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Guide to '''Otter Tail County Minnesota genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Otter Tail County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
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| building address = Otter Tail County Courthouse<br>121 W Junis Avenue<br>Fergus Falls, MN 56537<br>Phone: 218.739.2271<br>[http://www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/courthouse/ '''Otter Tail County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = Otter Tail County Courthouse<br>121 W Junis Avenue<br>Fergus Falls, MN 56537<br>Phone: 218.739.2271<br>[http://www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/courthouse/ '''Otter Tail County Website'''] }}  
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=== County Information ===
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==== Otter Tail County, Minnesota Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>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</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otter Tail County, Minnesota Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otter Tail County, Minnesota Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otter Tail County, Minnesota Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otter Tail County, Minnesota Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Otter Tail County, Minnesota Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Otter Tail County, Minnesota Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1871
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
*'''1858--'''Otter Tail County was created 18 March 1858&nbsp;from [[Cass County, Minnesota|Cass]] and Pembina&nbsp;(Old) Counties&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Fergus Falls <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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*'''1858--'''Otter Tail County was created 18 March 1858&nbsp;from [[Cass County, Minnesota Genealogy|Cass]] and Pembina&nbsp;(Old) Counties&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Fergus Falls <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
*For a brief history of Otter Tail County's name, click [http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/index.cfm here], then select Otter Tail County.
 
*For a brief history of Otter Tail County's name, click [http://mnplaces.mnhs.org/upham/index.cfm here], then select Otter Tail County.
  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.<br>
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Becker County, Minnesota|Becker]]  
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*[[Becker County, Minnesota Genealogy|Becker]]  
*[[Clay County, Minnesota|Clay]]  
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*[[Clay County, Minnesota Genealogy|Clay]]  
*[[Douglas County, Minnesota|Douglas]]  
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*[[Douglas County, Minnesota Genealogy|Douglas]]  
*[[Grant County, Minnesota|Grant]]  
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*[[Grant County, Minnesota Genealogy|Grant]]  
*[[Todd County, Minnesota|Todd]]  
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*[[Todd County, Minnesota Genealogy|Todd]]  
*[[Wadena County, Minnesota|Wadena]]  
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*[[Wadena County, Minnesota Genealogy|Wadena]]  
*[[Wilkin County, Minnesota|Wilkin]]
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*[[Wilkin County, Minnesota Genealogy|Wilkin]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=25&GScnty=1365&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=25&CScnty=1365 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ottertail.mngenweb.net/cemeteries.htm USGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Otter+Tail+Minnesota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Minnesota&county=Otter%20Tail&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://usgwarchives.net/mn/ottertail/ottertai.html MNGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/minnesota/ottertai.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=21351&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=85&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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==== Census ====
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'''State Census'''
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*'''1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1503054|Minnesota State Census, 1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1885''' - {{RecordSearch|1503044|Minnesota State Census, 1885}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1503056|Minnesota State Census, 1905}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{MN Church Intro}}
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===== The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  =====
  
 
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
 
LDS Ward and Branch&nbsp;Records  
  
 
*Fergus Falls
 
*Fergus Falls
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===== Lutheran  =====
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'''Aurdal Lutheran Church, Underwood'''
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*Records of the Aurdal Lutheran Church, Underwood, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev">"Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, ''Minnesota Historical Society,'' http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.</ref>
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'''Fergus Falls'''
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*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Fergus Falls, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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'''Grace Lutheran Church, Erhard'''
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*Records of the Grace Lutheran Church, Erhard, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev" />
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'''North Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids'''
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*Records of the North Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev" />
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'''South Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rothsay'''
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*Records of the South Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rothsay, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev" />
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'''Trifoldinghed Lutheran Church'''
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*Records of the Trifoldinghed Lutheran Church, Otter Tail County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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'''Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids'''
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*Records of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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'''United Norwegian Lutheran Church, Underwood'''
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*Records of the United Norwegian Lutheran Church, Underwood, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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*'''1912 - 1956''' - {{RecordSearch|2426329|Minnesota Passenger and Crew Lists, 1912-1956}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{MN Land|Otter Tail}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
*John W. Mason, ed. ''History of Otter Tail County, Minnesota&nbsp;: its people, industries and institutions, with biographical sketches of representive citizens and genealogial records of many of the old families''. Indianapolis&nbsp;: B. F. Bowen, 1916<br>  
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{{MN History Intro}}
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*John W. Mason, ed. ''History of Otter Tail County, Minnesota&nbsp;: its people, industries and institutions, with biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families''. Indianapolis&nbsp;: B. F. Bowen, 1916<br>  
 
