Hennepin County, Minnesota Genealogy

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Guide to Hennepin County, Minnesota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Minneapolis
Organized: June 23, 1852[1]
Parent County(s): Dakota[2]
Neighboring Counties
Anoka  • Carver  • Dakota  • Ramsey  • Scott  •
 • Wright
See County Maps
Minnesota, Hennepin County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Minnesota Hennepin County Map.svg.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Father Louis Hennepin. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hennepin County Courthouse
300 S 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0001
Phone: 612-348-6000
Hennepin County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1870, marriage, divorce and court records. [4]

Hennepin County, Minnesota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1853 1870 1853 1848 1855 1836
*Statewide registration started for births in 1900 and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[9]

Unorganized territories

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Hennepin County, Minnesota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Minnesota Cemeteries for more information.


Census Records[edit | edit source]

For links to Federal, State, and Territorial censuses, see Minnesota Census.

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 12,849
1870 31,566 145.7%
1880 67,013 112.3%
1890 185,294 176.5%
1900 228,340 23.2%
1910 333,480 46.0%
1920 415,419 24.6%
1930 517,785 24.6%
1940 568,899 9.9%
1950 676,579 18.9%
1960 842,854 24.6%
1970 960,080 13.9%
1980 941,411 −1.9%
1990 1,032,431 9.7%
2000 1,116,200 8.1%
2010 1,152,425 3.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Most church records are held by individual churches. Some denominations are gathering their records into a central repository. For more information, see Minnesota Church Records.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Minneapolis


  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($) has the following information:
    • Bethany Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
    • Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
    • Gethsemane Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
    • Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minneapolis'
    • Liberty Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
  • Minnesota Historical Society has a Collection Findng Aid for the following:
    • Evangelical Lutheran Church of America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota.

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

The county register of deeds keeps land records once the land was transferred to private ownership. Abstracts and indexes for these records are generally available at the county courthouse.

Online Land Indexes and Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Hennepin County. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Minnesota Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Sherburne CountyAnoka CountyRamsey CountyDakota CountyScott CountyCarver CountyWright CountyMN HENNEPIN.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Multiple Wars

Civil War

Civil War service men from Hennepin County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of Hennepin County.

- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry (Mounted Rangers), Company A.
- 1st Battalion, Minnesota Infantry Volunteers, Company B.
- 1st Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company E.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Cavalry, Company D.
- 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies G and I.
- 3rd Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company A.
- 4th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company C.
- 6th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies B, C, and D.
- 8th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies A and K.
- 9th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Companies A and B.
- 10th Regiment, Minnesota Infantry, Company K.
- Brackett's Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies B and C.
- Hatch's Independent Battalion, Minnesota Cavalry, Companies A, B, C and E.
- 1st Minnesota Company Sharpshooters, First Company only

Spanish-American War

World War I

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records may include wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. They may include the decedent’s date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, etc. See Minnesota Probate Records for additional information.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Since Minnesota tax records include only persons who owned taxable property, many residents were not included. Still they complement land records and can be used in place of missing censuses or the years between censuses. There may also be gaps. For more information, see the wiki page Minnesota Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred. See also Minnesota Vital Records.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Hennepin County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Hennepin County. For state-wide library facilities, see Minnesota Archives and Libraries.

University of Minnesota Libraries
65 Wilson Library
309 19th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Immigration History Research Center (IHRC)
University of Minnesota
Elmer L. Andersen Library, Suite 311
222 21st Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0439

Hennepin County Library
James K. Hosmer Special Collections
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Museums[edit | edit source]

Hennepin History Museum
2303 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404-3505

Wayzata Depot Museum
402 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391-1651

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Hennepin County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Minnesota Societies.

Champlin Historical Society
11955 Champlin Dr
Champlin, MN 55316

Eden Prairie Historical Society
Eden Prairie City Center
8080 Mitchell Rd
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Golden Valley Historical Society
6731 Golden Valley Rd
Golden Valley, MN 55427

Hopkins Historical Society
Hopkins Activity Center
33 14th Avenue N
Hopkins, MN 55343

Plymouth Historical Society
3400 Plymouth Blvd
Plymouth MN 55447-1448

Richfield Historical Society
6901 Lyndale Ave S
Richfield, MN 55423

St. Louis Park Historical Society
3700 Monterey Dr
St Louis Park, MN 55416-4902

Wayzata Historical Society, at the Depot
402 Lake St E
Wayzata, MN 55391-1651

Brooklyn Historical Society
5600 85th Ave
Brooklyn Center, MN 55443

Westonka Historical Society
Westonka History Museum
5341 Maywood Rd
Mound, MN 55364

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/19/2021.
  2. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/19/2021.
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Hennepin County, Minnesota" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hennepin_County,_Minnesota accessed 12 Jan 2021
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/19/2021.
  7. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Minnesota.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  8. Minnesota Historical Boundary Changes - list of all boundary changes by county provided by Newberry Library; accessed 1/19/2021.
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Hennepin County, Minnesota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hennepin_County%2C_Minnesota, accessed 12 Jan 2021.