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<br>'''Introduction to Vital Records'''  
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=== <br>'''Introduction to Vital Records''' ===
  
 
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Minnesota.htm Minnesota Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.  
 
[[United States Vital Records|Vital Records]] consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]] recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. [[Locating United States Vital Records|United States Vital Records]]&nbsp;has&nbsp;additional research guidance&nbsp;on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be&nbsp;purchased from&nbsp;the [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Minnesota.htm Minnesota Vital Records State Department of Health] or the&nbsp;County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.  
  
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=== Vital Records Reference Dates  ===
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== Vital Records Reference Dates  ==
  
 
Minnesota's vital records start the following years:  
 
Minnesota's vital records start the following years:  
  
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== Minnesota&nbsp;Birth, Marriage and Death Records Online ==
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=== Online Minnesota Birth, Marriage and Death Records  ===
  
The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Minnesota Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Most online resources for Minnesota Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''
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*The [http://www.mncounty.com/Modules/Certificates/Marriage/Default.aspx Minnesota Official Marriage System] - Free
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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Minnesota Vital Records which consist of [[United States Birth Records|births]], adoptions, [[United States Marriage Records|marriages]], divorces, and [[United States Death Records|deaths]]. Most online resources for Minnesota Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to [[Contradictions and discrepancies|confirm the information]] in the index. '''<br>'''
*[http://people.mnhs.org/dci/Search.cfm Minnesota Death Index] 1908-1996 - Free  
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*[http://people.mnhs.org/bci/Search.cfm?bhcp=1 Minnesota Birth Index]&nbsp;1900-1925 - Free
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'''Birth Indexes:'''
*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Minnesota/minnesota.htm Minnesota Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] -&nbsp;Free  
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Minnesota Minnesota Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free
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*{{RecordSearch|1680827|Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980}} - Free; Incomplete
*USGenWeb.org [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mngenweb/ Minnesota Site] - Free
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*[http://people.mnhs.org/bci/ ''Minnesota Birth Certificates Index, 1900-1934''] - Free  
*Search for Minnesota Collections on [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start FamilySearch Record Search] under [http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#r=0;p=allCollections Canada, USA, and Mexico] - Free  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8742&cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 ''Minnesota Birth Index,1935-2002''] - $; Incomplete
*The Vital Records Search and Information Directory for [http://www.daddezio.com/records/room/RR-MN-NDX.html Minnesota] - Free/$  
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*Wee Monster Links for Minnesota [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Minnesota Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$
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'''Marriage Indexes:'''
*Linkpendium Links for [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/MN/ Minnesota Genealogy and History], including individual Counties&nbsp;-&nbsp;Free/$&nbsp;  
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*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Minnesota''' or '''MN''' -&nbsp;Free/$
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*{{RecordSearch|1680832|Minnesota Marriages, 1849-1950}} - Free; Incomplete
*Search the [http://www.ancestry.com/search/locality/dbpage.aspx?tp=2&p=26&categoryFilterID=34&showPaging=true Minnesota Birth, Marriage &amp; Death] Records at Ancestry.com - $&nbsp;  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8721&cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 ''Minnesota Marriage Collection, 1958-2001'']- $; Incomplete
*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Minnesota.htm Minnesota Certificates] online -&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />$&nbsp;  
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*[http://www.mncounty.com/Modules/Certificates/Marriage/Default.aspx ''Minnesota Official Marriage System - MOMS'']- Free; Incomplete
*For a statewide Birth Record database search see the [http://www.dalbydata.com/user.php?action=birthsearch Dalby Database].
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*For a statewide&nbsp;Marriage Record database search see the [http://www.dalbydata.com/user.php?action=marsearch Dalby Database].
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'''Death Indexes:'''
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*{{RecordSearch|1680831|Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990}} - Free; Incomplete
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*[http://people.mnhs.org/dci/Search.cfm ''Minnesota Death Index, 1904-2001'']- Free  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7316&cj=1&o_xid=0000584978&o_lid=0000584978 ''Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002''] - $; Incomplete
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'''Order a copy of the certificate:'''
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*Order [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w/Minnesota.htm Minnesota Certificates] online -&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_30" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1247073573052_178" />$&nbsp;
  
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[[Minnesota Vital Records#More_Online_Minnesota_Vital_Records_Links|More Online&nbsp;Minnesota Vital Records Links]]
  
== Birth Records  ==
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=== Birth Records  ===
  
