Beltrami County, Minnesota Genealogy

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


Beltrami County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Beltrami County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 28, 1866
County Seat Bemidji
Address Beltrami County Courthouse
619 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601-3041
Phone: 218.759.4174
Beltrami County Website

County Information

Beltrami County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1896 1897 1896 1850 1874 1896

County Courthouse

Court Administrator Customer Service has birth, marriage
and death records from 1896. Clerk Courts has divorce records from 1951,
probate and court records.
Recorder Office has military records.
Historical Society has land records prior to 1969. [2]


Parent County

  • 1866--Beltrami County was created 28 February 1866 from unorganized territory, Itasca, Pembina (Old), and Polk Counties.

County seat: Bemidji [3]

  • For a brief history of how Beltrami County was named, click here, then select Beltrami County.

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Minnesota County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Minnesota County Boundary Maps" (1849-1960) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

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


Populated Places


Bemidji | Blackduck | Funkley | Kelliher | Solway | Tenstrike | Turtle River | Wilton


Alaska Township | Battle Township | Bemidji Township | Benville Township | Birch Township
Buzzle Township | Cormant Township | Durand Township | Eckles Township | Frohn Township
Grant Valley Township | Hagali Township | Hamre Township | Hines Township | Hornet Township
Jones Township | Kelliher Township | Lammers Township | Langor Township | Lee Township
Liberty Township | Maple Ridge Township | Minnie Township | Moose Lake Township
Nebish Township | Northern Township | O'Brien Township | Port Hope Township | Quiring Township
Roosevelt Township | Shooks Township | Shotley Township | Spruce Grove Township
Steenerson Township | Sugar Bush Township | Summit Township | Taylor Township
Ten Lake Township | Turtle Lake Township | Turtle River Township | Waskish Township
Woodrow Township


Brook Lake | Lower Red Lake | North Beltrami | Shotley Brook | Upper Red Lake


Little Rock | Ponemah | Red Lake | Redby


Pinewood | Puposky | Shooks

Neighboring Counties



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
MNGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
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 Beltrami 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 Beltrami 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

Beltrami County Historical Society
P.O. Box 683
Bemidji 56601

See also a List of Minnesota Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

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), Beltrami County, Minnesota page 362, 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).