Grand Forks County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Grand Forks County

Guide to Grand Forks 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: Grand Forks
Organized: January 4, 1873
Parent County(s): Pembina [1]
Neighboring Counties
Nelson  • Steele  • Traill  • Walsh  • Marshall (MN)  • Polk (MN)
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


Grand Forks is the the county seat of Grand Forks County. Originally called Les Grandes Fourches by French fur traders, Grand Forks was founded in 1870 by steamboat captain Alexander Griggs. Located on the western banks of the Red River of the North. Grand Forks was officially incorporated on February 22, 1881.[2]

County Courthouse

Grand Forks County Courthouse
151 S 4th Street
PO Box 1477
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701.780.8238
Grand Forks County Website
Clerk District Court has birth records from 1903,
death records from 1908, divorce records from 1878,
burial and court reocrds, adoption records and change
 of name; County Judge has marriage records from 1887
and probate records from 1880; Register of Deeds has
land records[3]

Grand Forks County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1887 1891 1873 1873 1873 1880

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1873--Grand Forks County was created 4 January 1873 from Pembina County. County seat: Grand Forks [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
  • Gilby
  • Grace
  • Grand Forks
  • Hegton
  • Inkster
  • Johnstown
  • Lakeville
  • Larimore
  • Levant
  • Lind
  • Logan Center
  • Loretta
  • Mekinock
  • Michiga
  • Moraine
  • Niagara
  • Northwood
  • Oakville
  • Pleasant View
  • Plymouth
  • Rye
  • Strabane
  • Turtle River
  • Union
  • Walle
  • Washington
  • Wheatfield


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 6,248
1890 18,357 193.8%
1900 24,459 33.2%
1910 27,888 14.0%
1920 28,795 3.3%
1930 31,956 11.0%
1940 34,518 8.0%
1950 39,448 14.3%
1960 48,677 23.4%
1970 61,102 25.5%
1980 66,100 8.2%
1990 70,683 6.9%
2000 66,109 −6.5%
2010 66,861 1.1%
Source: "".

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.


Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Grand Forks

  • Records of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Grand Forks, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

United Lutheran Church

  • Records of United Lutheran Church, Grand Forks County, 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 Grand Forks 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

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.




Grand Forks County Historical Society
2405 Belmont Rd
Grand Forks 58201-7505

Larimore Community Museum and Historical Society
1865 39th Street NE
Larimore, ND 58251
Telephone: 701-343-2238

Manvel Historical Society
2890 15th St NE
Manvel, ND 58256-9754

Minnkota Genealogical Society
PO Box 12744
Grand Forks, ND 58208-2744

Niagara Community Historical Society
PO Box 26
Niagara, ND 58266
Telephone: 701-397-5830

Northwood Pioneer Museum and Historical Association
PO Box 111
Northwood, ND 58267

Reynolds Historical Society
RR 1 Box 1G
Reynolds, ND 58275


Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. "Grand Forks County Genealogy and History," Genealogy Trails
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grand Forks County, North Dakota. Page 524 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Grand Forks County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
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