 
'''Early - 1908'''  
 
'''Early - 1908'''  
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'''1908 - Present''' Minnesota Historical Society [http://www.mnhs.org/genealogy www.mnhs.org/genealogy]&nbsp;for indexes to birth records 1900 to 1934,  
 
'''1908 - Present''' Minnesota Historical Society [http://www.mnhs.org/genealogy www.mnhs.org/genealogy]&nbsp;for indexes to birth records 1900 to 1934,  
  
'''State Records of Births and Deaths ('''move death info&nbsp;to Death heading)
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'''State Records of Births'''  
  
 
In Minnesota, the state registration of births began in 1900 and was generally complied with by 1915. Death records have been registered by the state since 1908.  
 
In Minnesota, the state registration of births began in 1900 and was generally complied with by 1915. Death records have been registered by the state since 1908.  
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[http://www.vitalrec.com/mn.html VitalRecords.com]. The vitalrec.com site also shows state and county records office addresses, fees, and years covered and has some links to other internet resources.  
 
[http://www.vitalrec.com/mn.html VitalRecords.com]. The vitalrec.com site also shows state and county records office addresses, fees, and years covered and has some links to other internet resources.  
  
[http://people.mnhs.org/bci/search.cfm?bhcp=1 Minnesota Birth Certificate Index 1900-1934].&nbsp;There are approximately 2700 records indicated as "Pre 1900". <br>Delayed and supplemental filings have been added. These include Pre 1900 records.  
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[http://people.mnhs.org/bci/search.cfm?bhcp=1 Minnesota Birth Certificate Index 1900-1934].&nbsp;There are approximately 2700 records indicated as "Pre 1900".&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Delayed and supplemental filings have been added. These include Pre 1900 records.  
  
 
[http://people.mnhs.org/dci/Search.cfm?bhcp=1 Minnesota Death Certificate Index 1904-2001]. This database indexes the death cards from 1904 to 1907 and the death certificates from 1908 to 2001.  
 
[http://people.mnhs.org/dci/Search.cfm?bhcp=1 Minnesota Death Certificate Index 1904-2001]. This database indexes the death cards from 1904 to 1907 and the death certificates from 1908 to 2001.  
  
=== County Records of Births and Deaths ===
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==== County Records of Births  ====
  
Some counties began recording births as early as 1864 (Redwood County), but most counties began in 1870. Benton County death records were kept from 1867, but 1870 was the general starting date for most counties. Compliance was not good in the early years. The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilms of these county records from the earliest dates to about 1925. For examples, see the following:  
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Some counties began recording births as early as 1864 (Redwood County), but most counties began in 1870. Compliance was not good in the early years. The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilms of these county records from the earliest dates to about 1925. For examples, see the following:  
  
*Minnesota. District Court (Hennepin County). ''Birth Records, 1870–1915''. <ref>Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983. (On 5 Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;filmno=1309389 films beginning with 1309389].) </ref>
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*Minnesota. District Court (Hennepin County). ''Birth Records, 1870–1915''. <ref>Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983. (On 5 Family History Library {{FHL|1309389|film|disp=films beginning with 1309389}}.) </ref>  
*Minnesota. Division of Vital Statistics. ''Delayed Birth Records, ca. 1942–1981''. <ref>Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982. (On 3 Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=126917&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Delayed+birth+records%2C+ca.+1942-19++ films beginning with 1314525 item 4].) </ref>Contains delayed birth records for Ramsey County and the city of St. Paul.  
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*Minnesota. Division of Vital Statistics. ''Delayed Birth Records, ca. 1942–1981''. <ref>Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982. (On 3 Family History Library {{FHL|126917|title-id|disp=films beginning with 1314525 item 4}}.) </ref>Contains delayed birth records for Ramsey County and the city of St. Paul.
*Mower County (Minnesota). County Recorder. ''Death Records, 1870–1993; Index, 1870–1993''. <ref>Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. (On 26 Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=734887&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Death+records%2C+1870-1993+%3B+index2++ films beginning with 1902894].) </ref>
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For information about early county birth and death records, write to the court administrator of the district court or county recorder in the county.  
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For information about early county birth records, write to the court administrator of the district court or county recorder in the county.<br>
  
=== Adoption Records ===
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*[[Minnesota, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota, Birth Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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*[[Minnesota Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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*[[Minnesota County Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota County Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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==== Delayed Birth Records  ====
  
