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Crow Wing County, Minnesota
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Crow Wing County, Minnesota Facts

Crow Wing County

When was Crow Wing County, MN Created?
Crow Wing County was created 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".

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

What counties are adjacent to Crow Wing County, MN?
Bordering Counties are Aitkin County, Mille Lacs County, Morrison County, Cass County (northwest, north).

What cities and towns are in Crow Wing County, MN?
Cities and towns located in the County include Baxter, Brainerd, Breezy Point, Crosby, Crosslake, Cuyuna, Deerwood, Emily, Fifty Lakes, Fort Ripley, Garrison, Ironton, Jenkins, Manhattan Beach, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Riverton, Trommald.

Crow Wing County, MN Vital Records

Where can find Crow Wing County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Crow Wing 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 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, MN Census Records

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

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 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

Crow Wing County, MN Courthouse and Government Records

Crow Wing County Courthouse

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

  • 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 
  • Minnesota, Will Records, 1849-1985
  • Minnesota Land Records
  • BLM Land Records

Crow Wing County, MN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Crow Wing County, MN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, 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.

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