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From: Anna Claxton <>
Subject: Re: Minnesota Genealogy Research for Birth and Death Certificates...County or...
Date: Sat, 10 May 2003 21:53:31 -0500
To jump in on this subject ... For those of you who have hard to find
deaths where you know the place of death, try the State Archives
Notebooks in the Library Reading Room at Minnesota Historical Society in
St Paul. These notebooks cover each county, and then divide further into
records made by county, township, town, courts etc. THIS is where you
MAY find town clerks records PRE-1908 which might be housed in the State
Archives. This is not usually the same record that the courthouse would
have. These records are not inclusive for any county in the state. Some
town (or any of the records of this collection) could have been lost,
not retained or simply not sent to MNHS by the authority creating the
record. An example is Washington county MN where almost all town clerk's
birth and death books from the 1880's (and perhaps earlier) are
available for looking at MNHS. Just remember that if you are looking for
a birth record less than 100 years old, there are privacy restrictions.
The town clerks birth and death registers I have used are just as
complete, and sometimes more so, than the state/county records. The
State Archives Notebooks are not indexed or cataloged online. Since they
take a while to search, the MNHS staff may not do research in them (I do
For those of you going to MNHS be sure to check this resource as it
could help and certainly can not hurt to try to see if the records exist
for your location.
I hope this helps someone.