Cook County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Grand Marais
Organized: November 3, 1874[1]
Parent County(s): Lake[2]
Neighboring Counties
Lake  • Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
Minnesota Cook County Map.svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Michael Cook, Territorial and State Senator. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cook County Courthouse
411 West 2nd Street
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Phone: 218-387-3610
Cook County Website

County Recorder has birth and death records from 1900, marriage records from 1901, land records from 1886, and military records from 1919.
Court Administrator has divorce, court and probate records. [4]

Cook 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
1900 1901 1900 1892 1886 1884 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:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
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 Cook 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.
1880 65
1890 98 50.8%
1900 810 726.5%
1910 1,336 64.9%
1920 1,841 37.8%
1930 2,435 32.3%
1940 3,030 24.4%
1950 2,900 −4.3%
1960 3,377 16.4%
1970 3,423 1.4%
1980 4,092 19.5%
1990 3,868 −5.5%
2000 5,168 33.6%
2010 5,176 0.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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 Cook 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]

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

Grand MaraisPublic Library
104 2nd Avenue W
PO Box 280
Grand Marais, MN 55604
218-387-1140
E-mail:gmlib@alslib.info
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum & Tofte Historical Society
PO Box 2312
Tofte, MN 55615-2312
218-663-7804
Website

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Dr
Grand Marais, MN 55604
218-388-915
E-mail: info@gunflinttrailhistoricalsociety.org
Website

Grand Portage Ojibwe and the North West Company
National Park Service
PO Box 426
Grand Portage, MN 55605
218-475-0123
Website

Cook County Historical Society
PO Box 1293
Grand Marais, MN 55604
218-734-4792
E-mail: katie@cookcountyhistory.org
Website

Cross River Heritage Center
7932 West Highway 61
PO Box 337
Schroeder, MN 55613
218-663-7706
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

Cook County Historical Society
P O Box 1293
Grand Marais, MN 55604
218-734-4792
E-mail: katie@cookcountyhistory.org
Website

North Shore Commercial Fishing Museum & Tofte Historical Society
PO Box 2312
Tofte, MN 55615-2312
218-663-7804
Website

Schroeder Area Historical Society
PO Box 337
7932 West Highway 61
Schroeder, MN 55613
218-663-770
Website

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 12/18/2020.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library accessed 12/18/2020.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Cook County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cook_County,_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. Wikipedia contributors, "Cook County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cook_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 24 January 2020.