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Hennepin County Vital Records

 

 

MMS - Minnesota Marriage database  This index was created to assist customers in finding a marriage certificate on file with in the State of Minnesota. The index identifies which county is the official custodian of the record. Questions and concerns about specific records should be directed to the custodial county.

 

Marriage Certificates and Divorce decrees.  Copies of certificates of marriage are available from the county that issued the marriage license, and divorce decrees are available from the county that granted the divorce. For ordering and fee information, please contact the local registrar in the county where the marriage license was issued or the divorce granted

 

HENNEPIN COUNTY OFFICIAL WEBSITE -Vital Records

Note: Hennepin County has certificates from 1870.

Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th Street - Public Service Level
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Open Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
http://www.co.hennepin.mn.us/

 

MINNESOTA BIRTH INDEXES  http://people.mnhs.org/bci/search.cfm

 

MINNESOTA DEATH INDEXES  AND DEATH CARDS FROM   http://people.mnhs.org/dci/

 

PLEASE READ INFORMATION BELOW REGARDING OBTAINING BIRTH AND DEATH RECORDS:

Certified Copies - Birth/Death Records
New Law Regarding Certified Birth and Death Certificates
 
Tangible Interest Law and when it is Effective:
 
Minnesota Statues, section 144.225, subdivision 7, as amended by the Laws of Minnesota 2000, Chapter 267, restricts access to a certified birth or death certificate to a person who has a tangible interest in the requested certificate.  This is a new law that is effective August 1, 2000.
 
Who Has Tangible Interest?
You have tangible interest in a certificate;
  • if you are the subject of the certificate;
  • if you are the child, grandchild, spouse, parent, grandparent, legal custodian, or guardian of the subject;
  • if you are a personal representative of the estate of the subject; or
  • if you are the person who filed or a representative of the organization that filed the birth or death information with the Department of Health (MDH) or a local registrar.

You may also be issued a certificate if a person who has tangible interest authorized you to receive the certificate or if you can demonstrate to the state registrar that the certificate is necessary for the determination or protection of a personal or property right.

A local, state, or federal governmental agency may be issued a certificate if it is necessary for the governmental agency to perform its authorized duties.

If you request the certificate in person, you will be asked to complete and sign an application stating that you have tangible interest in the certificate.  You will be asked to show identification.

Certified copies can be purchased in person at all Hennepin County Service Centers. Copies can also be ordered via fax. Payment for fax orders may be made using Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover Card. A $5.00 Service Fee is added per order. Express mail delivery is available at current postal rates.
For Fax orders, please fax information to: "Attention: Vital Records Mail Desk" at (612)348-2010. In addition to the necessary information regarding the record being requested, please provide: name; address and daytime phone number of applicant; credit card type, number, expiration date and card holder's name; and indicate regular or express delivery mail.

If you request the certificate by mail or fax, you will be asked to provide the same information that is requested on the application and to have the application notarized before you mail or fax it.

Fees: 
Birth Records: $13.00 for first copy; $7.00 for each additional copy of the same record, purchased at the same time.
Death Records: $10.00 for first copy; $4.00 for each additional copy of the same record, purchased at the same time.
 
Birth Public Record/Uncertified Copies
Information needed to obtain record: name on record, date of birth, place of birth (city and hospital), mother's name and father's name. "restricted" records on file from 1979 to the present. ("Restricted" birth records are available ONLY to the child's mother, the father if he is listed on the certificate, the individual listed on the birth record when they have reached 18 years of age, a grandparent who is the child's physical guardian, a legal guardian presenting a certified copy of guardianship papers, an individual presenting a certified copy of a court order releasing the record to him/her, the Commissioner of Welfare or authorized representative, or a bonafide adoption agency or authorized representative. Also, an individual with a written and notarized authorization from any of the persons above may obtain a restricted record.)
Copies can be purchased in person at all Hennepin County Service Centers. Copies can also be ordered via fax. Payment for fax orders may be made using Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover Card. A $5.00 Service Fee is added per order. Express mail delivery is available at current postal rates.

For Fax orders, please fax information to: "Attention: Vital Records Mail Desk" at (612)348-2010. In addition to the necessary information regarding the record being requested, please provide: name; address and daytime phone number of applicant; credit card type, number, expiration date and card holder's name; and indicate regular or express delivery mail.
Fees: $10.00 for first copy; $4.00 for each additional copy of the same record, purchased at the same time.
 
Death Public Record/Uncertified Copies
Information needed to obtain record: name of decedent, date of death, place of death (city).

**A microfilm reader is available, by appointment only, at the downtown Government Center location for viewing of County death records by members of the public.**
Copies can be purchased in person at all Hennepin County Service Centers. Copies can also be ordered via fax. Payment for fax orders may be made using Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover Card. A $5.00 Service Fee is added per order. Express mail delivery is available at current postal rates.
 
