Burke County, North Dakota Genealogy

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United States
North Dakota
Burke County

Guide to Burke 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: Bowbells
Organized: February 8, 1910
Parent County(s): Ward [1]
Neighboring Counties
Divide  • Mountrail  • Renville  • Ward  • Williams  • Saskatchewan, Canada
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


Named for Gov. John Burke. Government organized: July 15, 1910. County Seat: Bowbells.[2]

County Courthouse

Burke County Courthouse
103 Main Street SW
PO Box 219
Bowbells, ND 5821-0219
Phone: 701.377.2718
Burke County Website
Clerk District Court has birth records from 1905, marriage, death,
burial, divorce, probate and court records from 1910, land records
from 1900 and homestead patents from 1903[3]

Burke County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1905 1910 1910 1910 1910 1910 1910

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1910--Burke County was created 8 February 1910 from Ward County.
County seat: Bowbells [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
  • Battleview
  • Bowbells
  • Carter
  • Clayton
  • Cleary
  • Colville
  • Dale
  • Dimond
  • Fay
  • Foothills
  • Forthun
  • Garness
  • Harmonious
  • Kandiyohi
  • Keller
  • Lakeview
  • Leaf Mountain
  • Lucy
  • Minnesota
  • North Star
  • Portal
  • Richland
  • Roseland
  • Short Creek
  • Soo
  • Thorson
  • Vale
  • Vanville
  • Ward



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 9,064
1920 9,511 4.9%
1930 9,998 5.1%
1940 7,653 −23.5%
1950 6,621 −13.5%
1960 5,886 −11.1%
1970 4,739 −19.5%
1980 3,822 −19.4%
1990 3,002 −21.5%
2000 2,242 −25.3%
2010 1,968 −12.2%
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


Emigration and Immigration

Land and Property Records

Online Land Records

For more information see North Dakota Land and Property

Maps and Gazetteers

Local History


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


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


North Dakota State University Archives
West Building 3551 7th Avenue
N Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing Address:
NDSU Archives
Libraries NDSU Dept #2080
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: 701-231-8914
Fax: 701-231-5632
Email: ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu

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.




Burke County Historical Society
9129 Powers Lake Road
Powers Lake, ND 58773


Research Guides


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