Pine County

Willow River Street Scene 1905 – Courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society

Towns in Pine County where Poles settled include:
Sturgeon Lake, and Willow River


County-Wide Resources

Vital Records and Land Records

The Recorder’s Office is responsible for birth, marriage, death and real estate records for properties in Pine County.

Historical Societies and Public Libraries

Historical Societies and Public Libraries provide resources related to genealogy and the history of the county.

Pine County Courthouse
The original courthouse burned in 1870 – almost all records were destroyed.
The 1886 courthouse was struck by lightning and burned in 1952 – those records were saved.

U.S. Bureau of Land Management

The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management has General Land Office Records where you can pick the state and county, then type a surname. If an ancestor purchased land, you will likely be able to see the document and details about the land and purchase.

General Genealogy Links

The following are websites with general resources and genealogy information about Pine County:

Polish Roots Video

Polish Roots in Carlton County
Available at the Carlton County Historical Society in Cloquet

This video features Catholic churches in Carlton and Pine Counties with significant Polish membership. Many original family surnames are mentioned.

Book

Northern Pine County
by Earl J. Foster and Amy Troolin
Arcadia Publishing, 2011

Local Newspaper

The Pine County Courier newspaper has been in print from 1894 to the present. Copies are available at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.


Sturgeon Lake

General Genealogy Links

The following are websites with general resources and genealogy information about Sturgeon Lake:

PGS-MN Newsletter Articles

(You will need to scroll down to the page indicated to find the article within the newsletter link)

newslettertitle/authorpage
Winter 2005A Survivor’s Guide to Finding Ancestors in Poland: Researching the Magdziarz/Labak families from Pilzno, Galicia to Sturgeon Lake
Mark Dobosenski
1
Winter 2005Drobne Echa article – Installment #6: Sturgeon Lake, From Wiarus,1886-1891
by Greg Kishel
11
Fall 2010Drobne Echa article – Installment #21: Sturgeon Lake, From Wiarus, 18891

Willow River

General Genealogy Links

The following are websites with general resources and genealogy information about Willow River:

Polish Farm

The Doboszenski Homestead is on the National Register of Historic Places. Photos and a document summarizing the details are below:

Photos of Doboszenski Homestead
Document summarizing the Homestead