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== '''Deaths after 1908'''  ==
  
The state of Minnesota began recording deaths in 1917.  
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The state of Minnesota began recording deaths in 1908.  
  
 
==== '''STEP ONE: Find Death Information'''  ====
 
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| width="65%" | '''Free;''' index of deaths from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Vital Records.
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| width="25%" | {{RecordSearch|1680831|1835-1990 - At FamilySearch.org}}  
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| width="65%" | '''Free;''' index to death and burial records from the state of Minnesota. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at Family History Centers
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| align="left" colspan="2" | '''Can't find your ancestor in the online index?'''
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==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
 
==== '''STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate'''  ====
  
To get an image of the certificate, you can order a copy of the death certificate for a fee from one of the following locations:  
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To get an image of the certificate, you can order a copy of the death certificate from one of the following locations:  
  
*[http://www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics/deaths.htm Minnesota Department of Health]  
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*FamilySearch.org - If the indexed information contained a GS microfilm number you can [[Ordering Microfilm or Microfiche|order]] the microfilm from the Family History Library.
*[https://www.vitalchek.com/death-certificates/minnesota VitalChek]
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*Minnesota Historical Society - click on the "'''Add To Order'''" button to the left of each desired listing. Clicking on that link will start the process of ordering the certificate.
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*You may also order the certificate, for a fee, from one of the two locations:
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**[http://www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics/deaths.htm Minnesota Department of Health]  
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**[https://www.vitalchek.com/death-certificates/minnesota VitalChek]
  
 
Death records are also maintained at the county level. County copies may be obtained at the Register of Deeds office in the county where the event occurred.  
 
Death records are also maintained at the county level. County copies may be obtained at the Register of Deeds office in the county where the event occurred.  
  
<br> '''''Restrictions for persons who died within the last 50 years:'''''
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<br> '''If you do not want to order the death record, there are [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]] you can search.<br>'''  
 
 
To obtain a copy of the death certificate with information on the cause of death for those who died within the last 50 years, you must be:
 
 
 
:*The decedent's spouse, parent, child, grandchild, or sibling
 
:*Any person who provides documentation that he or she is acting on behalf of any of the previously mentioned persons
 
 
 
'''NOTE:''' A copy of the certificate with information about the cause of death cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 50 years have passed from the date of death.
 
 
 
'''If you do not want to order the death record, there are [[Substitute Records For United States Death Information|other records with death information]] you can search.<br>'''  
 
 
<center>[[How to Find Minnesota Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
 
<center>[[How to Find Minnesota Death Records#Next_Step:_When_did_the_death_occur.3F|Return to top: Choose another death year]]</center>  
 
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How to Find United States Deaths Gotoarrow.png Minnesota Deaths

Minnesota gained statehood in 1817. Statewide registration of deaths began in 1908. General compliance flollowed shortly after in 1910.

Next Step: When did the death occur? [edit | edit source]

Choose a time period to search for your ancestor's death record:

Learn more about U.S. Death Records

Deaths before 1870[edit | edit source]

Before 1870, no deaths were recorded by the county or state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.

  Records that give death information:
Cemetery Records
Newspapers
Probate (wills, etc)
Tax Records
Church Records
Census
Bible Records
Return to top: Choose another death year


Deaths between 1870 and 1908
[edit | edit source]

Some counties in Minnesota began to keep death records in 1870. Statewide registration started in 1908. General compliance throughout the state began in 1910.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information[edit | edit source]

For death that exist during this time period, try the following databases.

Minnesota Death Databases - Includes Indexes Only
Try 1st:
1835-1990 - At FamilySearch.org Free; index to death and burial records from the state of Minnesota. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at Family History Centers
Try 2nd:
1866-1916 - At FamilySearch.org Free; index of death records in St. Paul (Ramsey County) and Minneapolis (Hennepin County), Minnesota. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers.
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information

If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases above, try searching for death information in other records.

STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

There are two options:

  • If the indexed information contained a GS microfilm number you can order the microfilm from the Family History Library.
  • You may also order the certificate, for a fee, from one of the two locations:


Deaths after 1908[edit | edit source]

The state of Minnesota began recording deaths in 1908.

STEP ONE: Find Death Information[edit | edit source]

For deaths that exist during this time period, try the following database.

Minnesota Death Databases - Includes Indexes Only
Try 1st:
1908-2001 - At Minnesota Historical Society Free; index of deaths from the Minnesota Department of Health in Minneapolis
Try 2nd:
1835-1990 - At FamilySearch.org Free; index to death and burial records from the state of Minnesota. Microfilm copies of original records are available at the Family History Library and at Family History Centers
Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No death record for your ancestor? Other records with death information


STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate[edit | edit source]

To get an image of the certificate, you can order a copy of the death certificate from one of the following locations:

  • FamilySearch.org - If the indexed information contained a GS microfilm number you can order the microfilm from the Family History Library.
  • Minnesota Historical Society - click on the "Add To Order" button to the left of each desired listing. Clicking on that link will start the process of ordering the certificate.
  • You may also order the certificate, for a fee, from one of the two locations:

Death records are also maintained at the county level. County copies may be obtained at the Register of Deeds office in the county where the event occurred.


If you do not want to order the death record, there are other records with death information you can search.

Return to top: Choose another death year


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