North Dakota Family History Societies

This section lists the state-wide association for North Dakota.  It then lists county associations from Bismarck-Mandan to Richland giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional


Statewide and Regional Societies

North Dakota State Genealogical Society

Back Issues of Newsletters published by the association are available for download on their website.  A list of other associations is also on the site.


County and Other Societies

Bismarck-Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society

The aims of the association are to promote and encourage the study of genealogy and history, to retrieve and preserve genealogical and historical records, to educate people in genealogical research and to make public records more readily available.

A number of publications are available for sale, which include Indexes of Marriages before 1 July 1925 for Burleigh and Morton Counties.  In addition, they sell:

  • 1885 Census Index of Dakota Territory, which includes Benson, Billings, Emmons, Kidder, Logan, McLean, Dickey, La Moure, Rolette, Stark, Morton and Burleigh Counties
  • 1898-1955 Rural Burleigh Co. School Census
  • Morton Co. Atlas including Plat Book - 1917
  • Bismarck School Census 1898-1920
  • Funeral Home Books
  • Mandan Newspapers
  • McIntosh Co. Cemeteries

Ransom County Historical Society

The association has an Archives where a number of resources are available, which include:

  • Assorted Commemorative Books from Cities and Churches
  • Banks Notes
  • Baptisms
  • Census Returns
  • Diaries
  • Family Histories
  • Fort Ransom School Year Books
  • Items and Pictures of Mill Owner T. J. Walker and his family
  • Items from Old Fort Ransom(Military Fort)
  • Land Sale Documents
  • Ledgers

Resources also include:

  • Marriages
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Partial List of Births recorded in the region
  • Photographs
  • Plat Books
  • Scrapbooks
  • Tax Records
  • Teacher's Registers 1880s-1920s
  • Telephone Directories

Red River Valley Genealogical Society

The association serves Eastern North Dakota and Western Minnesota.  They have a Library where a vast collection of resources is available.  These cover most counties and include:

  • Atlases
  • Cemetery Records
  • Church Registers
  • Directories
  • High School Annuals
  • Plat Books

Some Funeral Home Indexes are on the site, along with a link to Indexes of Cemetery Transcriptions.  The association has lifted obituaries published in the Fargo Forum since November 1975 and are able to supply copies of these records for a fee.  A number of publications are also available for sale, which include:

  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Returns
  • Funeral Home Records
  • Marriages

For a fee, they are also prepared to search in Census Returns if you send them the necessary information.


Richland County Historical Society

The association has many volumes, which include 

  • County Histories
  • Fargo Genealogy Society(First 100 Years)
  • Genealogies
  • Joseph Harris Heckman: Father of Public Libraries
  • Ottertail Power Histories
  • Richland County Plat Books
  • The Story of Harold and Eva Case
  • Township Histories