Minnesota Birth Certificates

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Minnesota birth certificates

Birth certificates contain information about a person's birth, including the date of birth, place of birth, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the birth. Birth certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

Birth certificates can be used to establish a person's date and place of birth. Most birth certificates provide the mother's maiden name. Birth certificates are often required to obtain other documents, licenses or to prove eligibility.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing Minnesota birth records, Minnesota birth ceritificates, Minnesota birth notices, Minnesota birth indexes, and other related Minnesota genealogy records.

Birth records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the birth takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store birth records into various online archives. This has brought access to online birth records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of births, and in addition to birth certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists. Newspapers typically do not announce the names of the newborn, but list the sex of the child, the names of the parents, the place and date of birth.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing birth records of Minnesota. We also suggest searching for "Minnesota birth records" using Google.com, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain Minnesota Birth Certificates

Minnesota vital records registration began in earnest in 1870, and was the responsibility of each county for the next thirty-seven years. However, some counties have records for earlier events, particularly marriages. In 1907, the state of Minnesota took over the responsibility of keeping birth and death records.

For birth records after 1900, and death records after 1908, write:

Minnesota Department of Health
Section of Vital Statistics Registration
717 Delaware Street, S.E.
P.O. Box 9441
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55440-9441

State office has records since January 1900 and death records since January 1908. Copies of earlier records may be obtained from Local Registrar in county where event occurred. Cost for copy is $13.00. Additional copies of the birth record when ordered at the same time are $7.00 each. Additional copies of the death record when ordered at the same time are $4.00 each.

Personal check or money order should be made payable to Minnesota Department of Health. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (612) 676-5120. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the internet at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/

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