North Dakota County History and Listings

North Dakota County History and Listings

Our county-by-county listing of North Dakota has contact information and dates vital records for historic and modern-day counties.

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Adams
602 Adams Ave., Hettinger, ND 58639
(701) 567-2460
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndadams
Incorporated: April 17, 1907
Parent county: Hettinger
Marriage records: start in 1907, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1907, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1907, Clerk of District Court
Probate: 1907, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1907, Clerk of District Court
Notes: State Department-Division of Vital Statistics or records in Bismarck, ND, has birth and death records 1907 to present.

Allred
Incorporated: March 9, 1883
Parent county: Howard
Notes: See McKenzie County. Eliminated March 16, 1905 and absorbed by McKenzie.

Barnes
230 Fourth St. NW, Valley City, ND 58072
(701) 845-8512
http://www.co.barnes.nd.us
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Pembina
Birth records: unknown start, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1880, County Judge
Death: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Probate: unknown start, County Judge
Court: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Burial: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Formerly Burbank County. Name changed to Barnes Jan. 14, 1875. Organized Aug. 5, 1878.

Benson
311 B Ave. S, Box 213, Minnewaukan, ND 58351
(701) 473-5345
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndbenson
Incorporated: March 9, 1883
Parent counties: De Smet, Ramsey
Birth records: start in 1890, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1889, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1895, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1895, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1885, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1895, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1895, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1930, Clerk of District Court

Billings
495 Fourth St., Box 138, Medora, ND 58645
(701) 623-4492
http://www.billingscountynd.gov
Incorporated: Feb. 10, 1879
Parent counties: Unorganized Territory, Howard
Marriage records: start in 1893, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1895, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1886, Clerk of District Court
Probate: 1895, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1890, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1922, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized April 30, 1886.

Bottineau
314 W. Fifth St., Bottineau, ND 58318
(701) 228-3983
http://www.kindredtrails.com/ND_Bottineau.html
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Birth records: start in 1943, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1887, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1889, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1943, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1889, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1889, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1889, Clerk of District Court
Naturalization: 1884, State Historical Society
Burial: 1943, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized July 22, 1884.

Bowman
104 First St. NW, Bowman, ND 58623
(701) 523-3450
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndbowman
Incorporated: March 8, 1883
Parent county: Billings
Marriage records: start in 1907, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1908, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1896, Clerk of District Court
Probate: 1908, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1908, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1950, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Eliminated Nov. 30, 1896. Recreated May 24, 1901. Attached to Stark County prior to organization April 17, 1907.

Buffalo
Incorporated: Jan. 6, 1864
Parent counties: Brugier, Charles Mix and Unorganized Territory, South Dakota
Notes: Now in South Dakota. See Burleigh, Kidder, Logan, McHenry, Rolette and Sheridan counties.

Buford
Incorporated: March 9, 1883
Parent county: Wallette
Notes: See Williams County. Eliminated Nov. 30, 1892 and added to Williams.

Burbank
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Pembina
Notes: See Barnes County. Name changed to Barnes Jan. 14, 1875. Lost to Trail County Jan. 12, 1875, and Griggs County Feb. 18, 1881, and discontinued.

Burke
Box 219, Bowbells, ND 58721
(701) 377-2718
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndburke/burke2.htm
Incorporated: Feb. 8, 1910
Parent county: Ward
Marriage records: start in 1910, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Probate: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Vital Statistics in Bismarck has birth and death records.

Burleigh
514 E. Thayer Ave., Box 1055, Bismarck, ND 58502
(701) 222-6690
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndburlei
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Marriage records: start in 1898, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1876, Clerk of District Court
Probate: 1873, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1873, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1950, Recorder’s Office
Notes: Recorder’s Office has land and marriage records from late 1800s.

Cass
211 Ninth St. S., Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 241-5646
http://www.co.cass.nd.us
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Pembina
Marriage records: start in 1945, kept by Treasurer’s Office
Divorce: 1940, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1940, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Recorder’s Office has land records back to Dakota Territory days.

Cavalier
901 Third St., Langdon, ND 58249
(701) 256-2124
http://www.ccjda.org
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Pembina
Marriage records: start in 1890, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1883, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Military: 1943, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1920, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Clerk of District has township books from late 1800s-1940s. Organized July 8, 1884.

