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Guide to '''Nelson County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
Nelson County, North Dakota genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.
 
  
{{Infobox U.S. County  
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| county = Nelson County
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| county_map = North Dakota Nelson Map.png
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| style="text-align:center"|{{Click|Image:ND_ORP.png|North Dakota Online Genealogy Records}}
| state = North Dakota
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= March 2, 1883
| founded year = 1883
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|county seat= Lakota
| founded date = March 2
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|parent county= [[Foster County, North Dakota Genealogy|Foster]], [[Grand Forks County, North Dakota Genealogy|Grand Forks]], and [[Ramsey County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ramsey]] and unorganized territory <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
| seat = Lakota
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|county1= [[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy|Benson]]
| building address = Nelson County Courthouse<br> 210 W B Ave<br> PO Box 565<br> Lakota, ND 58344<br> Phone: 701.247.2462 <br> [http://www.nelsonco.org/ '''Nelson County Website'''] }}  
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|county2= [[Eddy County, North Dakota Genealogy|Eddy]]
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|county3= [[Grand Forks County, North Dakota Genealogy|Grand Forks]]
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|county4= [[Griggs County, North Dakota Genealogy|Griggs]]
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|county5= [[Ramsey County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ramsey]]
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|county6= [[Steele County, North Dakota Genealogy|Steele]]
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|county7= [[Walsh County, North Dakota Genealogy|Walsh]]</br><center>[[Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county courthouse= [[Image:NorthDakotaNelsonCountyMemorialCourthouse.jpg|245x245px]]
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<div style="width:17%; float:left; margin-right:4em; padding:0px">__TOC__</div><br>
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== County Information ==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Description ===
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Founded in 1883.  The county seat, is Lakota.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/ Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy and History]</ref>
  
Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage, probate and land records from 1880, divorce, Court<br>and burial records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nelson County, North Dakota. Page 525 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Nelson}}
  
== History  ==
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'''Nelson County Courthouse'''<br> 210 W B Ave<br> PO Box 565<br> Lakota, ND 58344<br> Phone: 701.247.2462 <br> [http://www.nelsonco.org/ Nelson County Website]<br><br>
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Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1903, marriage, probate and land records from 1880, divorce, Court and burial records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nelson County, North Dakota. Page 525 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Parent Counties  ====
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=== Nelson County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{{ND Records Intro}}
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nelson County, North Dakota. Page 525 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 518.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1883
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1836
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| colspan="7"| <center>*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923. <br>
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Full compliance by 1924.<ref>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.</ref> </center>
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'''2 March 1883: '''Nelson County was created from [[Foster County, North Dakota|Foster]], [[Grand Forks County, North Dakota|Grand Forks]], and [[Ramsey County, North Dakota|Ramsey]] Counties, and unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Lakota <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Nelson}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Nelson County was created from 2 March 1883 [[Foster County, North Dakota Genealogy|Foster]], [[Grand Forks County, North Dakota Genealogy|Grand Forks]], and [[Ramsey County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ramsey]] Counties, and unorganized territory.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Lakota <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/northdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for North Dakota Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/DAKs_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm North Dakota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]</td></tr></table>
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Nelson}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_County,_North_Dakota "Nelson County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aneta,_North_Dakota Aneta]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lakota,_North_Dakota Lakota] (county seat)
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McVille,_North_Dakota McVille]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_City,_North_Dakota Michigan City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pekin,_North_Dakota Pekin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petersburg,_North_Dakota Petersburg]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tolna,_North_Dakota Tolna]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kloten,_North_Dakota Kloten]</div>
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*Mapes</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitman,_North_Dakota Whitman]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahlen,_North_Dakota Dahlen]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adler_Township,_Nelson_County,_North_Dakota Adler]
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*Bergen
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*Central
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*Clara
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*Dahlen
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*Dayton
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*Dodds
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*Enterprise
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*Field</div>
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*Forde
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*Hamlin
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*Illinois
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*Lakota
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*Lee
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*Leval
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*Melvin
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*Michigan
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*Nash</div>
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*Nesheim
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*Ora
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*Osago
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*Petersburg
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*Rubin
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*Rugh
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*Sarnia
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*Wamduska
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*Williams</div>
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== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Nelson}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Nelson}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/bios.html Nelson County Biographies] on [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/ North Dakota Genealogy Trails website] - Alphabetical list of early settlers and prominent individuals from county histories
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*[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/north-dakota-biography-index North Dakota Biography Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ North Dakota State University Archives] - Index only; gives references to publications containing information on North Dakotans, living and deceased
  
