Welcome to Clearwater County MT

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Lake Itasca
Lake Itasca - Headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi River
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Welcome to the Clearwater County MNGenWeb Project. Clearwater County is home to Lake Itasca and Itasca State Park. Lake Itasca has the unique distinction of being the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Clearwater County was carved out of Beltrami County in 1902. The county seat of Clearwater County is Bagley.

We are a free, genealogical and historical website run by volunteers to assist you in your research. That means that we locate and post materials and handle the website. But this website is yours! Please feel free to submit genealogy or history-related data for us to post here. A big thank you to former website hosts Vikki Gray and Michael Andrews.

MN County Map
WHAT'S NEW? Easily determine what has been added since your last visit
USGenWeb Minnesota Archives
ATLASES - 1912 SHORT VERSION This 1912 Atlas is awesome. There are 2 pages - one covers the northern part of Clearwater County and the 2nd page covers the southern portion. Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to view.
ATLAS - 1912 FULL VERSION 1912 Atlas - full version (large 8.5 mb) Contains townships with names, property owner list, business ads, photos. Please note - bookmarks have been added in left-hand side of the file. Requires Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader to view.
BIBLIOGRAPHY For further reading. If you know of any good local history books please let us know.
BIOGRAPHIES AND FAMILY TREES Under development. Please submit yours for posting here!
BIRTH CERTIFICATES INDEX Statewide. Provided by Minnesota Genealogical Society. Searchable index covers the years 1900-1934, supplemented by about 2700 pre-1900 records.
Births & Christenings 1840-1980 County Birth Records 1863-1983
1857 MN Territorial Census 1865 MN State Census 1875 MN State Census 1885 MN State Census 1895 MN State Census 1905 MN State Census
DALBY DATABASE A collection of online, searchable databases containing genealogical information about people who lived primarily in southeastern Minnesota, including Carver, Dakota, Dodge, Goodhue, Hennepin, McLeod, Olmsted, Rice, Scott, Steele, and Waseca counties. Contains over one million records. Burials from cemeteries in Minnesota and some outside of Minnesota, Births, Marriages, Census, Rice County City Directories, Civil War Veterans, Articles from Newspapers and Index of people in books.
DEATH CERTIFICATE INDEX Statewide. Provided by Minnesota Genealogical Society. Online searchable index of death cards from 1905 to 1907 and the death certificates from 1908 to 1996.
DEATHS & BURIALS From 1835 to 1990
DUNN & BRADSTREET 1929 version - covers Beltrami, Koochiching and Lake of the Woods Counties. Indexed. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

Cease Family Funeral Home
407 Getchell Ave NE
Bagley, MN

GENEALOGY TERMS Helpful definitions
LOOKUPS Do you have any Clearwater County materials in which you could help with a lookup? If so, let us know what materials you can do a lookup in. We need you!
Marriages 1849-1850 Marriages 1860-1949
MAPS A Nice collection of area maps to help you with your research
MN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 1185 Concord St. N., Suite 218 • South St. Paul, MN 55075-1150 • P: 651 455-9057
MN HISTORICAL SOCIETY 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3000
NATURALIZATION RECORDS Information is on the Minnesota Historical Society website
Pennington County Beltrami County
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Mahnomen County

102 N. Main, Bagley, MN 56621
PO Box 130, Bagley, MN 56621-0130
Phone: 218-694-6265
Fax: 218-694-6015
Email: farmpub@gvtel.com


Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers would be another website that could be listed here as a resource on the "MNResearchResources and Links" page. (Their website is http://www.rarenewspapers.com/ ).

You can search a database of authentic newspapers on their site (by keyword, date, and more). If someone is looking for a specific edition of a newspaper (such as the St Paul Weekly Minnesotian, St Paul Press, and more) or is looking for information on a topic during their research, they might have it in stock. It could be a valuable resource for your visitors.

They have been dealers in rare & historic newspapers for more than 35 years and currently serve as consultants to the Freedom Forum Newseum, and are members of the American Antiquarian Society and the Ephemera Society of America.

OBITUARIES Please feel free to submit any obits that you may have access to. We would love to have a volunteer that would email us all related obits on a regular basis.
PHOTOS Under development. Send yours in for posting!
These have been upgraded and combined with the Ancestry Boards. Post/View queries, bios, bible records, deeds, obits, pensions, and wills here. These are a valuable resource and all genealogists need to learn how to use them.

213 Main Avenue
North Bagley, MN 56621
Business Hours: Monday: Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 218.694.6520
Fax: 218.694.6244

In general, Minnesota Birth and Death records before 1908 and all marriage records are in the offices of the Clerks of the District Court in the respective counties. Birth and death records after 1908 are in the offices of the Minnesota Dept. of Health.

Records of wills and all probate of estates are in the office of the Clerk of the Probate Court in the county courthouse, while the records of deeds and mortgages are handled by the Register of Deeds in the county courthouse.

Clearwater County was carved out of Beltrami County in 1902. The Clearwater Clerk of the District Court has birth, marriage, deaths, divorce, probate, and civil court records from 1903. Town Clerks have burial records. The county recorder has land records from 1903. Prior to that refer to Beltrami County.

18 Main Ave S.
PO Box 178
Bagley, MN 56621-0178

P.O. Box 241
Bagley, MN 56621
Director: Tamara Anderson-Edevold
Email: Clearwater County Historical Society
Phone: 218-785-2000

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
Minnesota Indian Reservations
Local Weather in Bagley
TOWNS AND VILLAGES A list of populated places in Clearwater County. Taken from the USGS.
TOWNSHIPS Bear Creek Township :: Clover Township :: Copley Township ::| Dudley Township :: Eddy Township :: Falk Township :: Greenwood Township :: Hangaard Township :: Holst Township :: Itasca Township :: La Prairie Township :: Leon Township :: Minerva Township :: Moose Creek Township :: Nora Township :: Pine Lake Township :: Popple Township :: Rice Township :: Shevlin Township :: Sinclair Township :: Winsor Township

Central Cashiering - Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, MN 55164-0499

Note: They do not take walk-in customers.

Or you can order them from the State Registrar
Beltrami State Registrar Office
License Center
701 Minnesota Avenue NW, Ste 100
Bemidji, MN 56601-3177

Uncle Sam VOLUNTEERS We need you! Please visit this page to see how you can help.
WILL RECORDS From 1849 to 1985
YEARBOOKS This is an area where locals can be of great help. If you have an old yearbook, scan it in and send it to us for posting. Or take digital photos and send them in!
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This page last updated on March 6, 2019