North Dakota Archives and Libraries
The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful for genealogical research in North Dakota.
State Historical Society of North Dakota
North Dakota Heritage Center
612 E. Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver)Denver Federal Center Building 48
P.O. Box 25307
Denver, CO 80225-0307
Institute for Regional Studies & University Archives
North Dakota State University Libraries
PO Box 5599
Fargo, ND 58105-5599
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Chester Fritz Library
University of North Dakota
3051 University Avenue Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9000
Germans from Russia Heritage Society
1125 West Turnpike Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
A helpful guide to several important North Dakota collections is John B. Davenport (v. 1), Colleen A. Oihus (v. 2), and Sandra J. Beidler (v. 3), Guide to the Orin G. Libby Manuscript Collection and Related Research Collections,978.416/G1 J53L Vol: 1-3, Three Volumes. (Grand Forks, North Dakota: Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, 1975, 1983, 1985).
To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of North Dakota counties, use the inventories of the Mercer, Golden Valley, and Williams Counties' archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has copies of these inventories.
You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from North Dakota in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:
A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.
A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly updated research coordination list for North Dakota.
Contains links to many North Dakota sources including Libraries and Archives.
FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.