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North Dakota Archives and Libraries

The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research in North Dakota.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in North Dakota

North Dakota State Archives · Library of North Dakota · North Dakota State Univeristy Libraries · National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver) · Family History Library

National Archives—Central Plains Region (Kansas City)

400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 268-8000

The NARA web site:

Very few records are online, so doing actual research on your ancestors is very limited here. However, this web site can help you prepare for your visit to the National Archives. This includes finding microfilm roll numbers for records you may want to search or order copies of. You can also read articles about the records, and perhaps get ideas for new types of records to investigate.

National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)

National Archives at Denver
17101 Huron Street
Broomfield, CO 80023
Telephone: 303-604-4740
Fax: 303-407-5707

  • Census Records
  • Ethnic Heritage
  • Military Service Records
  • Immigration Records
  • Naturalization Records
  • Go to their website for more listings of records.

Institute for Regional Studies & University Archives

North Dakota State University Libraries
P.O. Box 5599
Fargo, ND 58105-5599
Phone: (701) 231-8914

The manuscript collecting program of the Institute for Regional Studies Archives preserves personal papers and organization records of enduring historic value to support the research needs of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty and other scholars at NDSU and beyond. The uniqueness and strength of the Institute manuscripts lies in its extensive holdings of more than 1,200 collections. They range in size from a single letter to a more than a 100-box set of business records. These manuscripts document such phenomena as the agricultural development of the state, particularly the bonanza farming era; the everyday life of the early pioneers; the era of the Nonpartisan League; and the women of North Dakota as seen in diaries and their varied organizations. Also documented are the lives and works of North Dakota literary figures, our many ethnic groups and the development of an urban society through City of Fargo and Cass County records.

Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections

Chester Fritz Library
University of North Dakota
3051 University Avenue Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9000
Phone: (701) 777-4625

Digital Horizons

This site contains town and county histories, photos of homesteaders and oral interviews conducted with Germans from Russia dating back to the 1800s are just a few of this site’s treasures depicting life on the northern plains

North Dakota Online Records

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.


You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from North Dakota in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list for North Dakota.

Cyndi's List
Contains links to many North Dakota sources including Libraries and Archives.

FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources. Also, search the Catalog to identfy records that are located at the Family History Library.