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== Collection Time Period ==
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== Record Description ==
  
 
This collection covers the years 1863 to 1983. However, most of the county’s records end before 1950.  
 
This collection covers the years 1863 to 1983. However, most of the county’s records end before 1950.  
 
== Record Description  ==
 
 
[[Image:Minnesota County Births (11-0099) DGS 4002085_11.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
[[Image:Minnesota County Births (11-0099) DGS 4002085_560.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
  
 
The collection consists of digital images of birth records from various county courthouses.  
 
The collection consists of digital images of birth records from various county courthouses.  
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*Some of the records in this collection may be duplicated in the collection “Minnesota City and Township Birth Records 1871-1947.”
 
*Some of the records in this collection may be duplicated in the collection “Minnesota City and Township Birth Records 1871-1947.”
  
=== Record Content  ===
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Some counties and towns began recording births as soon they were incorporated with some as early as 1864. However because there was no law requiring births to be recorded, compliance was not good in the early years.&nbsp;
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In 1901, Congress passed a resolution asking states to gather information about the births and deaths that occur within their borders. Many states responded, but because Congress did not fund the request, it took several years until all the states were keeping these records consistently. Birth records were usually filled out by a witness, midwife, or a medical professional. The certificate was then sent to the county, and the county sent a copy to the state.&nbsp;
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For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1920099/waypoints Browse] link from the collection landing page.
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Births were recorded to better serve public health needs.
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<br>The information recorded about the birth is usually reliable.
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=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.<br>
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{{Collection citation | text= "Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863-1983." Images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. }}
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[[Minnesota County Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
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== Record Content  ==
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Birth entries usually include the following genealogical information:  
 
Birth entries usually include the following genealogical information:  
  
*Date of birth  
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*Date and place of birth  
*City, county, and state of birth
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*Full name and gender of child
*State or country and sometimes town and county of birth for the parents (usually included)
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*Legitimacy
*Parents’ names (usually includes the mother’s maiden name)
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*Father's name
*Sex
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*Mother's maiden name
*Residence or address of parents
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*Parents' residence, age and race
*Name of person attending the birth such as a midwife or doctor.
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*Parents' birth place
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*Parents' occupation
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*Number of births for mother
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*Number of children living
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*Name of person attending birth such as midwife or doctor
  
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
 
== How to Use the Record  ==
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To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
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⇒ Select the County
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⇒ Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume which takes you to the images.
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
 
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:  
  
*Name of the child
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*Child's name
*Approximate birth date  
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*Other identifying information such as birth date and place or parent's names
*Parents names
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*Birth place
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Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible ancestors. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine which individual is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Next, click on your ancestor's name. This will take you to a descriptive page with a link to the image.
  
Compare the information in the birth record to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Be aware that as with any index, transcription errors may occur.
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=== Using the Information  ===
  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, 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. For example:  
 
When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, 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. For example:  
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*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
 
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.  
*The father’s occupation can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as military records.  
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*The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.  
*The parent’s birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
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*The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
 
It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.  
 
  
Keep in mind:
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=== Tips to Keep in Mind  ===
  
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*It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
 
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
 
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.  
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
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*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.  
 
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*If you are unable to locate your ancestor, try searching various spellings of the names.
For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
 
== Record History  ==
 
 
 
Some counties and town began recording births as soon they were incorporated with some as early as 1864. However because there was no law requiring births to be recorded, compliance was not good in the early years.
 
 
 
In 1901, Congress passed a resolution asking states to gather information about the births and deaths that occur within their borders. Many states responded, but because Congress did not fund the request, it took several years until all the states were keeping these records consistently. Birth records were usually filled out by a witness, midwife, or a medical professional. The certificate was then sent to the county, and the county sent a copy to the state.  
 
  
=== Why this Record Was Created  ===
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
Births were recorded to better serve public health needs.
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== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
  
=== Record Reliability  ===
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[Minnesota County Births (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
 
 
The information recorded about the birth is usually reliable.  
 
