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Minnesota Genealogy

The best collection of sources on Minnesota genealogy is the Minnesota Historical Society. Located at the Minnesota History Center are the Minnesota State Archives, a newspaper collection of approximately 5,000 Minnesota newspaper titles, an extensive manuscript collection, and more than 500,000 books, pamphlets, periodicals, and government publications. The Research Center also holds sound and visual collections, oral histories, and maps.

The Minnesota Genealogical Society should also be contacted for help with Minnesota research. The Society offers classes in beginning and advanced genealogical topics.

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Dates of Interest
1763 Eastern Minnesota ceded from France to Great Britain
1774 Part of Quebec
1783 Eastern Minnesota is ceded from Great Britain to the U.S.
1787 Part of Northwest Territory
1803 Western Minnesota is part of the Louisiana Purchase
1803 All residents of Minnesota become U.S. citizens by legislation, except for Native Americans, whose tribes are considered a separate nation until 1924
1820 Fort Snelling is established at the site of St. Paul
1830 Part of the Michigan Territory; for pre-territorial federal census see Michigan
1836 Part of the Wisconsin Territory
1840 For pre-territorial federal census see Wisconsin
1849 Created as a separate U.S. territory; territorical census, published in "Census of the Minnesota Territory, June 11, 1849." Minnesota Genealogist 11 (September 1980): 121-32; and http://www.parkbooks.com/Html/res_18~1.html
1857 Special federal territorial census (film 0944283 ff./M1175)
1858 Statehood
1865 State census (film 0565714 ff.)
1875 State census (film 0565717 ff.)
1885 State census (film 0565334 ff.)
1895 State census (film 0565761 ff.)
1905 State census (rilm 0928767 ff.)
1918 Alien registration records of all non-U.S. citizens in Minnesota; records hel at the Minnesota Historical Society


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Handbooks and Manuals
  • Tracing your ancestors in Minnesota : a guide to the sources
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Quarto F605 .P6x 1984 Regular Loan TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto F605 .P66x 1984 Non-Circulating
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Archival, Library, and Museum Resources [Return to Top]

Cemeteries
  • Minnesota cemetery locations
    • Location(s): TC Andersen Library Immigration History Quarto F605 .P655 1988 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (Gazetteer) Quarto F605 .P58x 1988 Non-Circulating
    Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
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Censuses
Microfilm of both Minnesota state and federal censuses can be found at the Minnesota Historical Society's microfilm room and the University of Minnesota's Government Publications Library. However, the University DOES NOT have indexes to these censuses. [Return to Top]

Counties
  • Waseca County, Minnesota, landowners of record, 1879 : a special project in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Waseca County, Minnesota
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (Minnesota) Quarto F612.W17 F67 1982 Non-Circulating
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Church Records
  • Church records in Minnesota : a guide to parish records of Congregational, Evangelical, Reformed, and United Church of Christ churches, 1851-1981
    • Location(s): TC Andersen Library Immigration History Quarto BX9884.A2 M6x 1983 Non-Circulating
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  • Chisago Lake-församlingen i Minnesota : förteckning över de äldsta medlemmarna 1855-1867
    • Location(s): TC Andersen Library Rare Books (Dahllof) F614.C35 C48 1973 Non-Circulating TC Wilson Library 929.373 C447 Regular Loan
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Maps
  • Every name index to the 1896 plat book of Cottonwood County, Minnesota : with reprints of selected maps
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (Minnesota) Quarto G1428.C7 G5x 1896 Index In Process
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  • Every name index to the 1886 plat book of Faribault County, Minnesota : with reprints of selected maps
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (Minnesota) Quarto G1428.F3 B76x 1886 Index Non-Circulating
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  • Every name index to the 1887 Plat book of Jackson County, Minnesota : with reprints of selected maps
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (Minnesota) Quarto G1428.J2 I58x 1887 Index Non-Circulating
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  • Index to property owners in Plat book of Jackson County, Minnesota compiled and published by the Interstate Publishing Company, 1887, Philadelphia, PA
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (Minnesota) Quarto G1428.J2 I5x 1887 Ind Non-Circulating
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  • Every name index to the 1902 plat book of Lyon County, Minnesota : with reprints of selected maps
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (Minnesota) Quarto G1428.L9 N635x 1902 Index Non-Circulating
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  • Every name index to the 1886 Plat book of Rock County, Minnesota : with reprints of selected maps
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Borchert Map (Minnesota) Quarto G1428.R7 I58x 1886 Index Non-Circulating
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Newspaper Sources
  • Newspapers on the Minnesota frontier, 1849-1860
    • Location(s): UM CROOKSTON Library Books 071.76 H12n Four Week Loan TC Andersen Library University Archives MM H12n Non-Circulating TC Journalism Library Heggen PN4897.M59 H3 Regular Loan TC Wilson Library PN4897.M59 H3 Regular Loan IN STORAGE: MN Lib Access Ctr 070.9768 H12 9ZAR10D03S06TG9 Regular Loan
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Records and Registers
  • Guide to church vital statistics records in Minnesota: baptisms, marriages, funerals
    • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Quarto 976.8 H619gui Regular Loan IN STORAGE: MN Lib Access Ctr Use restricted to Elmer L. Andersen Library 9ZAR01D44S10TCY .H52 In Library Use IN STORAGE: MN Lib Access Ctr Use restricted to Elmer L. Andersen Library CD3311 .H52 In Library Use
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Miscellaneous
  • Minnesota's mining accidents, 1900-1920, and mining deaths, 1889-1990
    • Location(s): UM DULUTH Library VOY D7269.M72 U64 1995 Regular Loan TC Andersen Library Immigration History Quarto HD7269.M72 U64 1995 Non-Circulating
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Searching MNCAT

You can use MNCAT, the University Libraries' computerized catalog, to search for specific subjects. The following are some examples of useful subject terms for genealogists; other examples are found in the Library of Congress Subject Headings books located in Wilson Reference.

american newspapers--minnesota--bibliography
cemeteries--minnesota--directories
church records and registers--minnesota
[city name] (minn.)--genealogy
[county name} County (minn.)
[county name} County (minn.)--census
[county name} County (minn.)--directories
[county name} County (minn.)--genealogy
[county name} County (minn.)--history
[county name} County (minn.)--maps--indexes
For example:
waseca county (minn.)--genealogy
steele county (minn.)--genealogy
hennepin county (minn.)--maps--indexes
[ethnic group]--minnesota
jews--minnesota
scandinavians--minnesota
genealogy--bibliography--catalogs
genealogy--library resources--minnesota
genealogy--sources--bibliography
immigrants--minnesota
inscriptions--minnesota
iron miners--minnesota
land titles--minnesota
loggers--minnesota
minnesota--biography
minnesota--census
minnesota--emigration and immigration
minnesota--history--sources--bibliography--catalogs
minnesota--genealogy
minnesota--genealogy--archival resources
minnesota--genealogy--bibliography--catalogs
minnesota--genealogy--directories
minnesota--genealogy--handbooks, manuals, etc
minnesota--genealogy--sources
minnesota historical society--catalogs and collections
minnesota--statistics, vital
names, personal--minnesota
pioneers--minnesota
real property--minnesota--[county name] county--indexes
real property--minnesota--rock county--indexes
registers of births, etc.--minnesota
swedish americans--minnesota
women--minnesota
women immigrants--minnesota


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Internet Resources
  • Minnesota Historical Society
    The Minnesota Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share Minnesota history


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