North Dakota Research Guide Digital Download

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You'll love this if…

  • You're getting started tracing your ancestors in North Dakota
  • You want new ideas and resources to get past a North Dakota brick wall
  • Your genealogy search is focused mainly on North Dakota —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection

Trace your North Dakota ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:

  • a how-to article detailing North Dakota’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
  • the best websites, books and other resources for North Dakota research, handpicked by our editors and experts
  • listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
  • timeline of key events in the state's history

Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the North Dakota guide:

  • Lewis and Clark's party passed wintered in modern North Dakota in 1804. But much of North Dakota was part of "Rupert's Land" and disputed between the United States and the United Kingdom until 1818.
  • North Dakota wasn't enumerated in its own right until 1900. Prior to that, residents would have appeared as part of various other territories: Minnesota, Nebraska, Dakota or "unorganized."
  • Find original land patents from North Dakota (a public-land state) through the Bureau of Land Management's General Land Office website.

Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.

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