Chippewa
Incorporated: April 24, 1862
Parent county: Unorganized Territory
Notes: Eliminated Dec. 17, 1863 to Unorganized Territory.

Church
Incorporated: March 11, 1887
Parent counties: McHenry; Sheridan, old
Notes: See Sheridan County. Attached to McHenry. Lost to McHenry, McLean and Pierce counties. Eliminated Nov. 30, 1892 to Sheridan.

De Smet
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Notes: (See Pierce) Formerly French County. Name changed to De Smet Jan. 14, 1875. Eliminated March 11, 1887 to Pierce.

Dickey
309 N. Second St., Ellendale, ND 58436
(701) 349-3249
http://www.dickeynd.com
Incorporated: March 5, 1881
Parent counties: La Moure, Ransom, Unorganized Territory
Marriage records: start in 1887, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1881, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1882, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1881, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1881, Clerk of District Court
Naturalization: unknown start, State Historical Society
Military: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Burial: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: “The Oakes Times” newspaper has birth announcements 1888-1921, 1932, and 1934. Organized Aug. 31, 1882.

Divide
300 N. Main St., Box 68, Crosby, ND 58730
(701) 965-6831
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nddivide/divide97.htm
Incorporated: Nov. 8, 1910
Parent county: Williams
Birth records: start in 1910, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1910, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Naturalization: unknown start, State Historical Society
Military: 1919, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Township birth and death records turned over to the county in 1943. Divide County Library has county newspapers (obituaries, birth announcements etc.) back to 1916, tombstone records back to 1909, and family history books compiled in 1964 and 1974.

Dunn
205 Owens St., Manning, ND 58642
(701) 573-4447
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nddunn2
Incorporated: May 24, 1901
Parent county: Stark
Marriage records: start in 1908, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1914, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1900, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1931, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1914, Clerk of District Court
Naturalization: unknown start, State Historical Society
Tax: 1908, Auditor’s Office
Military: 1919, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Recorder’s Office has land records from late 1800s. Organized Jan. 17, 1908. Dunn County Historical Museum has Homestead records, old city records books, county family history books, Voting records, Service records, etc.

Dunn, old
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nddunn
Incorporated: March 9, 1883
Parent county: Howard
Notes: Discontinued and annexed to Stark Nov. 30, 1896.

Eddy
524 Central Ave., New Rockford, ND 58356
(701) 947-2813
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndeddy
Incorporated: March 31, 1885
Parent county: Foster
Marriage records: start in 1887, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1887, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1880, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1887, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1887, Clerk of District Court
Military: 1919, Clerk of District Court
Burial: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Burial permits can be destroyed after one year.

Emmons
100 Fourth St. NW, Linton, ND 58552
(701) 254-4812
http://emmonscounty.tripod.com
Incorporated: Feb. 10, 1879
Parent counties: Unorganized Territory, Burleigh, Campbell
Birth records: start in 1889, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1888, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1890, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1890, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1890, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1885, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1930, Clerk of District Court
Naturalization: unknown start, State Historic Center
Burial: 1950, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Military records are not open to public. Would need to go through veteran service officer. Court records (not probate) are destroyed after so many years. Organized Nov. 9, 1883.

Flannery
Incorporated: March 9, 1883
Parent county: Wallette
Notes: See Williams County. Eliminated Nov. 30, 1892 and added to Williams.

Foster
1000 Fifth St. N., Carrington, ND 58421
(701) 652-1001
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndfoster
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Pembina
Birth records: start in 1900, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1896, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1896, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1890, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1896, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1896, Clerk of District Court
Naturalization: 1883, Clerk of District Court
Military: 1917, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Auditor’s office keeps the old county newspapers in a basement vault. Organized Oct. 11, 1883.

French
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Notes: See Pierce County. Name changed to De Smet Jan. 14, 1875. Eliminated March 11, 1887 to Pierce.

Garfield
Incorporated: March 13, 1885
Parent county: Mountrail, Stevens
Notes: Eliminated Nov. 30, 1892 to McLean and Ward.

