North Dakota Research Tips and Strategies
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North Dakota Research Strategies
Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in North Dakota
- North Dakota Online Genealogy Records
- How to find North Dakota Birth Records
- How to find North Dakota Marriage Records
- How to find North Dakota Death Records
North Dakota Research Tips
These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in North Dakota.
- Birth information: In 1893 a state law was enacted requiring registration of births. This law was repealed in 1895 and then reenacted in 1899. The best substitute record for locating birth information is death records (the majority of death records will list the date of birth of the decedent, and since death certificates are considered a primary resource, they can provide you with the same documentation as a birth certificate). Or, try these other substitute records.
- Finding Parents: In 1893 a state law was enacted requiring registration of deaths. This law was repealed in 1895 and then reenacted in 1899. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search North Dakota death records
- Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.
North Dakota Record Finder
This Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research.
|1. What you are looking for:||2. Try these records first:||3. Other useful records|
|Birth information||Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Church records||Cemeteries, Naturalization and Citizenship, Bible records, Military records (pension)|
|Marriage information||Marriage records, Obituaries, Bible records||Church records, Probate records, Military records|
|Death information||Death Records, Cemeteries, Obituaries||Probate Records, Church Records, Bible Records|
|Parents||Birth records, Death records, Obituaries, Census, Church records||Biography, Genealogy|
|Maiden name||Marriage Records, Obituaries, Probate records||Church Records, Military Records (pension)|
|Immigration date||Emigration and Immigration, Naturalization and Citizenship, Census||Obituaries, Biography, History|
|Naturalization||Naturalization and Citizenship, Census, Court Records||Voting Registers, Biography, Periodicals|
|Physical description||Military Records, Naturalization and Citizenship (after 1906)||Biography, History|
Further North Dakota Research
For more research on North Dakota, including research at the county level, visit the North Dakota page on the Research Wiki.
Search all of the North Dakota record collections at FamilySearch.