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
- descriptions of the top historic sites for learning about your ancestors' lives and times, including visitor information
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here's a sampling of the helpful tips you'll get in the North Dakota guide:
- 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.
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.