North Dakota Church Records

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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in North Dakota were Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches.[1]

The Family History Library has histories of the Dunkards (Church of the Brethren), Episcopal, Presbyterian, Catholic, and other churches in North Dakota. For Methodists, Presbyterians, Dunkards, and Lutherans you can also consult the various volumes of The Collections of The State Historical Society of North Dakota Seven Volumes. (Bismarck, North Dakota: Tribune State Printers, 1906—; FHL Film 1697422.

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection includes some North Dakota church records for Barnes, Burleigh, and Towner counties (Family History Library films 859737-40). 

The Family History Library has very few North Dakota church records. Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)[edit | edit source]

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Early, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for North DakotaWards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the FamilySearch Catalog. Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Lutheran[edit | edit source]

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(ELCA Archives)
8765 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631-4198
Phone: (800) 638-3522 or (773) 380-2700
Fax: (773) 380-1465

The Archives has records of many congregations on microfilm. These can be borrowed for a small fee. For a list of church records in their collection as of the 1970's see FHL Collection fiche 6330690-93; the fiche with the North Dakota list is FHL Collection 6330692

Many Lutheran Church records for Germans from Russia are at:

Institute for Regional Studies
North Dakota State University Libraries
P.O. Box 5599
Fargo, ND 58105-5599
Phone: (701) 231-8914
Fax: (701) 231-5632
Email: - This site contains German-Russian emigrant ancestry in pocket settlements in mid-west states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska . Contains transcribed minutes of meetings, membership lists (some with parentage listed), birth, deaths, and marriages.]

Methodist[edit | edit source]

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United Methodist Church
North Dakota Conference
Wesley United Methodist Church
1600 4th Ave North
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Phone: (701) 772-1869

Dakotas United Conference Archives[edit | edit source]

McGovern Library
Dakota Wesleyan University
Box 460
1200 West University Avenue
Mitchell, SD 57301-4398
Phone: (605) 995-2618
Fax: (605) 995-2893

Presbyterian[edit | edit source]

Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: (215) 627-1852
Fax: (215) 627-0509

Roman Catholic[edit | edit source]

Diocese of Bismarck
Chancery Office
Box 1575
420 Raymond Street
Bismarck, ND 58502-1575
Phone: (701) 223-1347
Fax: (701) 223-3693

The diocese includes the counties of: Adams, Billings, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Hettinger, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, Oliver, Renville, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Ward and Williams.

Diocese of Fargo
5201 Bishops Blvd., Suite A
Fargo, ND 58104-7605
Phone: (701) 356-7900

The diocese includes the counties of: Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder, LaMoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, Nelson, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh and Wells

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Sydney E. Ahlstrom, A Religious History of the American People (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1972). FHL Book 973 K2ah.