Clearwater County, Minnesota Genealogy Guide

Clearwater County, Minnesota (Map It) was created on December 20, 1902 from Beltrami County. The county was named for Clearwater river and lake. Clearwater is a translation of the Ojibway word Ga-wakomitigweia, describing the appearance of the water. Learn More About State of Minnesota History

Clearwater County is bordered by Beltrami County (northeast), Hubbard County (southeast), Becker County (south), Mahnomen County (southwest), Polk County (northwest), Pennington County (northwest).

Clearwater County Cities and Towns include Bagley, Clearbrook, Gonvick, Leonard, Shevlin.

Clearwater County Townships include Bear Creek, Clover, Copley, Dudley, Eddy, Falk, Greenwood, Hangaard, Holst, Itasca, La Prairie, Leon, Minerva, Moose Creek, Nora, Pine Lake, Popple, Rice, Shevlin, Sinclair, Winsor Townships.

A Map of Clearwater County, Minnesota contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Clearwater County, Minnesota Courthouse Records

Clearwater County, Minnesota Courthouse
Clearwater County, MN Courthouse

The Clearwater County Courthouse is located in Bagley, Minnesota. Learn More About State of Minnesota Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Clearwater county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Clearwater County Recorder has Birth / Death Records from 1898 / 1903 - 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 from 1903 and Land Records from 1903. The 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.
  • Clearwater County Court Administrator has Probate Records from 1903 and Court Records from 1903. The County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
  • Clearwater 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.

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