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Aitkin County, Minnesota Facts

Aitkin County

When was Aitkin County, MN Created?
Aitkin County (was spelled Aiken until 1872) was created on May 23, 1857 (Organized in 1885) from Pine County and Ramsey County. The county was named in honor of William Alexander Aitken (1785-1851) (whose name is properly spelled with an "e"), a fur trader with the Ojibways.

What is the County Seat of Aitkin County, MN?
The County Seat is located in Aitkin and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Aitkin County, MN?
Bordering Counties are Itasca County (north), St. Louis County (northeast), Carlton County (east), Pine County (southeast), Kanabec County (south), Mille Lacs County (south), Crow Wing County (southwest), Cass County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Aitkin County, MN?
Cities and towns located in the County include Aitkin, Hill City, McGrath, McGregor, Palisade, Tamarack.

Aitkin County, MN Vital Records

Where can find Aitkin County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Aitkin County vital records can be found at the Minnesota Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth resords from 1900 and death records from 1908. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Minnesota for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Aitkin County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

Aitkin County, MN Census Records

What Aitkin County, MN census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Aitkin County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Aitkin Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Aitkin Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Aitkin Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890.

Aitkin Co. territorial and state censuses exist for the years 1849-1905.. There is free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Minnesota Census Records Research Guide

Aitkin County, MN Courthouse and Government Records

Aitkin County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Aitkin County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Aitkin County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Minnesota Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Aitkin County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 209 Second Street N.W., Aitkin , MN 56431
    • Phone: (218) 927-7337
  • Aitkin County Recorder is responsible for all the real estate records for properties located in the County. Permanent records of deeds, mortgages and other various real estate records are recorded/filed in this office. As Local Registrar, the office protects and issues certified copies of Birth and Death records, Marriage Certificates & Military Discharge Records.
    • Birth / Death Records: 1874 / 1885 (It is no longer necessary to go to the registrar's office of the county where the birth or death took place. You may go to a registrar's office in any county in Minnesota for births that took place during of after 1900 and for deaths that took place during or after 1997)
    • Marriage Records: 1885
    • Land Records: 1872
  • Aitkin County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
    • Probate Records: 1890
    • Court Records: 1862
  • Minnesota, Will Records, 1849-1985
  • Minnesota Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Aitkin County, MN Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Aitkin County, MN?
A list of Aitkin County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Minnesota Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Aitkin County, MN Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Aitkin County, MN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Aitkin County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is simply a list which has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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