Morton County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Morton County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Mandan
Organized: January 8, 1873
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Burleigh  • Emmons  • Grant  • Mercer  • Oliver  • Sioux  • Stark
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Morton Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton (1823-1877), governor of Indiana during the American Civil War and later a United States Senator. It was later organized again on November 23, 1916.[2] The County is located in the center area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Morton County Courthouse
210 2nd Ave NW
Mandan, ND 58554
Phone: 701.667.3355
Morton County Website

Clerk District Court has birth records from 1883, marriage records from 1888, death records from 1873, burial records from 1943, divorce and probate records from 1900’s and court records from late 1800’s;
Register of Deeds has land records from late 1800’s[4]

Morton County, North Dakota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1883 1888 1873 late 1800s late 1800s 1900s 1836
*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923.
Full compliance by 1924.[6]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Morton County. To find more resources, go to the North Dakota Bible Records page.

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Morton County, North Dakota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Dakota Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 200
1890 4,728 2264.0%
1900 8,069 70.7%
1910 25,289 213.4%
1920 18,714 −26.0%
1930 19,647 5.0%
1940 20,184 2.7%
1950 19,295 −4.4%
1960 20,992 8.8%
1970 20,310 −3.2%
1980 25,177 24.0%
1990 23,700 −5.9%
2000 25,303 6.8%
2010 27,471 8.6%
Source: "".

Before North Dakota was a state in 1889, parts of North Dakota were included in the 1836 Iowa Territory census (also known as Wisconsin Territory), 1840 Iowa Territory census, 1850 Minnesota Territory census, and the 1860-1880 Dakota Territory censuses.[9] See links listed below.

Territory and State Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of North Dakota starting in 1890, although no records survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal census indexes, see North Dakota Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Church records can be found online, kept onsite at the church, or housed in a church archive or library. See North Dakota Church Records for more information on how to locate the records.

Online Church Records
Lutheran Church

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

When the United States acquired North Dakota, most of the land became available for homesteading or purchase from the federal government. After land was transferred from the government to private owners, the registrar of deeds in each county recorded the land transactions in the form of deeds and mortgages. For more information, see North Dakota Land and Property.

Online Land Records

For more information see North Dakota Land and Property

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories, including those of the county, are available for Morton County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

  • 100 years of faith, 1897-1997; St. Anthony's Catholic Church; St. Anthony, North Dakota. 1997?. By Elfreda Ziniel. St. Anthony, North Dakota : St. Anthony's Catholic Church; St. Anthony, North Dakota. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Flasher, ND centennial, 1902-2002. 2002?. S.l. : s.n. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Mantani A history of Mandan - Morton County including Fort McKeen and Fort Abraham Lincoln : 1738-1964. 1964. By Sarah Tostevin. Mandan, North Dakota : The Mandan Chamber of Commerce.
  • Morton prairie roots. 1975. By Marion Plath Peterson. Mandan, North Dakota : Morton County Historical Society. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Oliver CountyBurleigh CountyEmmons CountySioux CountyGrant CountyHettinger CountyStark CountyMercer CountyND MORTON.JPG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

These collections are unique to North Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and North Dakota Military Records.

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

For further information see North Dakota Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Please see the North Dakota Naturalization and Citizenship page for state-wide information.

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

North Dakota Newspapers Online

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

Probate records, including wills and estates, are at the county clerk's office. See also North Dakota Probate Records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Flasher School History:

Flasher is a city within Morton County, North Dakota

The first school house was a one room building completed in 1902. The first regular school term was 1903-1904, there were 30 pupils. The original building of what is now the Flasher Public School was built in 1911. High school was started in the fall of 1916 with a small enrollment. From this small beginning the enrollment increased and more room was needed. The first formal graduation ceremony took place in 1922 with three graduating students.

In the spring of 1957, due to increased enrollment, it became necessary to enlarge the educational facilities. Included in the new addition were a gymnasium and a shop. In 1958 the Flasher School District 39 went through the task of reorganization. As a result, the following are now part of the Flasher School District No. 39: Weekes, Fairview, Big Bend, Fair Valley, part of Oak Coulee, Lark, Lonesome, part of Raleigh, part of Three Buttes, Freda, Timmer and Shields. In 1965 a new section of the elementary classrooms was built and in 1975 four more classrooms were added.

Taken from: ""School Reunion 1922-1977, Schools of Flasher, Freda, Raleigh"" Saturday, June 18 1977"

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

County tax records are at the county treasurer's, auditor's or clerk's office in the county courthouse. Some tax records may have been moved to the North Dakota State Archives.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth, marriage, death, and divorce records may be recorded on registers, certificates, or other documents at the county clerk's office. Many records are also being digitized and put online. See North Dakota Vital Records for more information about availability and how to access them.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Morton County. For state-wide archival repositories, see North Dakota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Morton County. For state-wide library facilities, see North Dakota Archives and Libraries.

Glen Ullin Public Library
114 Main St N
Glen Ullin, ND 58631

Museums[edit | edit source]

Glen Ullin Museum and Auxiliary
6285 46th St
Glen Ullin, ND 58631

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Morton County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see North Dakota Societies.

Almont Historical Society
4149 Co Rd 86
Almont, ND 58520

Germans From Russia Heritage Society
1125 W Turnpike Ave
Bismarck, ND 58501

Mandan Historical Society
3827 30th Ave NW
PO Box 98
Mandan, ND 58554

New Salem Historical Society
4248 43rd Ave
New Salem, ND 58563-9805

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Morton County at Cyndi's List — a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
  • Morton County at Genealogy Trails — volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
  • Morton County at North Dakota USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
  • Morton County at North Dakota USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
  • Morton County, North Dakota at Linkpendium - genealogy and family history
  • Morton County, North Dakota Genealogy at - collection of links by state, county, city, and record type
  • FamilySearch Catalog The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection. Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Morton County, North Dakota Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Morton, North Dakota," in,_North_Dakota accessed 8/28/2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Morton County, North Dakota. Page 525 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Morton County, North Dakota. Page 525 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 518.
  6. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 562; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Morton County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
  9. Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 511. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.