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Adoption Research: Overview


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 Recordsbirth records and civil case files in the records of the court where the adoption occurred

Orphanage Recordsadoption 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 Articlesabout adoption in Minnesota

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