Gingras
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Notes: See Wells County. Name changed to Wells Feb. 26, 1881.

Golden Valley
150 First Ave. SE, Box 9, Beach, ND 58621
(701) 872-3713
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndgolden
Incorporated: Nov. 19, 1912
Parent county: Billings
Marriage records: start in 1912, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1912, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1912, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1912, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1912, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1912, Clerk of District Court

Grand Forks
Box 5939, Grand Forks, ND 58206
(701) 780-8221
http://www.gfcounty.nd.gov
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Pembina
Marriage records: start in 1887, kept by County Judge
Divorce: 1878, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1880, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1880, County Judge
Court: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized Jan. 12, 1875. Lost many older records in flood of 1997.

Grant
N. Main St., Box 258, Carson, ND 58529
(701) 622-3615
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndgrant
Incorporated: Nov. 7, 1916
Parent county: Morton
Birth records: start in 1945, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1916, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1916, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1916, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1916, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1916, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1916, Clerk of District Court

Griggs
808 Rollin Ave. SW, Box 326, Cooperstown, ND 58425
(701) 797-2772
http://www.cooperstownnd.com
Incorporated: Feb. 18, 1881
Parent counties: Foster, Burbank, Traill
Birth records: start in 1901, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1884, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1887, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1901, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1880, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1883, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1887, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized June 16, 1882.

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Hettinger
336 Pacific Ave., Mott, ND 58646
(701) 824-2645
http://www.hettingernd.com
Incorporated: May 24, 1901
Parent county: Stark
Birth records: start in 1907, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1907, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1907, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1907, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1907, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1907, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1907, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1943, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Attached to Stark County prior to organization April 17, 1907.

Hettinger, old
Incorporated: March 29, 1883
Parent county: Stark
Notes: Eliminated Nov. 30, 1896 to Stark.

Howard
Incorporated: Jan. 8, 1873
Parent county: Unorganized Territory
Notes: Eliminated March 9, 1883 to Allred, Dunn, McKenzie, old and Wallace.

Kidder
Box 66, Steele, ND 58482
(701) 475-2632
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndkidder
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Birth records: start in 1943, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1887, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1885, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1943, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1881, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1883, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1885, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1943, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized March 22, 1881.

Kittson
Incorporated: April 24, 1862
Parent county: Unorganized Territory
Notes: Organized June 1, 1862. Eliminated Dec. 17, 1863 to Unorganized Territory.

LaMoure
202 Fourth Ave. NE, Box 128, LaMoure, ND 58458
(701) 883-5301
http://www.lamourecountynd.com
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Pembina
Birth records: start in 1881, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1881, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1881, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1881, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1890, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1881, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1881, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1930, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized Oct. 27, 1881.

Logan
301 Broadway, Napoleon, ND 58561
(701) 754-2751
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndlogan
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Marriage records: start in 1890, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1920, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1884, Recorder’s Office
Military: 1920, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1950, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Clerk of District Court has incomplete birth and death records from 1893, court probate records from late 1800s, and marriage records from 1890 or 1900. Organized Sept. 1, 1884.

McHenry
407 Main St., Towner, ND 58788
(701) 537-5729
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmchenr
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Marriage records: start in 1920, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1920, Clerk of District Court
Probate: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Recorder’s Office has land records from late 1800s. Organized May 14, 1885.

McIntosh
112 NE First St., Ashley, ND 58413
(701) 288-3450
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmcinto
Incorporated: March 9, 1883
Parent counties: Logan, Unorganized Territory, McPherson
Birth records: start in 1899, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1885, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1937, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1899, Clerk of District Court
Land: unknown start, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1889, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1883, Clerk of District Court
Naturalization: unknown start, State Historical Society
Military: 1943, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized Oct. 4, 1884.

McKenzie
201 Fifth St. NW, Box 524, Watford City, ND 58854
(701) 444-3452
http://www.4eyes.net
Incorporated: May 24, 1901
Parent county: Billings
Birth records: start in 1910, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1905, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1905, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1905, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1905, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1905, Clerk of District Court
Military: unknown start Recorder’s Office
Notes: Attached to Stark County prior to organization March 16, 1905.