*Tweton, Jerome D. ''The New Deal: At the Grass Roots''. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1988. Print.
 
*Tweton, Jerome D. ''The New Deal: At the Grass Roots''. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1988. Print.
  
==== Maps ====
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[[Image:Mnottertail.jpg|right|250px|Mnottertail.jpg]]
  
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{MN Newspaper abstracts|Otter+Tail}}
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====  Obituaries ====
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*'''1865 - 2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2469546|Minnesota Obituaries 1865-2006}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch]— index and images
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{MN Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1801 - 1999''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9070 Minnesota Wills and Probate Records 1801-1999] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{MN Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{MN Vital Intro}}
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=====Birth=====
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=====Marriage=====
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*'''1860 - 1949''' {{RecordSearch|1803974|Minnesota, County Marriages, 1860-1949}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index and images
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=====Death=====
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*Otter Tail County Genealogical Society, 1110 W. Lincoln Avenue, Fergus Falls, MN 56537
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'''Otter Tail County Genealogical Society'''<br>1110 W. Lincoln Avenue<br> Fergus Falls, MN 56537<br>Telephone: 218-736-6038<br>E-mail:[mailto:otchs@prtel.com otchs@prtel.com]<br>[http://www.otchs.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Northwest Minnesota Historical Center'''<br> Livingston Lord Library<br>Moorhead State University<br>Moorhead, MN 56560 <br><br>
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[http://genforum.com/mn/ottertail/ Otter Tail County, MN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
 
*[http://genforum.com/mn/ottertail/ Otter Tail County, MN Genealogy Forum] (GenForum)  
*{{FHL|Minnesota%2C+Otter+Tail|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|Minnesota%2C+Otter+Tail|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
*[http://minnesota-genealogy.com/Otter-Tail-County-Genealogy.htm Otter Tail County Genealogy] (Minnesota Genealogy)<br>
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MN/Otter-Tail-County.htm Otter Tail County Genealogy] (Minnesota Genealogy)<br>
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 21:31, 10 March 2017

United States
Minnesota


Otter Tail County


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


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Otter Tail County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Otter Tail County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 18, 1858
County Seat Fergus Falls
Courthouse
Address Otter Tail County Courthouse
121 W Junis Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: 218.739.2271
Otter Tail County Website


County Information

Otter Tail County, Minnesota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1871 1869 1871 1850 1867 1872

County Courthouse

Clerk Deeds Court has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1869, divorce records from 1897,
probate and court records from 1872. [2]

History

Parent 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
MNGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census

State Census

Church

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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

Lutheran

Aurdal Lutheran Church, Underwood

Fergus Falls

Grace Lutheran Church, Erhard

North Immanuel Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids

South Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rothsay

Trifoldinghed Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran Church, Pelican Rapids

United Norwegian Lutheran Church, Underwood

Court

Emigration and Immigration

Land

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:

MINNESOTA, Otter Tail – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Otter Tail 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.

Maps

Mnottertail.jpg

Military

Military History:

Listing of individuals from this county for these wars:

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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

Taxation

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.


Birth
Marriage
Death


Societies and Libraries

Otter Tail County Genealogical Society
1110 W. Lincoln Avenue
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Telephone: 218-736-6038
E-mail:otchs@prtel.com
Website

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 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Otter 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 4.3 "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.
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