== Marriage Records  ==
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=== Marriage Records  ===
  
=== County Records of Marriages  ===
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==== County Records of Marriages  ====
  
 
There is no centralized registration for Minnesota marriage records. The state has kept a statewide index to marriages from 1958 to present. Each county generally began keeping marriage records soon after the creation of the county. Some county marriage records begin in the late 1840s. The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilms of these records. For example, marriage records of Ramsey County (including St. Paul) are in:  
 
There is no centralized registration for Minnesota marriage records. The state has kept a statewide index to marriages from 1958 to present. Each county generally began keeping marriage records soon after the creation of the county. Some county marriage records begin in the late 1840s. The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilms of these records. For example, marriage records of Ramsey County (including St. Paul) are in:  
  
*Minnesota. District Court (Ramsey County).''Marriage Indexes, 1850–1917; Marriage Records, 1850–1916''. <ref>Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982. (On 54 Family History Library films beginning with index [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=229626&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+indexes%2C+1850-1917%3B+marri++ film 1314520 item 3].) </ref>
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*Minnesota. District Court (Ramsey County).''Marriage Indexes, 1850–1917; Marriage Records, 1850–1916''. <ref>Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982. (On 54 Family History Library films beginning with index {{FHL|229626|title-id|disp=film 1314520 item 3}}.) </ref>
  
 
There is an index to many pre-1850 Minnesota marriage records on compact disc:  
 
There is an index to many pre-1850 Minnesota marriage records on compact disc:  
  
*''Marriage Records Early–1850''. <ref>Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=609208&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+records+early%2D1850%20%20&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 compact disc no.9, pt. 227].) </ref>Although incomplete, this disc has many marriage records for various states west of the Mississippi.
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*''Marriage Records Early–1850''. <ref>Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library {{FHL|609208|title-id|disp=compact disc no.9, pt. 227}}.) </ref>Although incomplete, this disc has many marriage records for various states west of the Mississippi.
  
 
There are also some Bureau of Indian Affairs marriage records on microfilm. An example is:  
 
There are also some Bureau of Indian Affairs marriage records on microfilm. An example is:  
  
*''Marriage Licenses, 1902–1922''. <ref>United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Red Lake Agency. ''Marriage Licenses, 1902–1922''. Kansas City, Missouri: Federal Archives and Records Center, 1977. (Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;titleno=265787&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;disp=Marriage+licenses%2C+1902-1922++ film 1204883 item 3].) </ref>
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*''Marriage Licenses, 1902–1922''. <ref>United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Red Lake Agency. ''Marriage Licenses, 1902–1922''. Kansas City, Missouri: Federal Archives and Records Center, 1977. (Family History Library {{FHL|265787|title-id|disp=film 1204883 item 3}}.) </ref>
  
 
For copies of marriage records, write to the district court administrator’s office in the county in which the license was recorded. This office also has files for divorces. For information about Hennepin County marriages, write to:  
 
For copies of marriage records, write to the district court administrator’s office in the county in which the license was recorded. This office also has files for divorces. For information about Hennepin County marriages, write to:  
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'''Wiki articles describing online colledtions are forund at:'''<br>
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*[[Minnesota County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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*[[Minnesota, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota, Marriage Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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=== Death Records  ===
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'''Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:<br>'''
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*[[Minnesota Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
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*[[Minnesota Death Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota Death Index (FamilySearch&nbsp;Historical Records)]]
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*[[Minnesota Municipal Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota Municipal Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==== County Records of Deaths  ====
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Benton County death records were kept from 1867, but 1870 was the general starting date for most counties. Compliance was not good in the early years. The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilms of these county records from the earliest dates to about 1925. For examples, see the following:
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*Mower County (Minnesota). County Recorder. ''Death Records, 1870–1993; Index, 1870–1993''. <ref>Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. (On 26 Family History Library {{FHL|734887|title-id|disp=films beginning with 1902894}}.) </ref>
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'''Early - 1908'''
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'''1908 - Present''' Miscellaneous Death Records and Obituaries: Minnesota Historical Society [http://www.mnhs.org/genealogy www.mnhs.org/genealogy]&nbsp;for indexes to birth records 1900 to 1934, some pre 1900, and records from death cards 1904 to1907 and death certificates 1908 to 1891.
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*[http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Online Searchable Death Indexes for the USA].
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/minnesota/index.html Minnesota Death Records &amp; Indexes] (deathindexes.com)
  
 
=== Divorce Records  ===
 
=== Divorce Records  ===
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'''Online Index:'''
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1081 ''Minnesota Divorce Index, 1970-1995''] - $, Index only
  
 
Divorce and annulment records for each county are found with the civil cases of the district courts. The district courts have handled these cases since 1849. You can write to the court administrator of the district court at the county courthouse for copies or information. For a summary of the types of courts, see the “[[Minnesota Court Records|Minnesota Court Records]]” article.  
 
