.9%
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 Norman 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.

  • Turner, John; Semling, C. Knut; History of Clay and Norman counties, Minnesota, their people, industries, ..., (Indianapolis, Indiana: B.F. Bowen & Company, 1918); Volume one online at FamilySearch Digital Library.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Traill CountyCass CountyPolk CountyMahnomen CountyClay CountyBecker CountyMN NORMAN.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

Digital Book

  • Wentsel, C.E.; Norman County, Minnesota, in the World War (Ada, Minn. : Pfund and Wentsel, 1922) Online at HathiTrust.

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

Lake Agassiz Regional Library
Ada Public Library
107 E Fourth Ave
Ada, MN 56510
Phone: 218-784-4480

The Norman County Historical & Genealogy Society
Research Center
P.O. Box 201
701 W Thorpe Ave
Ada, MN 56510
Phone: 218-784-6904

Museums[edit | edit source]

Red River History Museum
211 3rd St
P.O. Box 123
Shelly, MN 56581-0123
Phone: 218-886-8895

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Norman County Historical & Genealogy Society
P.O. Box 201
701 W Thorpe Ave
Ada, MN 56510-0303
Phone: 218-784-7311

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 2/12/2021.
  3. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 2/12/2021.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Norman County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 14 Nov 2018
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; access date 2/19/2021
  8. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Norman County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Minnesota, accessed 12 February 2020.