St. Louis County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Duluth
Organized: August 12, 1858[1]
Parent County(s): Itasca, Newton[2]
Neighboring Counties
Aitkin  • Carlton  • Douglas (WI)  • Itasca  • Koochiching  • Lake  • Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada
See County Maps
Minnesota, St. Louis County Courthouse.png
Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for St. Louis River. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

St. Louis County Courthouse
100 North 5th Avenue West
Duluth, MN 55802-1202
Phone: 218-726-2000
St. Louis County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, death and marriage records from 1870, burial permits from 1938, divorce, court and land records from 1859.
County Court has probate records. [4]

St. Louis 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
1870 1870 1870 1859 1859 Unknown 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1869-70 Courthouse suffered a county record loss; cause unknown.

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

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:[8]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
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 St. Louis 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 406
1870 4,561 1023.4%
1880 4,504 −1.2%
1890 44,862 896.0%
1900 82,932 84.9%
1910 163,274 96.9%
1920 206,391 26.4%
1930 204,596 −0.9%
1940 206,917 1.1%
1950 206,062 −0.4%
1960 231,588 12.4%
1970 220,693 −4.7%
1980 222,229 0.7%
1990 198,213 −10.8%
2000 200,528 1.2%
2010 200,226 −0.2%
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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Ward and Branch Records

  • Duluth


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 St. Louis 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]

Koochiching CountyItasca CountyAitkin CountyCarlton CountyLake CountyOntarioDouglas CountyMN ST LOUIS.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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Duluth Public Library
Main Library
520 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-730-4200

Arrowhead Library System
Main Library
5528 Emerald Ave
Mountain Iron, MN 55768
Phone: 218-741-3840

Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota
416 Library Dr
Duluth, MN 55812
Phone: 218-726-8102

Museums[edit | edit source]

St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center
506 W Michigan St
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-727-8025

Minnesota Discovery Center
1005 Discovery Dr
Chisholm, MN 55719
Phone: 218-254-7959

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum
902 East 1st Street
Duluth, MN

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

St. Louis County Historical Society
506 W Michigan St
Duluth, MN 55802-1505
Phone: 218-733-7580

Canosia Historical Society
5508 Martin Road
Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: 218-729-8963

Twin Ports Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 16895
Duluth, MN 55816-0895
Phone: 218-206-7880

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Duluth Public Library
500 Superior St
Northshore Room
Duluth, MN

Britt Community Historical Society
Box 154
Virginia, MN 55792

Ely-Winton Historical Society
1900 Camp St E
Ely, MN 55731
Phone: 218-365-3226

Eveleth Heritage Committee
P.O. Box 555
Eveleth, MN 55734

Hermantown Historical Society
5255 Maple Grove Rd
Hermantown, MN 55811
Phone: 218-499-5966

Hibbing Historical Society
400 East 23rd Street
Hibbing, MN 55746-1923
Phone: 218-263-8522

Iron Range Historical Society
5454 Grand Ave
McKinley, MN 55741
Phone: 218-749-3150

Proctor Area Historical Society
100 Pionk Drive
Proctor, MN 55810
Phone: 218-206-7880

SISU Heritage, Inc.
P.O. Box 127
Embarrass, MN 55732
Phone: 218-984-3012

Tower-Soudan Historical Society
P.O. Box 465
404 Pine St
Tower, MN 55790
Phone: 218-753-5021

Virginia Area Historical Society
800 Ninth Ave N
P.O. Box 736
Virginia, MN 55792
Phone: 218-741-1136

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 3 March 2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 3 March 2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "St. Louis County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 15 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. 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; accessed 3 March 2021.
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "St. Louis County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,, accessed 20 February 2020.