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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.

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1880 Minnesota State Gazetteer & Business Directory, Vol. 2

1835-1890 Minnesota Census

1849-1905 Minnesota Censuses

1850 US Census Search

1890 Census -Veterans Schedules

1900 Census Online 

Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, Vol. 14, Part 2 (1912)

Minnesota Genealogy Data at World Vital Records

Minnesota Statewide Databases

 

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Minnesota Vital Statistics

Where to write:

Minnesota Department of Health

Central Cashiering - Vital Records

P.O. Box 64499

St. Paul, MN 55164-0499

Phone: 888-345-0823

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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1908-2002 Minnesota Death Index at Ancestry

1935-2002 Minnesota Birth Index at Ancestry

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Minnesota Birth Index 1935-2002

Minnesota Birth Records by County, 1863-1983

Minnesota Births & Christenings 1840-1980

Minnesota Death & Burials 1835-1990

Minnesota Death Certificate & Card Index 1904-2001

Minnesota Death Index 1908-2002

Minnesota Death Records 1866-1916

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Minnesota Marriage Index 1958-2001

Minnesota Marriages by County, 1860-1949

Minnesota Will Records 1849-1985

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1918 History of Clay and Norman Counties

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1882 History of the Minnesota Valley

1887 Concise History of the State of Minnesota

1895 History of the Welsh in Minnesota


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(Territory 1849.  Statehood: 1858)


Statewide Minnesota Census Records Online

1835-1890 Minnesota Census Records at Ancestry

1849-1905 Minnesota Territorial & State Censuses at Ancestry

1849 Minnesota Territorial Census Records

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Territorial Census Index linked to Census Images

1850 Federal Census Images - Statewide

1850 Federal Census Index and 1850 Census Images

1857 Minnesota Territorial Census

1860 Federal Census Index

1865 State Census Search & Images at Family Search

1870 Federal Census Index and 1870 Census Images

1875 State Census Search & Images at Family Search

1880 Federal Census - Search and View the images

1880 Federal Census Search at Family Search

1885 State Census Search & Images at Family Search

1895 State Census Search & Images at Family Search

1900 Federal Census Index and 1900 Census Images

1905 State Census Search & Images at Family Search

1910 Federal Census Index

1920 Federal Census Index

1930 Federal Census Index at Family Search

1930 Federal Census - Crews and Vessels Schedules for Minnesota

1940 Federal Census Index and 1940 Census Images

Minnesota State Databases of Census Records & Genealogy Records

 

Other MN Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes

1821-1989 City Directories Search at Ancestry

 


MN Census Records Online by County

Meeker County (formed 1856 from Stearns & Wright)

1860 Federal Census Transcription

1865 State Census Records - Surnames A-J

1865 State Census Records - Surnames K-Z

1865 State Census Transcription

1870 Federal Census Records.  

Surnames starting with: 

[A-B]   [C-E]   [F-H]   [I-L]   [M-N]   [O-Q]   [R-S]   [T-Z]

1875 State Census Transcription NOTE: Files in alphabetical order - look at end of file names for alphabet letters.

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List


Mille Lacs County (formed 1857 from Kanabec)

1910 Federal Census Records - Census files arranged by ED#

1910 Federal Census Index of Bogus Brook Twp.

1910 Federal Census Transcription of Bogus Brook Twp. - Use above 1910 census index.

1910 Federal Census Records of Milaca Township

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List


Morrison County (formed 1856 from Benton & Stearns)

1870 Federal Census of Green Prairie, Pierce and Two Rivers Townships

1910 Federal Census Images

1910 Federal Census Search Engine and Census Images

1910 Federal Census Transcription of ED 99, 100 & 101

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

Morrison County Death Index

Morrison County Historical Society Family Surname Index


Mower County (formed 1855 from Fillmore & Freeborn)

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

Mower County Obituary Project


Murray County (formed 1857 from Lyon)

Two different sources for the 1870 census of Murray County, MN:

