Background Sources for North Dakota

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This entry was originally written by Beth H. Bauman and Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FUGA, FASG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the North Dakota Family History Research series.
History of North Dakota
North Dakota Vital Records
Census Records for North Dakota
Background Sources for North Dakota
North Dakota Maps
North Dakota Land Records
North Dakota Probate Records
North Dakota Court Records
North Dakota Tax Records
North Dakota Cemetery Records
North Dakota Church Records
North Dakota Military Records
North Dakota Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
North Dakota Archives, Libraries, and Societies
North Dakota Naturalization
Ethnic Groups of North Dakota
North Dakota County Resources
Map of North Dakota


  • Aberle, George. Pioneers and Their Sons: 165 Family Histories. 2 vols. Bismarck, N.Dak.: Tumbleweed Press, 1980.
  • Bye, John E. Guide to Manuscripts and Archives. Fargo, N.Dak.: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1985. An index is available at www.discovernd.com/hist.
  • Collections of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. 7 vols. Bismarck, N.Dak.: North Dakota Historical Society, 1906–25. Volume 4 (1913) contains a transcription of the 1885 census for some counties.
  • Hennesey, W. B. Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota. Chicago: George A. Ogle & Co., 1900.
  • ———. History of North Dakota. Bismarck, N.Dak.: Bismarck Tribune, 1910.
  • Lounsberry, Clement Augustus. North Dakota History and People: Outlines of American History. 3 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke, ca. 1916.
  • Miller, Michael M. Researching Germans from Russia: An Annotated Bibliography. Fargo, N.Dak.: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1987.
  • Robinson, Elwyn B. “The Themes of North Dakota History.” North Dakota History 26 (January–October 1959): 5-24.
  • ——. History of North Dakota. Lincoln, Nebr.: University of Nebraska Press, 1966.
  • Sherman, William C. and Playford V. Thorson, eds. Plains Folks: North Dakota’s Ethnic History. Fargo, N.Dak.: North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies, 1988.
  • Ulvestad, Martin. Norwegians in America. 2 vols. (in Norwegian). This publication discusses Norwegian migration to North America, specifically North Dakota.
  • Wick, Douglas A. North Dakota Place Names. Bismarck, N.Dak.: Hedemarken Collectibles, 1988.
  • Williams, Mary Ann Barnes. Origins of North Dakota Place Names. Washburn, N.Dak.: the author, 1966.
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