The records are an index of the state census. The amount of information recorded can vary but most will include:
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The Minnesota State Census of 1905 was recorded on 1 June 1905. At the time of the census the President of the United States was Republican Theodore Roosevelt and Vice-President was Charles W. Fairbanks. The census does not include Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen or Pennington. A state census was used to determine the population of the state in order to know how many state representatives it would send to Congress. It is also a great resource for tracing your family history during the years between the federal census records.
Minnesota comes from the Sioux word for sky-tinted water. The name reflects the thousands of lakes in Minnesota. Within the state census you can find the names of the many American Indians. Many of the names are spelt phonetically. In Minnesota there are two major Native American tribes; the Dakota (also known as the Sioux) and the Ojibwa (also known as Anighinabe or Chippewa). The history of the American Indians goes back hundreds of years before the first European settlers. But since the colonization of America, the Native American’s history has been filled with conflict and battles. Today there are seven Ojibwa reservations and four Dakota communities in Minnesota. Reservations or communities are federally recognized land that belongs to an American Indian tribe.