Minnesota State Census, 1885 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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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.

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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 

Citation for This Collection

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

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Record Content

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

  • Town, county and post office where census was taken
  • Name of each person whose residence was with family on 16 June 1885
  • Age as of last birthday
  • Gender and race of each individual
  • Place of birth (U.S. state or territory of country if foreign born)
  • Whether parents were foreign born
  • Whether individual was deaf, dumb, blind or insane
  • If individual served in the military during the Civil War

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.

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Census Project Minnesota

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"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.