Itasca County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Itasca County

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


Itasca County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Itasca County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded October 27, 1849
County Seat Grand Rapids
Address Itasca County Courthouse
123 4th St NE
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218.327.2856
Itasca County Website

County Information


The County was named for Two Latin words for "truth" and "head". The County is located in the north central area of the state. [1]

Itasca County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1893 1891 1894 1850 1868 1898

County Courthouse

County Recorder-Registrar has birth and marriage records from 1891,
death records from 1894, burial records from 1900,
land records from 1883 and military records from 1919.
Court Administrator has probate records from 1896,
divorce and court records from 1950.
Minnesota has Historical Society has divorce
and court records to 1950. [3]


It was organized in 1857, then deorganized in 1858, and reorganized in 1891. It was attached to Washington, Crow Wing, Benton, Chisago, Morrison, St. Louis, and Aitkin counties.

Parent County

1849--Itasca County was created 27 October 1849 from unorganized territories as an original county.
County seat: Grand Rapids [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places


Bigfork | Bovey | Calumet | Cohasset | Coleraine | Deer River | Effie | Grand Rapids | Keewatin | La Prairie | Marble | Nashwauk | Squaw Lake | Taconite | Warba | Zemple


Alvwood Township | Arbo Township | Ardenhurst Township | Balsam Township | Bearville Township | Bigfork Township | Blackberry Township | Bowstring Township | Carpenter Township | Deer River Township | Feeley Township | Good Hope Township | Goodland Township | Grand Rapids Township | Grattan Township |Greenway Township | Harris Township | Iron Range Township | Kinghurst Township | Lake Jessie Township | Lawrence Township | Liberty Township | Lone Pine Township | Marcell Township | Max Township | Moose Park Township | Morse Township | Nashwauk Township | Nore Township | Oteneagen Township | Pomroy Township | Sago Township | Sand Lake Township | Spang Township \ Splithand Township | Stokes Township | Third River Township | Trout Lake Township | Wabana Township | Wawina Township | Wildwood Township | Wirt Township

Unincorporated Communities

Alvwood | Ball Club | Bass Lake | Bear River | Bergville | Blackberry | Bowstring | Dora Lake | Dunbar | Goodland | Gratten | Gunn | Houpt | Inger | Jaynes | Jessie Lake | Mack | Marcell | Martin | Max | Nass | Orth | Pengilly | Pomroy | Rosy | Spring Lake | Suomi | Swan River | Talmoon | Togo | Wawina | Wirt

Unorganized Territories

Bowstring Lake | Deer Lake | Effie | Little Sand Lake | Northeast Itasca

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 Itasca 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.


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Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Itasca 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

Itasca County Genealogical Club
PO Box 261
Bovey 55709

Itasca County Historical Society
PO Box 664
Grand Rapids 55744
Telephone: 218-326-6431

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. Wikipedia contributors, "Itasca County, Minnesota" in,_Minnesota accessed 13 Nov 2018
  2. 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
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Itasca County, Minnesota page 364, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).