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Genealogy Resources

North Dakota Genealogy Resources

  • Dakota Territorial Census of 1885: From the Original Records on File at Bismarck, N.D. From "Collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota," Vol. 4 (1913). Indexed in North Dakota 1885 Census Index, Ronald Vern Jackson, editor, published by Accelerated Indexing Systems, Bountiful, UT, 1982.
  • Dakota Territory Census: 1885 (North Dakota Counties). This is a searchable index sponsored by the Institute for Regional Studies, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. Schedules have survived for fifty of the fifty-six counties which existed in the northern half of Dakota Territory.
  • "1861 Dakota Inhabitants." in WyMonDak Messenger, a periodical of the Tri-State Genealogical Society, Belle Fourche, SD (A-D in Summer 1989; D-M in Fall 1989; and M-Z in Winter 1990).
  • Frontier Scout, North Dakota’s first newspaper, 1864-65.  About 20 issues are available online in full image format, but they are not text-searchable.
  • Helmer, Edith, Mary Ann Quring, and Lily B. Zwolle, compilers. Index of North Dakota 1890 Special Census. Lewistown, MT: Lewistown Genealogy Society, 1986.
  • The Leading Business Men of Dakota Cities: Accompanying the Map of Dakota Territory, Name and Address. Microfilm of original published by Warner & Foote, Minneapolis, 1883. Filmed by the Library of Congress, 1984. LOC Call number of original: F655.W27. FHL has 1 roll, FHL film #14640114.
  • North Dakota GenWeb Project.
  • North Dakota Death Index. The index supplies the individual's full name, date of birth (if known), date of death, county of residence and county of death. It supplements the Publication, North Dakota Necrology, 1920-1926, and the obituary and death notices found in the newspaper abstract file in the State Archives and Historical Research Library (SAHRL) at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. The time period covered in the death index is January 1, 1881 through October 31, 2005, with monthly updates. The site is maintained by the ND Department of Health's Division of Vital Statistics. Many early deaths were not recorded, and there are very few deaths listed in the index prior to 1900.

  • North Dakota Department of Health: Public Death Index.
  • North Dakota State Census Schedules, 1915. Microfilm of original records at the State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck. Filmed by the society. FHL has 25 rolls, no circulation to family history centers.
  • North Dakota State University Institute for Regional Studies.

  • State Historical Society of North Dakota: Archives -- Genealogy. The State Archives, a division of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, has many collections which are helpful to genealogical researchers seeking information associated with North Dakota's past