  
 
== Related Websites  ==
 
== Related Websites  ==
  
[http://www.genealogybranches.com/minnesota.html Minnesota Vital Records Indexes People Finding Aids]  
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*[http://www.genealogybranches.com/minnesota.html Minnesota Vital Records Indexes People Finding Aids]  
 
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*[http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/osr/ Minnesota Department of Health]  
[http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/chs/osr/ Minnesota Department of Health]  
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*[http://www.birthdatabase.net/minnesota/birth-records.htm Minnesota Birth Records]
 
 
[http://www.birthdatabase.net/minnesota/birth-records.htm Minnesota Birth Records]  
 
  
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
  
[[Minnesota City and Township Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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*[[Minnesota|Minnesota]]
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*[[Minnesota City and Township Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Minnesota Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[[Minnesota Vital Records]]
  
[[Minnesota Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
[[Minnesota Vital Records]]
 
 
 
=== Contributions to This Article  ===
 
  
 
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When you copy information from a record, you should also 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.  
 
When you copy information from a record, you should also 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 citing FamilySearch Historical Collections, including how to cite individual archives is found in the following link: [[How to Cite FamilySearch Collections|How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]]  
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A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Create FamilySearch Collections]]  
 
 
==== Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection  ====
 
 
 
*United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
 
*Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023
 
  
== Sources of Information for This Collection  ==
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
  
<!--bibdescbegin-->Minnesota. County Births 1863-1983. Various county offices throughout Minnesota. <!--bibdescend-->
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"Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863-1983" digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://famiysearch.org https/: accessed 27 March 2012), Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863-1983 &gt; Freeborn, Carlston &gt; Births, Deaths 1873-1899, vol. A &gt; , image 20 of 49, Sarah Mates, born, April 8, 1884; citing birth records; entry 174; County Courthouse, Freeborn County, Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States.  
  
 
[[Category:Minnesota|Vital]]
 
[[Category:Minnesota|Vital]]

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Record Description

This collection covers the years 1863 to 1983. However, most of the county’s records end before 1950.

The collection consists of digital images of birth records from various county courthouses.

Notes about this collection:

  • The year range will vary by county
  • Confidential information (illegitimate births and adoptions) has been masked from this collection
  • Some of the records in this collection may be duplicated in the collection “Minnesota City and Township Birth Records 1871-1947.”

Some counties and towns began recording births as soon they were incorporated with some as early as 1864. However because there was no law requiring births to be recorded, compliance was not good in the early years. 

In 1901, Congress passed a resolution asking states to gather information about the births and deaths that occur within their borders. Many states responded, but because Congress did not fund the request, it took several years until all the states were keeping these records consistently. Birth records were usually filled out by a witness, midwife, or a medical professional. The certificate was then sent to the county, and the county sent a copy to the state. 

For a list of records by localities and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.

Births were recorded to better serve public health needs.


The information recorded about the birth is usually reliable.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records.

"Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863-1983." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013.

Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.

Record Content

Birth entries usually include the following genealogical information:

  • Date and place of birth
  • Full name and gender of child
  • Legitimacy
  • Father's name
  • Mother's maiden name
  • Parents' residence, age and race
  • Parents' birth place
  • Parents' occupation
  • Number of births for mother
  • Number of children living
  • Name of person attending birth such as midwife or doctor

How to Use the Record

To search the collection, select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page ⇒ Select the County ⇒ Select the Record Type, Date Range and Volume which takes you to the images.

Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Child's name
  • Other identifying information such as birth date and place or parent's names

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible ancestors. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine which individual is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination. Next, click on your ancestor's name. This will take you to a descriptive page with a link to the image.

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s birth record, 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. For example:

  • Use the birth date along with the place of birth to find the family in census records.
  • Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
  • The father’s occupation can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
  • The parents' birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile birth entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify siblings, parents, and other relatives in the same or other generations who were born in the same county or nearby.
  • The information in birth records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
  • Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after the late 1800s.
  • There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
  • If you are unable to locate your ancestor, try searching various spellings of the names.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

Known Issues with This Collection

Important.png Problems with this collection?
See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Related Websites

Related Wiki Articles

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 also 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 FamilySearch Collections

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863-1983" digital images, FamilySearch (https://famiysearch.org https/: accessed 27 March 2012), Minnesota, County Birth Records, 1863-1983 > Freeborn, Carlston > Births, Deaths 1873-1899, vol. A > , image 20 of 49, Sarah Mates, born, April 8, 1884; citing birth records; entry 174; County Courthouse, Freeborn County, Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States.