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Vital Records: Marriage, Birth, & Death: Overview

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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.  

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Guide Author

Jackie Beckey
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