McKenzie, old
Incorporated: March 9, 1883
Parent county: Howard
Notes: Annexed to Billings Nov. 30, 1896.

McLean
712 Fifth Ave., Washburn, ND 58577
(701) 462-8541
http://www.visitmcleancounty.com/officials/officialsindex.html
Incorporated: March 8, 1883
Parent counties: Stevens, Burleigh, Sheridan, old
Marriage records: start in 1898, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1883, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1920, Clerk of District Court

Mercer
1021 Arthur St., Stanton, ND 58571
(701) 745-3262
http://www.mercercountynd.com
Incorporated: Jan. 14, 1875
Parent county: Unorganized Territory
Marriage records: start in 1894, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1940, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1942, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1908, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1898, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1906, Clerk of District Court
Naturalization: unknown start, State Historical Society
Burial: unknown start, State Historical Society
Notes: Organized Aug. 22, 1884.

Morton
210 Second Ave. NW, Mandan, ND 58554
(701) 667-3355
http://www.co.morton.nd.us
Incorporated: Jan. 8, 1873
Parent county: Unorganized Territory
Marriage records: start in 1882, kept by Recorder’s Office
Divorce: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Probate: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Burial: unknown start, Recorder’s Office
Notes: Clerk of District Court has court records from late 1800s. Recorder’s Office has land records from late 1800s. Organized Feb. 28, 1881.

Mountrail
Box 69, Stanley, ND 58784
(701) 628-2915
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmountr
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Birth records: start in 1909, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1909, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1909, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1909, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1908, Records Office
Probate: 1909, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1909, Clerk of District Court
Naturalization: 1909, State Historical Society
Military: 1919, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Clerk of District Court has incomplete burial records. Annexed to Ward in 1891 and eliminated Nov. 30, 1892. Recreated Jan. 29, 1909 from Ward.

Nelson
210 B Ave. W, Box 565, Lakota, ND 58344
(701) 247-2462
http://www.nelsonco.org
Incorporated: March 2, 1883
Parent counties: Foster, Grand Forks, Ramsey, Unorganized Territory
Birth records: start in 1903, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1883, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1883, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1903, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1880, Clerk of District Court
Probate: 1880, Clerk of District Court
Court: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Clerk of District Court has burial records from mid-1900s.

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Oliver
115 W. Main St., Center, ND 58530
(701) 794-8777
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndoliver
Incorporated: April 14, 1885
Parent county: Mercer
Marriage records: start in 1915, kept by Clerk of District Court
Death: 1920, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1900, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1900, County Judge
Court: 1900, County Judge

Pembina
301 Dakota St. W. #10, Cavalier, ND 58220
(701) 265-4275
http://pembinacountynd.gov
Incorporated: Jan. 9, 1867
Parent county: Unorganized Territory
Birth records: start in 1893, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1881, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1883, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1893, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1880, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1883, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1883, Clerk of District Court
Military: 1945, Veterans Service Officer
Burial: 1943, Clerk of District Court

Pierce
240 SE Second St., Rugby, ND 58368
(701) 776-6161
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndpierce
Incorporated: March 11, 1887
Parent counties: De Smet, Bottineau, McHenry, Rolette
Birth records: start in 1945, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1890, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1945, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1884, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1898, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1900, Clerk of District Court
Military: 1940, Veterans Service Officer
Burial permits: 1943, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized April 11, 1889.

Ramsey
524 Fourth Ave. #4, Devils Lake, ND 58301
(701) 662-1039
http://www.co.ramsey.nd.us
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Pembina
Birth records: start in 1900, kept by Recorder’s Office
Marriage: 1887, Recorder’s Office
Death: 1900, Recorder’s Office
Land: 1885, Recorder’s Office
Military: unknown start, Recorder’s Office
Burial permits: unknown start, Recorder’s Office
Notes: Clerk of District Court has court and divorce records from late 1800s. County Judge has probate records from late 1800s. Organized Jan. 25, 1885.

Ransom
204 Fifth Ave. W., Box 626, Lisbon, ND 58054
(701) 683-5823 ext. 1
http://www.ransomcountynd.com
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Pembina
Marriage records: start in 1908, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1908, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1870, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1908, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1908, Clerk of District Court
Military: 1919, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized April 4, 1881.

