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.
- Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Portal, North Dakota 1915-1921
This series comprises Immigration and Naturalization Form SPL 187A, also known as the “Primary Inspection Memorandum,” which contains information on border crossings from Canada. The form typically includes details such as the individual’s name, age, gender, marital status, place of birth, physical characteristics, occupation, citizenship (including previous citizenship before becoming a Canadian citizen), race, ability to read and write in any language, place of previous permanent residence, port and date of arrival, intended destination, purpose for entering the United States, whether they intend to become a U.S. citizen or return to their previous country of residence, and their head tax status. Additionally, the form provides the name and address of the friend or relative that the alien intended to join, any accompanying persons, and the name and address of the alien’s nearest relative or friend in their country of origin. If the alien had been in the U.S. previously, the form lists the dates and places of their previous residence or visitation. If a person entered with other family members, their card may have limited information with the note “see [name]” of the person whose card contained all the details. In cases where the alien had appealed a decision to deport or bar them from entering the United States, additional information may be available.
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 Chippewa Land Patents
- North Dakota Cree Land Patents
- North Dakota Devils Lake Sioux Land Patents
- North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux
North Dakota Military Records
- Military Records
- Dakota Forts
List of colonial forts, trading posts, named camps, redoubts, reservations, general hospitals, national cemeteries, etc., established or erected in the United States from its earliest settlement to 1902.
- Revolutionary War Records
- Civil War Records
- North Dakota Civil War Battlefield Map
- 1st North Dakota Volunteers
Database sourced with permission from The Boys: 1st North Dakota Volunteers in the Philippines, by John Durand.
- Civil War Pensions Index Cards
Each card gives the soldier’s name, unit, the application number, the certificate number and the state from which the soldier served. In some cases, the soldier’s rank, terms of service, date of death and place of death are given. The index cards refer to pension applications of veterans who served in the U.S. Army between 1861 and 1917. The majority of the records pertain to Civil War veterans, but they also include veterans of the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, Indian wars, and World War I.
- World War I Records
- World War II Records
- Korean War Casualty List
- Vietnam War Casualty List
North Dakota Native American Records
- North Dakota Indian Tribes
- North Dakota Indian Reservations
- North Dakota Indian Agencies and Schools
- Indian Villages, Towns and Settlements of North Dakota
- New York and North Dakota Indians Wounded in Action
- New York, North Carolina and North Dakota Indian Honored War Dead
- Current Federally Recognized Indian Tribes by State
- List of Federally Non-Recognized Tribes
- State Recognized Tribes
North Dakota Newspapers and Periodicals
- Fargo Forum, 1879-1995
- The Spectrum, 1896-
- The Record, 1895-1905
- It’s Happening at State, 1967-1998
- Bison Briefs, 1917 – Present
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.
In the year 1819 the Synod of South Carolina resolved to establish a mission among the Southern Indians east of the Mississippi river. The Cherokees, Muskogee’s, Seminoles, Choctaws and Chickasaws then occupied Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Rev. David Humphries offered to take charge of the intended mission. He was…
Dr. O. G. Libby, of University, N. D., and Dr. A. B. Stout, of the New York Botanical Garden, who ten years ago examined this old Cheyenne village site on the Sheyenne River, most kindly consent that I should announce the results of their work there; and Dr. Melvin R….
Information as to the region occupied by the Cheyenne in early days is limited and for the most part traditional. Some ethnologists declare that Indian tradition has no historical value, but other students of Indians decline to assent to this dictum. If it is to be accepted we can know…
A famous Arikara warrior and chief, who was long in the Government service. His father was a Hunkpapa Sioux and his mother an Arikara. He was born on the Hunkpapa Reservation, North Dakota, but as he approached manhood his mother determined to return to…
1910 North Dakota Census Map
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The following Indians Wounded in Action, are listed by Name, Tribe and Location of death. The name under the photograph is the person shown. No additional information was provided in the book. New York Arthur Lazore, Mohawk, France Leonard Beaubien, Mohawk, France Friacis Billings, Mohawk, France Stanley Connors, Mohawk, Palaus…
The following Honored War Dead, are listed by Name, Tribe and Location of death. The name under the photograph is the person shown. No additional information was provided in the book. New York Collins Moses, Seneca, Germany Henry Powless, Onondaga, Tarawa Sylvester Thompson, Mohawk, France Silas William Chew, Tuscarora, Europe…
Inclusion of names in this North Dakota World War II Casualty List has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according…
ALFRED BRITTIN BAKER: Clergyman; b. Matawan, N. J.; 1836; s. Elishu 0., Dean of the Cathedral of the Diocese, 1919; Trustee Burlington Coll., and St. Mary’s Hall. Add.: Princeton, N. J. ALFRED LANDON: broker; b. N. S. Can., 1859; s. Addison; pres. Chicago Stock Exchange. Add.: Chicago. ALFRED ZANTZINGER: illustrator;…
Division of Vital Records 600 East Boulevard Avenue Dept. 301 Bismarck, ND 58505 (701) 328-2360 Adams County 600 Adams Avenue Hettinger, ND 58639-0589 (701) 567-2468 McLean County 712 5th Avenue Washburn, ND 58577 (701) 462-8541 Barnes County 230 4th Street, NW Valley City, ND 58072-2947 (701) 845-8500 Mercer County P.O….
Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are…