State of Minnesota Plans to Digitize About Five Million Pages of Old Adoption Records
From the The St. Paul Pioneer Press:
Minnesota is making plans to digitize roughly 5 million pages worth of old adoption records, including some that date to the late 19th century.
The records are stored on about 2,000 rolls of microfilm housed at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. In December, the department put the job of digitizing the records out for bid, saying it shouldn’t cost more than $67,500.
“Anecdotally, we are aware there are some adoption records from the 1890s through today,” wrote Beth Voigt, a spokeswoman for the Department of Human Services, in an email. “Each roll of microfilm may contain 200 case records or more.”
Adoption records become accessible to the public after 100 years.
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