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Online Federal Censuses[edit | edit source]

Population Schedules[edit | edit source]

Starting in 1790, federal population schedules were taken every 10 years in the United States. Click here for more information about federal census records.

Minnesota became the thirty-second state admitted to the Union on May 11, 1858. Minnesota was created from Minnesota Territory. It was first included as a territory on the federal census in 1850.

United States Federal Censuses with Online Links[edit | edit source]
1850 1860 1870 1880 1890
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1900 1910 1920 1930 1940
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Non-Population Schedules for Minnesota[edit | edit source]

Federal non-population schedules included such things mortality schedules, agriculture schedules, slave schedules, and manufacturing schedules.

Year Type of Census Links
1890 Veterans FamilySearch - index and images

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1880 Mortality Ancestry.com ($)
1870 Social Statistics Ancestry.com ($)
1870 Mortality Ancestry.com ($)
1870 Industry Ancestry.com ($)
1870 Agriculture Ancestry.com ($)
1860 Mortality Ancestry.com ($)
1850 Mortality Ancestry.com ($)
1840 Pensioners Census Bureau Booklink

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Existing and Lost Censuses[edit | edit source]

Online State and Territorial Censuses[edit | edit source]

State censuses are census records that were taken at the state-level rather than at the federal. Often, but not always, a state took their census in ten year increments 5 years from when the Federal Census was taken, such as 1885. State censuses can even serve as substitutes for missing federal censuses. For more information on state censuses, visit United States Census Bureau.

Territorial censuses were taken by the federal government to count the population in federal territories. The government needed to count the population in the territory to see if it could qualify for statehood. For more information on territorial censuses, visit the US Territorial Census page.

Year Type of Census Links
1905 State; names individuals. FamilySearch

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1895 State (partial); names all household members. FamilySearch

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1885 State; names all household members. FamilySearch

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1875 State FamilySearch

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1865 State (some counties missing) FamilySearch

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1857 Territorial; lists names of individuals. FamilySearch

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1855 Territorial; only names head of household. Ancestry.com ($)
1853 Territorial; lists names of individuals. Ancestry.com ($)
1849 Territorial; only names head of household. Ancestry.com ($)
1838 Territorial Contact Minnesota Historical Society
1836 Territorial Contact Minnesota Historical Society

Why Use the Census?[edit | edit source]

State census records can be one of the easiest ways to locate where an ancestor's family lived and when they lived there. Information varies based on year and location, but information that may be included in a census can include:

  • Name of each person in the family at the time the census was taken
  • Street or Avenue, or number Rural Free Delivery
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Color
  • Nativity
  • Place of birth of this person
  • Place of birth of Father of this person
  • Place of birth of Mother of this person
  • Period of Residence
  • How long a resident of this State (years and months)
  • How long a resident of this enumeration district (years and months)
  • Regular occupation
  • Military service


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