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

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Pope County, Minnesota
Map of Minnesota highlighting Pope County
Location in the state of Minnesota
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Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Founded February 20, 1862
County Seat Glenwood
Address Pope County Courthouse
130 Minnesota Ave E
Glenwood, MN 56334
Phone: 320.634.5723
Pope County Website


County Information

Pope County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1868 1869 1870 1850 1866 1867

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth, marriage and death records from 1870,
divorce and court records from 1880 and probate records from 1867. [2]


Parent County

  • 1862--Pope County was created 20 February 1862 from Pierce (Eliminated 20 Feb 1862) and Cass Counties and unorganized territory.

County seat: Glenwood [3]

  • For a brief history on Pope County's name, click here, then select Pope County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





Scandia Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cyrus

  • Records of Scandia Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cyrus, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[4]

Trinity Lutheran Church, Brooten

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Brooten, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[4]

West Lake Johanna Lutheran Church, Brooten

  • Records of West Lake Johanna Lutheran Church, Brooten, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[4]



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 Pope 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.

  • The Starbuck Study Club and Centennial History Book Committee. Starbuck, 1883-1983. 1983. Print.





Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pope 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

Pope County Historical Society
809 S Lake Shore Dr
Glenwood MN 56334-9406
Phone: 320 634-3293
Pope County History

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 [https://familysearch.org/ask/help#localResource 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), Pope County, Minnesota page 367, 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).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.


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