Crow Wing County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Crow Wing County

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


Crow Wing County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Crow Wing County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded May 23, 1857
County Seat Brainerd
Address Crow Wing County Courthouse
326 Laurel Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-824-1067
Phone: 218-824-1300
Crow Wing County Website

County Information

Crow Wing County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1871 1874 1850 1857 1874

County Courthouse

County Treasurer has birth records from 1873,
marriage records from 1871 and death records from 1874.
Court Administrator has divorce, probateand court records.
County Recorder has land records from 1867
and military discharge records from 1919. [2]


Parent County

  • 1857--Crow Wing County was created 23 May 1857 from Ramsey County.  County seat: Brainerd [3]
  • For a brief history of how Crow Wing County was named, click here, then select Crow Wing County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places


Baxter | Brainerd | Breezy Point | Crosby | Crosslake | Cuyuna | Deerwood | Emily | Fifty Lakes | Fort Ripley | Garrison | Ironton | Jenkins | Manhattan Beach | Nisswa | Pequot Lakes | Riverton | Trommald


Bay Lake Township | Center Township | Crow Wing Township | Daggett Brook Township | Deerwood Township | Fairfield Township | Fort Ripley Township | Gail Lake Township | Garrison Township | Ideal Township | Irondale Township | Jenkins Township | Lake Edwards Township | Little Pine Township | Long Lake Township | Maple Grove Township | Mission Township \ Nokay Lake Township | Oak Lawn Township | Pelican Township | Perry Lake Township | Platte Lake Township | Rabbit Lake Township | Roosevelt Township | Ross Lake Township | Sibley Township | St. Mathias Township | Timothy Township | Wolford Township


Dean Lake | West Crow Wing

Ghost Town

Old Crow Wing

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MNGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.


State Census


Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Minnesota Church Records.


Emigration and Immigration


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.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Crow Wing County, Minnesota Genealogy. 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.




Civil War
  • Civil War veteran burials in Crow Wing County.  Click here.

Regiments. Service men in Crow Wing County, Minnesota Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Crow Wing County, Minnesota Genealogy:

- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Crow Wing County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



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 Records


Minnesota tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.

Vital Records

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 State Registrar of Vital Records, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred], order electronically online ($) or download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

See also Minnesota Vital Records or How to order Minnesota Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.


Societies and Libraries

Crow Wing County Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 722
320 Laurel St
Brainerd MN 56401-0722
Telephone: 218 829-3268

Crow Wing County Genealogical Society
2103 Graydon Ave
Brainerd MN 56401-4516
Telephone: 218 829-9738

Crosslake Area Historical Society
PO Box 134
Crosslake MN 56442-0134
Telephone: 218 692-4836

Cuyuna Heritage Preservation Society
PO Box 272
Crosby, MN 56441
Telephone: 218-545-1166

Cuyuna Range Historical Society
P.O. Box 128
101 - 1st Street NE
Crosby, MN 56441
Telephone: 218-546-6178

Central Minnesota Historical Center
Centennial Hall
Room 148 St
Cloud University, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 385-403. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Crow Wing County, Minnesota page 363, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).