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Minnesota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-19055,710,993
Minnesota, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1835-1890337,169
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Minnesota, Birth Index, 1935-200012,420,767
WEB: Minnesota, Marriages from the Minnesota Official Marriage System, 1850-2019Free5,690,171
Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-20174,897,032
U.S., Presbyterian Church Records, 1701-19704,530,460
U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-19473,655,098
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U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-194754,293,029
U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
Minnesota, Civil War Records, 1861-1865107,586
Minnesota Civil War Soldiers26,088
Minnesota Volunteers in the Spanish American War and the Philippine Insurrection9,847
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U.S., Index to Alien Arrivals at Canadian Atlantic and Pacific Seaports, 1904-19444,355,887
Web: Minnesota, Naturalization Index, 1849-1985Free952,399
Minnesota, Naturalization Records Index, 1854-1957523,626
U.S., Applications for Seaman's Protection Certificates, 1916-1940320,331
Web: Minnesota, Alien Registration Index, 1918Free111,827
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Minnesota Newspaper Headline Index31,598
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U.S., Chicago and North Western Railroad Employment Records, 1935-1970Free1,095,640
U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995465,390
U.S., Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963315,594
U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Membership Records, 1856-1970210,144
U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Vital Records, 1856-197052,945
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Web: Minnesota, Naturalization Index, 1849-1985Free952,399
Minnesota, Wills and Probate Records, 1801-1925690,175
Minnesota, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1835-1890337,169
Minnesota, Homestead and Cash Entry Patents, Pre-1908160,634
Web: Minnesota, Alien Registration Index, 1918Free111,827
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Minnesota County History Name Index216,812
A trip through the lakes of North America392
Summer rambles in the West276
Summer on the lakes, in 1843259
The government of Minnesota : its history and administration248
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Minnesota County History Name Index216,812
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Minnesota County History Name Index216,812
Minnesota Newspaper Headline Index31,598
Minnesota History and Biography, 19152,096
Minnesota in three centuries, 1655-19081,859
Minnesota History, 1655-19081,853
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A Genealogical History

Minnesota in brief

Statehood:  11 May 1858
Capital: St. Paul
Largest City: Minneapolis
Counties: 87
State motto:  L'Etoile du Nord (Star of the North)
State nickname: North Star State, and
Land of 10,000 Lakes
Neighboring states:365体育投注网站 Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota


365体育投注网站Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) encampment, Minneapolis, Minn. July, 1884

Interesting Facts

  • Native Americans of Minnesota were predominantly Ojibwe (Chippewa) in the north and east or Dakota (Sioux) in the south and west.
  • The first European settlement of present-day Minnesota was established by French fur traders at an outpost known as Grand Portage.
  • The 1870s and 80s were a period of rapid growth as homesteaders began streaming into the state.  The spread of railroads helped facilitate immigration and railroad companies actively promoted immigration to Minnesota. 

     

 

Featured Minnesota Data Collections

U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-194754,293,029
WEB: Minnesota, Marriages from the Minnesota Official Marriage System, 1850-20195,690,171
WEB: Minnesota, St. Louis County, Death Index, 1870-1899244,450
U.S., Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963315,594

Famous People

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Minnesota Research Notes

365体育投注网站Federal Censuses began in 1850, though statehood was not achieved for another eight years. Before statehood, parts of Minnesota were included in the 1820 census of the Michigan Territory and the 1836 Iowa Territorial census.

Minnesota state censuses were taken in 1857, 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, and 1905. Although information varies between censuses, all include members of the household.

 

 

Minnesota Vital Records

365体育投注网站Minnesota began registering vital records events at the county level in 1870. Some counties have records for earlier events, particularly marriages. In 1907, registration of birth and death records was transferred to the state, while marriage and divorce registration remains at the county level.

  • : Holds records of births after 1900 and deaths after 1908. Earlier records may be available from the county where the event occurred, or from the Minnesota Historical Society.
    Marriage and divorce records must be requested from the local registrar’s office in the county where the event occurred. Links to local registrar’s offices are available on the Vital Records web site.
  • : The Society maintains searchable indexes of births certificates (1900-1934, with a few pre-1900 records) and deaths (1904 to 2001). Copies of records found can be ordered from the Society.

 

Minnesota Research Resources

365体育投注网站The organizations listed below provide information about Minnesota history and genealogy. In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching.

 

Statewide Research Resources

  •  : In addition to the extensive resources in St. Paul, MHS has indexed many records of interest to genealogists. See the to search indexes of Minnesota census records, birth and death records, or veterans gravesites; view maps and photographs; request research; or view available family research resources.
  • : A library, archive, and the Iron Range Research Center hold a wide range of records of interest to genealogists, including census, passenger arrival, naturalization, and mining records. A web-based search of selected materials is available from the Genealogy page.
  • : This facility maintains records from Federal agencies and courts in Minnesota, including census, military, court, naturalization, and immigration records.
  • : The BLM administers Federal Land for public land states including Minnesota, and maintains records of land patents which granted land from the Federal Government to individuals. Use the Land Patent Search to locate land grants by name. Many record images are available on the web site. See the FAQ for more information on how to locate and use land patents.

 

Specialty and Regional Research

  • : Provides searchable online versions of selected Minnesota newspapers.
  • : This digital archive from the Library of Congress’ American Memory project uses information from first-person accounts, local histories, biographies, and other sources to describe life in the upper midwest in the early nineteenth to early twentieth centuries.