Minnesota Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Access the records: Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980 .

Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1840 through 1980.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information. The entries are primarily from the IGI along with some entries derived from compiled and original records such as:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

It may also include indexes generated by the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church.

There may be entries that cite a specific source such as the following:

  • "Vital Record of Rhode Island, 1636-1850: a Family Register for the People" by James Arnold
  • "Paul Dingwell Genealogical Collection" by Paul Dingwell
  • A county or state vital record registration

These entries are in this collection for one of the following reasons:

  • They were submitted by private individuals to the LDS Church and as such are part of the IGI resulting in their inclusion in this index.
  • They have been indexed through the internet indexing project sponsored by the LDS Church. If this is the case, the index they are a part of has been included as part of this database.

The Vital Record Index databases are not necessarily intended to index any specific set of records although some sub-indexes (an index to a set of records within the database) have been found. When we identify a sub-index, we remove it from the database and post it separately on FamilySearch under its appropriate title.

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1840-1980 Marriages, 1849-1950 Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990
Aitkin 0 0 1,954
Anoka 0 0 6,668
Becker 0 0 6,537
Beltrami 0 0 7,122
Benton 0 0 2,552
Big Stone 0 0 3,130
Blue Earth 45,879 6,797 34,853
Brown 56,423 5,628 20,446
Carlton 0 0 5,581
Carver 12,959 17,346 5,177
Cass 0 0 3,153
Chippewa 0 0 8,319
Chisago 0 0 0
Clay 0 0 4,934
Clearwater 0 0 1,088
Cook 0 0 150
Cottonwood 11,327 1,741 6,613
Crow Wing 0 0 8,188
Dakota 0 0 9,359
Dodge 15,159 6,305 7,551
Douglas 0 0 6,050
Faribault 17,030 5,261 18,412
Fillmore 67,205 26,855 9,681
Freeborn 55,723 13,908 14,614
Goodhue 38,246 7,317 17,265
Grant 0 0 1,694
Hennepin 127,834 91,815 340,294
Houston 9,525 5,903 13,735
Hubbard 0 0 2,140
Isanti 0 0 4,735
Itasca 0 0 5,620
Jackson 9,096 2,147 4,512
Kanabec 0 0 1,434
Kandiyohi 0 0 5,307
Kittson 0 0 962
Koochiching 0 0 2,454
Lac Qui Parle 0 0 3,150
Lake 0 0 2,812
Lake of the Woods 0 0 167
Le Sueur 20,449 6,471 12,294
Lincoln 6,194 1,906 6,737
Lyon 10,077 3,646 8,459
Mahnomen 0 0 330
Marshall 0 0 2,773
Martin 9,172 0 5,300
McLeod 0 0 5,990
Meeker 0 0 5,383
Mille Lacs 0 0 3,597
Minnesota 253,704 0 350,717
Morrison 0 0 7,514
Mower 0 0 9,212
Murray 0 0 1,849
Nicollet 6,682 4,194 45,906
Nobles 0 0 4,003
Norman 0 0 2,712
Olmsted 0 245 31,752
Otter Tail 0 0 19,581
Pennington 0 0 2,602
Pine 0 0 4,183
Pipestone 4,155 2,038 3,941
Polk 0 0 9,840
Pope 0 0 2,238
Ramsey 202,393 82,077 203,295
Red Lake 0 0 1,225
Redwood 16,284 2,540 8,802
Renville 0 0 0
Rice 28,350 1,756 13,571
Rock 6,176 2,426 9,056
Roseau 0 0 2,272
Scott 32,706 3,942 4,559
Sherburne 0 0 2,916
Sibley 0 0 4,812
St. Louis 0 0 71,448
Stearns 120 0 21,372
Steele 17,386 8,419 13,120
Stevens 0 0 1,909
Swift 0 0 3,307
Todd 0 0 6,004
Traverse 0 0 1,008
Wabasha 24,977 4,590 15,267
Wadena 17,352 0 3,228
Waseca 39,639 2,031 4,269
Washington 31,801 7,791 8,911
Watonwan 0 2,012 4,138
Wilkin 0 0 2,062
Winona 67,347 13,090 43,621
Wright 0 0 8,454
Yellow Medicine 0 0 3,336
Total 1,261,370 343,030 1,607,288

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This is an index of some births and christenings throughout Minnesota. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why the Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Minnesota.

Related Websites

Minnesota Birth Certificate Index 1900-1934. There are approximately 2700 records indicated as "Pre 1900". Delayed and supplemental filings have been added. These include Pre-1900 records.

Related Wiki Articles

Known Issues with this Collection

Names in this index came from one of the following sources:

  • Names collected by members of the LDS Church.
  • Names extracted by indexers from various original records.

Some of the records in this index may also be found in the following indexes:

Minnesota Birth Certificate Index 1900-1934. There are approximately 2700 records indicated as "Pre 1900". Delayed and supplemental filings have been added. These include Pre 1900 records. For additional information on indexes to vital records in Minnesota, see the following wiki article:

Minnesota Vital Records

If you do not find the person you are searching for or you cannot find a certificate number you should search other indexes to state and county vital records collections such as those listed above.

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

"Minnesota Births and Christening, 1840-1980." Index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org): accessed 25 March 2011. entry for Alice Mary Johnson, born 4 May 1907; citing Birth Records, FHL microfilm 1,255,860; Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Sources of Information for This Collection

"Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840-1980," Index, "FamilySearch" (https://familysearch.org). Index includes the IGI, digital copies of original records, and compiled records. FHL digital and microfilm copies. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.