Minnesota Court Records

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This entry was originally written by Carol L. Maki and Michael John Neill for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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The first term of the district court in Minnesota convened in the second floor of John McKusick’s store on 1 June 1847 in Stillwater.

The district court may include civil and criminal cases with indexes, coroner’s records, professional registrations, and oaths and bonds. Civil cases may include monetary suits, change of name, divorce, garnishments, and adoptions. The district court records for Wright County at Minnesota Historical Society Research Center include, for example, court minutes (1858–1929); criminal case files and dockets (1858–1928); judgment dockets (1857–66); and register of civil actions (ca. 1879–99). The court records at this repository vary considerably by county and type of record. Some counties have not transferred any of these files but retain them at the district court office in the county seat.

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