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Ramsey County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Guide to Ramsey County, Minnesota ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Ramsey County, Minnesota
Map
Map of Minnesota highlighting Ramsey County
Location in the state of Minnesota
Map of the U.S. highlighting Minnesota
Location of Minnesota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 27, 1849
County Seat St. Paul
Courthouse
Address Ramsey County Courthouse
15 Kellogg Blvd W
St. Paul, MN 55102
Phone: 651.266.4444
Ramsey County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Alexander Ramsey (W), the first governor of the Minnesota Territory. The County is located in the east central area of the state. [1]

Ramsey County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1850 1870 1900 1844 1849 1836
Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1850,
divorce and court records from 1900
and probate records from 1849.
Historical Society has court records
1858-1899 and land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1849--Ramsey County was created 27 October 1849 from old St. Croix County in  Wisconsin Territory.
County seat: St. Paul [4]

  • For a brief history of how Ramsey County was named, click here, then select Ramsey County.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
MNGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
MNInterment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. For contact information, check a phone directory, such as SearchBug or Dex Knows. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information about these major repositories, see Minnesota Church Records.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]

Ward and Branch Records

  • St. Paul
Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Ramsey County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, St. Paul, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

St. Mathew's Lutheran Church

  • Records of the St. Mathew's Lutheran Church, Ramsey County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

  • Fold3.com ($) has Minneapolis City Directories 1865-1923 (4 yrs. missing) available online.
  • Fold3.com ($) has St. Paul City Directories 1863-1924 (4 yrs. missing) available online.
  • Genealogy From Periodicals
  • Jones, Andrew Forsyth. The French Family of Sunderland and the USA. History of the family of Joseph and Mary Ann French with description of their son Joseph French born 1847, Gateshead, and his wife Frances Ann Samuel, born Sunderland, July 1846. Photo included on their golden wedding. The family of Joseph and Frances and all but one of their children emigrate to USA in 1887, and settle in St Paul, Minnesota, and after 5 years move onto San Francisco. Photo of Andrew Forsyth, and Elizabeth nee French in 1903. Other surnames mentioned: Bennett, Forsyth, Douce, Winks, Lundgren. Article dated 1846-1954, and is found in the Northumberland & Durham Family History Society Journal. vol. 32,no.2pages 48-49. Family History Library Ref. 942.8 B2jo vol. 32.no.2.(summer 2007)

Land[edit | edit source]

The county register of deeds keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

Land records for Minnesota are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under:

MINNESOTA, Ramsey – LAND AND PROPERTY


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Ramsey County, Minnesota Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Minnesota Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Anoka CountyWashington CountyDakota CountyHennepin CountyMN RAMSEY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Ramsey County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are many companies or regiments that were formed from men of Ramsey County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company G.
- 1st Battalion, Minnesota Infantry Volunteers, Company A.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies A and F.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Heavy Artillery, Companies G and H.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies B, D, F, G, H, I and K.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company A.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company B.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies E, G, and K.
- 5th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies D, E, F, and I.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies A and G.
- 7th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company H.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies H and K.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies H and K.
- Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies A and C.
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies A and D.
- 2nd Minnesota Company Sharpshooters, Second Company only.
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Ramsey County, Minnesota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

The appeal . : (Saint Paul, Minn. ;) 1889-19?? African-American newspaper. More than 1,500 issues between 1889 and 1922 have been digitized and are fully searchable on-line at the Library of Congress, Chronicling America website.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records may include, wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Minnesota Probate Records for additional information.


Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Minnesota tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses before 1820 or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.


Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota State Registrar of Vital Records, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred], order electronically online ($) or download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

See also Minnesota Vital Records or How to order Minnesota Vital Records. For information about restrictions and costs for certificates, see the CDC Where to Write for Vital Records site.


Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Ramsey County
1485 E 7th Street
St. Paul 55106

Ramsey County Historical Society
323 Landmark Center
75 West Fifth Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
Telephone: 651-222-0701
Website

Little Canada Historical Society
515 Little Canada Rd E
Little Canada MN 55117-1633
Telephone: 651-766-4044
Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

St Paul Minnesota Family History Center

FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries[edit | edit source]

Minnesota Historical Society
345 Kellogg Blvd West
St Paul, MN 55102


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Ramsey County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsey_County,_Minnesota accessed 14 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ramsey County, Minnesota. Page 362-370 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 362-365.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ramsey County, Minnesota page 367, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

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