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Vital Records: Marriage, Birth & Death   Tags: adoption, family history, how-to  

An overview of marriage, birth and death records at MNHS.
Last Updated: Apr 8, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Research Options

  • Visit the MHS Library
    Original materials, records, and newspapers on microfilm are available on site and reference staff can help with research.
  • MHS Research Services
    Order copies of records, articles, or other specific materials from the MHS collections.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    MHS loans out most microfilm materials. Contact your local library for more information and assistance with this service
  • Health Department
    The Office of Vital Records maintains birth and death records for the state of Minnesota.
  • Vital Statistics Registrars Office
    Website listing various local issuance offices for each Minnesota county.

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The Minnesota Historical Society has a vast collection of State Archives government records such as Minnesota birth, marriage, and death records for certain years.  Alternate sources for earlier vital information are religious records (for baptism, marriage and death information), obituaries (birth information is sometimes included), and census records. The Library does not provide certified copies of vital records.  Certified records may be requested from the Vital Statistics Registrar at a local county office or from the Minnesota Department of Health. 

This guide will examine what death, birth and marriage records MNHS has in its collections for each county and for what years.  


MHS Reference Staff

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Gale Family Library
MN Historical Society Library
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102

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Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
Wed. to Sat.: 9am to 4pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
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Guide Author

Jackie Beckey

Reference Associate

Minnesota Historical Society Library • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300

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