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Welcome to the Lake of the Woods County GenWeb Project. Lake of the Woods County is Minnesota's youngest county, having been carved out of Beltrami County in 1922. The county has the distinction of being the northernmost point in the lower 48 states. On flat maps it may appear that Maine is further north but that is an illusion. The county seat is Baudette.

We are a free, genealogical and historical website run by volunteer Vikki Gray 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 host Michael Andrews.

WHAT'S NEW? Easily determine what has been added since your last visit
Minnesota GenWeb Project Archives
BIBLIOGRAPHY Under development. 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
CHURCHES Under development.
1857 MN Territorial Census 1865 MN State Census 1875 MN State Census 1885 MN State Census 1895 MN State Census 1905 MN State Census
CHURCHES Under development.
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.
LOOKUPS Michael Andrews has kindly offered to assist w/lookups when he can. However we would love a few more volunteers. Do you have any Lake of the Woods 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
Lake of the Woods County
MN GenWeb Project
PO Box 1134
Baudette, MN 56623
Phone: 218-634-2700
Fax: 218-634-2777


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 ).

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.

NORTHWEST ANGLE What in the heck is it? And how did it get there? Can it hurt you?
OBITUARIES Please feel free to submit any obits that you may have access to.
PHOTOS Under development. Send yours in for posting!
QUERIES 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.

206 8th Ave SE
Baudette, MN 56623
(218) 634-2836

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.

The Lake of the Woods Clerk of the District Court began keeping records in 1923. Refer to Beltrami County before that.

110 1st Ave SW
Baudette, MN 56623
206 - 8th Avenue SE, Suite 150 (mailing)
119 8th Avenue SE (museum)
Baudette, MN 56623

Depot Preservation Alliance
PO Box 1238 (Mailing)
420 Main Avenue North
Baudette, MN 56623
TOWNS AND VILLAGES A list of populated places in Lake of the Woods County. Taken from the USGS.

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

Note: They do not take walk-in customers.

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!

© 1998 to 2011 by Michael Andrews for the benefit of the Minnesota GenWeb Project
© 2011 to present by Vikki Gray for the benefit of the Minnesota GenWeb Project

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