Bowman County, North Dakota Genealogy

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United States
North Dakota
Bowman County

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


County Facts
County seat: Bowman
Organized: March 8, 1883
Parent County(s): Billings [1]
Neighboring Counties
Slope  • Fallon (MT)  • Harding (SD)  • Perkins (SD)
See County Maps
Bowman County Courthouse, Bowman, North Dakota.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Bowman Map.png
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County Information


It was named for Edward M. Bowman, member of the House of Representatives. Government organized July 5, 1907. County Seat is Bowman.[2]

County Courthouse

Bowman County Courthouse
104 1st St NW
Bowman, ND 58623
Phone. 701.523.3450
Bowman County Website

Clerk of the District Court has marriage records from 1907, divorce, probate and court records from 1908, land records from 1896, and burial records.[3]

Bowman County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1907 1907 1883 1883 1883 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1883--Bowman County was created 8 March 1883 from Billings County.
County seat: Bowman [1]

Populated Places

Map of Bowman County The following are locations in the county[4]

Unorganized territories


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Adams 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.  %±
1910 4,668
1920 4,768 2.1%
1930 5,119 7.4%
1940 3,860 −24.6%
1950 4,001 3.7%
1960 4,154 3.8%
1970 3,901 −6.1%
1980 4,229 8.4%
1990 3,596 −15.0%
2000 3,242 −9.8%
2010 3,151 −2.8%
Source: "".

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.


  • Records of St. John's 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. 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 Bowman County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

Maps and Gazetteers


Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to North Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and North Dakota Military Records.

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

For further information see North Dakota Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records


For more information see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspapers Online

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs


Other Records


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.




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.




Bowman County Historical and Genealogical Society
Pioneer Trails Regional Museum
PO Box 78
12 Fisrt Street NE
Bowman, ND 58623-0078
Telephone: 701-523-3600


Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Bowman County, North Dakota Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bowman County, North Dakota. Page 522 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Bowman County, North Dakota" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia