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United States
North Dakota
Griggs County

Guide to Griggs 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: Cooperstown
Organized: February 18, 1881
Parent County(s): Foster,  and Traill [1]
Neighboring Counties
Barnes  • Eddy  • Foster  • Nelson  • Steele  • Stutsman
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Griggs Map.png
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County Information


Organized on June 16, 1882. The county was named for Alexander Griggs of Grand Forks who was a Red River steamboat man and local entrepreneur. County Seat: Cooperstown.[2]

County Courthouse

Griggs County Courthouse
808 Rollin Ave SW
Cooperstown, ND 58425
Phone: 701.797.2772
Griggs County Website

Clerk District Court has birth records from 1901,
marriage and probate records from 1883, death records from 1901, divorce and court records from 1887;
Register of Deeds has land records from 1880[3]

Griggs County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1901 1883 1900 1881 1881 1881 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1881--Griggs County was created 18 February 1881 from Foster,  and Traill Counties.
County seat: Cooperstown [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Unincorporated communites
  • Karnak
Census-designated places
  • Dover
  • Greenfield
  • Helena
  • Kingsley
  • Lenora
  • Mabel
  • Pilot Mound
  • Romness
  • Rosendal
  • Sverdrup
  • Tyrol
  • Washburn
  • Willow

See Also


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 2,817
1900 4,744 68.4%
1910 6,274 32.3%
1920 7,402 18.0%
1930 6,889 −6.9%
1940 5,818 −15.5%
1950 5,460 −6.2%
1960 5,023 −8.0%
1970 4,184 −16.7%
1980 3,714 −11.2%
1990 3,303 −11.1%
2000 2,754 −16.6%
2010 2,420 −12.1%
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.


  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Griggs 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 Griggs 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

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.



Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
555 113-1/2 Ave Ne Hwy 45
PO Box 6
Cooperstown ND 58425-0006


Griggs County Historical Society
PO Box 242
Cooperstown, ND 58425-0242
Telephone: 701-797-2159


Research Guides


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