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- 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
- 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
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
- When North Dakota first became part of the United States, it was part of one big chunk of land—the 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France, which included the southwestern half of today’s state.
- In 1889, the US government split the northern and southern parts of Dakota Territory into two states. Because the 1890 census was largely destroyed, the first extant census for North Dakota is the 1900 tally.
- North Dakota was a public-land state, so records of its land boom are at the Bureau of Land Management’s office in Billings, Mont., and at NARA.