Pope County, Minnesota Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Glenwood
Organized: February 29, 1868[1]
Parent County(s): Cass, Pierce (extinct), Non-County Area 6[2]
Neighboring Counties
Douglas  • Grant  • Kandiyohi  • Stearns  • Stevens  • Swift
See County Maps
Courthouse
Minnesota, Pope County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Pope County Map .svg.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Pope, a General in the Union Army who had earlier worked as a surveyor in the area. The County is located in the west-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Pope County Courthouse
130 Minnesota Ave E
Glenwood, MN 56334
Phone: 320-634-5222
Pope County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage and death records from 1870, divorce and court records from 1880, probate records from 1867.[4]

Pope County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1870 1870 1880 1866 1867 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[9]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Townships
Ghost towns


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Pope County, Minnesota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

For links to Federal, State, and Territorial censuses, see Minnesota Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 2,691
1880 5,874 118.3%
1890 10,032 70.8%
1900 12,577 25.4%
1910 12,746 1.3%
1920 13,631 6.9%
1930 13,085 −4.0%
1940 13,544 3.5%
1950 12,862 −5.0%
1960 11,914 −7.4%
1970 11,107 −6.8%
1980 11,657 5.0%
1990 10,745 −7.8%
2000 11,236 4.6%
2010 10,995 −2.1%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information, see Minnesota Church Records.

Lutheran

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Pope County. 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Douglas CountyTodd CountyGrant CountyStevens CountySwift CountyKandiyohi CountyStearns CountyMN POPE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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 Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Since Minnesota tax records include only persons who owned taxable property, many residents were not included. Still they complement land records and can be used in place of missing censuses or the years between censuses. There may also be gaps. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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 Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Minnesota Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Pope County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Pope County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Glenwood Public Library
108 SE First Ave
Glenwood, MN 56334
320-634-3375
E-mail: lrandall@glenwoodpubliclibrary.org
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Pope County Museum & History Center
809 S Lakeshore Dr
Glenwood, MN 56334
320-634-3293
Email: popecountymuseum@gmail.com
Website

Starbuck Depot and School Museum
Main Street and Depot Lane
PO Box 512
Starbuck, MN 56381
Email: starbuckdepotmuseum@gmail.com
Website

Historic Terrace Mill
27165 Old Mill Pond Rd
Terrace, MN 56334
320-278-3728
Email: info@terracemill.org
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Pope County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Minnesota Societies.

Pope County Historical Society
809 S Lake Shore Dr
Glenwood MN 56334-9406
320-634-3293
E-mail: popecountymuseum@gmail.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 15 Feb 2021.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Pope County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_County,_Minnesota accessed 14 Nov 2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1 February 2021.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Pope County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_County,_Minnesota, accessed 17 February 2020.