Golden Valley County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Golden Valley 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: Beach
Organized: November 19, 1912
Parent County(s): Billings [1]
Neighboring Counties
Billings  • McKenzie  • Slope  • Fallon (MT)  • Wibaux (MT)
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Golden Valley Map.png
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County Information


Billings County was organized November 13, 1912. County Seat: Beach.[2]

County Courthouse

Golden Valley County Courthouse
150 1st Ave SE
PO Box 9
Beach, ND 58621-0009
Phone: 701.872.4352
Golden Valley County Website
Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, burial,
divorce and court records from 1912;
Register of Deeds has land records from 1912[3]

Golden Valley County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1912 1912 1912 1912 1912 1912 1920

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1912--Golden Valley County was created 19 November 1912 from Billings County. County seat: Beach [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Unincorporated communites
  • Ekre
  • Rider
  • Thelan
  • Beach
  • Bullion
  • Delhi
  • Elk Creek
  • Garner
  • Henry
  • Lone Tree
  • Pearl
  • Saddle Butte
  • Sentinel
Defunct townships
Unorganized territories
  • East Golden Valley
  • Elmwood (formerly a township)
  • North Golden Valley
  • South Golden Valley


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.  %±
1920 4,832
1930 4,122 −14.7%
1940 3,498 −15.1%
1950 3,499 0.0%
1960 3,100 −11.4%
1970 2,611 −15.8%
1980 2,391 −8.4%
1990 2,108 −11.8%
2000 1,924 −8.7%
2010 1,680 −12.7%
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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.


  • Records of Scandia Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

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 Golden Valley 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


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.




Golden Valley County Historical Society
PO Box 384
Beach, ND 58621-0384
Telephone: 701-872-4987

Golden Valley County Historical Society
180 1st Ave. S.E.
Beach, ND 58621
Telephone: 701-872-3938


Research Guides


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