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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' Pierce County {{NDDC}}<br> <br>
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Guide to '''Pierce County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
Pierce 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.  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= March 11, 1887
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|county seat= Rugby
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|parent county= DeSmet (Old), [[Bottineau County, North Dakota Genealogy|Bottineau]], [[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy|McHenry]], and [[Rolette County, North Dakota Genealogy|Rolette ]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy|Benson]]
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|county2= [[Bottineau County, North Dakota Genealogy|Bottineau]]
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|county3= [[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy|McHenry]]
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|county4= [[Rolette County, North Dakota Genealogy|Rolette]]
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|county5= [[Sheridan County, North Dakota Genealogy|Sheridan]]
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|county6= [[Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy|Towner]]
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|county7= [[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy|Wells]]</br><center>[[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county courthouse= [[Image:Pierce County Courthouse, Rugby, North Dakota.jpg|245x245px]]
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|county location in state= [[Image:North Dakota Pierce Map.png|185x185px]]
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== County Information ==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Description ===
  
[http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=North%20Dakota&county=Pierce Pierce County Courthouse]<br> 240 2nd Street<br> Rugby, ND 58368<br> Phone: 701.776.6161&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk District&nbsp;Court has birth, death and burial records from 1943, <br>marriage records from 1888, divorce and court records from 1900 <br>and probate records from 1898; Register of Deeds has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pierce 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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Founded April 6, 1889. Named for Gilbert Ashville Pierce, governor of Dakota Territory from 1884 to 1886 and a representative of North Dakota in the United States Senate from 1889 to 1891. Its county seat is Rugby.
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<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/ Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)</ref>
  
== History  ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Pierce}}
  
==== Parent County ====
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'''Pierce County Courthouse'''<br> 240 2nd Street<br> Rugby, ND 58368<br> Phone: 701.776.6161<br>[http://www.piercecountynd.gov/  Pierce County Website] <br><br>
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District Court Clerk has birth, death and burial records from 1943, marriage records from 1888, divorce and court records from 1900, and probate records from 1898;<br>[http://www.piercecountynd.gov/?id=48&form_data_id=147 District Court Clerk Website]<br>[http://www.ndcourts.gov/court/counties/Reg_Deed/Pierce.htm ''Register of Deeds''] has land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pierce County, North Dakota. Page 525 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
'''1887--'''Pierce County was created 11 March 1887 from DeSmet (Old), [[Bottineau County, North Dakota|Bottineau]], [[McHenry County, North Dakota|McHenry]], and [[Rolette County, North Dakota|Rolette ]]Counties. '''County seat:''' Rugby <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Pierce County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{{ND Records Intro}}
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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), Pierce 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" | '''[[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1943
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1943
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1900
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1898
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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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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Pierce}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Pierce County was created 11 March 1887 from DeSmet (Old), [[Bottineau County, North Dakota Genealogy|Bottineau]], [[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy|McHenry]], and [[Rolette County, North Dakota Genealogy|Rolette ]]Counties. <br>
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*'''County seat:''' Rugby <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>
  
== Places/Localiti{{North Dakota-stub}} es  ==
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Pierce}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_County,_North_Dakota "Pierce County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balta,_North_Dakota Balta]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby,_North_Dakota Rugby (county seat)] </div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolford,_North_Dakota Wolford]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barton,_North_Dakota Barton]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orrin,_North_Dakota Orrin]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selz,_North_Dakota Selz]</div>
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*Alexanter
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*Antelope Lake
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*Balta
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*Elling
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*Elverum</div>
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*Hagel
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*Jefferson
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*Meyer map
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*Ness
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*Reno Valley</div>
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*Rush Lake
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*Torgerson
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*Truman
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*Tuscarora
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*White</div>
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==== Populated Places  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Pierce}}
  
[[Benson County, North Dakota|Benson]] | [[Bottineau County, North Dakota|Bottineau]] | [[McHenry County, North Dakota|McHenry]] | [[Rolette County, North Dakota|Rolette]] | [[Sheridan County, North Dakota|Sheridan]] | [[Towner County, North Dakota|Towner]] | [[Wells County, North Dakota|Wells]]
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Pierce}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/biographies.html Pierce 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
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Pierce}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Pierce}}
  
Cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in [http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/piercend.txt Pierce] County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.  
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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=1785&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/pierce/pierce.htm USGenWeb Archives] 
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/pierce.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://northdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=35 NDGravestones]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# BillionGraves]
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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|793216|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Pierce+North+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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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=1785 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=Pierce&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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==== Census ====
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*[http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/piercend.txt Odessa Digital Library] has cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in Pierce County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.
  
