North Dakota, Census, 1925 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
North Dakota, United States
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Record Description
Record Type Census
Collection years 1925
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What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of an index and images to the North Dakota state census of 1925. The records are arranged alphabetically by county and cover an estimated 663,858 in population. The population schedules are in register format; each page is divided into columns and rows. There could be as many as 48 names per page.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Dakota, Census, 1925.

Collection Content

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What Can this Collection Tell Me?

Key genealogical facts found in the North Dakota state census for the year 1925 are:

  • Name
  • Titles
  • Relation to Head
  • Age
  • Race
  • Residence
  • Census year
  • Family number

In 1880, the state legislature directed that a census be taken every 5 years. The completed forms were sent to the Secretary of State. The census covers approximately 90% of the population.

Censuses are usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate age of your ancestor.
  • The place where your ancestor lived.

Fill in the requested information in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information in the list to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several persons in the list before you find your ancestor.

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then select the appropriate County.


For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of North Dakota, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the North Dakota Archives and Libraries.



Citing This Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.  

Collection Citation:

“North Dakota, Census, 1925.” Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing State Historical Society of North Dakota. Bismarck, North Dakota.

Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):

The citation for a record is available with each record in this collection, at the bottom of the record screen. You can search records in this collection by visiting the search page for North Dakota, Census, 1925.


Image Citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for North Dakota, Census, 1925.


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