Burleigh County, North Dakota Genealogy

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

County Information


Founded in 1873. The County Seat is Bismarck.[1]

County Courthouse

Burleigh County Courthouse
514 E Thayer Ave
PO Box 5518
Bismarck, ND 58501-4413
Phone: 701.222.6690 
Burleigh County Website
Clerk District Court has marriage and probate records from 1898, 
Court Records from 1876 and burial records from 1950’s[2]

Burleigh County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1898 1880 1873 1873 1873 1880

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1873--Burleigh County was created 4 January 1873 from Buffalo County.
County seat: Bismarck [3]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]



  • Apple Creek
  • Boyd
  • Burn Creek
  • Canfield
  • Christiania
  • Clear Lake
  • Crofte
  • Cromwell
  • Driscoll
  • Ecklund
  • Estherville
  • Florence Lake
  • Francis
  • Ghylin
  • Gibbs
  • Glenview
  • Grass Lake
  • Harriet-Lien
  • Hay Creek
  • Hazel Grove
  • Logan
  • Long Lake
  • McKenzie
  • Menoken
  • Missouri
  • Morton
  • Naughton
  • Painted Woods
  • Richmond
  • Rock Hill
  • Schrunk
  • Sibley Butte
  • Steiber
  • Sterling
  • Taft
  • Telfer
  • Thelma
  • Trygg
  • Wild Rose
  • Wilson
  • Wing

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

See also

County Facts
Organized: January 4, 1873
County seat: Bismarck
Parent County(s): Buffalo [3]
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
Emmons  • Kidder  • Mclean  • Morton  • Oliver  • Sheridan
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Burleigh Map.png

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History Timeline


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.  %±
1880 3,246
1890 4,247 30.8%
1900 6,081 43.2%
1910 13,087 115.2%
1920 15,578 19.0%
1930 19,769 26.9%
1940 22,736 15.0%
1950 25,673 12.9%
1960 34,016 32.5%
1970 40,714 19.7%
1980 54,811 34.6%
1990 60,131 9.7%
2000 69,416 15.4%
2010 81,308 17.1%
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

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 Burleigh County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

Maps and Gazetteers


Military Records

Civil War

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Burleigh County.

Map showing Civil War battles in North Dakota.

World War I

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.




Bismarck-Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 485
Bismarck, ND 58502-0485

Germans From Russia Heritage Society
1125 Turnpike Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58501-8115
Telephone: 701-223-6167

Missouri Valley Historical Society
c/o Carl Vender
Buckstop Junction
PO Box 941
Bismarck, ND 58502-0941
Telephone: 701-258-6787 or 701-250-8575


Research Guides


  1. http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/burleigh/ accessed 09/28/2016
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Burleigh 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, "Burleigh County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burleigh_County,_North_Dakota, accessed 10 October 2016.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 13 August, 2012)