Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy

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United States
North Dakota

Mercer County

Guide to Mercer 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: Stanton
Organized: January 14, 1875
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Dunn  • McLean  • Morton  • Oliver  • Stark
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


The county was named for William Henry Harrison Mercer[(1844–1901), an early rancher who settled north of Bismarck in 1869. The county government was organized on August 4, 1884. Its county seat is Stanton.[2]

County Courthouse

Mercer County Courthouse
1021 Arthur Street
Stanton, ND 58571
Phone: 701.745.3262
Mercer County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, death and burial records from 1942, marriage records from 1894, divorce and court records from 1906 and probate record from 1898;
Register of Deeds has land records;
State Archives has naturalization records[3]

Mercer County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1942 1885 1909 1875 1875 1875 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1875--Mercer County was created 14 January 1875 from unorganized territory.

County seat: Stanton [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]


Indian Reservation

A portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is located in Mercer County. The remainder of the reservation is in Mountrail, McKenzie, Dunn, and Ward Counties.


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 428
1900 1,778 315.4%
1910 4,747 167.0%
1920 8,224 73.2%
1930 9,516 15.7%
1940 9,611 1.0%
1950 8,686 −9.6%
1960 6,805 −21.7%
1970 6,175 −9.3%
1980 9,404 52.3%
1990 9,808 4.3%
2000 8,644 −11.9%
2010 8,424 −2.5%
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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.

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 Mercer 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.



( Mercer County Marriage Index] (USGenWeb Project)


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.



Fort Clark State Historic Site
612 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-794-8832 or 701-328-2666

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
564 County Road 27
PO Box 9
Stanton, ND 58571-0009
Phone: 701-745-3309 or 701-745-3300


Mercer County Historical Society
PO Box 1134
Beulah, ND 58523
Telephone: 701-873-5070 or 701-745-3523


Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Mercer County Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, North Dakota. Page 525 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Mercer County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
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