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1885 Minnesota State Census
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KinSource's 1885 Minnesota Census Database contains the most complete set of names from the 1885 census on the Web.

KinSource's 1885 Minnesota State Census is a searchable database that is available via subscription. This database is especially useful for locating information about people living in Minnesota in the late 1800's due to the loss of the 1890 Federal Census. The 1885 Minnesota State Census database is an every name index, and the records are searchable by first and/or last name, including the ability for Soundex searches. You can also limit the search to specific counties. Once you find a name, you can view all members of that household, which can be very helpful when trying to find someone with a very common name.

This database contains ALL people that were enumerated. Other resources on the Web do not contain records that were not included on the microfilm, or that are unreadable on the microfilm. These records were obtained from the original census books. These include records from Clay, Houston, Jackson, Renville and Wabasha counties. Also, household numbers that cannot be seen on many 1885 census pages have been obtained so that household groups can be displayed. KinSource has also used various records to verify the census transcriptions for accuracy. These include the Minnesota Death Record Index, and the St. Paul City Directory for St. Paul census schedules.

You can search a sample schedule from the 1885 Minnesota Census database. You can also search through all names in the 1885 Minnesota Census!

The following lists the counties that are included in the database, or view an 1885 map of Minnesota for the counties in Minnesota at that time.

  Aitkin,  Anoka,  Beltrami1,  Becker,  Benton,  Big Stone,  Blue Earth,  Brown,  Carlton,  Carver,  Cass,  Chippewa,  Chisago,  Clay,  Cottonwood,  Cook,  Crow,  Dakota,  Dodge,  Douglas,  Faribault,  Fillmore,  Freeborn,  Goodhue,  Grant,  Hennepin,  Houston,  Hubbard,  Isanti,  Jackson,  Kanabec,  Kandiyohi,  Kittson2,  Itasca3,  Lac Qui Parle,  Lake,  Le Sueur,  Lincoln,  Lyon,  Marshall,  Martin,  McLeod,  Meeker,  Mille Lacs,  Morrison,  Mower,  Murray,  Nicollet,  Nobles,  Norman4,  Olmsted,  Otter Tail,  Pine,  Pipestone,  Polk5,  Pope,  Ramsey,  Redwood,  Renville,  Rice,  Rock,  St. Louis,  Scott,  Sherburne,  Sibley,  Stearns,  Steele,  Stevens,  Swift,  Todd,  Traverse,  Wabasha,  Wadena,  Waseca,  Washington,  Watonwan,  Wilkin,  Winona,  Wright,  Yellow Medicine
    1  Includes Lake of the Woods, Clearwater & eastern Roseau counties
  2  Includes western Roseau county
  3  Includes Koochiching county
  4  Includes Mahnomen county
  5  Includes Pennington and Red Lake counties

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