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Becker County, Minnesota Facts

Becker County

When was Becker County, MN Created?
Becker County was created on March 18, 1858 (Organized in 1871) from Cass County and Pembina County. The county was named in honor of George Loomis Becker  (1829-1904), mayor of St. Paul, 1856; state senator, 1868-71.

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

What counties are adjacent to Becker County, MN?
Bordering Counties are Mahnomen County (north), Clearwater County (northeast), Hubbard County (northeast), Wadena County (southeast), Otter Tail County (south), Clay County (west), Norman County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Becker County, MN?
Cities and towns located in the County include Audubon, Callaway, Detroit Lakes, Frazee, Lake Park, Ogema, Pine Point, Wolf Lake.

Becker County, MN Vital Records

Where can find Becker County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Becker 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 Becker 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.

Becker County, MN Census Records

What Becker County, MN census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Becker 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.

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

Becker 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

Becker County, MN Courthouse and Government Records

Becker County Courthouse

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

  • Becker County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 915 Lake Avenue, Detroit Lakes , MN 56501
    • Phone: (218) 846-7305
  • Becker 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: 1871 (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: 1871
    • Land Records: 1871
  • Becker County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
    • Probate Records: 1871 
    • Court Records: 1871 
  • Minnesota, Will Records, 1849-1985
  • Minnesota Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Becker County, MN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Becker County, MN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Becker 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.

Becker Co. MN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Becker Co. MN Cemeteries & Church Records

Becker Co. MN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Becker Co. MN General and History Websites

Becker Co. MN Immigration & Naturalization

Becker Co. MN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Becker Co. MN Military Records

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