Minnesota Genealogy and Family History Research
A guide to Minnesota genealogy and family history records such as, birth and death records, marriage records, land and census records, military records, family pedigrees, and much more.
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- Big Stone
- Blue Earth
- Crow Wing
- Lac Qui Parle
- Lake of the Woods
- Le Sueur
- Mille Lacs
- Otter Tail
- Red Lake
- St. Louis
- Yellow Medicine
Minnesota's most unique Genealogical feature
Minnesota was formerly claimed by France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Quebec, unorganized U.S., Northwest, Indiana, Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, and Wisconsin territories.
By studying the Minnesota population migration patterns using the railroads, Mississippi and Minnesota River travel, ship travel across the Great Lakes, entry to the US from Canada via the Red River, the westward expansion across the St._Croix_River from Wisconsin and early trails and roads in combination with known immigration settlements for various nationalities it may be possible to pin down areas within the state where they may have traveled. Travel through or beyond the state can also be aided by using the railroad migration routes which headed westward during the 1800s.
Did you know?
The largest ethnic groups in Minnesota are Germans, Swedes, and Norwegians. By 1880 the foreign-born population in Minnesota included nearly 108,000 Scandinavians, many of whom were Norwegians; 66,000 Germans; and about 39,000 British, most of whom were Irish. Nearly 30,000 Minnesotans had come from Canada, most of whom were British and French Canadians. There were nearly 8,000 Bohemians (mostly Czechs) and 1,000 or 2,000 each from Switzerland, Poland, Russia, and France.
- The name Minnesota comes from the Dakota word (Mnisota) which translates to "clear blue water" or "clouded blue water" (referring to the reflection of the clouds). "Mnisota" Dakota Dictionary Online. 2010. https://filemaker.cla.umn.edu/dakota/browserecord.php?-action=browse&-recid=1630 (September 7, 2013).
- [http://historical-county.newberry.org/website/Minnesota/viewer.htm Minnesota Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, John H. Long, Editor; Peggy Tuck Sinko, Associate Editor; Gordon DenBoer, Historical Compiler; Douglas Knox, Book Digitizing Director and Digital Compiler; Emily Kelley, Research Associate; Laura Rico-Beck, GIS Specialist; Peter Siczewicz, ArcIMS Interactive Map Designer; Robert Will, Cartographic Assistant. Copyright The Newberry Library 2008.
- St. Croix County covered much of north eastern Minnesota in 1840 and is now an existing county in western Wisconsin. See St. Croix County
- Alice Eichholz, ed. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. 3rd ed (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 350. (FHL Collection 973 D27rb 2004). WorldCat entry.
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