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Cass County, Minnesota (Map It) was created on March 31, 1851 (Organized in 1872; Deorganized in 1876; Reorganized in 1897) from Dakota County, Mankahto County, Pembina County and Wahnata County. The county was named in honor of Lewis Cass (1782–1866). Explored upper Mississippi to Cass Lake in 1820; governor, Michigan Territory, 1813-31; U.S. Secretary of War, 1831-36; U.S. Senator from Michigan 1945-57; U.S. Secretary of State, 1857-60. Learn More About State of Minnesota History
Cass County is bordered by Itasca County (northeast), Aitkin County (southeast), Crow Wing County (southeast, south), Morrison County (south), Todd County (southwest), Wadena County (west,southwest), Hubbard County (northwest), Beltrami County (northwest).
Cass County Cities and Towns include Backus, Bena, Boy River, Cass Lake, Chickamaw Beach, East Gull Lake, Federal Dam, Hackensack, Lake Shore, Longville, Motley, Pillager, Pine River, Remer, Walker.
Cass County Townships include Ansel, Barclay, Becker, Beulah, Birch Lake, Blind Lake, Boy Lake, Boy River, Bull Moose, Bungo, Byron, Crooked Lake, Deerfield, Fairview, Gould, Hiram, Home Brook, Inguadona, Kego, Leech Lake, Lima, Loon Lake, Maple, May, McKinley, Meadow Brook, Moose Lake, Otter Tail Peninsula, Pike Bay, Pine Lake, Pine River, Ponto Lake, Poplar, Powers, Remer, Rogers, Salem, Shingobee, Slater, Smoky Hollow, Sylvan, Thunder Lake, Torrey, Trelipe, Turtle Lake, Wabedo, Walden, Wilkinson, Wilson, Woodrow Townships.
A Map of Cass County, Minnesota contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Cass County, Minnesota Courthouse Records
Cass County, MN Courthouse
The Cass County Courthouse is located in Walker, Minnesota. Cass County was disestablished 1876; became part of Crow Wing County; reorganized, 1897. At some time Cass County was attached to Benton County, Stearns County, Crow Wing County and Morrison County for county and or judicial purposes. Some early records may be found there. 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 Cass 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.
- Cass County Recorder has Birth / Death Records from 1896, Marriage Records from 1897 and Land Records from 1864. 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.
- Cass County Court Administrator has Probate Records from 1897 and Court Records from 1888. The County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
- Cass 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.
Cass County, Minnesota Census Records
- Learn More: State of Minnesota Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 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
Cass 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 or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death Certificates Applications.
Cass County, Minnesota Resources
- State of Minnesota Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Minnesota
- Cass County Historical Society
- North Central Minnesota Historical Center
- Cass County, Minnesota Message Boards
- Cass County, Minnesota Genealogy Forum