Minnesota Vital Records

Minnesota Vital Records

The Office of Vital Records is responsible for maintaining all state-level vital records created, administered and maintained by the state of Minnesota regarding a person’s most important life events. These records include such documents as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and death certificates and are compiled and stored in permanent central registry state entities uses to develop statistical analysis of its population.

Birth Records

A birth certificate is a vital record that documents the birth of a child. The term "birth certificate" can refer to either the original document certifying the birth or to a certified copy or representation of the original document. The state of Minnesota divides the birth records catalog into two categories: early-1908 and 1908-present. In the early–1908 category, all the records were collected from Minnesota church records and county records of vital statistics, which provide the earliest evidence of births. In Minnesota, the state registration of births began in 1905 and was generally complied with by 1915.

Death Records

A death record is most likely a copy of the information contained in a person’s death certificate. The state of Minnesota manages death records in the following categories: early-1908 and 1908-present. Benton County death records were kept from 1867, but 1870 was the general starting date for most counties. Compliance was not good in the early years. The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilms of these county records from the earliest dates to about 1925.

Marriage/Divorce Records

A marriage/divorce record is issued by a government official only after civil registration of the marriage/divorce occurs. There is no centralized registration for Minnesota marriage records. The state has kept a statewide index to marriages from 1958 to present. Each county generally began keeping marriage records soon after the creation of the county. Some county marriage records begin in the late 1840s. The Family History Library has been acquiring microfilms of these records. The marriage records are kept at the Minnesota Vital Records Office.

Why Vital Records are Available to the Public?

In 1991, the Minnesota State Legislature passed a law named the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. This law was enabled with the last changes in 2004 and aims to ensure disclosure of court records and other public records to the public: The Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. Every person throughout the state can request access to access all public records through the assigned specialized offices within its determined terms.

What Does Vital Records Access mean to You?

The law is similar to Minnesota legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted at the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act intent is that all records maintained by state and local government entities be available for public access and copying.

Minnesota State Archives

State Archives

Contact: (612) 324-3187

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Minnesota Rice County Courthouse 1910

Minnesota Rice County Courthouse 1910

  • State Archives holds over 600,000 cubic feet of records.
  • There are 2 levels of Courts: trial and appellate.
  • The Minnesota Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in the U.S. state of Minnesota.
  • There are 10 District courts in the state of Minnesota.
  • The highest Court in Minnesota is the Minnesota Supreme Court.
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