Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy

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


County Information

Description

Named for railroad executive Frederick H. Billings. It was organized on May 4, 1886. The county seat is Medora.[1]

County Courthouse

Billings County Courthouse
495 4th Street; PO Box 138
Medora, ND 58645-0138
Phone. 701.623.4492 Billings County Website

Clerk of the District Court has marriage records from 1893, burial records from 1922, divorce records, and probate records from 1895, court records from 1890, and land records from 1886.[2]

Billings County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1886 1887 1886 1879 1879 1879 1880

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1879--Billings County was created 10 February 1879 from Howard County and unorganized territory.
County seat: Medora [3]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Unorganized territories



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County Facts
County seat: Medora
Organized: February 10, 1879
Parent County(s): Howard and unorganized territory[3]
Neighboring Counties
Dunn  • Golden Valley  • McKenzie  • Slope  • Stark
See County Maps
Courthouse
Billings County Courthouse, Medora, North Dakota.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Billings Map.png
Adoption
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Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Billings 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 1,323
1890 170 −87.2%
1900 975 473.5%
1910 10,186 944.7%
1920 3,126 −69.3%
1930 3,140 0.4%
1940 2,531 −19.4%
1950 1,777 −29.8%
1960 1,513 −14.9%
1970 1,198 −20.8%
1980 1,138 −5.0%
1990 1,108 −2.6%
2000 888 −19.9%
2010 783 −11.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for North Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see North Dakota Census.

Church Records

Church records can be found online, kept onsite at the church, or housed in a church archive or library. See North Dakota Church Records for more information on how to locate the records.


Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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. 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. For more information, see North Dakota Land and Property.


Online Land Records

For more information see North Dakota Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories, including those of the county, are available for Billings County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

  • Echoing trails : Billings County history. 1979. Billings County Historical Society. Billings County Historical Society; Medora, North Dakota. ; At various libraries (WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

World War I


Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers

For more information see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspapers Online

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records, including wills and estates, are at the county clerk's office. See also North Dakota Probate Records.

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

County tax records are at the county treasurer's, auditor's or clerk's office in the county courthouse. Some tax records may have been moved to the North Dakota State Archives.

Vital Records

Birth, marriage, death, and divorce records may be recorded on registers, certificates, or other documents at the county clerk's office. Many records are also being digitized and put online. See North Dakota Vital Records for more information about availability and how to access them.


Birth

Marriage

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Billings County Historical Society Museum
PO Box 364
Medora, ND 58645
Phone: 701-623-4829

Chateau de Mores State Historic Site
PO Box 106
Medora, ND 58645
Phone: 701-623-4355 or 701-328-2666
Email: histsoc@nd.gov
Website

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/ accessed 09/28/2016
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Billings County, North Dakota. Page 522 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Billings County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billings_County,_North_Dakota, accessed 10 October 2016.