Divorce and annulment records for each county are found with the civil cases of the district courts. The district courts have handled these cases since 1849. You can write to the court administrator of the district court at the county courthouse for copies or information. For a summary of the types of courts, see the “[[Minnesota Court Records|Minnesota Court Records]]” article.  
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'''A wiki article describing an online collectionis found at:'''
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[[Minnesota Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]<br>
  
 
The Minnesota Department of Health has a divorce index from 1970 to the present.  
 
The Minnesota Department of Health has a divorce index from 1970 to the present.  
  
== Death Records  ==
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=== Adoption Records  ===
  
'''Early - 1908'''
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In many cases, children were raised by relatives or interested families without a formal adoption taking place and no official adoption records being created. <br>
  
'''1908 - Present''' Miscellaneous Death Records and Obituaries: Minnesota Historical Society [http://www.mnhs.org/genealogy www.mnhs.org/genealogy]&nbsp;for indexes to birth records 1900 to 1934, some pre 1900, and records from death cards 1904 to1907 and death certificates 1908 to 1891.
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For more information, see [[Adoption Research|Adoption Research]] for additional resources and strategies
  
*[http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Online Searchable Death Indexes for the USA].
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=== Substitute Records  ===
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=== Additional Helps  ===
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*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp; Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.&nbsp; The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
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*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths. [[Minnesota Vital Records#Substitute_Records|Other substitute records.]]
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*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.<br>
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=== [[Image:Fire.png|thumb|right|110px]]Burned, Lost, or Missing Records  ===
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For a list of record loss in Minnesota counties see the following:
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*[[Burned Counties Research|Burned Counties Research in FamilySearch Wiki]]
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*[http://blogs.ancestry.com/circle/?p=2424 Michael John Neill, ''Burned Counties'' in Family History Circle]
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=== Alternative Records  ===
  
 
These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.  
 
These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.  
  
*[[Minnesota Church Records|Church Records]]: Depending on the denomination, church records&nbsp;may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
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*[[Minnesota Church Records|Church Records]]: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
  
*[[Minnesota Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information.&nbsp; These records may also reveal family relationships.
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*[[Minnesota Cemeteries|Cemetery Records]]: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
  
 
*[[Minnesota Census|Census Records]]: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
 
*[[Minnesota Census|Census Records]]: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
  
*[[Minnesota Newspapers|Newspapers]]: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices.&nbsp; Also check newspaper social columns for&nbsp;additional information.&nbsp;
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*[[Minnesota Newspapers|Newspapers]]: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for&nbsp;additional information.
  
 
*[[Minnesota Periodicals|Periodicals]]: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
 
*[[Minnesota Periodicals|Periodicals]]: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
  
*[[Minnesota Military Records|Military Records]]: &nbsp;Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information,&nbsp; In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
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*[[Minnesota Military Records|Military Records]]: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information, In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
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*[[Minnesota Probate Records|Probate Records]]: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century&nbsp;often contain the exact death date.
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*[[Minnesota History|History]]: Local histories, family&nbsp;histories&nbsp;and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.
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=== More Online Minnesota Vital Records Links  ===
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*USGenWeb.org [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mngenweb/ Minnesota Site] - Free
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*[http://userdb.rootsweb.ancestry.com/regional.html#Minnesota Minnesota Databases] listed on [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Rootsweb.com]&nbsp;- Free
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*German Roots Links for Minnesota [http://www.germanroots.com/vitalrecords.html#Minnesota Birth &amp; Marriage]&nbsp;and [http://www.germanroots.com/deathrecords.html Death] Records -&nbsp;Free/$ This site includes all vital records, not just those of German descent.
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*Progenealogists Links for the [http://progenealogists.com/genealogysleuthb.htm United States]. Press '''Ctrl + F''' on the keyboard to search for '''Minnesota''' or '''MN''' -&nbsp;Free/$
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*[http://fhlfavorites.info/Links/USA_States/States_Frames/Minnesota/minnesota.htm Minnesota Links] from [http://fhlfavorites.info/ fhlfavorites.info] - Free[[Minnesota Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota_Marriages_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)]]
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*[http://www.genealogybranches.com/minnesota.html Minnesota Vital Records Indexes &amp; People Finding Aids] &nbsp;Helpful resources for adoption searches and genealogy research
  
