January 17, 2022

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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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.