Dakota County, Minnesota

This County is part of
The MNGenWeb And The USGenWeb Project


Vital Records and Resources

There are a lot of vital records for Dakota County on Family Search.
However, there are even more if you use my 'creative searching' technique.

"Born in Dakota County" is the search parameter used to create all of the Indexed data below.

Birth Records can be found on FS or Ancestry
Minnesota Birth Index, 1935 > 2002
Minnesota Births & Christenings:1840 > 1980

Marriage Records
Idaho Church Marriages, 1864-1976 [FS]
Iowa, Marriage Records, 1880-1937 [FS]
Iowa, Select Marriages Index, 1758-1996 [FS]
Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992 ~ Michigan Marriages
Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950
Nebraska Marriages: 1855 > 1908
New York City, NY Marriages: 1829 > 1940
Ohio Marriages: 1800 > 1958
Pennsylvania County Marriages: 1845>1963 [Anc]
Pennsylvania County Marriages: 1709>1950
Vermont Marriage Records: 1909 > 2008
Washington Marriages: 1854 > 2013
Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911
and more...

NEW>>> Obituaries from NewsBank
For the 5 MN Counties I host:
Blue Earth ~ Carlton ~ Dakota ~ Hennepin ~ St Louis
1986 > 2020
Contact Martha for Obit

The index is a searchable pdf file.
Obits are sent as an attachment to an email.

1980 > 2014 ~ Obits 2015 & 2016
[Lookups Available]

Minnesota Obituaries [FS] 1865 > 2006
Lookups are available if you do not have access.

Searching for Vital Records for Dakota County has presented some problems. It seems that the search engines for both FS and Ancestry consistently confuse North and South Dakota with Dakota County, Minnesota.

The only way around it is to do the search and then check the information for clues. Many of the old records simply say "Dakota" on them with no other specific location information.
Some of the databases on FS & Ancestry are further searchable if the Township is entered. 

Here is a list of Townships
Castle Rock ~ Douglas ~  Empire ~  Eureka Greenvale  Hampton ~ Marshan ~  Nininger Randolph ~  Ravenna   Sciota ~  Vermillion ~ Waterford

Use the Twp's when you search, it will help.
Vital Data can be found in many documents.
Here are some samples:

Minnesota Files are Here
Passport Applications
Military Pension Applications
Employment Records ~ Passenger Lists
Homestead Records
Coroner Records ~ Cemetery Records

Canadian Records
Canada, Obituary Collection,
1898-2018 [Anc]
and more...
Canadian Digital Newspapers

Canadian Digital Archives
Canadian Genealogy

There is a website dedicated to Canadian Obits
from local papers.
Please use this link.

>>>Unusual Resources - Many Types<<<
 All of the files linked below are on Google Drive.
The actual data can be found on FS & Ancestry
Cemetery, Funeral Homes, Coroner
Crime & Prison ~ Deaths & DC's ~ Marriages
 ~ Miscellaneous ~ Obituaries
Passenger Lists & Employment ~
Vital Odds

Minnesota Counties
Blue Earth, Carlton, Dakota, Hennepin 
and St Louis
Minnesota Files are Here

Free Digital Historical Newspapers
Minnesota Historical Society - General Resources
Minnesota Historical Society: Digital Newspapers
Other Sources for Free Archived Digital Newspapers
Chronicling America ~ Google News Archives
Century Past ~ Illinois Digital Collection
Historical Newspapers: Indexed by State [Some Free]
and just for fun: Fulton

Finally, when all else fails, do one of two things,
either post to the mail list
Send a note to the County Coordinator

    Dakota County Coordinator: Martha A Crosley Graham
State Coordinator: Tim Stowell

Assistant State Coordinator: 
Karen De Groote
For information about adopting a Minnesota County, please contact TimAll materials, images, sounds and data contained herein are not to be copied or downloaded for purposes of duplication, distribution or publishing without the express written permission of the Dakota County Coordinator. All data will stay with the MNGenWeb Project when and if the Coordinator resigns: Future contributions or donations will be returned to the Submitter upon request. Although believed to be correct as presented, any corrections, changes or additions or invalid links should be brought to the attention of the 

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