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
Books and Articles- about adoption in Minnesota
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