North Dakota Family History Societies

This section lists the state-wide association for North Dakota.  It then lists county associations from Bismarck-Mandan to Richland giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional


Statewide and Regional Societies

North Dakota State Genealogical Society

Back Issues of Newsletters published by the association are available for download on their website.  A list of other associations is also on the site.


County and Other Societies

Ransom County Historical Society

Many resources are available in their Archives, which include:

  • Assorted Commemorative Books from Cities and Churches
  • Banks Notes
  • Baptisms
  • Census Returns
  • Diaries
  • Family Histories
  • Fort Ransom School Year Books
  • Items and Pictures of Mill Owner T. J. Walker and his family
  • Items from Old Fort Ransom(Military Fort)
  • Land Sale Documents
  • Ledgers

Resources also include:

  • Marriages
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Partial List of Births recorded in the region
  • Photographs
  • Plat Books
  • Scrapbooks
  • Tax Records
  • Teacher's Registers 1880s-1920s
  • Telephone Directories

Some items are available for sale, which incorporate Cook Books and Postcards.


Red River Valley Genealogical Society

The association serves Eastern North Dakota and Western Minnesota.  Many resources are available in their Library.  These cover most counties and include:

  • Atlases
  • Cemetery Records
  • Church Registers
  • Directories
  • High School Annuals
  • Plat Books

Some Funeral Home Indexes are on the site, along with a link to Indexes of Cemetery Transcriptions.  The association has lifted obituaries published in the Fargo Forum since November 1975 and are able to supply copies of these records for a fee. 

For a fee, Pioneer Certificates are granted by the society to anyone who can prove they are directly descended from a person who lived in the area of Dakota Territory before 2 November 1889, when it became the state of North Dakota.

Many publications are also available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Returns
  • Funeral Home Records
  • Marriage Records
  • Pastor Register of Reverend Oscare H. Elmer: Earliest Presbyterian Minister who served Moorhead, Crookston, Sauk Centre and St. Paul 1869-1895
  • Red River Valley Genealogical Society Library Holdings on CD
  • Red River Valley Genealogical Society Newsletters

For a fee, they are also prepared to search in Census Returns if you send them the necessary information.

A list of links to other sites of genealogical interest are also available, which include some relating to Norway.


Richland County Historical Society

They have many volumes, which include 

  • County Histories
  • Fargo Genealogy Society(First 100 Years)
  • Genealogies
  • Joseph Harris Heckman: Father of Public Libraries
  • Ottertail Power Histories
  • Richland County Plat Books
  • The Story of Harold and Eva Case
  • Township Histories

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