Bottineau County, North Dakota Genealogy

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

County Information


The Territorial legislature identified Bottineau as one of the original counties of the territory in 1872 but it wasn't organized until July 17, 1884, at a meeting in Bottineau. It is named for Pierre Bottineau (c.1814-1895), a Métis pioneer, hunter, and trapper who became a successful land speculator.

County Courthouse

Bottineau County Courthouse
314 W 5th Street
Bottineau, ND 58318;
Phone: 701.228.3983
  Bottineau County Courthouse
Clerk District Court has Birth, Death, & burial records from 1943,
marriage record from 1887, divorce, probate and court records
from 1889 & naturalization records from 1884;
Register of Deeds has land records[1]

Bottineau County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1884 1884 1884 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1873--Bottineau County was created 4 January 1873 from Buffalo County.
County seat: Bottineau [2]

Populated Places


  • Antler
  • Bottineau
  • Gardena
  • Kramer
  • Landa
  • Lansford
  • Maxbass
  • Newburg
  • Overly
  • Souris
  • Westhope
  • Willow City


  • Amity
  • Antler
  • Bentinck
  • Blaine
  • Brander
  • Cecil
  • Chatfield
  • Cordelia
  • Cut Bank
  • Dalen
  • Eidsvold
  • Elms
  • Elysian
  • Haram
  • Hastings
  • Hoffman
  • Homen
  • Kane
  • Lansford
  • Lewis
  • Lordsburg
  • Mount Rose
  • Newborg
  • Oak Creek
  • Oak Valley
  • Ostby
  • Peabody
  • Pickering
  • Renville
  • Richburg
  • Roland
  • Scandia
  • Scotia
  • Sergius
  • Sherman
  • Starbuck
  • Stone Creek
  • Tacoma
  • Wayne
  • Wellington
  • Wheaton
  • Whitby
  • Whitteron
  • Willow Vale

County Facts
Organized: January 4, 1873
County seat: Bottineau
Parent County(s): Buffalo [2]
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
McHenry  • Pierce  • Renville  • Rolette  • Manitoba, Canada
See County Maps
Location Map
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History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Bottineau 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

Bottineau County Churches  -  Church Angel


  • Records of Mouse River Lutheran Church, Bottineau County, 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 Bottineau 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 Bottineau 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.




Online Death Indexes and Records


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.




Bottineau County Historical Society
1093 Hwy 5 NE
Bottineau, ND 58318
Phone: 701-228-3800

Lansford Threshers and Historical Association, Inc.
c/o Glen Carlson
PO Box 26
Lansford, ND 58750
Phone: 701-784-5897

Mouse River Loop Genealogy Society
PO Box 1391
Minot, ND 58701-1391


Research Guides


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bottineau 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).