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General Information About Minnesota Death Records and Laws
For those that are looking for Minnesota death records, there are a few ways you can get this information. Death records in Minnesota have been available for many years. However, gathering them, especially older ones, continues to be a challenge. The fact is, there is a large amount of time when these records were not available. They were not always required by the state or other public facilities to be recorded. That does not mean that there is no record of death though for many people. If you are looking for information on the death of a loved one that just occurred, the best resource for this is your local public health offices. For older deaths, there are several steps to take.
The counties began recording Minnesota death records in 1870. A this point, and for the next 37 years, this data was not reported to the state level. It was kept on file at county public records offices. How well maintained those older records are depends on the way the county recorded and kept them. This ranges widely. It is also possible that these counties have additional records that are older than 1870. This, too, ranges significantly from one county to the next.
If you are looking for Minnesota death records for the 1900's, there are other sources. In 1907, the state began recording information about both births and deaths occurring in the state. It is a good idea for you to seek out state records whenever the information you need is from this time period forward. To do that, you can write or visit the following address.
Minnesota Department of Health
Section of Vital Statistics Registration
717 Delaware Street, SE
PO Box 9441
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55440
It is a good idea to contact the location directly about the cost of these services as well as the time it will take to get these records. For many people, this information is vital for property records searches or for genealogy records. It is a good idea for individuals to gather this information from the most local source though. For those who are looking for information at a local source, there are several options. County offices are a good place to start for information. You can also find many older records held at the local level. Local churches are a good place to get this information. Some religious organizations have records dating back to the founding of the state and prior. You may also find information at the state level.
Obtaining Minnesota death records can take time. The agency reports that it can take several weeks to gather data from many record searches. This information can help with many needs, including information on property ownership and for family research. If you want to know who is in your family history, these records can help. However, some older records may not be available at the state level. Look locally and chances are good you will find this information more readily available than you thought was possible.
 
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