Stark County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Stark 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: Dickinson
Organized: February 10, 1879
Parent County(s): the Dakota Territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Billings  • Dunn  • Grant  • Hettinger  • Mercer  • Morton  • Slope
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Stark Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Stark is located in the southwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Stark County Courthouse
51 3rd St E; PO Box 130
Dickinson, ND 58602-0130
Phone: 701.264.7639
Stark County Website

Stark County North Dakota Courthouse.jpg


Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1898, burial records, divorce and court records from 1887 and naturalization records 1887-1963;
Register of Deeds has land records.

Stark 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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1898 1887 1893 1873 1873 1873 1836
*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923.
Full compliance by 1924.[4]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1863: On 9 Mar 1883, old Dunn and Hettinger Counties set off.
  • 1885: On 13 March 1885, Adams County set off.
  • 1897: Absorbed old Dunn County.
  • 1905: New McKenzie County set off.
  • 1908: Dunn County set off.
  • 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:[6]

    Unincorporated communities

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Bible Records[edit | edit source]

    Listed below are resources for Bible records specific to Stark 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 Stark 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.
    1890 2,304
    1900 7,621 230.8%
    1910 12,504 64.1%
    1920 13,542 8.3%
    1930 15,340 13.3%
    1940 15,414 0.5%
    1950 16,137 4.7%
    1960 18,451 14.3%
    1970 19,613 6.3%
    1980 23,697 20.8%
    1990 22,832 −3.7%
    2000 22,636 −0.9%
    2010 24,199 6.9%
    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.[7] 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 Stark County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

    • Stark County History (Genealogy Trails)
    • The Banat German Hungarians who came to southwestern North Dakota: wiver sach (women's stuff). 1998?. By Theresa K. Bogner Montee-Nelson. Dickinson, North Dakota: T.B. Montee-Nelson. Online at: At various libraries (WorldCat).
    • Early history of Custer Trail in Stark County, North Dakota. n.d. By G. S. Cryne. n.p.: n.p. Online at: At various libraries (WorldCat).
    • Stark County heritage and destiny. 1978. By Stark County Historical Society. Bismarck, North Dakota: Taylor Pub. Co.. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).

    Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

    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]

    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 Stark 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 Stark County. For state-wide library facilities, see North Dakota Archives and Libraries.

    Dickinson Area Public Library
    139 3rd St W
    Dickinson, ND 58601-5147
    Phone: 701-456-7700
    Toll Free: 1-800-422-0541

    Museums[edit | edit source]

    Dickinson Museum Center
    188 Museum Drive East
    Dickinson, ND 58601

    Societies[edit | edit source]

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

    Stark County Historical Society
    188 Museum Drive East
    PO Box 146
    Dickinson, ND 58602-0146

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    • Stark County at Cyndi's List — a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online
    • Stark County at Genealogy Trails — volunteer transcriptions of genealogical and historical data
    • Stark County at North Dakota USGenWeb - free online resources for genealogical research
    • Stark County at North Dakota USGenWeb Archives - free online data for genealogical research
    • Stark County, North Dakota at Linkpendium - genealogy and family history
    • Stark 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Stark, North Dakota," in,_North_Dakota accessed 8/28/2018
    3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stark County, North Dakota. Page 526 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), 519.
    4. 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.
    5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
    6. Wikipedia contributors, "Stark County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
    7. 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.