Minnesota Record Finder
This table can help you decide which records to search. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.
- In column 1 find the category closest to your research goal.
- In column 2 find the types of records most likely to have the information you need.
- In column 3 find additional record types that may be useful.
- Look in the section of this outline that corresponds to the record type you chose. It explains what the records might tell you, how to search them, and how to find the records in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog. Some records are not at the library.
Note: Records of previous research—genealogy, biography, history, periodicals, and societies—are useful for most goals but are not listed unless they are especially helpful.
|1. If you need||2. Look first in||3. Then search|
|Adoptions||Court Records, Vital Records||Probate Records, Census|
|Age||Census, Vital Records, Obituaries||Cemeteries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Military Records|
|Birth date||Vital Records, Church Records, Obituaries||Obituaries, Newspapers, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship|
|Birth place||Vital Records, Church Records, Census||Obituaries, Biography, Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship|
|Boundaries and origins||Maps, Gazetteers||History|
|Children||Census, Genealogy, Obituaries||Probate Records, History, Military Records|
|City or parish of foreign birth||Vital Records, Genealogy, Church Records||Naturalization and Citizenship, Obituaries, Biography|
|Country of foreign birth||Census, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration||Vital Records, Obituaries, Church Records|
|Death information||Vital Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries||Church Records, Probate Records, Funeral Homes, Military Records|
|Divorce||Court Records, Divorce Records, Vital Records||Newspapers, Obituaries|
|Emigration information||Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census||Obituaries, Biography, History|
|Ethnic background||Minorities, Emigration and Immigration, Native Races||Census, Societies, Naturalization and Citizenship, Church records|
|Historical background||History, Gazetteers, Biography||Periodicals|
|Immigration date||Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census||Genealogy, Obituaries, Biography, History|
|Living relatives||Obituaries, Genealogy, Directories||Census, Probate Records, Church Records|
|Maiden name||Vital Records, Church Records, Obituaries||Newspapers, Bible Records, Military Records|
|Marriage information||Vital Records, Church Records, Census||Obituaries, Bible Records, Military Records|
|Migration||Emigration and Immigration, Maps, Census||History, Land and Property, Military Records|
|Naturalization||Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Obituaries||Court Records, Biography, Land and Property|
|Occupations||Census, Directories, Biography||Obituaries, Court Records|
|Other family members||Census, Obituaries, Vital Records, Church Records||Probate Records, Funeral Home Records, Bible Records, Military Records|
|Parents||Vital Records, Church Records, Census||Probate Records, Obituaries, Genealogy|
|Physical description||Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration||Biography, Genealogy|
|Place-finding aids||Gazetteers, Maps, History||Periodicals|
|Places of previous residence||Census, Military Records, Obituaries||Land and Property, Naturalization and Citizenship, Emigration and Immigration|
|Place of residence when you know only the county||Census, Directories, Biography||Obituaries, History, Taxation|
|Place of residence when you know only the state||Census, Vital Records, Military Records||Naturalization and Citizenship|
|Previous research||Genealogy, Periodicals, Societies||History, Biography|
|Record-finding aids||Archives and Libraries, Societies, Periodicals||Genealogy, For Further Reading|
|Religion||Church Records, Obituaries, Cemeteries||Biography, Funeral Homes, History, Genealogy|
|Social activities||Biography, Newspapers, Societies||Obituaries, Directories, History|