North Dakota Genealogy – Free North Dakota Genealogy

North Dakota Genealogy. This state page of our website provides direct links to free major genealogy databases and historical titles and information found on North Dakota Genealogy, whether they exist on our site, or across the web.

North Dakota Biographies

  • North Dakota Biographies Index
    The North Dakota Biography Index database is an ongoing project of the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies to provide access to biographical sketches found in a wide variety of North Dakota publications. It currently contains some 250,000 names to published biographical sketches of North Dakotans found in over 800 publications. This is an index to biographies found offline!

North Dakota Cemeteries

North Census Records

  • North Dakota Census Records
  • 1885 Dakota Territory Census
    The NDSU Institute for Regional Studies headed a statewide cooperative project to index the entire original Dakota Territory 1885 Census schedules for the counties that today form North Dakota. The database contains over 151,500 names. Each entry includes: name, age, nativity, occupation, county of residence, and exact location of the entry in the census schedule.
  • North Dakota 1910 Census Map

North Dakota Court Records

  • Cass County, North Dakota Probate Records Index, 1875-1949
    All Cass County, N.D. probate files from circa 1875 to 1949 have been transferred to the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies. This database was developed by the Institute to provide researchers access to over 5,900 individual case files.

North Dakota Genealogy Websites

United States Genealogy

United States GenWeb Project

Adams, Barnes, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh , Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Divide, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grand Forks, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, La Moure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Rolette , Sargent, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Steele, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh, Ward, Wells, and Williams.

American History and Genealogy Project

Adams, Barnes, Benson, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burleigh , Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Dunn, Eddy, Emmons, Foster, Golden Valley, Grand Forks, Grant, Griggs, Hettinger, Kidder, La Moure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Nelson, Oliver, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Renville, Richland, Rolette , Sargent, Sheridan, Stark, Steele, Stutsman, Towner , Traill, Walsh, Ward, Wells, and Williams

North Dakota Immigration Records

  • North Dakota Naturalization Records Index
    The North Dakota Naturalization Records index was compiled at the State Historical Society of North Dakota, where all original county naturalization records are preserved and have been microfilmed. In cooperation with the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies, the index is made available as a searchable database. The database contains over 212,000 names, giving the county where the declaration of intention (1st papers) was filed and the naturalization occurred (2nd papers), the date of both events, and from what country the person emigrated. Consult the State Historical Society of North Dakota’s Naturalization Records’ information sheet regarding the history of the naturalization laws, types of records and how to use them.

North Dakota Land Records

  • U.S., Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1820-1908
    3,907 land management tract books containing official records of the land status and transactions involving surveyed public lands arranged by state and then by township and range. These books indicate who obtained the land, and include a physical description of the tract and where the land is located. The type of transaction is also recorded such as cash entry, credit entry, homesteads, patents (deeds) granted by the Federal Government, and other conveyances of title such as Indian allotments, internal improvement grants (to states), military bounty land warrants, private land claims, railroad grants, school grants, and swamp grants. Additional items of information included in the tract books are as follows: number of acres, date of sale, purchase price, land office, entry number, final Certificate of Purchase number, and notes on relinquishments and conversions.

North Dakota Land Patents

North Dakota Military Records

North Dakota Native American Records

North Dakota Newspapers and Periodicals

North Dakota Obituaries

  • Fargo Forum Obituary Index
    The indexing of Fargo Forum newspaper obituaries is an ongoing project of the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies. The time period completed includes from October 1892 to 1909 and from November 1982 to 1995. In addition partial indexing has been done for other years. The database currently contains over 70,000 names. Additional obituaries continue to be added on a regular basis.

North Dakota Vital Records

  • North Dakota Vital Records
  • Cass County, North Dakota Divorce and Civil Case Index, 1870-1942
    The Cass County, N.D. civil and divorce case files, spanning from the 1870s to 1942, were transferred to the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies in 2001. This database, developed by the Institute, indexes over 3,300 cases handled in Cass County District Court. Individual entries include names of the plaintiff and defendant, attorneys, dates of proceedings, and miscellaneous notes.
  • Cass County, North Dakota Marriage License Index, 1872-1944
    The NDSU Institute for Regional Studies developed this database to all marriage licenses recorded in Cass County, N.D. between circa 1872 and July 1944. The original licenses are available at the Institute. Since marriage licenses were not required until 1887, many prior marriages will not be documented in the county records.