[[Benson County, North Dakota|Benson]] | [[Eddy County, North Dakota|Eddy]] | [[Grand Forks County, North Dakota|Grand Forks]] | [[Griggs County, North Dakota|Griggs]] | [[Ramsey County, North Dakota|Ramsey]] | [[Steele County, North Dakota|Steele]] | [[Walsh County, North Dakota|Walsh]]
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Nelson}}
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Nelson}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Adams County, North Dakota''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=30&GScnty=1782&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/nelson/nelson.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/nelson.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://northdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=32 NDGravestones]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/nd/nelson.htm NDInterment]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]]) </center>
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*{{FHL|469046|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Nelson+North+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# BillionGraves]
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|-
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=30&CScnty=1782 Findagrave]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=North%20Dakota&county=Nelson&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[North Dakota Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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==== Census ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{ND Census Intro|Nelson}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/nelson/nelscens.htm Nelson County Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Territory and State Census Records ====
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelson_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1890 |4293
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|1900 |7316
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|1910 |10140
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|1920 |10362
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|1930 |10203
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|1940 |9129
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|1950 |8090
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|1960 |7034
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|1970 |5776 
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|1980 |5233 
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|1990 |4410 
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|2000 |3715
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|2010 |3126
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}}
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*'''1836''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/territory/census/1836/1836cens.txt 1836 Wisconsin Territory Census] – index only; North Dakota was included in the 1836 Wisconsin Territory Census
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*'''1840''' - {{RecordSearch|1786457|United States Census, 1840}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1840 Iowa Territory Census
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*'''1850''' - {{RecordSearch|1401638|United States Census, 1850}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1850 Minnesota Territory Census
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1860 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1870 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1880 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1885''' [http://library.ndsu.edu/db/census/ Dakota Territory 1885 Census Index] at NDSU Archives – index only
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*'''1885, 1915, 1925''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1078 North Dakota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1885, 1915, 1925] at Ancestry.com – ($), index and images
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*'''1915''' {{RecordSearch|2346284|North Dakota Census, 1915}} at FamilySearch Historical Records — index and images
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*'''1925''' {{RecordSearch|2351024|North Dakota Census, 1925}} at FamilySearch Historical Records — index and images
  
*1885
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==== Federal Census Records ====
*1890  
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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]].
*1900  
 
