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North Dakota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1885, 1915, 19251,423,483
North Dakota, Compiled Census Index, 1870-18905,833
U.S., Schedules of Special Census of Indians, 1880Free4,623
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U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Records in Selected States, 1639-19891,868,002
U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995465,390
North Dakota, Select County Marriage Records, 1872-2017242,178
Web: North Dakota, Select Funeral Home Indexes, 1903-1997Free29,420
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U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942Updated15,293,445
U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865837,569
North Dakota Military Men, 1917-191826,753
Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-41,803
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U.S., Index to Alien Arrivals at Canadian Atlantic and Pacific Seaports, 1904-19444,355,887
Web: North Dakota, Naturalization Index, 1874-1963Free203,166
North Dakota and Washington, Chinese Passenger Arrivals and Disposition, 1903-194461,051
Fargo, North Dakota, Passenger Lists, 1958280
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U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995465,390
U.S., Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963315,594
A history of the Baptists in the western states east of the Mississippi421
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Web: North Dakota, Biography Index, 1812-2012Free64,437
History of Dakota Territory5,248
History of the great Northwest and its men of progress592
Northwest History and Men of Progress592
A pilgrimage in America : leading to the discovery of the sources of the Mississippi and Bloody River555
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A Genealogical History

North Dakota in brief

Statehood: November 2, 1889
Capital: Bismarck
Largest City: Fargo
Counties: 53
State motto: Liberty and Union, Now and Forever, One and Inseparable
State nickname: The Peace Garden State, The Sioux State
Neighboring states: Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota
 


Bismarck, North Dakota. State capitol, 1942

Interesting Facts

  • Native American tribes in North Dakota over the years have included Mandans, Arikaras, Hidatsas, Crows, Cheyennes, Creeks, various Sioux groups, and Chippewas. Small-pox, introduced by fur traders moving into the area proved devastating to many of the native populations.
  • By the 19th century, there were established groups of mixed Native American and European ancestry, known as Métis. By 1850, more than half the residents of Forth Garry were Métis.
  • Railroads improved transportation into North Dakota and the Homestead Act of 1862 began drawing homesteaders to then Dakota Territory. The 1860 Census recorded the population of Dakota Territory as 2,576. By 1880, that number had risen to 135,177.

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U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 194215,293,445
North Dakota, Select County Marriage Records, 1872-2017242,178
U.S., Northern Pacific Railway Company Personnel Files, 1890-1963315,594
U.S., Union Soldiers Compiled Service Records, 1861-1865837,569
Web: North Dakota, Naturalization Index, 1874-1963203,166

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Help and Advice

Resources

North Dakota Census Research

The first federal census for North Dakota (as the Dakota Territory) was 1870. Enumerations as early as 1836 are included with the 1836 Iowa Territory census.

The State Archives and Historical Research Library also holds an 1857 census for Pembina County, which was then part of Minnesota Territory. A pre-statehood census was also taken in 1885, and state censuses were taken in 1915 and 1925.

 

North Dakota Vital Records

A state law passed in 1893 made it mandatory to file vital records with township clerks. The law was repealed in 1895, but re-enacted in 1899. The State Department of Vital Records was eventually formed in 1923, and all copies of prior birth and death information were required to be sent there.

 

North Dakota Research Resources

The organizations listed below provide information about North Dakota history and genealogy. In addition to these state-level resources, many counties and towns maintain important genealogical collections in local libraries, genealogical societies, or historical societies, so check for a local resource when researching.

 

Statewide Research Resources

 

Specialty and Regional Research