Renville
205 Main St. E., Box 68, Mohall, ND 58761
(701) 756-6398
http://renvillecountynd.org
Incorporated: June 3, 1910
Parent county: Ward
Marriage records: start in 1910, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1910, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Military: 1910, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Clerk of District Court has incomplete birth and death records.

Renville, old
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Notes: Part taken to form Ward County April 14, 1885. Attached to Ward. Eliminated Nov. 30, 1892 to Bottineau and Ward. Recreated June 3, 1910.

Richland
418 Second Ave. N., Wahpeton, ND 58075
(701) 671-1524
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndrichla
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Pembina
Divorce records: unknown start, kept by County Recorder
Land: unknown start, County Recorder
Probate: unknown start, County Judge
Court: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Burial: unknown start, County Recorder
Notes: County Recorder has Marriage records from late 1800s. Organized Nov. 25, 1875.

Rolette
102 Second St. NE, Rolla, ND 58367
(701) 477-3816
http://www.rolettecounty.com
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Marriage records: 1887, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: start in 1889, kept by Clerk of District Court
Land: 1884, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1896, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1889, Clerk of District Court
Military: 1944, Clerk of District Court
Burial permits: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Clerk of District Court has Death from late 1800s. Organized Oct. 14, 1884.

Sargent
355 Main St., Box 176, Forman, ND 58032
(701) 724-6241
http://theusgenweb.org/nd/sargent
Incorporated: April 9, 1883
Parent county: Ransom
Birth records: start in 1900, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1886, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1903, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1886, Recorder’s Office
Probate: 1883, Clerk of District Court
Court: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Military: unknown start, Recorder’s Office
Burial: 1948, Clerk of District Court

Sheridan
215 E. Second St., Box 409, McClusky, ND 58463
(701) 363-2207
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndsherid
Incorporated: Dec. 24, 1908
Parent county: McLean
Birth records: start in 1943, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1909, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1909, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1943, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1909, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1909, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1909, Clerk of District Court
Military: 1918, Clerk of District Court
Burial: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Birth and death records prior to 1908 are held by townships.

Sheridan, old
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Notes: Part taken to form part of Church March 11, 1887. Eliminated Nov. 30, 1892 to McLean.

Sheyenne
Incorporated: April 24, 1862
Parent county: Unorganized Territory
Notes: Eliminated Dec. 17, 1863 to Unorganized Territory.

Sioux
303 Second Ave., Fort Yates, ND 58538
(701) 854-3853
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndsioux
Incorporated: Sept. 3, 1914
Parent county: Standing Rock Reservation
Marriage records: start in 1916, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Land: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Probate: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Court: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Military: 1880, Clerk of District Court
Burial: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: This county is an Indian reservation. The Tribal Court has been keeping records since 1970s. Bureau of Indian Affairs has reservation birth and death records.

Slope
206 S. Main St., Amidon, ND 58620
(701) 879-6275
http://www.slopecountynd.com
Incorporated: Nov. 3, 1914
Parent county: Billings
Marriage records: start in 1915, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1915, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1915, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1915, Clerk of District Court
Probate: 1915, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1915, Clerk of District Court
Burial: 1915, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized Jan. 14, 1915.

Stark
51 Third St. E., Dickinson, ND 58602
(701) 456-7645
http://hometownchronicles.com/nd/stark
Incorporated: Feb. 10, 1879
Parent counties: Unorganized Territory; Howard; William, old
Birth records: start in 1898, kept by Recorder’s Office
Divorce: 1950, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1898, Recorder’s Office
Land: unknown start, Registrar of Deeds
Court: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Recorder’s Office has Land records from late 1800s. State Historical Center has Divorce records prior to 1950. Clerk of District Court has Naturalization records 1887-1963. Organized May 30, 1883.

Steele
201 W. Washington Ave., Box 296, Finley, ND 58230
(701) 524-2152
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndsteele
Incorporated: June 2, 1883
Parent county: Griggs, Traill
Birth records: unknown start, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1883, County Judge
Divorce: 1886, Clerk of District Court
Death: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Land: unknown start, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1886, County Judge
Court: 1886, Clerk of District Court

Stevens
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Notes: Eliminated Nov. 30, 1892 to McLean and Ward.

