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County Information

The community name is said to derive from a Dakota term for "on both sides of the river" and an Ojibwa term for "working waters"

Anoka County was organized by an act of the territorial Legislature on May 23, 1857, the year prior to Minnesota's admission to the Union. It was formed from parts of Ramsey County and Benton County; the Rum River previously divided the line between the two counties. The boundaries were mainly the same as they are now, except for a small part of the southeastern tip along the Mississippi River and at the south. It was a small portion that connected to Ramsey and occupied one-third of the congressional township. It was then attached to Anoka County by constitutional amendment November 2, 1869. It later became known as Fridley in 1879.

The first white men to explore what is now Anoka County were the Franciscan friar Louis Hennepin] and two others in his party. Not soon after, fur traders began to settle in the area which is now Ramsey County. They settled on the Rum River and established the county seat of Anoka

The largest city in the county is City of Coon Rapids, the ninth largest city in Minnesota



Burns Township
Linwood Township

Circle Pines
Columbia Heights
Coon Rapids
East Bethel

Ham Lake
Lino Lakes
Oak Grove
St. Francis
Spring Lake Park

Online Data

Church Histories / Records

County Records

Family Bibles

Military Records

Miscellaneous Data

School Records

Website Updates:
Sept. 2013: Obits: Brown, Davis, Garrish, Goss, Hansen, Henderson, Herrick, Mahoney, McFall, Stack, Stevens, Ticknor, Wheeler
Marriages: Amberson - Campbell; Barnard - Turner; DeLong - Clarke; Ghostley - Hansen; Heiber - Whitten; Jackson - Gibbs; Lapham - Davis; Lydon - Martin; Merritt - Felt; Ott - Bragg; Raney - Doyle; Storms - Scott; Townsend - Norman

July 2013: 1883 Pensioners on the Roll; Obit: Niles

Sept. 2012: Obits:
Douglas, King, Lacroix
Wedding Anniversary:
Gow (60th)
News: Anoka Matters
(9 Mar. 1895 and 22 May 1897)
August 2012: Marriages: Cord - Fay; White - Conroy
July 2012:
Bios: Caine, Case, Casey
June 2012:
Bios: Keene, Titus
May 2012:
Bios: Akin, Annon
Apr. 2012: Bios: Boardman, Engel, Frank, Gale, Giddins, Giddings, Gillespie, Goodrich, Green, Greenwald, Van Duzee, Wyman
Mar. 2012: County History; Vietnam War Casualties; obits for Cotton, Pace, Reidel, Tilden & Zettergren; marriage notices for Bailey-Thurston; Caswell-Woodbury; Mahany-Crosier, Morrison-Rosser, Pratt-Jamar; WW2 Army Honor List; Bios: Bean, Berry, Brandell, Bond, Curial
Jan 2012: bio for AKIN
Previous Updates:
Bio for ALDRICH; Death Records for 1908-1909; World War II Casualties


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