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Polk County, Minnesota
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Polk County, Minnesota Facts

When was Polk County, MN Created?
Polk County was founded on July 20, 1858 from Pembina County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Polk County, MN?
Bordering Counties are Marshall CountyPennington County, Red Lake CountyClearwater CountyMahnomen CountyNorman CountyTraill County, North Dakota, Grand Forks County, North Dakota.

Polk County, MN Vital Records

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

Polk County, MN Census Records

What Polk County, MN census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Polk County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Polk 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

Polk County, MN Courthouse and Government Records

Polk County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Polk County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Polk County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Minnesota courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Minnesota residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Polk County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Minnesota Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Polk County, MN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Polk Co. MN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Polk Co. MN Cemeteries & Church Records

Polk Co. MN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Polk Co. MN General and History Websites

Polk Co. MN Immigration & Naturalization

Polk Co. MN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Polk Co. MN Military Records