Morrison County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Morrison County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Morrison County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 25, 1856
County Seat Little Falls
Address Morrison County Courthouse
213 1st Ave SE
Little Falls, MN 56345
Phone: 320.632.1045
Morrison County Website

County Information


The County was named for fur trading brothers, William and Allan Morrison. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

Morrison County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1870 1866 1870 1850 1856 1860

County Courthouse

County Recorder has birth, marriage, death and some cemetery records,
land and military records; Court Administration has divorce, probate and court records[3]


Parent County

  • 1856--Morrison County was created 25 February 1856 from Benton and Stearns Counties.

County seat: Little Falls [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

For a list of cities and towns go to or

Neighboring Counties



Morrison County Historical Society Morrison County Historical Society WPA Biographies. 1,130 biographies written 1936–1939. Index available online. Copies can be requested by calling the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007 or e–mail


Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
MNGenWeb 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 Morrison 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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Civil War

Civil War service men from Morrison County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Morrison County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company I.


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

The Morrison County Historical Society has a large collection of newspapers, both in original format and on microfilm. Online listing. Copies can be requested by calling the Morrison County Historical Society at 320-632-4007 or e–mail Research and copy fees will apply.



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

Morrison County Historical Society
PO Box 239
2151 South Lindbergh Dr
Little Falls MN 56345
Telephone: 320-632-4007

Military Historical Society of Minnesota
Camp Ripley
15000 Highway 115
Little Falls MN 56345-4173

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.


Morrison County Historical Society
2151 South Lindbergh Drive
Little Falls, Minnesota 56345
Phone: 320-632-4007

Collection: Morrison County Historical Society

  • WPA Biographies. 1,130 biographies written 1936–1939. Index available online.
  • Local newspapers. Online listing.

Copies may be requested by contacting the Historical Society. Research and copy fees apply.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Morrison 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), Morrison County, Minnesota page 366, 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).