Researching Dakota Family History

Census and Other Lists

The Indian Census, an annual enumeration, started in 1885 and lasted until 1940. Those years not available at MnHS can be obtained through the National Archives and its branches, the Family History Centers, and the American Genealogical Lending Library. The Annuity Rolls can also be obtained through the National Archives, although some are only in the branches. For Minnesota tribes, check the Kansas City Branch first, then the Chicago Branch.

The full population of Minnesota was enumerated in two series of censuses: one by the U.S. Census Office/Bureau of the federal government and another by the Territory and State of Minnesota.


* Indian Censuses

Non-Indian Censuses

  • Federal Census for Minnesota, 1850-1930
  • Minnesota State Census, 1857-1905

Lists