Minnesota, State Census, 1885 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1503044/waypoints Browse].  
 
For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://www.familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1503044/waypoints Browse].  
 
The census includes most individuals within the counties enumerated. State censuses were taken in Minnesota every ten years beginning in 1865 through 1905.
 
 
The census was compiled to obtain a description and a count of the population of the state of Minnesota. This helps in apportioning political representation at all levels of government.
 
 
The information is generally reliable. However, use the information with some caution since it may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified&nbsp;
 
  
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
 
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
  
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== Record Content  ==
 
== Record Content  ==
  
'''Key genealogical facts found in the Minnesota 1885 State Census are:'''
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Key genealogical facts found in the Minnesota 1885 State Census are:  
  
*Town, county and post office where census was taken
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*Name  
*Name of each person whose residence was with family on 16 June 1885
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*Age  
*Age as of last birthday
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*Gender  
*Gender and race of each individual
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*Color
*Place of birth (U.S. state or territory of country if foreign born)  
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*Place of birth (state or territory if in the U.S., country if foreign born)  
*Whether parents were foreign born
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*Length of residence
*Whether individual was deaf, dumb, blind or insane
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*Occupation
*If individual served in the military during the Civil War
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*If a soldier or sailor in the Civil War  
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*Whether mother and father foreign born or not
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*Residence or location within a country (The location within a county may not be a town name but a legal land description instead which gives the township number and the range number.)
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
  
A census can provide you with names and ages of family members, which can be used to calculate birth or marriage dates. It can also provide the name of the county and town where your ancestor lived. People living with the family may be relatives. Relatives may also have lived nearby. The census may identify individuals for whom other records may not exist.<br>
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To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
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*Name
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*Residence
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==== Search the Collection ====
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To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>
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⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>
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⇒Select the "County" <br>
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⇒Select the "_____________" category<br>
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⇒Select the "_____________" category which takes you to the images<br>
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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.
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==== Using the Information ====
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When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
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*Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date.  This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
 +
*Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
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*Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
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==== Tips to Keep in Mind ====
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*If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
 +
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records or military records.
 +
*It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
 +
*Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.
 +
*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 +
*Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
 +
*You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
 +
*You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
 +
*Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
 +
*The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.
 +
 
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==== Unable to Find Your Ancestor?  ====
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*Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
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*Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
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*Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
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==== General Information About State Census Records ====
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The census includes most individuals within the counties enumerated. State censuses were taken in Minnesota every ten years beginning in 1865 through 1905.
 +
 
 +
The census was compiled to obtain a description and a count of the population of the state of Minnesota. This helps in apportioning political representation at all levels of government.
 +
 
 +
The information is generally reliable. However, use the information with some caution since it may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.
  
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
 
== Related Web Sites  ==
  
 
[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/minnesota/ Census Project Minnesota]  
 
[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/minnesota/ Census Project Minnesota]  
 
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Revision as of 20:02, 14 November 2012

FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.
Access the records: Minnesota State Census, 1885 .

Contents

Record Description

This census is for the year 1885.

The record is a printed form that was filled in by hand by the enumerator. The forms are arranged by county and community.

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Records collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

Minnesota Census Bureau. Minnesota State Census, 1885. State Library and Records Service, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Key genealogical facts found in the Minnesota 1885 State Census are:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Color
  • Place of birth (state or territory if in the U.S., country if foreign born)
  • Length of residence
  • Occupation
  • If a soldier or sailor in the Civil War
  • Whether mother and father foreign born or not
  • Residence or location within a country (The location within a county may not be a town name but a legal land description instead which gives the township number and the range number.)

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name
  • Residence

Search the Collection

To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "County"
⇒Select the "_____________" category
⇒Select the "_____________" 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.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records or military records.
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
  • Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even a county.
  • You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
  • You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
  • Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
  • The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the surnames.
  • Look for an index. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

General Information About State Census Records

The census includes most individuals within the counties enumerated. State censuses were taken in Minnesota every ten years beginning in 1865 through 1905.

The census was compiled to obtain a description and a count of the population of the state of Minnesota. This helps in apportioning political representation at all levels of government.

The information is generally reliable. However, use the information with some caution since it may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.

Related Web Sites

Census Project Minnesota

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Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Minnesota State Census, 1885." database and digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/: accessed 27 March 2012). entry for John Church, age 25; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 000,565,734;  State Library and Records Service, St. Paul, Minnesota.