Minnesota State Census, 1865 (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 1865
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of indexes and images to the population schedule listing inhabitants of the State of Minnesota as of June 1, 1865.

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 information was handwritten on printed sheets.

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. Reliability of the information in the census is determined by the accuracy of the knowledge of the informant, which could have been any member of the family or even a neighbor.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Minnesota State Census, 1865.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

Census

  • Name of each person whose usual abode was in this household on 1, June 1865
  • Gender and race of each person
  • Whether any member of household was deaf, dumb, blind, or insane
  • Whether any male of household was serving in the military on June 1, 1865

Collection Content

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How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The place where your ancestor lived
  • The names of other family members

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 County category
  2. Select the Township/City/Town/Village/Ward to view the images.

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.

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 residence and dates to search for federal census records, church records and land records
  • If your ancestor was subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives
  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related

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
  • There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census
  • Consult the Minnesota Record Finder to find other records

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, 1865 ." 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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