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Hennepin County, Minnesota (Map It) was created on March 6, 1852 (Organized in 1852) from Dakota County. The county was named in honor of Father Louis Hennepin (1626-1705), Franciscan missionary, author and explorer. Explored large section of Mississippi River and named Falls of St. Anthony, 1680. Learn More About State of Minnesota History
Hennepin County Cities and Towns include Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, Chanhassen, Corcoran, Crystal, Dayton, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Golden Valley, Greenfield, Greenwood, Hanover‡, Hopkins, Independence, Long Lake, Loretto, Maple Grove, Maple Plain, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Mound, New Hope, Orono, Osseo, Plymouth, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rockford‡, Rogers, Shorewood, Spring Park, St. Anthony Village, St. Bonifacius, St. Louis Park, Tonka Bay, Wayzata, Woodland.
Hennepin County Townships include Hassan Townships.
A Map of Hennepin County, Minnesota contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Hennepin County, Minnesota Courthouse Records
Hennepin County, MN Courthouse
Old Hennepin County Courthouse
The Hennepin County Courthouse is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At some time Hennepin County was attached to Ramsey County for county and or judicial purposes. Some early records may be found there. Learn More About State of Minnesota Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.
Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes. The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.
The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Hennepin county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.
- Hennepin County Recorder has Birth / Death Records from 1870, Marriage Records from 1853 and Land Records from 1848. The County Recorder is responsible for all the real estate records for properties located in the County. Permanent records of deeds, mortgages and other various real estate records are recorded/filed in this office. As Local Registrar, the office protects and issues certified copies of Birth and Death records, Marriage Certificates & Military Discharge Records.
- Hennepin County Court Administrator has Probate Records from 1855 and Court Records from 1853. The County Court Administrator maintains court files for Civil, Criminal, Traffic, Probate, Conciliation, Juvenile, Tax and Family Court matters.
- Hennepin County Treasurers Office is responsible for keeping a complete accounting of all monies collected and expended by all the county departments. This includes the investing of available funds and accurately distributing the interest received. The department is also responsible for the collection of taxes and distribution to the various taxing entities within the County.
Hennepin County, Minnesota Census Records
- Learn More: State of Minnesota Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- State Census Reconstructed Records: 1835-1890
- State Population Schedules: Territorial and State Censuses, 1849-1905
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Hennepin County, Minnesota Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Minnesota Vital Records
- Birth Records: from January 1900 to present
- Marriage Records: None Check with the Local County Registrar
- Divorce Records: None Check with the Local County Registrar
- Death Records: from January 1908 to present
- Locations: Minnesota Office of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164; (651) 201-5970
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Death Certificates Applications.
Hennepin County, Minnesota Resources
- State of Minnesota Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Minnesota
- Hennepin History Museum, Hennepin County Historical Society
- Brooklyn Historical Society
- Champlin Historical Society, 11955 Champlin Drive, Champlin MN 55316
- Eden Prairie Historical Society
- Golden Valley Historical Society
- Hopkins Historical Society
- Plymouth Historical Society
- Richfield Historical Society
- St. Louis Park Historical Society
- Wayzata Historical Society
- Westonka Historical Society
- Immigration History Research Center (IHRC)
- Hennepin County, Minnesota Message Boards
- Hennepin County, Minnesota Genealogy Forum