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Clearwater County, Minnesota
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Clearwater County, Minnesota Facts

Clearwater County

When was Clearwater County, MN Created?
Clearwater County was created on December 20, 1902 from Beltrami County. The county was named for Clearwater river and lake. Clearwater is a translation of the Ojibway word Ga-wakomitigweia, describing the appearance of the water.

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

What counties are adjacent to Clearwater County, MN?
Bordering Counties are Beltrami County (northeast), Hubbard County (southeast), Becker County (south), Mahnomen County (southwest), Polk County (northwest), Pennington County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Clearwater County, MN?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bagley, Clearbrook, Gonvick, Leonard, Shevlin.

Clearwater County, MN Vital Records

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

Clearwater County, MN Census Records

What Clearwater County, MN census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Clearwater County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Clearwater 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

Clearwater County, MN Courthouse and Government Records

Clearwater County Courthouse

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

  • Clearwater County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 213 Main Avenue N., Bagley , MN 56621
    • Phone: (218) 694-6177
  • Clearwater 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: 1898 / 1903(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: 1903
    • Land Records: 1903
  • Clearwater County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
    • Probate Records: 1903 
    • Court Records: 1903 
  • Minnesota, Will Records, 1849-1985
  • Minnesota Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Clearwater County, MN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Clearwater Co. MN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Clearwater Co. MN Cemeteries & Church Records

Clearwater Co. MN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Clearwater Co. MN General and History Websites

Clearwater Co. MN Immigration & Naturalization

Clearwater Co. MN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Clearwater Co. MN Military Records

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