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Walsh County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Walsh County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Walsh County Courthouse
600 Cooper Avenue
Grafton, ND 58237-1542
Phone: 701.352.0350
Walsh County Website
Clerk District Court has marriage records records from 1884, divorce, probate and records from 1881;
Register of Deeds has land records[1]

Walsh County, North Dakota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1882 1881 1881 1881 1881 1890

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

20 May 1881: Walsh County was created from Grand Forks and Pembina Counties.
County seat: Grafton [2]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

  • Grafton
  • Minto
  • Pisek

County Facts
County seat: Grafton
Organized: May 20, 1881
Parent County(s): Grand Forks and Pembina [2]
Neighboring Counties
Cavalier  • Grand Forks  • Nelson  • Pembina  • Ramsey  • Kittson (MN)  • Marshall (MN)
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Walsh Map.png

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Walsh 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

Census Records[edit | edit source]

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.[3] See links listed below.

State Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for North Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see North Dakota Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.


  • Records of Vang Lutheran Church, Walsh County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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.

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Online Land Records

For more information see North Dakota Land and Property

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories, including those of the county, are available for Walsh County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

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Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspapers Online

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Heritage Village at Grafton
695 West 12th Street
Grafton, ND 58237
Telephone Number: 701-352-3280 or 701-520-1207

Societies[edit | edit source]

Walsh County Historical Society and Museum
12859 66th Street NE
Park River, ND 58270
Telephone: 701-284-6828

Walsh County Historical Society
323 3rd
Minto, ND 58261

Walsh County Historic Preservation Commission
Red River Regional Council, Chase Building
516 Cooper Ave., Suite 101
Grafton, ND 58237
Telephone: 701-352-3550

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Walsh County, North Dakota. Page 527 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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.