Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Benson County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Information


County Courthouse

Benson County Courthouse
311 B Ave Street
Minnewaukan, ND 58351
Phone: 701.473.5345  Benson County Courthouse
Clerk District Court has birth records  from late 1890’s, marriage
records from late 1800’s, divorce, probate and court records from 1895
and burial records from 1900; Register of Deeds has land records[1]

Benson County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1885 1883 1883 1890

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

1883--Benson County was created 9 March 1883 from DeSmet and Ramsey Counties.
County seat: Minnewaukan [2]

Populated Places

  • Fort Totten
  • Oberon

Indian Reservations
Spirit Lake Reservation is located primarily in Benson County, with a portion in Eddy County. Historically it was also known as Devils Lake Reservation, and sometimes incorrectly referred to as Fort Totten Reservation.

County Facts
Organized: March 9, 1883
County seat: Minnewaukan
Parent County(s): DeSmet and Ramsey [2]
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
Eddy  • Nelson  • Pierce  • Ramsey  • Towner  • Wells
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Benson Map.png

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History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Benson County, North Dakota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See North Dakota Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

Online Territory and State Census Indexes and Records

Church Records


  • Records of Flora Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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

Local histories are available for Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section North Dakota Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers


Military Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Other Records


Probate Records

Probate records of North Dakota are at the county clerk's office.

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Tax records are at the county treasurer's, auditor's or clerk's office, or the state archives.

Vital Records

Vital Records (birth, marriage, death, and divorce records) may be recorded on registers, certificates, or other documents at the county clerk's office.





Research Facilities


Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.



Fort Totten State Historic Site
PO Box 224
Fort Totten, ND 58335

Lake Region Pioneer Daughters Museum
at Fort Totten State Historic Site
c/o Bonnie McNaughton
817 7th St. NE
Devils Lake, ND 58301-2634
Phone: 701-662-7345


Brenorsome Historical Society
c/o Louis Garcia
PO Box 232
Tokio, ND 58379
Phone: 701-294-3351

Minnewaukan Historical Society
c/o Richard Peterson
PO Box 183
Minnewaukan, ND 58351-0183


Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benson County, North Dakota. Page 522 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).