North Dakota Genealogists

Our North Dakota genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the various archives and libraries in North Dakota, including:

  • State Historical Society of North Dakota
    Vital records from 1893, state census schedules from 1885, 1915 and 1925, naturalization records from 1873 to 1952, newspapers from 1864 to present, pioneer biographies, local government records, manuscripts
  • Chester Fritz Library
    Extensive bygdebok collection on Norwegian farms and community histories
  • North Dakota State University Archives
    Extensive manuscript holdings, over 20,000 volumes related to North Dakota, one of the most extensive photograph collections in the state, maps, newspapers
  • Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU
    One of the most comprehensive collections of German-Russian resources in the world

Our professional researchers can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.

If you want to know more about how our genealogists can further your research, you can request a research quote.

Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in North Dakota include:

  • Birth records were kept by some counties as early as 1870
  • Death records were kept by some counties as early as July 1893
  • Births and deaths have been recorded by the state government from 1907 to the present
  • Marriages were kept by the counties as early as 1872 and have been recorded by the state government from 1925 to the present
  • Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1790
  • State and territorial censuses in 1857, 1870, 1885, 1915, and 1925 [[In 1857 the white residents in what is now Pembina, North Dakota were enumerated as part of a special federal census in what was then Pembina County, Minnesota Territory. See William Thorndale, and William Dollarhide, Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987), pages 172, and 259.]]
  • Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
  • Probate records were kept by the local courts
  • Churches sometimes kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
  • Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods which contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
  • Town and county histories were written that record information about the settlers and their families; many family genealogies of the settlers of North Dakota have also been written
  • Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts as early as 1892
  • Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas

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