Minnesota State Census, 1905 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
Minnesota, United States
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Record Description
Record Type State Census
Collection years 1905
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of indexes and images to the population schedule listing inhabitants of the State of Minnesota as of June 1, 1905

The census is a printed form that was filled in by hand by the enumerator. The record is arranged by county and by community within each county. The census does not include schedules for the counties of Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, or Pennington, as they were not yet organized at the time the census was taken.

Minnesota became a territory in 1849 and took territorial censuses in 1849, 1853, 1855, and 1857. After statehood in 1858, Minnesota took state censuses in 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, and 1905.The census was compiled to obtain a count of the population of the state to determine how many representatives the state would send to Congress. The information is generally reliable. However use the information with some caution, since the information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Minnesota State Census, 1905.

Collection Content

Sample Image

What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Information found in the 1905 Minnesota State Census usually includes:

  • Name of each person who lived with this family on 1 June 1905
  • Residential street/avenue address or RFD
  • Gender, age and color of each person in household
  • Place of birth (U.S. state or territory or country, if foreign born)
  • Father's place of birth
  • Mother's place of birth
  • Length of residence in state
  • Length of residence in enumeration district
  • Occupation
  • Whether an individual had served in the Spanish-American War

How Do I Search the Collection?

Before searching this collection,it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.
  • The approximate age of your ancestor.
  • The names of family members who may live nearby.

Search the Index

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

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the appropriate County
  2. Select the appropriate Township/City/Town/Village/Ward which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

With either search keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

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. For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

When you have located your ancestor in the census, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.

I Can't Find the Person I'm Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for alias names, nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • 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.
  • There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census.

Citing This Collection

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
"Minnesota State Census, 1905." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Census Bureau. State Library and Records Service, St. Paul.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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