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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.

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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

1958-2001 Minnesota Marriages at Ancestry

Minnesota Birth Certificate Index 1900-1934

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

Minnesota Divorce Index 1970-1995

Minnesota Marriages 1849-1850

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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 Minnesota

(Territory 1849.  Statehood: 1858)

Lakes Lakes Lakes!  Over 10,000 lakes are found in this state.

Minnesota was held by Britain after the French and Indian War in 1763.  Eastern Minnesota was part of the Northwest Territory and the western part was included in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.  In 1819 Fort Snelling was established and heralded early MN settlement.  Minnesota was inhabited mainly by Scandinavians in it's early years, the 1880s brought many Finns and Slavs to work the Iron mines.   A chief historic figure is the Catholic missionary,  Father Hennepin, who came to the area ca 1680.


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 (NEW!)

 


MN Census Records Online by County

Aitkin County (formed 1857 from Cass & Itasca)

Aitkin County Census Records from "Beyond the Circle"

1880 Federal Census Names

1905 State Census for Loberg

1920 Federal Census - Names

1920 Federal Census Records Transcription

1920 Federal Census Transcription at USGenWeb Census Project

1920 Federal Census of Bain

1920 Federal Census of Ball Bluff

Other Records

Ball Bluff Pioneers

1883 Pensioners List

1920 List of Aitkin County Teachers


Andy Johnson (previously Toombs.  Changed to Wilkin in 1868.)

See Wilkin County History

No known census online.  Submit census links for inclusion in Census Finder's Directory.


Anoka County (formed 1857 from Ramsey)

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Records Transcription

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

1888 Plat Map Index


Becker County (formed 1858 from Indian Lands)

1860 Federal Census Index with Linked Transcription

1870 Federal Census Index

1870 Federal Census Records

1870 Federal Census Mortality Schedules

1880 Federal Census Records of Unorganized Townships

1885 Special Census Records

1890 Veterans Census

1890 Federal Census - Veterans and Widows Schedule INDEX

1890 Federal Census - Veterans and Widows Schedule Transcription

1895 Special Census Records

1900 Federal Census Records for Sugar Grove Twp.

1926 School Census for Frazee, MN

Other Records

A Pioneer History of Becker County

White Earth Indian Reservation Land Records

1883 Military Pensioners List


Beltrami County (formed 1866 from unorganized territory)

1890 Federal Census - Veterans and Widows Transcription


Benton County (formed 1849 - Original County)

1850 Federal Census Images

1850 Federal Census Records

1850 Federal Census Transcription at USGenWeb Census Project

1930 Federal Census Index (partial)

1930 Federal Census Transcription - Pages 147A-151A

1930 Federal Census Transcription - Pages 151B-155B

1930 Federal Census Transcription - Pages 208A-208B

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

Surname Index of History Book : Sauk Rapids and Benton County


Big Stone County (formed 1862 from Pierce)

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List


Blue Earth County (formed 1853 from unorganized territory)

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

1938-1945 Mankato High School Records

Civil war Soldiers of Blue Earth County

WWI Honor Roll

WWI Soldiers of Blue Earth County


Breckenridge County (formed 1858.  Changed to Clay.)

No known census online.  Submit census links for inclusion in Census Finder's Directory.


Brown County (formed 1855 from Blue Earth & Nicollett)

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List


Carlton County (formed 1857 from Pine & St. Louis)

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Federal Census Records

1860 Federal Census Transcription at USGenWeb Census Project

1865 State Census Records

1870 Federal Census Index

1870 Federal Census Records

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

1927-1928 City Directory for Cloquet

1927-1928 Farmers Directory


Carver County (formed 1855 from Hennepin)

1860 Federal Census Records Index.

Surnames starting with: 

[A-D]   [E-J]   [K-N]   [O-S]   [T-Z]
1860 Federal Census Records Transcription - Use above 1860 census index.

1860 Federal Census Records

1860 Federal Census Images

1865 State Census Records of Laketown

Other Records

1880 Plat Maps of Carver County

1883 Pensioners List


Cass County (formed 1851 - Original County)

1870 Federal Census Index (partial - Chippewa Agency)

1870 Federal Census Records (partial - Chippewa Agency)

1880 Federal Census Records (partial)

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List


Chippewa County (formed 1862 from Pierce)

1880 Federal Census Index - Surnames A-Moe

1880 Federal Census Index - Surnames Moe-Young

1880 Federal Census Records - Use with above 1880 census indexes.

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

1892-1899 Various Birth and Death Records for Milan


Chisago County (formed from Washington)

1855 Census Records for Chisago Lake Precinct

Other Records

1883 Pensioners List

Names Index from "A History of Chisago County 1851-2001"


Clay County (formed 1858 as Breckenridge.  Changed to Clay in 1862.)

1880 Federal Census Index

1895 State Census of Georgetown

1909-1962 School Census Record Images

Other Records

1872-1947 Clay County Land & Property Records

1872-1980 Death Records Index

1883 Pensioners List

1885 City Directory of Moorhead

1891 City Directory of Moorhead

1915 City Directory of Moorhead

1905 Personal Property Tax List

1933 Rural Directory of Residents

1933 Village Residents


Clearwater County (formed 1902 from Beltrami)

No known census online for Clearwater County.  Submit a census link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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