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Guide to Kittson County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Kittson County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Kittson County
Location in the state of Minnesota
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Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded October 27, 1849
County Seat Hallock
Address Kittson County Courthouse
410 S 5th St
PO Box 39
Hallock, MN 56728
Phone: 218.843.3632
Kittson County Website


County Information

Kittson County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1877 1881 1881 1850 1879 1899

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, divorce,
probate and court records from 1880’s.
County Recorder has land records.
Minnesota Historical Society has naturalization records. [2]


Parent County

1849--Kittson County was created 27 October 1849 from unorganized territory. County seat: Hallock [3]

  • For a brief history of how Kittson County was named, click here, then select Kittson County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places


Donaldson | Hallock | Halma | Humboldt | Karlstad | Kennedy | Lake Bronson | Lancaster | St. Vincent


Arveson Township | Cannon Township | Caribou Township | Clow Township | Davis Township | Deerwood Township | Granville Township | Hallock Township | Hampden Township Hazelton Township | Hill Township | Jupiter Township | North Red River Township | Norway Township | Pelan Township | Percy Township | Poppleton Township | Richardville Township | St. Joseph Township | St. Vincent Township | Skane Township | South Red River Township | Spring Brook Township | Svea Township | Tegner Township | Teien Township | Thompson Township


East Kittson | McKinley


Pelan | Robbin | Noyes

Neighboring Counties




Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Minnesota Church Records.



The county register of deeds keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Kittson County, Minnesota Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Minnesota Local Histories.




Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kittson County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Probate records may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Minnesota Probate Records for additional information.

Online Probate Records


Minnesota tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota State Registrar of Vital Records, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred], order electronically online ($) or download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

See also Minnesota Vital Records or How to order Minnesota Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.

Societies and Libraries

Kittson County Historical Society
PO Box 100
332 East Main St
Lake Bronson MN
Phone: 218 754-4100
Kittson County Historical Society

Red River Valley Genealogical Society
PO Box 9284
112 N University Drive Suite L116
Fargo, ND
Red River Valley Genealogical Society

Northwest Minnesota Historical Center
Livingston Lord Library
Moorhead State University
Moorhead, MN 56560

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center] for more information. Search the [ online FHC director for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 385-403. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kittson County, Minnesota page 365, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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