Adoption records are usually part of the civil case files in the district courts. The Researching Court Records guide provides more information on these records.
Where courts' adoption records are found:
The court records of adoptions are arranged by civil case file number for the district court in the county where the adoption occurred.
The library has indexes to civil case files for several counties.
If there is not an index, you will need to contact the county to get the case file number.
Judgment books are a useful tool for finding records of adoptions.
Note: Adoption record restrictions may apply to all these collections.
Visit the Library
Researchers can search for and locate materials on-site, usually with assistance from Library staff. Photocopy orders may be placed for a fee at the Copy Services window.
For more details on visiting the library, please see our Using the Library guide.
The Minnesota Historical Society Library offers a variety of research services including court record search requests.
To order a court record:
Gale Family Library
Minnesota Historical Society Library
Located on the Second Floor of the Minnesota History Center
345 West Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Thursday to Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday to Wednesday: Closed