Source Information

Ancestry.com. Minnesota, Births and Christenings Index, 1840-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data:

"Minnesota Births and Christenings, 1840–1980." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2010. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

About Minnesota, Births and Christenings Index, 1840-1980

This database contains an index of details extracted from more than 1 million records of Minnesota births, baptisms, and christenings.

What’s in the Records

Volunteers extracted the birth, baptism, and christening details in this index from microfilmed copies of church, civil, family, and other birth and baptism records from Minnesota. Note that the number of available records can vary widely by county, and this database does not necessarily represent a comprehensive set of birth, baptism, and christening records for the state during this time.

While details may vary based on information required on the original form or whether it was filled out completely, entries in this index may list

  • name
  • gender
  • race
  • birthplace
  • birth date
  • christening date
  • christening place
  • age at christening
  • death date
  • age at death
  • father’s name, age, birthplace
  • mother’s name, age, birthplace
  • paternal grandparents
  • maternal grandparents
  • FHL film number

Death dates and ages refer to children who died near or at birth.

The FHL film number refers to a microfilm copy of the source held by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Because this database includes details extracted from family records, researchers will want to confirm facts with original and primary sources.