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Minnesota Census Notes
Although by 1820, there were settlers in what we call Minnesota, the actual census records are scarce for people who were living in this area of the Northwest Territory during this early time period. Some of these early Minnesotans are found in the 1820 census of Michigan Territory. In 1830 & 1840, some people living in this part of the Northwest Territory, were enumerated by Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa census takers. If you find yourself at a dead-end, it is recommended that you check 1830 & 1840 census records for MI, WI and IA. In particular, you should check St. Croix County, WI and Clayton County, IA as many Minnesota folk were enumerated in those areas. The first official Minnesota census enumerated by the U.S. Government, is the 1849 Minnesota Territorial Census.
Federal Minnesota Census records begin with the 1850 Territorial Census. An 1857 Territorial Census was enumerated just prior to statehood. Federal censuses for Minnesota began with the 1850 Territorial census and were conducted every 10 years thereafter and are available to the public for census years: 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. See 1849-1905 Minnesota Territorial & State Censuses at Ancestry & 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.
The 1890 Minnesota Federal Census Records were destroyed by a 1921 warehouse fire with the exception of Rockford Precinct of Wright County. The 1890 Veterans and Widows census schedules survived the fire and may be used as a census substitute. See 1890 Federal Census Fragments at Ancestry.
Soundex code (phonetic indexes) for Minnesota Federal census records are available on microfilm for census years: 1880, 1900 and 1920.
Minnesota State Census Records survived for years 1853, 1855, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895 and 1905. The 1853 MN census contains limited information and is very incomplete BUT if you are lucky, your Minnesota ancestors were enumerated AND every member of the household listed. Your odds are slim but definitely worth a look if you have ancestors in Minnesota in 1853. 1865-1905 Minnesota state census records are a gem as they have some extra information. In 1865, Soldiers in service on June 1, 1865 are included. In 1875, enumerators asked for the birthplaces of father and mother and 1895-1905 MN state censuses asked how long they had lived in the state and district. See 1849-1905 Minnesota Territorial & State Censuses at Ancestry.
Learn what questions were asked in each census year and where to find census records online. This section of Census Finder covers each census year from 1790-1940 and will give you clues and tips to help you learn to locate your ancestors quickly in census records.
Minnesota Census Records
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Minnesota Census Records &
Minnesota Vital Statistics
Where to write:
Minnesota Department of Health
Central Cashiering - Vital Records
P.O. Box 64499
St. Paul, MN 55164-0499
How to Order: Office of the State Registrar
Minnesota birth and death records are held by the local registrar's office in each county with the exception of the city of St. Paul where the records are located at the St. Paul Health Department. See Minnesota Local Registrars.
Minnesota marriage & divorce records are held by the Local Registrar in the county where the event occurred. See Minnesota Local Registrars.
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(Territory 1849. Statehood: 1858)
Statewide Minnesota Census Records Online
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MN Census Records Online by County
Jackson County (formed 1857 from unorganized territory)
Kanabec County (formed 1858 from Pine)
Kandiyohi County (formed 1858 from Meeker)
Kittson County (formed 1862 from unorg. territory. Previously Pembina)
Koochiching County (formed 1906 from Itasca)
Lac Qui Parle County (formed 1871 from Brown & Redwood)
Lake County (formed 1856. Previously Doty)
Lake of the Woods County (formed 1922 from Beltrami)
Le Sueur County (formed 1853 from unorganized territory)
Lincoln County (formed 1866 from Lyon)
Lyon County (formed1868 from Redwood)
Mahnomen County (formed 1906 from Becker & Norman)
No known census online for this county. Submit a census link.
Mankahta County (formation unknown. Discontinued after 1850)
Formed 1857 from Ramsey and was annexed to Anoka County in 1870, abolishing Manomin County. Many people are confusing this with Mahnomen County. The two are not related in any way. Manomin County was actually the land encompassed by the boundaries of the townships of Fridley and Columbia Heights, Minnesota.
By an act of the Legislative Assembly, passed on the 23, May 1857, Anoka Co. was organized with the same boundaries as today with the exception of the southeastern tip of the County. The organization at that time did not include the Twp. of Fridley which was organized the same day as Manomin (or Mahnomen as it was also spelled) County. Manomin county contained the exact lines of the former Twp. of Fridley including Columbia Heights and was organized through an error, intentional or otherwise. On the 12, April 1870, a petition, signed by a majority of voters of Manomin Co., for admission as a township, was presented to the County Commissioners of Anoka County, was granted. This information is courtesy of "History of Anoka County" copyright 1905.
Marshall County (formed 1879 from Kittson)
Martin County (formed 1857 from Brown & Faribault)
McLeod County (formed 1856 from Carver)
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