Minnesota Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—Minnesota

Explore research in Minnesota.


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Goal 1: Learn about Minnesota research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Minnesota ancestors.

  1. Learn about basic Minnesota research strategies.
    FS—Basic Minnesota Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Minnesota research on Ancestry.
    AC—Minnesota Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Minnesota research.
    AC—Minnesota State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Minnesota Record Selection Table to decide on records to search.
    FS—Minnesota Record Selection Table


Goal 2: Learn about Minnesota archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Minnesota archives and libraries.

  1. Learn about Minnesota archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Minnesota Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Minnesota state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Minnesota.
  4. Explore Minnesota Historical Society collection.
  5. Explore the Books We Own site for Minnesota genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.

B. Learn about Minnesota city directories.

  1. Learn about Minnesota city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Directories
  2. Explore Minnesota city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Minnesota city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Minnesota historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about Minnesota vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Minnesota vital and census records.

  1. Learn about Minnesota vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Minnesota Vital Records
  2. Search for online Minnesota vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  3. Explore Minnesota birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  4. Explore Minnesota birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.

B. Explore Minnesota marriage and death records.

  1. Explore links for Minnesota marriage records.
  2. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Minnesota death records.
  3. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Minnesota obituaries.
  4. Explore Minnesota death records, indexes, and obituaries.

C. Explore Minnesota census and voter records.

  1. Get an overview of Minnesota censuses in this article.
    FS—Minnesota Census
  2. Learn about Minnesota census records.
    Census Records for Minnesota
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Minnesota state and county census records.
  4. Explore Minnesota census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Learn about Minnesota voting registers in this article.
    FS—Minnesota Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Minnesota church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Minnesota church records.

  1. Get an overview of Minnesota church records in this article.
    FS—Minnesota Church Records
  2. Learn about Minnesota church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Minnesota Church Records

B. Explore Minnesota cemetery records.

  1. Explore Minnesota cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Minnesota Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Minnesota cemetery records.
  3. Search for Minnesota cemetery records online.
  4. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  5. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  6. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.




Goal 5: Learn about Minnesota emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Minnesota emigration and immigration.

  1. Learn about Minnesota emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Minnesota migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Migration


Goal 6: Learn about Minnesota military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Minnesota military records.

  1. Get an introduction to Minnesota military records.
    Minnesota Military Records
  2. Learn about Minnesota military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Military Records
  3. Explore Minnesota military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Minnesota probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Minnesota probate, land and court records.

  1. Learn about Minnesota probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Minnesota Probate Records
  2. Learn about Minnesota land and property records.
    FS—Minnesota Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Minnesota land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Minnesota Land Records

B. Learn about Minnesota court records.

  1. Learn about Minnesota court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Court Records
  2. Learn about Minnesota court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Minnesota Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Minnesota maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Minnesota maps and gazetteers.

  1. Learn about Minnesota maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Maps
  2. Learn about Minnesota maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Minnesota Maps
  3. Learn about Minnesota gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Gazetteers

B. Explore Minnesota maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Minnesota maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Minnesota.
  3. Explore historical Minnesota maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Minnesota maps.


Goal 9: Learn about Minnesota newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Minnesota newspapers.

  1. Learn about Minnesota newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical Minnesota newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical Minnesota Newspapers—10:12
  3. Learn about Minnesota newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Minnesota Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Minnesota newspapers.

  1. Search for Minnesota historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Minnesota newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Minnesota newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Minnesota newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Minnesota newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Minnesota research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.


Goal 11: Search records from Minnesota.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Minnesota County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Minnesota.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Minnesota Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Minnesota research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Minnesota Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Minnesota Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Minnesota Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. Midwest Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Minnesota.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Minnesota research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Minnesota research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Minnesota research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Minnesota research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Minnesota research.

C. Learn about Minnesota genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Minnesota in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Minnesota Societies
  2. Explore the Minnesota Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore the Minnesota Historical Society site.
  4. Explore Minnesota genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Minnesota Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Aitkin    A    L Anoka    L Becker    A    L Beltrami    A    L Benton    A    L Big Stone    L
Blue Earth    L Brown    A    L Carlton    L Carver    L Cass    L Chippewa    L
Chisago    L Clay    L Clearwater    L Cook    L Cottonwood    A    L Crow Wing    L
Dakota    A    L Dodge    L Douglas    A    L Faribault    A    L Fillmore    A    L Freeborn    A    L
Goodhue    A    L Grant    A    L Hennepin    A    L Houston    A    L Hubbard    L Isanti    L
Itasca    L Jackson    L Kanabec    L Kandiyohi    L Kittson    L Koochiching    L
Lac Qui Parle    L Lake    L Lake of Woods    L Le Sueur    L Lincoln    A    L Lyon    A    L
Mahnomen    L Marshall    L Martin    A    L McLeod    L Meeker    A    L Mille Lacs    L
Morrison    L Mower    A    L Murray    L Nicollet    L Nobles    A    L Norman    L
Olmsted    A    L Otter Tail    A    L Pennington    L Pine    L Pipestone    A    L Polk    A    L
Pope    L Ramsey    A    L Red Lake    L Redwood    L Renville&    L Rice    A    L
Rock    L Roseau    L Scott    L Sherburne    L Sibley    L St. Louis    A    L
Stearns    L Steele    A    L Stevens    L Swift    L Todd    A    L Traverse    L
Wabasha    A    L Wadena    L Waseca    A    L Washington    L Wantonwan    A    L Wilkin    A    L
Winona    A    L Wright    L Yellow Med.    L