Minnesota State Census, 1885 (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 1885
FamilySearch Resources
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes the Minnesota State census for the year 1885. The record is a printed form that was filled in by hand by the enumerator. The forms are arranged by county and community.

To Browse this Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Minnesota State Census, 1885.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in the 1885 Minnesota State Census may include:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Color
  • Place of birth (state or territory if in the U.S., country if foreign born)
  • Length of residence
  • Occupation
  • If a soldier or sailor in the Civil War
  • Whether mother and father foreign born or not
  • Residence or location within a country (The location within a county may not be a town name but a legal land description instead which gives the township number and the range number.)

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching the 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 other family members who may have lived 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 County
  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’s census record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors.

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

  • Search for birth, marriage and death records
  • Search for the family in federal census records
  • Search for land and probate records
  • If your ancestor was subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives

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

Known Issues with This Collection

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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, 1885." 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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