North Dakota Church Records

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North Dakota

Before 1900 the largest religious groups in North Dakota were Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches.

The Family History Library has histories of the Dunkards (Church of the Brethren), Episcopal, Presbyterian, Catholic, and other churches in North Dakota. For Methodists, Presbyterians, Dunkards, and Lutherans you can also consult the various volumes of The Collections of The State Historical Society of North Dakota Seven Volumes. (Bismarck, North Dakota: Tribune State Printers, 1906—; Family History Library films beginning with film 1697422).

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection includes some North Dakota church records for Barnes, Burleigh, and Towner counties (Family History Library films 859737-40). 

The Family History Library has very few North Dakota church records. Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
(ELCA Archives)
8765 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631-4198
Telephone: 800-638-3522 or 773-380-2700
Fax: 773-380-1465
Web Site:

The Archives has records of many congregations on microfilm. These can be borrowed for a small fee. For a list of church records in their collection as of the 1970's see Family History Library fiche 6330690-93; the fiche with the North Dakota list is 6330692.

Many Lutheran Church records for Germans from Russia are at:

Institute for Regional Studies
North Dakota State University Libraries
P.O. Box 5599
Fargo, ND 58105-5599
Telephone: 701-231-8914
Fax: 701-231-5632
Web Site: - This site contains German-Russian emigrant ancestry in pocket settlements in mid-west states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska . Contains transcribed minutes of meetings, membership lists (some with parentage listed), birth, deaths, and marriages.]


United Methodist Church
North Dakota Conference
Wesley United Methodist Church
1600 4th Ave North
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Telephone: 701-772-1869

Web Site:

Dakotas United Conference Archives

McGovern Library
Dakota Wesleyan University
Box 460
1200 West University Avenue
Mitchell, SD 57301-4398
Telephone: 605-995-2134
Fax: 605-995-2893
Web site:


Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Telephone: 215-627-1852
Fax: 215-627-0509
Web Site:

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Bismarck
Chancery Office
Box 1575
420 Raymond Street
Bismarck, ND 58502-1575
Phone: (701) 223-1347
Fax: (701) 223-3693
Web site:

The diocese includes the counties of: Adams, Billings, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Hettinger, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, Oliver, Renville, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Ward and Williams

Diocese of Fargo
Chancery Office
1310 Broadway
Box 1750
Fargo, ND 58107
Phone: (701) 235-6429
Fax: (701) 235-0296
Web Site:

The diocese includes the counties of: Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder, Lamoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, Nelson, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh and Wells