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Researching Dakota Family History

Vital Records

Birth and death records were recorded in Minnesota townships/villages/cities from 1870 to 1953; in Minnesota counties from 1870 to the present; and at the state Department of Health from 1899 to the present. Beginning in 1908 the state Department of Health's copy was declared the "official" record of birth or death. Marriages have only been recorded by Minnesota counties.




  • County Marriage Records

See also CHURCH RECORDS for birth (baptismal), death (funeral), and marriage records.