Dunn County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Dunn 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: Manning
Organized: May 24, 1901
Parent County(s): Stark [1]
Neighboring Counties
Billings  • Mckenzie  • Mclean  • Mercer  • Mountrail  • Stark
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


Dunn county was named for John Piatt Dunn of Bismarck (1839-1917), an 1872 arrival who opened the first drug store in North Dakota and was a civic and commercial leader during the city's early years. The county seat is Manning.[2] The county government was organized on February 10, 1908.[3]

County Courthouse

Dunn County Courthouse
205 Owens Street
PO Box 136
Manning, ND 58642
Phone: 701.573.4447
Dunn County Website
Clerk District Court has marriage, probate, divorce and court records from 1908 and military discharge records from 1919; Register of Deeds has land records from 1900; State Historical Society has naturalization records[4]

Dunn County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1908 1908 1908 1908 1908 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1901--Dunn County was created 24 May 1901 from Stark County.
County seat: Manning [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[5]

Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places

Indian Reservation

A portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is located in Dunn County. The remainder of the reservation is in Mountrail, McKenzie, Mercer, and Ward Counties.

See also


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Roshua cemetery inscriptions providing the name, date of birth and date of death where available.

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.  %±
1890 159
1910 5,302 3234.6%
1920 8,828 66.5%
1930 9,566 8.4%
1940 8,376 −12.4%
1950 7,212 −13.9%
1960 6,350 −12.0%
1970 4,895 −22.9%
1980 4,627 −5.5%
1990 4,005 −13.4%
2000 3,600 −10.1%
2010 3,536 −1.8%
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 Dunn 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 Dunn County.

  • Map showing Civil War battles in North Dakota.

Indian Wars

World War I

World War II

Korean 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


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.




Dunn County Historical Society
153 Museum Trail
PO Box 86
Dunn Center, ND 58626
Telephone: 701-548-8111
E-mail: dunncountymuseum@ndsupernet.com


Research Guides


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