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McKenzie County, North Dakota genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


McKenzie County, North Dakota
Map
Map of North Dakota highlighting McKenzie County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the U.S. highlighting North Dakota
Location of North Dakota in the U.S.
Facts
Founded May 24, 1901
County Seat Watford
Courthouse
Address McKenzie County Courthouse
201 5th St NW
PO Box 523
Watford, ND 58854
Phone: 701.444.3452
Adams County Website

Contents

County Courthouse


Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1943,
marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1905
and burial records; Register of Deeds has land records[1]

History

Parent County

1901--McKenzie County was created 24 May 1901 from Billings County. County seat: Watford [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Indian Reservation

A portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is located in McKenzie County. The remainder of the reservation is in Mountrail, Dunn, Mercer, and Ward Counties.

Neighboring Counties

Billings | Dunn | Golden Valley | Mountrail | Williams | Montana counties: Richland | Roosevelt | Wibaux

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

  • 1910
  • 1915
  • 1920
  • 1925
  • 1930

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about North Dakota denominations, view the North Dakota Church Records wiki page.

Court

Land

When the United States acquired North Dakota, most of the land became available for homesteading or purchase from the federal government. For more information on this, see North Dakota Land and Property.

After land was transferred from the government to private owners, the registrar of deeds in each county recorded the land transactions in the form of deeds and mortgages.

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Probate records of North Dakota are at the county clerk's office in each county courthouse. See above for the address of this county's courthouse. Some later estate records are available at the North Dakota Supreme Court. The Family History Library does not presently have copies of probate records from North Dakota.

See the Wiki page North Dakota Probate Records for additional information.

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their place of residence.

Record types: dockets, guardians records, administrators records, real estate records, personal property records, and claim registers.

Taxation

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the North Dakota Vital Records State Department of Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McKenzie County, North Dakota. Page 524 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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