Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy

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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.

Nelson County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Nelson County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the U.S. highlighting North Dakota
Location of North Dakota in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1883
County Seat Lakota
Address Nelson County Courthouse
210 W B Ave
PO Box 565
Lakota, ND 58344
Phone: 701.247.2462
Nelson County Website

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate and land records from 1880, divorce, Court
and burial records[1]


Parent Counties

2 March 1883: Nelson County was created from Foster, Grand Forks, and Ramsey Counties, and unorganized territory. County seat: Lakota [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Benson | Eddy | Grand Forks | Griggs | Ramsey | Steele | Walsh




  • 1885
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1915
  • 1920
  • 1925
  • 1930




Local Histories





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


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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).