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Minnesota, Birth and Death Records 1866-1916
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Minnesota, 
United States
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Location of Minnesota
Record Description
Record Type Death Records
Collection years 1866-1916
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
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Department of Health. Public Health Center, St. Paul


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes deaths from 1866 to 1916, for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The records are usually handwritten on a pre-printed form.

Minnesota vital records registration began in 1870, and was the responsibility of each county for the next thirty-seven years. The cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis began keeping death records four years earlier in 1866. In 1907, the state of Minnesota took over the responsibility of keeping birth and death records.

Deaths were recorded to better serve public health needs. They were also used in connection with the probate of wills and the administration of estates. The information recorded about the death is usually reliable, including the cause of death, the name of the attending physician or medical professional, the name and address of the funeral home, and the date and place of burial. The accuracy of other information depends on the reliability of the informant, often a family member.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Full name of deceased
  • Calculated date of birth
  • Death date and place
  • Burial date and place
  • Name of father
  • Name of mother
  • Name of spouse
  • Birth date and place
  • Race
  • Full name of deceased
  • Maiden name (if deceased is a married woman)
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Cause of death
  • Occupation
  • Name and address of informant or person certifying the death

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

Coverage Table[edit | edit source]

For a list of the number of records by locality see Minnesota, Birth and Death Records Coverage Table.

Digital Folder Number List[edit | edit source]

This collection was published as a DGS browse collection. The list does not contain any description of the DGS folder's content. A table listing each DGS number and its contents can be found at Minnesota, Birth and Death Records Digital Folder Number List.


How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate date of death
  • The place where the death occurred
  • The names of family members and their relationships

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

To view images in this collection:
  1. Look at the Minnesota, Birth and Death Records Digital Folder Number List article to determine the folder/film number for the images you want to see
  2. Go to the Browse Page
  3. Select the Film number to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

When you have located your ancestor’s death record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Search for an obituary or cemetery record
  • Search for a birth records
  • Use the information found to search the family in census records
  • Use the residence and names of the parents (if the deceased is a child) to locate church and land records
  • Search for probate records

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Check for variant spellings of the surnames
  • Check for a different index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby counties
  • Consult the Minnesota Record Finder to find other records

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Minnesota.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.

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