Divide County, North Dakota Genealogy

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North Dakota

Divide County

Guide to Divide 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: Crosby
Organized: November 8, 1910
Parent County(s): Williams [1]
Neighboring Counties
Burke  • Williams  • Sheridan (MT)  • Saskatchewan, Canada
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Divide Map.png
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County Information


Divide County was formed December 9, 1910. The name Divide results from two factors, that division from Williams County and the fact that Divide County lies on the continental divide between the watersheds which flow into the Gulf of Mexico and those which flow into Hudson Bay. Divide's name may also derive from the fact that it lies on the boundary between the United States and Canada. Its county seat is Crosby.[2]

County Courthouse

Divide County Courthouse
300 N Main Street
PO Box 68
Crosby, ND 58730-0068
Phone: 701.965.6831
Divide County Website
Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, burial,
divorce, probate and military records from 1910;
Register of Deeds has land records from 1910;
State Historical Society has naturalization records[3]

Divide County, North Dakota Record Dates

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

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1910--Divide County was created 8 November 1910 from Williams County.
County seat: Crosby [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Unincorporated communites
  • Alkabo
  • Bounty
  • Colgan
  • Juno
  • Kermit
  • Paulson
  • Stady
  • Alexandria
  • Ambrose
  • Blooming Prairie
  • Blooming Valley
  • Border
  • Burg
  • Clinton
  • Coalfield
  • Daneville
  • De Witt
  • Elkhorn
  • Fertile Valley
  • Fillmore
  • Frazier
  • Frederick
  • Garnet
  • Gooseneck
  • Hawkeye
  • Hayland
  • Lincoln Valley
  • Long Creek
  • Mentor
  • Palmer
  • Plumer
  • Sioux Trail
  • Smoky Butte
  • Stoneview
  • Troy
  • Twin Butte
  • Upland
  • Westby
  • Writing Rock


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 6,015
1920 9,637 60.2%
1930 9,636 −0.0%
1940 7,086 −26.5%
1950 5,967 −15.8%
1960 5,566 −6.7%
1970 4,564 −18.0%
1980 3,494 −23.4%
1990 2,899 −17.0%
2000 2,283 −21.2%
2010 2,071 −9.3%
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 Divide County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

Maps and Gazetteers


Military Records

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

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


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.




Divide County Historical Society and Crosby Museum
708 1st Street SE
Crosby ND 58730
Telephone: 701-965-5500 or 701-570-2162


Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Divide County (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Divide County, North Dakota. Page 523 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Divide County, North Dakota" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
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