For Fax orders, please fax information to: "Attention: Vital Records Mail Desk" at (612)348-2010. In addition to the necessary information regarding the record being requested, please provide: name; address and daytime phone number of applicant; credit card type, number, expiration date and card holder's name; and indicate regular or express delivery mail.
Fees: $10.00 for first copy, $4.00 for each additional copy of the same record, purchased at the same time.
 
Certified Copies-Hennepin County Marriage Records
Information needed to obtain record: groom's name, bride's name before marriage and date of marriage. Records of marriages APPLIED FOR within Hennepin County on file from 1853 to the present. All marriage records prior to 1997 are "public" records. Records after 1997 contain some confidential information and must be partially restricted before public viewing.

**A microfilm reader is available, by appointment only, at the downtown Government Center location for viewing of County marriage records by members of the public.**
Certified copies can be purchased in person at all Hennepin County Service Centers. Copies can also be ordered via mail or fax. Payment for mail and fax orders may be made using Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover Card. A $5.00 Service Fee is added per order. Express mail delivery is available at current postal rates.
 
For Fax orders, please fax information to: "Attention: Vital Records Mail Desk" at (612)348-2010. In addition to the necessary information regarding the record being requested, please provide: name; address and daytime phone number of applicant; credit card type, number, expiration date and card holder's name; and indicate regular or express delivery mail.
 
Fees: $8.00 for first copy, $2.00 for each additional copy of the same record, purchased at the same time.

 

For the State of Minnesota

Minnesota Department of Health
Section of Vital Records
717 Delaware St. SE
PO Box 9441
Minneapolis, MN 55440

Birth Records

$10.00
Minnesota has copies since January 1908

Death Records

$10.00 (additional copies $2.00)
Minnesota has copies since January 1908

Marriage Records
$8.00

Certified copies are not available from the state, but Minnesota does have an index since January 1958 and will forward the request to the appropriate office.

Divorce Records

Certified copies are not available from the state. Copies of divorce decrees must be obtained through the county the divorce took place. An index is available since January 1970. Instructions on how to obtain divorce records here - http://www.courts.state.mn.us/districts/fourth/Family/fcmain.htm

Probate Records and Wills- Probate/Mental Health Court

The Probate/Mental Health Division is a division of District Court in the Fourth Judicial District, Hennepin County, Minnesota.Probate Court has jurisdiction over cases concerning the disposition of property belonging to deceased persons, administration of court-supervised trusts, and proceedings to create guardianships and conservatorships for minor children, incapacitated or incompetent adults.

 

LDS (Church of Latter Day Saints) Filmed Marriage records for Hennepin County

The following information was provided by another researcher, Dave Sadler.

"The LDS library catalog is on-line and searchable. As far as I can tell, it is the same one (or maybe even more current) than the catalog found at the local LDS centers. Their catalog is not exactly easy to use but after awhile you can find stuff, I haven't spent much time looking at the web site, but I understand you can order films on-line for use at a local LDS
library". Here is the main web page -
http://www.familysearch.org/

Once on this page select the "Library" tab at the top of the page. Once on the Library page, select the "Family History Library Catalog" link, again at the top of the page. With that you are on the Library Catalog page and here is the direct url for that place -

 
http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp

Once there you can start to get into the catalog. In the case of looking for Hennepin County records, I selected the "Place" button
and simply entered "Hennepin" into the search box. After a couple more interactions I got to a page that showed these search results -

Created in 1852 from Dakota County. In 1872 a portion of Ramsey
County was added.
Topics
Minnesota, Hennepin - Biography
Minnesota, Hennepin - Cemeteries
Minnesota, Hennepin - Church records
Minnesota, Hennepin - Directories
Minnesota, Hennepin - History
Minnesota, Hennepin - Land and property
Minnesota, Hennepin - Land and property - Indexes
Minnesota, Hennepin - Maps - Indexes
Minnesota, Hennepin - Military records - World War, 1914-1918
Minnesota, Hennepin - Vital records

Clicking on Minnesota, Hennepin - Vital records got these results -

Birth records, 1870-1915  Minnesota. District Court (Hennepin County)

Index of rural death returns, 1870-1913; death records, 1870-1915
 Minnesota. District Court (Hennepin County)

Marriage licenses, 1853-1916 ; Marriage applications, 1871-1917 ;
Marriage license index, ca. 1853-1918  Minnesota. District Court
(Hennepin County)

Filmed Marriage records by the LDS (Mormon Church) by Year


So they have on film Hennepin County marriage records from 1853 thru 1918.

There you go. And good luck! My experience has been spotty 'cause a lot of the records are incomplete and remember there is not much required for the Minnesota marriage license - name of Groom, Bride, Minister and 2 Witnesses which is not a lot, but better than nothing. In 1956 the state finally required parents names on the license for the bride and groom.

 

Copyright 2002-2003 by Claudia Schuman

Site last updated:April 1, 2004