Minnesota State Census, 1885 - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Minnesota State Census, 1885
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|Flag of Minnesota|
|Location of Minnesota|
|Record Type||State Census|
|Minnesota Historical Society|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
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.
Image Visibility[edit | edit source]
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To Browse this Collection[edit | edit source]
|You can browse through images in this collection using the waypoints on the Collection Browse Page for Minnesota State Census, 1885.|
What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
The following information may be found in these records:
- Place of birth (state or territory if in the U.S., country if foreign born)
- Length of residence
- 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?[edit | edit source]
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[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
View the Images[edit | edit source]
View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page:
- Select the County
- Select the Township/City/Town/Village/Ward to view the images.
|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog Minnesota, State Census, 1885. Some catalog records link to multiple references. In this case, click on a reference to find a camera icon to see images.|
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
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?[edit | edit source]
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?[edit | edit source]
- 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?[edit | edit source]
- 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
- Consult the Minnesota Record Finder to find other records
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Minnesota.
- Minnesota Guided Research
- Minnesota Record Finder
- Research Tips and Strategies
- Step-by-Step Research
Known Issues[edit | edit source]
Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]
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.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.
When looking at an image, the citation is found on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen.