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Adoption Research: Birth Records

Birth Records

For information on general birth records at MNHS visit our Vital Records guide. 

The birth record of a child who was born to unmarried parents is closed for 100 years from the date of birth. Our online birth index does not include these birth records less than 100 years old.  

For more info please visit: Accessing Confidential Birth Records



How do I order a birth certificate?

Visit the Library

You may use the computers located in the Minnesota Historical Society Library's main reading room in St. Paul to search and print non-certified copies for $9.00 per certificate

Researchers can view a birth certificate on a Reading Room computer before--or instead of--printing it. 


Order Online

You may use People Finder to search the Minnesota Birth Index for any certificate copies that you wish to order. Once you are ready to purchase your selected certificate(s), our online store will safely and securely process your transaction. The price for each non-certified record is $9.00, plus sales tax if applicable.

Once the transaction has been processed, you will receive an e-mail notification explaining how to retrieve your non-certified certificate electronically. This e-mail will provide a link to the certificate(s). Click on the link to view the certificate. This link will be accessible for 2 weeks following the initial e-mail notification.

For patrons who choose to mail in their payment, they will have to wait until we receive their payment and process the order (approximately 3-5 business days). Once the order is filled by our staff, an e-mail notification will be sent to the customer instructing them on how to access their certificates through the Society’s web site. The certificate(s) will be accessible for 2 weeks following the e-mail notification.

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