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Access the records: Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962 .
This Collection will include records from 1909 to 1962 with many errors with some years incorrectly identified and in particular the 1960's.
The listing of school-aged children is a common practice throught the United States. The records are usually compiled on a yearly basis.
For a list of records by districts and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
School records helped local governments determine funding needs for individual schools.
The information is usually reliable although the ages are sometimes off by a year and legal guardians may be confused with parents.
Citation for This Collection
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.
- "Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing State School Superintendent. Auditor-Treasurer, Moorhead.
The key genealogical facts found in the School Census Records may include the following:
- Name of county
- School district
- Name of child
- Age of child
- Date of birth
- Name of parent/guardian
- Home Address
How to Use the Record
To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the School District and year range category which takes you to the images.
Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
School records can be very helpful as they can often be used as a reliable substitute for birth records or they can lead you to birth records.
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- Name of the child
- Age or approximate birth date
- Parents' names
Compare the information in the school record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestor.
- Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
- Use the age or birth date along with the parents’ names and residence to find the family in census records.
- Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify other relatives such as cousins who attended the same school or other nearby schools.
Keep in mind:
- Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1885.
- There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection
“Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962" digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/: accessed 27 March 2012), Minnesota, Clay County, School Census Records, 1909-1962 > District 109(1935) > image 1 of 2, Moris Most, born May 30, 1928; citing School Census Records; entry 24; Clay County Auditor-Treasurer, Moorehead, Minnesota, United States, FHL digital images, 26 digital folders. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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