*[[Minnesota Probate Records|Probate Records]]: If no death record exists, probate records&nbsp;may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century&nbsp;often contain the exact death date.
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*[[Minnesota History|History]]: &nbsp;Local histories, family&nbsp;histories&nbsp;and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.
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*[[Minnesota Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Minnesota County Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota County Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Minnesota Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Minnesota Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Minnesota Municipal Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota Municipal Deaths (FamilySearch&nbsp;Historical Record)]]
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*[[Minnesota County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Minnesota Municipal Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Minnesota Municipal Deaths (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
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*Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.&nbsp; Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the records.&nbsp; The closer the relationship of the informatn to the subjects(s) and wether or not the infromant was present at the time of the event&nbsp;can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
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*If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by govenments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.&nbsp; A family Bible may have been used to records births, marriage and deaths.
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*Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.&nbsp; Copies of some vital arecords recorded in the last 100 years may be uanavailable to anyone except a direct relative.
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*Search for Vital Records in the Family History Library Catalog by using a '''Place Search '''and then choosing '''Vital Records'''.&nbsp; Search for '''Minnesota''' to locate records filed by the State and then search athe '''name of the county '''to locate records kept by the county.
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Minnesota  Gotoarrow.png  Vital Records


Introduction to Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

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Vital Records Reference Dates

Minnesota's vital records start the following years:



Births Marriages Deaths
Earliest 1870 1870* 1870
Statewide Registration 1900 1958 1908
General Compliance 1915 1958 1910
  • Most counties started recording marriages much earlier.


Online Minnesota Birth, Marriage and Death Records

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The following is a list of online resources useful for locating Minnesota Vital Records which consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. Most online resources for Minnesota Vital Records are indexes. After locating a person in an index always consult the original record to confirm the information in the index.

Birth Indexes:

Marriage Indexes:

Death Indexes:

Order a copy of the certificate:

More Online Minnesota Vital Records Links

Birth Records

Early - 1908

1908 - Present Minnesota Historical Society www.mnhs.org/genealogy for indexes to birth records 1900 to 1934,

State Records of Births

In Minnesota, the state registration of births began in 1900 and was generally complied with by 1915. Death records have been registered by the state since 1908.

For copies of state records, write to:

Minnesota Department of Health
Minnesota Department of Health
Attention: Office of the State Registrar
P.O. Box 64882
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0882
Telephone: 612-623-5121
Fax: 651-291-0101
Internet: Minnesota Department of Health

For an idea of fees for obtaining copies of the state’s records, check:

VitalRecords.com. The vitalrec.com site also shows state and county records office addresses, fees, and years covered and has some links to other internet resources.

Minnesota Birth Certificate Index 1900-1934. There are approximately 2700 records indicated as "Pre 1900". 
      Delayed and supplemental filings have been added. These include Pre 1900 records.

Minnesota Death Certificate Index 1904-2001. This database indexes the death cards from 1904 to 1907 and the death certificates from 1908 to 2001.

County Records of Births

Some counties began recording births as early as 1864 (Redwood County), but most counties began in 1870. Compliance was not good in the early years. The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilms of these county records from the earliest dates to about 1925. For examples, see the following:

  • Minnesota. District Court (Hennepin County). Birth Records, 1870–1915. [1]
  • Minnesota. Division of Vital Statistics. Delayed Birth Records, ca. 1942–1981. [2]Contains delayed birth records for Ramsey County and the city of St. Paul.

For information about early county birth records, write to the court administrator of the district court or county recorder in the county.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Delayed Birth Records

Marriage Records

County Records of Marriages

There is no centralized registration for Minnesota marriage records. The state has kept a statewide index to marriages from 1958 to present. Each county generally began keeping marriage records soon after the creation of the county. Some county marriage records begin in the late 1840s. The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilms of these records. For example, marriage records of Ramsey County (including St. Paul) are in:

  • Minnesota. District Court (Ramsey County).Marriage Indexes, 1850–1917; Marriage Records, 1850–1916. [3]

There is an index to many pre-1850 Minnesota marriage records on compact disc:

  • Marriage Records Early–1850. [4]Although incomplete, this disc has many marriage records for various states west of the Mississippi.

