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Dakota County, Minnesota
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Dakota County, Minnesota Facts

When was Dakota County, MN Created?
Dakota County was founded on October 27, 1849 from Unorganized Territory.

What is the County Seat of Dakota County, MN?
The County Seat is located in Hastings and the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Dakota County, MN?
Bordering Counties are Ramsey CountyWashington CountyPierce County, Wisconsin, Goodhue CountyRice CountyScott CountyHennepin County.

Dakota County, MN Vital Records

Where can find Dakota County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Dakota County vital records can be found at the Minnesota Office of Vital Records which has copies of birth resords from 1900 and death records from 1908. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Minnesota for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Dakota County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Minnesota Birth Certificate and Death Certificates Applications to mail.

Dakota County, MN Census Records

What Dakota County, MN census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Dakota County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

Dakota Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Dakota Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Dakota Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890.

Dakota Co. territorial and state censuses exist for the years 1849-1905.. There is free down-loadable and also printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Minnesota Census Records Research Guide

Dakota County, MN Courthouse and Government Records

Dakota County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Dakota County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Dakota County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Minnesota courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Minnesota residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Dakota County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Minnesota Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Dakota County, MN Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Dakota County, MN?
A list of Dakota County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Minnesota Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Dakota County, MN Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Dakota County, MN?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Dakota County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is simply a list which has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

Dakota Co. MN Books, Newspapers & Publications

Dakota Co. MN Cemeteries & Church Records

Dakota Co. MN Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Dakota Co. MN General and History Websites

Dakota Co. MN Immigration & Naturalization

Dakota Co. MN Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Dakota Co. MN Military Records