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Lake County, Minnesota (Map It) was created on March 1, 1856 (Organized in 1891) from Itasca County. The county was named for the Lake Superior, which forms the southeastern boundary of the county. Learn More About State of Minnesota History
Lake County is bordered by Ontario Province, Canada (north), Cook County (east), Ashland County, Wisconsin (southeast), Bayfield County, Wisconsin (south), Douglas County, Wisconsin (south), St. Louis County (west).
Lake County Cities and Towns include Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, Two Harbors.
Lake County Townships include Beaver Bay, Crystal Bay, Fall Lake, Silver Creek, Stony River Townships.
A Map of Lake County, Minnesota contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Lake County, Minnesota Courthouse Records
Lake County, MN Courthouse
The Lake County Courthouse is located in Two Harbors, Minnesota. At some time Lake County was attached to Benton County and St. Louis County for county and or judicial purposes. Some early records may be found there. In 1904 the Courthouse burned to the ground. most county records were rescued. 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 Lake 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.
- Lake County Recorder has Birth / Death Records from 1891, Marriage Records from 1888 and Land Records from ?. 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.
- Lake County Court Administrator has Probate Records from ? and Court Records from 1874. The County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
- Lake 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.
Lake County, Minnesota Census Records
- Learn More: State of Minnesota Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1850 (territory), 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State Census Reconstructed Records: 1835-1890
- State Population Schedules: Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Lake County, Minnesota Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Minnesota Vital Records
- Birth Records: from January 1900 to present
- Marriage Records: None Check with the Local County Registrar
- Divorce Records: None Check with the Local County Registrar
- Death Records: from January 1908 to present
- Locations: Minnesota Office of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164; (651) 201-5970
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death Certificates Applications.
Lake County, Minnesota Resources
- State of Minnesota Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Minnesota
- Lake County Historical Society
- Bay Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 33, 80 Outer Dr, Silver Bay, MN 55614; (218) 226-3143
- Historical Committee of the Isabella Community Council, PO Box 500, 9521 Lankinen Rd, Isabella MN, Phone: 218 323-7644
- Finland Minnesota Historical Society
- Northeast Minnesota Historical Center
- Lake County, Minnesota Message Boards
- Lake County, Minnesota Genealogy Forum