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North Dakota was created in 1889, from Dakota Territory. In 1893 law requiring registration of deaths, this law was repealed then reenacted in 1899. North Dakota, generally complied by 1923. The clerk of the district court in the counties have copies of these records.

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Deaths before 1893

Before 1889, few deaths were recorded by the county or state. You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place. For those that may exist contact the clerk of District Court in the county where the event occurred.

Records that give death information:
Death Records
Cemeteries
Newspapers
Church Records
Census
Military Records
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Deaths from July 1, 1893 thru 1899

In 1889, North Dakota was created a state from Dakota Territory. From July 1, 1893 thru 1899 records may be available at the County Clerk District Court offices.  Search for death information in other records.


  • 1899 - North Dakota law required counties to record deaths, this law was repealed and in 1923 registration of Deaths became consistent
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Deaths from 1899-1923

Statewide registration of deaths began in 1923. All copies of prior (1923) death records were required to be sent to the State Department of Vital Records. Many counties retained a copy of the records.

  • 1899 - North Dakota law required vital records to be filed with township clerks.

Search for death information in other records.

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Deaths from October 1923 to the Present

Find Death Information

If you do not find your ancestor's death or if you want order a copy of the certificate, then contact the North Dakota Department of Health office.

Obtain the Certificate

With an exact date (from a death certificate, Social Security Death Index, or cemetery record), you can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the following locations:

To Order Death Certificates
From County of Death From ND Dept. of Health State office
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

If you do not know the exact date or place of Death:

Restrictions for persons born within the last 100 years:
To obtain a copy of the death certificate for those born within the last 100 years, you must be:

  • The person on the certificate
  • The parents and grandparents of person on the certificate
  • The wife or husband of the person on the certificate
  • The children and grandchildren of the person on the certificate
  • The brothers or sisters of the person on the certificate
  • Anyone who has legal interest in the certificate
NOTE: A copy of the death record cannot be obtained by anyone except those listed above until 100 years have passed from the date of the death.

If you do not want to order the death record, there are other records with death information you can search.

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If you do not want to order the death record, there are other records with death information you can search.

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References

Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in North Dakota. By the North Dakota Historical Records Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. FHL Book 978.4 V23h. FHL film 1,036,526 item 3

American Indian Agency Records.

1880-1942 Births, marriages and deaths, Standing Rock Agency. Bureau of Indian Affairs. FHL Films 1,204,876 and 1,021,936 FHL film first film 1204876


 

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