Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Vital Records: Home

Information on obtaining copies birth, death, and marriage certificates.

Birth and Death Certificates

The Saint Paul Public Library does not have birth or death certificates in its collection. To obtain copies of death certificates, contact:

Ramsey County Licenses, Permits & Records

  • Birth and death records from 1870 to present (approximately) for Ramsey County
  • Death records from 1997 to present for the entire state of Minnesota


Minnesota Historical People Records Search

  • Copies of birth certificates and cards, 1900-1934 (some pre-1900 records are also available)
  • Copies of death certificates and cards, 1904-2001

Vital Records


If a date of death or birth is unknown, determine a date with:

More Resources

Obituaries and Death Notices
Information on finding obituaries and death notices -- in library resources, from other agencies, and online.

Items cataloged as Saint Paul (Minn.) - Biography

Items catalog as Minnesota - Biography

Minnesota & St. Paul Biography Clippings - Indexes early newspapers, Ramsey County History, Grand Gazette, Minnesota History, and other reference materials. Available at the George Latimer Central Library.

Index to Biography File Clippings -- (also known as "the morgue"). Covering 1910 - 1945. Clippings from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch newspapers.