Minnesota, Death Records and Certificates - FamilySearch Historical Records

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Minnesota, Death Records and Certificates, 1900-1955
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Minnesota, 
United States
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Location of Minnesota
Record Description
Record Type Death
Collection years 1900-1955
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

The collection consists of an index to records from the State Department of Health for the years 1900 to 1955. Deaths were recorded from 1900-1907 without certificate numbers. In 1908, the state began issuing numbered certificates.

Image Visibility[edit | edit source]

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • The name of the deceased
  • Age
  • Death date
  • Birth date and place
  • Burial date and place
  • Calculated date of birth
  • Birthplace of parents
  • Parents’ names
  • The name of a spouse
  • The name of the cemetery and/or funeral home
  • The name of informant
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Race

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching the collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The date of death for your ancestor
  • The place of death for your ancestor
  • The names of the parents or other family members

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Analyze the entry to see if it provides additional clues to find other records of the person or their family

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.
  • Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals that may be your ancestor.

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Minnesota.

Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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