Eddy County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Eddy 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: New Rockford
Organized: March 31, 1885
Parent County(s): Foster [1]
Neighboring Counties
Benson  • Foster  • Griggs  • Nelson  • Wells
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


Organized on April 27, 1885. Named for Ezra B. Eddy, a Fargo banker. County Seat: New Rockford[2]

County Courthouse

Eddy County Courthouse
524 Central Avenue
New Rockford, ND 58356
Phone: 701.947.2813
Eddy County Website
Clerk District Court has marriage, probate and court records;
Register of Deeds has land records[3]

Eddy County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1889 1887 1893 1885 1885 1885 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1885--Eddy County was created 31 March 1885 from Foster County. County seat: New Rockford [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Unincorporated communites
  • Brantford
  • Bush
  • Cherry Lake
  • Columbia
  • Colvin
  • Eddy
  • Freeborn
  • Gates
  • Grandfield
  • Hillsdale
  • Lake Washington
  • Munster
  • New Rockford
  • Paradise
  • Pleasant Prairie
  • Rosefield
  • Sheldon
  • Superior
  • Tiffany

Indian Reservations
Spirit Lake Reservation is located primarily in Benson County, with a portion in Benson County. Historically it was also known as Devils Lake Reservation, and sometimes incorrectly referred to as Fort Totten Reservation.


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.  %±
1890 1,377
1900 3,330 141.8%
1910 4,800 44.1%
1920 6,493 35.3%
1930 6,346 −2.3%
1940 5,741 −9.5%
1950 5,372 −6.4%
1960 4,936 −8.1%
1970 4,103 −16.9%
1980 3,554 −13.4%
1990 2,951 −17.0%
2000 2,757 −6.6%
2010 2,385 −13.5%
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 Eddy 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

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.




Eddy County Museum and Historical Society
6840 18th Street NE
New Rockford, ND 58356-1707
Telephone: 701-947-5405


Research Guides


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