There are also some Bureau of Indian Affairs marriage records on microfilm. An example is:

  • Marriage Licenses, 1902–1922. [5]

For copies of marriage records, write to the district court administrator’s office in the county in which the license was recorded. This office also has files for divorces. For information about Hennepin County marriages, write to:

Vital Records Office
Public Service Level Government Center
300 South 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Hennepin County, Minnesota Vital Records

For other birth, death, and marriage records, check the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

MINNESOTA, [COUNTY] – VITAL RECORDS

Wiki articles describing online colledtions are forund at:

Death Records

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

County Records of Deaths

Benton County death records were kept from 1867, but 1870 was the general starting date for most counties. Compliance was not good in the early years. The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilms of these county records from the earliest dates to about 1925. For examples, see the following:

  • Mower County (Minnesota). County Recorder. Death Records, 1870–1993; Index, 1870–1993. [6]

For information about early county death records, write to the court administrator of the district court or county recorder in the county.

Early - 1908

1908 - Present Miscellaneous Death Records and Obituaries: Minnesota Historical Society www.mnhs.org/genealogy for indexes to birth records 1900 to 1934, some pre 1900, and records from death cards 1904 to1907 and death certificates 1908 to 1891.

Divorce Records

Online Index:

Divorce and annulment records for each county are found with the civil cases of the district courts. The district courts have handled these cases since 1849. You can write to the court administrator of the district court at the county courthouse for copies or information. For a summary of the types of courts, see the “Minnesota Court Records” article.

A wiki article describing an online collectionis found at:

Minnesota Divorce Index (FamilySearch Historical Records)

The Minnesota Department of Health has a divorce index from 1970 to the present.

Adoption Records

In many cases, children were raised by relatives or interested families without a formal adoption taking place and no official adoption records being created.

For more information, see Adoption Research for additional resources and strategies


Additional Helps

Tips

  • Information listed on vital records is given by an informant.  Learn the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) of the record.  The closer the relationship of the informant to the subject(s) and whether or not the informant was present at the time of the event can help determine the accuracy of the information found on the record.
  • If you are unable to locate vital records recorded by governments, search for church records of christening, marriage, death or burial.  A family Bible may have been used to record births, marriages and deaths. Other substitute records.
  • Privacy laws may restrict your access to some vital records.  Copies of some vital records recorded in the last 100 years may be unavailable to anyone except a direct relative.

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Burned, Lost, or Missing Records

For a list of record loss in Minnesota counties see the following:

Alternative Records

These links will take you to wiki pages describing alternate sources for birth, marriage and death records.

  • Church Records: Depending on the denomination, church records may contain information about birth, marriage and death.
  • Cemetery Records: Cemetery records are a rich source of birth and death information. These records may also reveal family relationships.
  • Census Records: Census records are a valuable source for birth and marriage information. You may also determine approximate time of death when the individual disappear from the census. This is a good place to begin a search.
  • Newspapers: Besides obituaries, local newspapers may contain birth and marriage announcements and death notices. Also check newspaper social columns for additional information.
  • Periodicals: Local genealogical and historical societies often publish periodicals which may contain abstracted early birth, marriage and death information.
  • Military Records: Military pension records can give birth, marriage and death information, In addtion, soldiers' homes records can included this same information.
  • Probate Records: If no death record exists, probate records may be helpful in estimating when an individual has died. Probate records in the 20th Century often contain the exact death date.
  • History: Local histories, family histories and biographies can all be sources of birth, marriage and death information. Often this information is found in county-level records or in surname searches of the Family History Library catalog.

More Online Minnesota Vital Records Links

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

References

  1. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983. (On 5 Family History Library films beginning with 1309389.)
  2. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982. (On 3 Family History Library films beginning with 1314525 item 4.)
  3. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982. (On 54 Family History Library films beginning with index film 1314520 item 3.)
  4. Orem, Utah: Automated Archives, 1992. (Family History Library compact disc no.9, pt. 227.)
  5. United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Red Lake Agency. Marriage Licenses, 1902–1922. Kansas City, Missouri: Federal Archives and Records Center, 1977. (Family History Library film 1204883 item 3.)
  6. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1993. (On 26 Family History Library films beginning with 1902894.)