North Dakota Fast Facts and Key Resources

By David A. Fryxell Premium

Statehood: 1889

US territory status: Part of Missouri Territory beginning in 1818, Michigan in 1834, Wisconsin in 1836, Iowa in 1838, Minnesota in 1849, no territory in 1858 and Dakota in 1861

First extant federal census: 1900

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1893

Statewide marriage records: 1925

Counties: 53

Contact for vital records:

Division of Vital Records

600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 301

Bismarck, ND 58505

(701) 328-2360



1885 Territorial Census


1895 North Dakota Atlas


Ethnic Groups in North Dakota


Ghost Towns of North Dakota


North Dakota Chronology


North Dakota GenWeb Project


North Dakota State Genealogical Society


North Dakota Supreme Court: Counties


Oral History Project


Pioneer Certificates Index


Public Death Index



Early History of North Dakota by Clement A. Lounsberry (Liberty Press)

The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

History of North Dakota and North Dakota Biography, 3 volumes, by Lewis F. Crawford (American Historical Society)

Land in Her Own Name: Women as the Homesteaders in North Dakota by H. Elaine Lindgren (University of Oklahoma Press)

North Central North Dakota Genealogical Record (Mouse River Loop Genealogical Society)

North Dakota Cemetery Records, 32 volumes (Red River Valley Genealogical Society)

North Dakota Place Names by Douglas A. Wick (Prairie House)

Pioneers and Their Sons, 2 volumes, by George P. Aberle (Tumbleweed Press)

Prairie Mosaic: An Ethnic Atlas of Rural North Dakota by William C. Sherman (Institute for Regional Studies)

Reference Guide to North Dakota History and North Dakota Literature by Daniel Rylance and J.F.S. Smeall (University of North Dakota)

Tracing Your Dakota Roots by Jo Ann B. Winistorfer and Cathy A. Langemo (Dakota Roots)

Organizations and Archives

Fargo Public Library

102 Third St. N, Fargo, ND 58102, (701) 241-1472, <>

Germans from Russia Heritage Society

1125 W. Turnpike Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501, (701) 223-6167, <>

Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives

North Dakota State University Library, Box 5599, Fargo, ND 58105, (701) 231-8914, <>

NARA Central Plains Region

2312 E. Bannister Road, Kansas City, MO 64131, (816) 268-8000, <>

Red River Valley Genealogical Society

Box 9284, 112 N. University Drive, Suite L-116, Fargo, ND 58106, <>

State Historical Society of North Dakota

State Archives and Historical Research Library, 612 E. Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505, (701) 328-2666, <>

University of North Dakota Chester Fritz Library

University Avenue and Centennial Drive, Stop 9000, Grand Forks, ND 58202, (701) 777-4625, <>

From the February 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine