Crow Wing County, Minnesota

Crow Wing County

Crow Wing County was founded on May 23, 1857 (Deorganized in 1867; Reorganized March 3, 1870) from Ramsey County. The county was named in honor of the Crow Wing River. Crow Wing is loose translation of Kagiwigwan, the Ojibway name for the river. A more accurate translation of this name may be "raven feather".

The Crow Wing County Seat is situated in Brainerd and the county government website is http://www.co.crow-wing.mn.us/

Locales adjacent to Crow Wing County are Aitkin County (northeast), Mille Lacs County (southeast), Morrison County (southwest), Cass County (northwest, north).

Cities and towns to be found in Crow Wing County are made up of Baxter, Brainerd, Breezy Point, Crosby, Crosslake, Cuyuna, Deerwood, Emily, Fifty Lakes, Fort Ripley, Garrison, Ironton, Jenkins, Manhattan Beach, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Riverton, Trommald.

Townships Include Bay Lake, Center, Crow Wing, Daggett Brook, Deerwood, Fairfield, Fort Ripley, Gail Lake, Garrison, Ideal, Irondale, Jenkins, Lake Edwards, Little Pine, Long Lake, Maple Grove, Mission, Nokay Lake, Oak Lawn, Pelican, Perry Lake, Platte Lake, Rabbit Lake, Roosevelt, Ross Lake, Sibley, St. Mathias, Timothy, Wolford Townships.

Crow Wing County vital records can be found at the Minnesota Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth and death records. 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. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

You can search online for Crow Wing 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.

Crow Wing County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in finding out about your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are present for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Crow Wing Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Crow Wing Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Crow Wing Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. Crow Wing Co. territorial and state censuses exist for the following years: 1857, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895 and 1905. There is free down-loadable and also printable census forms to aid with your research.

Crow Wing County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Crow Wing County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Crow Wing County Courthouse and Government Records


Crow Wing County Courthouse

Genealogist frequently overlook the benefits of Crow Wing County court, probate, and land documents as a source of genealogy and family history information. Buried away in Minnesota courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the aspirations and worries of many Minnesota men and women.

The chances are great that your particular ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth record of at least some aspects of their lives in the Crow Wing County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not brought up in a Court case, consider all of the other procedures which may have lead to him or her showing up in court records.

The below details shows whatever marriage, birth, death, property, probate, and court records will be in Crow Wing County. The dates indicated listed below are the first widely known records data in this county. In 1858 Crow Wing was disorganized and attached to Morrison County; in 1866 it was fully organized; again disestablished in 1867 and attached to Morrison County; in 1871 it was fully organized. Some early records may be found there.

You need to get in touch with the clerk's office to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other facts in advance of visiting or seeking information because of occasionally changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Many staff will help persons in locating the resources, however it's up to the man or women to perform the researching.
  • Crow Wing County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 213 Laurel Street, Brainerd , MN 56401
    • Phone: (218) 824-1310
  • Crow Wing 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: 1873 (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: 1857
  • Crow Wing County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
    • Probate Records: 1874 
    • Court Records: 1871 
  • Crow Wing County Treasurers Office is responsible for keeping a complete accounting of all monies collected and expended by all the county departments. This includes the investing of available funds and accurately distributing the interest received. The department is also responsible for the collection of taxes and distribution to the various taxing entities within the County.

Crow Wing County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources pertaining to Crow Wing 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. Feel free to furnish your own preferred Crow Wing County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.

Crow Wing Co. MN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Crow Wing Co. MN Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Crow Wing Co. MN Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Crow Wing Co. MN Census Records

Crow Wing Co. MN Cemeteries & Graveyards

Crow Wing Co. MN Church & Bible Records

Crow Wing Co. MN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Crow Wing Co. MN General and History Websites

Crow Wing Co. MN Immigration & Naturalization

Crow Wing Co. MN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Crow Wing Co. MN Military Records

Crow Wing Co. MN Schools & Directories

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