Stark County, North Dakota Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
United States
North Dakota
Stark County

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


Stark County was organized on May 25, 1883, and became a county in the state of North Dakota on November 2, 1889.[2] Its county seat is Dickinson.[3] The County is located in southwest area of the state.[4]

County Courthouse

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

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
1898 1887 1898 1887 1873 1873 1836
*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923.
Full compliance by 1924.[6]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 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

    The following are locations in the county[8]

    Unincorporated communities


    Bible Records


    Business, Commerce, and Occupations


    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
    • Odessa Digital Library has cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in and around Stark County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.

    Census Records

    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.[9] See links listed below.

    Territory and State Census Records

    Federal Census Records

    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

    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


    Emigration and Immigration

    Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

    Funeral Homes



    Land and Property Records

    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

    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


    Military Records

    Online Collections

    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

    Online Naturalization Indexes and Records


    For more information, see North Dakota Newspapers.

    North Dakota Newspapers Online

    North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs


    Other Records


    Probate Records

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

    Online Probate Records

    School Records

    Tax Records

    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

    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.




    Online Death Indexes and Records


    Research Facilities


    North Dakota State University Archives
    West Building 3551 7th Avenue
    N Fargo, ND 58102
    Mailing Address:
    NDSU Archives
    Libraries NDSU Dept #2080
    PO Box 6050
    Fargo, ND 58108-6050
    Phone: 701-231-8914
    Fax: 701-231-5632

    Family History Centers

    Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.




    Stark County Historical Society
    PO Box 146
    Dickinson, ND 58602-0146
    Telephone: 701-456-6225


    Research Guides


    1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
    2. Stark County, North Dakota, Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
    3. Stark County, North Dakota, Wikipedia
    4. Wikipedia contributors, "Stark, North Dakota," in,_North_Dakota accessed 8/28/2018
    5. 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.
    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, "Stark 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.