Logan County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Logan County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Information


Logan County was created by the 1872-1873 territorial legislature and named for John A. Logan (1826-1886), a Civil War general and United States Senator from Illinois. It was organized on September 1, 1884.

Napoleon was the county seat from 1884 to 1899. King became the county seat briefly in 1899, and Napoleon was once again made county seat.[1]

County Courthouse

Logan County Courthouse
301 Broadway
Napoleon, ND 58561
Phone: 701.754.2751
Adams County Website

Clerk District Court has incomplete birth and death records from 1893, marriage, divorce and court records from 1890, probate records from 1898, burial records from 1926 and military records and military records from 1920;
Register of Deeds has land records from 1884[2]

Logan County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1883 1890 1883 1873 1873 1873 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1873--Logan County was created 4 January 1873 from Buffalo County.

County seat: Napoleon [3]

Populated Places

  • Burnstad
  • Fredonia
  • Gackle
  • Janke Township
  • Lehr
  • Napoleon
  • Nathan Township

County Facts
Organized: January 4, 1873
County seat: Napoleon
Parent County(s): Buffalo [3]
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
Emmons  • Kidder  • LaMoure  • Mcintosh  • Stutsman
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Logan Map.png

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History Timeline


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 597
1900 1,625 172.2%
1910 6,168 279.6%
1920 7,723 25.2%
1930 8,089 4.7%
1940 7,561 −6.5%
1950 6,357 −15.9%
1960 5,369 −15.5%
1970 4,245 −20.9%
1980 3,493 −17.7%
1990 2,847 −18.5%
2000 2,308 −18.9%
2010 1,990 −13.8%
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 Logan County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

  • Napoleon, N.D. centennial, 1884-1984, June 14-17. 1984. Napoleon, North Dakota: Centennial Book Committee (Napolean, North Dakota),. Online at: ; At various libraries (WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers


Military Records

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Territory and State Census 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.





Research Guides


  1. http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/logan/ accessed 09/28/2016
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Logan County, North Dakota. Page 524 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).