Find your ancestors in Minnesota Territorial Census 1857

Discover new details about your family members who lived in the Minnesota Territory, in the western Great Lakes region of the United States, in 1857. Learn important details like your ancestor’s place of birth and birth year, facts that can help you to expand your family history research.

What can these records tell me?

There are over 39,000 records in this census, and each entry was represents an inhabitant of the Minnesota Territory. While the information for each person varies, Minnesota Territorial Census 1857 typically includes:

  • First and last name
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • Residence
  • Town
  • County

  • Discover more about Minnesota Territorial Census 1857

    The Minnesota Territory, incorporated in 1849, issued this census in 1857 to count and name the population of the territory. This was necessary to apportion representation to the state legislature and to bolster their campaign for statehood, which was achieved just a year later in 1858, when Minnesota became the 32nd state in the United States.

    While each record contains valuable information about your pioneer ancestors, your ancestor’s record also places them in Minnesota in the years leading up to the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. The facts you uncover will help you to learn more details about your family members in our other collections of Minnesota and federal records.

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