1870 Federal Census Index     1870 Federal Census Transcription

1870 Federal Census Index     1870 Federal Census Transcription

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List


Nicollet County (formed 1853 from unorganized territory)

1857 Territorial Census Records (partial)

1860 Federal Census Records (partial)

1865 State Census Records (partial)

1875 State Census Records (partial)

1920 Federal Census Records of Brighton Township

Other Records

1870-1928 Nocollet County Birth Register (partial)

1883 Pensioners List


Nobles County (formed 1857 from Jackson)

1900 Federal Census Records of Adrian Township

1939 School Census of Kinbrae District

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

1916-1930 School Classes in Brewster

A Tale of One City - A Centennial Booklet for Brewster, MN 1858-1958


Norman County (formed 1881 from Polk)

Township Index for the following census transcriptions

1875 State Census Records of McDonaldsville

1875 State Census Records of Shelly

1875 State Census Records of Wild Rice Pct.

1880 Federal Census Transcription - Files arranged by township.

1885 State Census Transcription - Files arranged by township.

1890 Federal Census Veterans & Widows Schedules - Files arranged by township.

1910 Federal Census Records of Flom Twp. at Norman County GenWeb

1910 Federal Census Records of Flom Twp. at Margit Bakke's Site

1910 Federal Census Records of Wild Rice Children's Home in Flom

Other Records

1871-1981 Death Records Index

1882-1899 Deaths in Flom Township

1883 Pensioners

1899-1930 Residents of Wild Rice Children's Home

1913-1939 Skaurud Funeral Home Index


Olmsted County (formed 1855 from unorganized territory)

The History Center of Olmsted County features a searchable

Index to Biographical Resources.

This index includes the following resources:

  • 1857 Census Transcription

  • 1993-1997Rochester Post Bulletin Obituary Index

  • 1984 to present Rochester Bulletin Events: births, deaths etc.

  • 1957 History - The Stewartville Story

  • Guardianship Records

  • 1910 History of Olmsted County Biographies

  • Vine Funeral Home

  • Military Index

  • Wedding Scrapbook

  • 1871-1940 Rochester Death Records

1865 State Census Records of Sherman / Haverhill Twp.

1870 State Census Records of Zumbro / Haverhill Twp.

Other Records

1868 Plat Map Index for Haverhill Twp.

1883 Pensioners List

Genealogy Databases at the Olmsted County Historical Society

Olmsted County Obituary Project


Otter Tail County (formed 1858 from Cass & Pembina)

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription with notes

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

Genealogy Databases Online at the History Museum of East Otter Tail County


Pembina County (formed before 1850.  Renamed Kittson in 1878)

1850 Federal Census Index

1850 Federal Census Records - Pages 19A-27A

1850 Federal Census Records - Pages 27B-32B

1850 Federal Census Images


Pennington County (formed 1910 from Red Lake)

Other Records

Life on the Fraction: The Past Hundred Years - Online Book about the early settlement in Smiley Township in PDF File.

 

Provided by Pennington County Historical Society

1909 & 1911 Plat Maps

Pennington County Cemetery and Obituary Search

Search Online Records and Photos for Pennington County Ancestors


Pine County (formed 1856 from unorganized land)

1857 Territorial Census Records

1860 Federal Census of Chengwatana Township

1865 State Census Records

1890 Federal Census Transcription of the Veterans and Widows Schedules

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List


Pipestone County (formed 1857 from Murray)

1880 Federal Census Records

1930 Federal Census Index for Holland & Ihlen Villages

1930 Federal Census Transcription of Holland Village / Grange Twp.

1930 Federal Census Transcription of Ihlen Village / Eden Twp.

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

Pipestone County Biographies Index


Polk County (formed 1858 from Indian Lands)

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

1890 Federal Census Transcription of Veterans and Widows Schedules

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

Names Index for "Garfield, The First 100 Years, 1880-1980


Pope County (formed 1862 from Pierce)

1890 Federal Census Transcription of Veterans and Widows Schedules

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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