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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- birth records and civil case files in the records of the court where the adoption occurred
Orphanage Records- adoption records pertaining to specific institutions where mothers or adopted children stayed
Birth Records- in Minnesota People Records Search and in the records of individual counties
Books and Articles- about adoption in Minnesota
Visit the MNHS Library
Original materials, records, and newspapers on microfilm are available on site and reference staff can help with research.
MNHS Research Services
Order copies of records, articles, or other specific materials from the MNHS collections.
MNHS loans out most microfilm materials. Contact your local library for more information and assistance with this service.
Some items such as newspapers, articles, photos and objects are available online. Look for links within this guide.
Many books listed in the Secondary Sources page can be borrowed from other libraries.
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