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.
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:
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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Widen your search by selecting the “name variants” box in the search bar. This will return more records with similar names, alternate spellings or the use of initials or middle names.
This feature at the bottom of each transcript reports the names of people appearing on the same census page. This can tell you the names of your ancestor’s neighbors and can help show what their local community was like.
Now that you know your ancestor was in Minnesota in 1857, try learning more about them in their local newspapers. See the link to Findmypast’s collection of Minnesota newspapers in Useful links on the right hand side of the screen.