Beltrami County, MNGenWeb

Welcome!  My name is Karen De Groote and I am the Foster Coordinator for Beltrami.  If you would like to become a part of MNGenWeb and adopt Beltrami, I would be more than happy to get you going. 

Beltrami County was created in 1856 and the county seat is Bemidji. It is a well-known fact that Paul Bunyan was born here. That is our story and we are sticking to it!

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.

WHAT'S NEW? Easily determine what has been added since your last visit
Archives Logo MNGenWeb Project Archives-lots of excellent data here!
BIBLIOGRAPHY For further reading. If you know of any good local history books please let us know.
BIOGRAPHIES & 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
CEMETERIES Under development.
CHURCHES Names and addresses of all Beltrami County churches. If we missed yours - let us know!
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.
FUNERAL HOMES Cease Family Funeral Home
2815 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN 56601-2346

Olson Schwartz Funeral Home
519 Minnesota Ave Nw
Bemidji, MN 56601-3024
GENEALOGY TERMS Helpful definitions
LOOKUPS We need volunteers. Do you have any Beltrami 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
Beltrami County MNGenWeb
Pennington County Clearwater County Hubbard County Cass County

1320 Neilson Ave. S.E.
Bemidji, Minnesota 56619
Phone: (218) 333-9200

Ojibwe News (Native American newspaper)
Native American Press
1819 Bemidji Ave N
Bemidji, MN 56601
The Newsline
207 2nd Street NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
NEWSPAPERS-HISTORICAL Newspapers held by the Library of Congress

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.

OBITUARIES Please feel free to submit any obits that you may have access to.
PHOTOS Under development. Send yours in for posting!
PUPOSKY CENTENNIAL 1905-2005 - history of the town of Puposky
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.
RED LAKE INDIAN RESERVATION Do you have some information on this Reservation? If so, please submit it.

Beltrami County Government
Beltrami County Courthouse
Bemidji, MN 56601

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.

Beltrami was attached to Becker County for many years for record purposes. Clerk of the District Court began keeping records in 1894.

Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce
300 Bemidji Ave.
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-444-3541 or 800-458-2223
or e-mail

Beltrami County Historical Society
130 Minnesota Ave. SW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Email: depot (at)
Phone (218) 444-3376.
Fax: (218) 444-3377
Hours of Operation
Wednesday – Saturday, noon – 4 p.m.

Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Dr NE
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699
City of Bemidji
City Hall
317 4th Street NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
218-759-3560 (main #)
218-759-3590 (f)
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
Minnesota Indian Reservations
Local Weather in Bemidji
TOWNS AND VILLAGES A list of populated places in Beltrami 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.

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

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!
A big thank you to former volunteers Vikki Gray and Michael Andrews.

© 1998 to 2011 by John Follesdal and Michael Andrews for the benefit of the MNGenWeb Project
© 2011 to 2017 by Vikki Gray for the benefit of the MNGenWeb Project


This page last updated 7 Aug 2017