Koochiching County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Koochiching County

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


Koochiching County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Koochiching County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded December 19, 1906
County Seat International Falls
Address Koochiching County Courthouse
715 4th Street
International Falls, MN 56649
Phone: 218.283.6260
Koochiching County Website

County Information

Koochiching County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1906 1906 1906 1850 1907 1907

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth, death,
divorce, court and probate records from 1907. [2]


Parent County

  • 1906--Koochiching County was created 19 December 1906 from Itasca County.  County seat: International Falls [3]
  • For a brief history of how Koochiching County was named, click here, then select Koochiching County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places


Big Falls | International Falls | Littlefork | Mizpah | Northome | Ranier


Rainy Lake | East Koochiching | South Koochiching | Northome | Northwest Koochiching | Nett Lake


Birchdale | Craigsville | Indus | Island View | Loman | Pelland | Ray

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb 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.


Bethania Lutheran Church, Marjie

  • Records of Bethania Lutheran Church, Marjie, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[4]

Trinity Lutheran Church, Gemmell

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Gemmell, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[4]


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 Koochiching 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.





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

Koochiching County Historical Society
PO Box 1147
214 6th Ave
International Falls MN
Telephone: 218-283-4316

North Central Minnesota Historical Center
The A. C. Clark Library
1500 Birchmont Dr. NE #28
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699
Telephone: 218-755-3342

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), Koochiching County, Minnesota page 365, 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).
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.