*1890
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=== Census Records ===
*1900
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierce_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
*1925  
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|1890 |905
*1930
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|1900 |4765
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|1910 |9740
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|1920 |9283
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|1930 |9074
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|1940 |9208
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|1950 |8326
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|1960 |7394
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|1970 |6323 
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|1980 |6166 
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|1990 |5052 
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|2000 |4675
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|2010 |4357
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{{ND Census Intro|Pierce}}
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==== Territory and State Census Records ====
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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 [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ 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 [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] – ($), index and images
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*'''1915''' {{RecordSearch|2346284|North Dakota Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1925''' {{RecordSearch|2351024|North Dakota Census, 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
  
==== Church  ====
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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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]].
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*'''1890''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/military/1890vet.html Veterans Census, Pierce County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1910, 1920, 1930''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/pierce/pierce.htm Pierce County Census Records] - images. (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Pierce}}
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
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''Pierce County Church Histories''<br>
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/churches.html Early Churches of Pierce County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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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>
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Pierce}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Pierce}}
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*'''1909''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/pierce/history/other/pierceco45gms.txt Pierce County Attorneys] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1959''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/pierce/directories/farm/1959/pierceco6gms.txt Pierce County Farm Directory] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Pierce}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Pierce}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Pierce}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Pierce}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/pierce/pierland.html Index to Pierce County BLM Landowner Records by Surname] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx 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 [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861-1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ 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|Pierce}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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*''A century of area history : Pierce County and Rugby North Dakota 1886-1986.'' 1986. [S.l. : s.n.]. Online at: ; {{WorldCat|866861336|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''A history of Pierce County compiled in connection with Diamond Jubilee, Rugby, North Dakota.'' 1961?. S.l. : s.n.,. Online at: ; {{WorldCat|865884567|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Knox area history.'' 1977. By Thomas Newgard. [S.l. : s.n.]. Online at:; {{WorldCat|866042914|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Pierce County in 2011 : 125 years of history.'' 2011. [S.l. : s.n.]. Online at:; {{WorldCat|866861337|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
*[[Introduction to LDS 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
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Migration ===
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{{ND Migration Intro}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Military Records ===
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Pierce|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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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>
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''Civil War''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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*'''1890''' - {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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*'''1890''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/military/1890vet.html Veterans Census Records, Pierce County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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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 [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31404 Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-4] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, Pierce County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War II''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/military/ww2armycas.html World War II Army Casualties, Pierce County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/military/ww2navycas.html World War II Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Casualties, Pierce County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Korean War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/military/koreacasualties.html Korean War Casualties, Pierce County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Vietnam War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, Pierce 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 [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ NDSU Archives] – index only, covers various dates and counties
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{ND Newspapers Intro|Pierce}}
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'' North Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/north-dakota 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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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/obituaries.html Pierce 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|Pierce}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|Pierce}}
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''Online Probate Records
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*'''1878 – 1928''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota, Wills and Probate Records, 1878-1928] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{ND Schools Intro}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/schools.html Early Schools of Pierce County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{ND Tax Intro|Pierce}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Pierce}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Pierce}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Pierce}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/news_marriages.html Pierce County Marriage Announcements] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Pierce}}
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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/pierce/obituaries.html Pierce County Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Pierce}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Pierce}}
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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|Pierce}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Pierce}}
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|Pierce}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndpierc2/#county Pierce 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/pierce/pierce.htm Pierce County, North Dakota, USGenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|North Dakota Pierce|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/Pierce/ Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Pierce/ Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/ND/Pierce-County.htm Pierce County Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/pierce/index.html Pierce 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 18:15, 3 October 2017

United States
North Dakota
Pierce County

Guide to Pierce 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: Rugby
Organized: March 11, 1887
Parent County(s): DeSmet (Old), Bottineau, McHenry, and Rolette [1]
Neighboring Counties
Benson  • Bottineau  • McHenry  • Rolette  • Sheridan  • Towner  • Wells
See County Maps
Courthouse
Pierce County Courthouse, Rugby, North Dakota.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Pierce Map.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

Founded April 6, 1889. Named for Gilbert Ashville Pierce, governor of Dakota Territory from 1884 to 1886 and a representative of North Dakota in the United States Senate from 1889 to 1891. Its county seat is Rugby. [2]

County Courthouse

Pierce County Courthouse
240 2nd Street
Rugby, ND 58368
Phone: 701.776.6161
Pierce County Website

District Court Clerk has birth, death and burial records from 1943, marriage records from 1888, divorce and court records from 1900, and probate records from 1898;
District Court Clerk Website
Register of Deeds has land records.[3]

Pierce 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
1943 1888 1943 1900 1887 1898 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
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Alexanter
  • Antelope Lake
  • Balta
  • Elling
  • Elverum
  • Hagel
  • Jefferson
  • Meyer map
  • Ness
  • Reno Valley
  • Rush Lake
  • Torgerson
  • Truman
  • Tuscarora
  • White


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

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 905
1900 4,765 426.5%
1910 9,740 104.4%
1920 9,283 −4.7%
1930 9,074 −2.3%
1940 9,208 1.5%
1950 8,326 −9.6%
1960 7,394 −11.2%
1970 6,323 −14.5%
1980 6,166 −2.5%
1990 5,052 −18.1%
2000 4,675 −7.5%
2010 4,357 −6.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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

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
Pierce County Church Histories

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.

For more information see North Dakota Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories, including those of the county, are available for Pierce 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

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pierce 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), Pierce 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, "Pierce 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.