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Wadena County, Minnesota
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Wadena County, Minnesota Facts

When was Wadena County, MN Created?
Wadena County was founded on June 11, 1858 from Cass County and Todd County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Wadena County, MN?
Bordering Counties are Hubbard CountyCass County (east,northeast), Todd CountyOtter Tail CountyBecker County.

Wadena County, MN Vital Records

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

Wadena County, MN Census Records

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

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

Wadena 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

Wadena County, MN Courthouse and Government Records

Wadena County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Wadena County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Wadena 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 Wadena 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.

Wadena County, MN Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Wadena Co. MN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Wadena Co. MN Cemeteries & Church Records

Wadena Co. MN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Wadena Co. MN General and History Websites

Wadena Co. MN Immigration & Naturalization

Wadena Co. MN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Wadena Co. MN Military Records