Stevens, old
Incorporated: April 24 1862
Parent county: Unorganized Territory
Notes: Eliminated Dec. 17, 1863 to Unorganized Territory.

Stutsman
511 Second Ave. SE, Jamestown, ND 58401
(701) 252-9042
http://www.co.stutsman.nd.us
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent counties: Pembina, Buffalo
Birth records: unknown start, kept by Clerk of District Court
Marriage: 1884, Recorder’s Office
Divorce: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Death: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1874, Recorder’s Office
Probate: unknown start, Clerk of Courts
Court: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Burial: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: The state has birth and death records.

Towner
315 Second St., Box 517, Cando, ND 58324
(701) 968-4343
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndtowner
Incorporated: March 8, 1883
Parent counties: Rolette, Cavalier
Birth records: start in 1940, kept by Clerk of Courts
Marriage: 1889, Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1884, Clerk of District Court
Death: 1940, Clerk of Courts
Land: 1884, Clerk of District Court
Probate: 1886, Clerk of District Court
Court: 1884, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Organized Jan. 24, 1884.

Traill
13 First St. NW, Hillsboro, ND 58045
(701) 636-4454
http://www.co.traill.nd.us
Incorporated: Jan. 12, 1875
Parent counties: Grand Forks, Burbank, Cass
Marriage records: start in 1872, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: 1890, Clerk of District Court
Land: unknown start, Registrar of Deeds
Probate: 1882, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Recorder’s Office has Land records from mid-1800s.

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Villard
Incorporated: March 8, 1883
Parent county: Billings
Notes: Eliminated March 10, 1887 to Billings and Stark.

Wallace
Incorporated: March 9, 1883
Parent county: Howard
Notes: See McKenzie County. Eliminated Nov. 30, 1896 to Billings and Stark. Recreated May 24, 1901 from Billings and Stark and attached to Stark County. Eliminated March 16, 1905 to McKenzie.

Wallette
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Notes: Eliminated March 9, 1883 to Buford and Flannery.

Walsh
600 Cooper Ave., Grafton, ND 58237
(701) 352-0350
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndwalsh/walsh.htm
Incorporated: May 20, 1881
Parent counties: Grand Forks, Pembina
Marriage records: start in 1884, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1878, County Recorder
Probate: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Court: unknown start, Clerk of District Court

Ward
315 Third St. SE, Minot, ND 58701
(701) 857-6460
http://www.co.ward.nd.us
Incorporated: April 14, 1885
Parent counties: Stevens; Wynn; Renville, old
Marriage records: unknown start, kept by County Judge
Divorce: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Probate: unknown start, County Judge
Military: 1930, County Recorder
Burial: unknown start, County Recorder
Notes: County Recorder has land records from late 1800s.

Wells
700 Railway St. N., Fessenden, ND 58438
(701) 547-3122
http://mylocalgov.com/wellscountynd
Incorporated: Jan. 4, 1873
Parent county: Buffalo
Marriage records: start in 1890, kept by Clerk of District Court
Divorce: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Land: 1884, Recorder’s Office
Court: unknown start, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Clerk of District Court has Probate records from late 1800s. Formerly Gingras County. Name changed to Wells Feb. 26, 1881. Organized Aug. 24, 1884.

Williams
Box 2047, Williston, ND 58802
(701) 774-4374
http://www.williamsnd.com
Incorporated: Nov. 30, 1892
Parent counties: Buford, Flannery
Marriage records: start in 1892, kept by Auditor’s Office
Divorce: 1926, Clerk of Courts
Land: 1900, County Treasurer
Probate: 1903, Clerk of Courts
Court: 1903, Clerk of District Court
Notes: Divorce records prior to 1926 are held in Bismark. Superintendent of Schools has township books. Organized March 10, 1903.

Williams, old
Incorporated: Jan. 8, 1873
Parent county: Unorganized Territory
Notes: Eliminated Nov. 30, 1892 to Mercer.

Wynn
Incorporated: March 9, 1883
Parent county: Bottineau; Renville, old
Notes: Eliminated March 11, 1887 to Bottineau, McHenry, Renville (old) and Ward.

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