*1910
 
*1915
 
*1920
 
*1925
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Nelson}}
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
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''Dutch Reformed Church''<br>
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*'''1905''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60766 U.S., Selected States Dutch Reformed Church Membership Records, 1701-1995] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Salem Reformed Church in Mapes, Membership Records, 1905<br>
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''Lutheran Church''<br>
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*'''1875-1940''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60722 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
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*Records of Center Lutheran Church, Nelson County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
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*Records of Warwick Lutheran Church, Nelson County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
==== Court ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Nelson}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Nelson}}
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*'''1902''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/nelson/directories/business/1902/anetamed10nms.txt Aneta Medical Directory 1902] USGenWeb Archives
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Military ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Nelson}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Nelson}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Nelson}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Nelson}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/nelson/nelsland.html Index to Nelson County BLM Land Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at Ancestry.com - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at Ancestry.com - ($), index and images
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For more information see [[North Dakota Land and Property]]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|Nelson}}
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*'''1906''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/historyoverview.html County Description and Overview] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1914''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/history_1914.html Farm Home-Making In Nelson County] (Genealogy Trails)
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{ND Maps Intro}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/northdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for North Dakota Counties
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*[http://www.ndgenweb.org/maps.htm North Dakota Maps at NDGenWeb] -historical maps
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Migration ===
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{{ND Migration Intro}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Military Records ===
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{{ND Military Intro}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to North Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[North Dakota Military Records|North Dakota Military Records]].<br>
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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''Civil War''
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Nelson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*'''1861-1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at FamilySearch.
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''World War I''
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*'''1917-1918''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4569 North Dakota Military Men 1917-1918] at Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1917-1918''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31404 Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-4] at Ancestry ($)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/nelson/nelsmilitary.html World War I Nelson County Military Records] USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, Nelson County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War II''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/military/ww2armycas.html World War II Army Casualties, Nelson County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/military/ww2navycas.html World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, Nelson County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Korean War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/military/koreacasualties.html Korean War Casualties, Nelson County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Vietnam War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, Nelson County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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For further information see [[North Dakota Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{ND Naturalization Intro}}
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''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records''
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*[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/naturalization/ North Dakota Naturalization Records Index] at NDSU Archives] – index only, covers various dates and counties
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{ND Newspapers Intro|Nelson}}
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'' North Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/ GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of North Dakota newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/north-dakota/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of North Dakota newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some North Dakota newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
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*[http://history.nd.gov/archives/whatnewspapers.html State Historical Society of North Dakota] - contains inventory and catalog of all known ND newspapers
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{ND Obituaries Intro|Nelson}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/obits.html Nelson County Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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=== Other Records ===
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{{ND Other Records Intro}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{ND Periodicals Intro|Nelson}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|Nelson}}
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''Online Probate Records
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*'''1800 – 1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985] at Ancestry.com — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{ND Schools Intro}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/nelson/nelson.htm Index to Lakota School Records]. Scroll down to "Schools." (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1917-1930''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/school_mcville.html Graduates of McVille High School] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1906-1930''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/schools_michcity.html Michigan City, ND High School Graduates] (Genealogy Trails)
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{ND Tax Intro|Nelson}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Nelson}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Nelson}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Nelson}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/news_marriages.html Nelson County Marriage Announcements] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Nelson}}
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1892-present''' - [https://apps.nd.gov/doh/certificates/deathCertSearch.htm NDDH Public Death Index, 1892-present] at [http://ndhealth.gov/vital/ North Dakota Dept. of Health] – index only
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/obits.html Nelson County Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Nelson}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Nelson}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{ND Archives Intro}}
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'''North Dakota State University Archives'''<br>West Building 3551 7th Avenue<br>N Fargo, ND 58102<br>'''''Mailing Address:'''''<br>NDSU Archives<br>Libraries NDSU Dept #2080<br>PO Box 6050<br>Fargo, ND 58108-6050<br>Phone: 701-231-8914<br>Fax: 701-231-5632<br>Email: [mailto:ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu]<br>[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ Website]<br>
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{ND Libraries Intro|Nelson}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Nelson}}
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'''Nelson County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 141<br> Pekin, ND 58361<br>Telephone: 701-247-2374<br>
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|Nelson}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndnelson/ Nelson County, North Dakota, USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/nelson/nelson.htm Nelson County, North Dakota, USGenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|North Dakota Nelson|subject|disp=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 [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Nelson/ Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Nelson/ Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/ND/Nelson-County.htm Nelson County Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/nelson/ Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{ND Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Latest revision as of 23:23, 3 August 2017

United States
North Dakota
Nelson County

Guide to Nelson County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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County Facts
County seat: Lakota
Organized: March 2, 1883
Parent County(s): Foster, Grand Forks, and Ramsey and unorganized territory [1]
Neighboring Counties
Benson  • Eddy  • Grand Forks  • Griggs  • Ramsey  • Steele  • Walsh
See County Maps
Courthouse
NorthDakotaNelsonCountyMemorialCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Nelson Map.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

Founded in 1883. The county seat, is Lakota.[2]

County Courthouse

Nelson County Courthouse
210 W B Ave
PO Box 565
Lakota, ND 58344
Phone: 701.247.2462
Nelson County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1903, marriage, probate and land records from 1880, divorce, Court and burial records[3]

Nelson 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1880 1903 1883 1880 1880 1836
*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923.
Full compliance by 1924.[5]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
  • Mapes
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Adler
  • Bergen
  • Central
  • Clara
  • Dahlen
  • Dayton
  • Dodds
  • Enterprise
  • Field
  • Forde
  • Hamlin
  • Illinois
  • Lakota
  • Lee
  • Leval
  • Melvin
  • Michigan
  • Nash
  • Nesheim
  • Ora
  • Osago
  • Petersburg
  • Rubin
  • Rugh
  • Sarnia
  • Wamduska
  • Williams


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Adams 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

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.[8] See links listed below.

Territory and State Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 4,293
1900 7,316 70.4%
1910 10,140 38.6%
1920 10,362 2.2%
1930 10,203 −1.5%
1940 9,129 −10.5%
1950 8,090 −11.4%
1960 7,034 −13.1%
1970 5,776 −17.9%
1980 5,233 −9.4%
1990 4,410 −15.7%
2000 3,715 −15.8%
2010 3,126 −15.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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
Dutch Reformed Church

Lutheran Church

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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 Nelson County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

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

Newspapers

For more information, see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspapers Online

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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
Email: ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu
Website

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.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Nelson County Historical Society
PO Box 141
Pekin, ND 58361
Telephone: 701-247-2374

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy and History
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nelson County, North Dakota. Page 525 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nelson County, North Dakota. Page 525 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), 518.
  5. 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.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Nelson County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
  8. 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.