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Finding information about adoptions can be one of the more challenging research tasks due to limited information and Minnesota Laws concerning adoption. If the adoption occurred 100 years ago or earlier, the information is public; if the adoption occurred less than 100 years ago the records may be restricted.
Adoption resources housed in the Minnesota Historical Society collections include court records, orphanage records, birth records, and books and articles about adoption in Minnesota.
You may be able to find birth records and civil case files in the records of the court where the adoption occurred.
You may also be able to find adoption records pertaining to specific institutions where mothers or adopted children stayed.
You may be able to find birth records in the Minnesota Birth Certificates Index.
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