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Otter Tail County was founded on March 18, 1858 (Organized in 1870) from Cass County and Pembina County. The county was named for Otter Tail Lake. Otter Tail is the translation of the Ojibway name for the lake, characterized by a long, narrow sand bar in the shape of an otter's tail.
Locales adjacent to Otter Tail County are Becker County (north), Wadena County (northeast), Todd County (southeast), Douglas County (southeast), Grant County (southwest), Wilkin County (west), Clay County (northwest).
Cities and towns to be found in Otter Tail County are made up of Battle Lake, Bluffton, Clitherall, Dalton, Deer Creek, Dent, Elizabeth, Erhard, Fergus Falls, Henning, New York Mills, Ottertail, Parkers Prairie, Pelican Rapids, Perham, Richville, Rothsay, Underwood, Urbank, Vergas, Vining, Wadena.
Townships Include Aastad, Amor, Aurdal, Blowers, Bluffton, Buse, Butler, Candor, Carlisle, Clitherall, Compton, Corliss, Dane Prairie, Dead Lake, Deer Creek, Dora, Dunn, Eagle Lake, Eastern, Edna, Effington, Elizabeth, Elmo, Erhards Grove, Everts, Fergus Falls, Folden, Friberg, Girard, Gorman, Henning, Hobart, Homestead, Inman, Leaf Lake, Leaf Mountain, Lida, Maine, Maplewood, Newton, Nidaros, Norwegian Grove, Oak Valley, Orwell, Oscar, Otter Tail, Otto, Paddock, Parkers Prairie, Pelican, Perham, Pine Lake, Rush Lake, Scambler, St. Olaf, Star Lake, Sverdrup, Tordenskjold, Trondhjem, Tumuli, Western, Woodside Townships.
Otter Tail 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 Otter Tail 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.
Otter Tail 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.
Otter Tail Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Otter Tail Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Otter Tail Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. Otter Tail Co. territorial and state censuses exist for the following years: 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895 and 1905. There is free down-loadable and also printable census forms to aid with your research.
A list of Otter Tail County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Genealogist frequently overlook the benefits of Otter Tail 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 Otter Tail 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 Otter Tail County. The dates indicated listed below are the first widely known records data in this county. At some time Otter Tail County was attached to Stearns County, Crow Wing County and Douglas County for county and or judicial purposes. Some early records may be found there.
The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources pertaining to Otter Tail 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 Otter Tail County genealogy or family history affiliated sites.