Kittson County

Lancaster Street Scene 1914 – Courtesy of 

Locations in Kittson County where Poles settled include:

Towns: Lancaster
Unincorporated Communities: Caribou
Townships: Richardville Township

County-Wide Resources

Vital Records and Land Records

The Kittson County Recorder is the custodian of all legal records pertaining to real estate, births, marriages, and deaths.

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.

Historical Societies and Museums

The Historical Societies and Museums preserve artifacts and historical information related to Kittson County and its people.

General Genealogy Links

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


Plat maps are helpful in showing who owned the land that year. Click on the area you are interested in until you get to the detail level with names.

PGS-MN Newsletter Articles

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

Summer 20001The Origin of Polish Settlement in Northwest Minnesota
by John Radzilowski
Fall 20081Poznan Project: Search the Marriage Database
by Kathryn Wilebski Schafer
Winter 20194Paternal Ancestry of Mary Masloski Wilebski
by Kathryn Wilebski Schafer
(the family emigrated from Budy, Russian Poland)

Richardville Township


General Genealogy Links


Golden Jubilee ’04 – ’54: Lancaster, Minnesota
by the Fiftieth Anniversary Committee, 1954