Wadena County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Wadena County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Wadena County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded June 11, 1858
County Seat Wadena
Courthouse


County Information

Wadena County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1873 1880 1850 1873 1889

County Courthouse

History

Parent County

  • 1858--Wadena County was created 11 June 1858 from Cass and Todd Counties. County seat: Wadena [2]
  • For a brief history of how Wadena County was named, click here, then select Wadena County.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census

State Census

Church

Lutheran

First Lutheran Church, Staples

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Staples, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[3]

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wadena

  • Records of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wadena, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[3]

Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wadena

  • Records of Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wadena, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[3]

St. Pauli Lutheran Church, Verndale

  • Records of St. Pauli Lutheran Church, Verndale, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[3]

Court

Emigration and Immigration

Land

Local Histories

Maps

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Military

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

Online Probate Records

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.


Birth
Marriage
Death


Societies and Libraries

Wadena County Historical Society
603 North Jefferson
Wadena 56482
Telephone: 218-631-9079
Website

Menahga Area Historical Society
320 Helsinki Boulevard NE
Menahga MN 56464
Telephone: 218-564-4574

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 Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites

References

  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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "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.