Steele County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Steele 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.

Steele County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Steele 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 June 2, 1883
County Seat Finley
Address Steele County Courthouse
201 Washington Ave W
PO Box 296
Finley, ND 58230
Phone: 701.524.2152
Steele County Website

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth and death records 1894-1896
and 1900-1901, divorce and court records from 1886; County
Judge has marriage records from 1883 and probate records
from 1886; Register of Deeds has land records[1]


Parent County

1883--Steele County was createed 2 June 1883 from Griggs, and Traill Counties. County seat: Finley [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Barnes | Cass | Grand Forks | Griggs | Nelson | Traill




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


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.



Local Histories





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

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Steele County, North Dakota. Page 526 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).