Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Oliver 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: Center
Organized: April 14, 1885
Parent County(s): Mercer [1]
Neighboring Counties
Burleigh  • McLean  • Mercer  • Morton
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


Oliver county was organized on May 18, 1885. It was named for Harry S. Oliver of Lisbon, North Dakota (1855-1909), a Republican politician and member of the House of Representatives. The county seat is Center. [2]

County Courthouse

Oliver County Courthouse
315 W Main
Center, ND 58530
Phone: 701.794.8777
Oliver County Website
Clerk District Court has marriage records has marriage records
from 1915 and death records; County Judge has probate and 
 court records; Register of Deeds has land records[3]

Oliver County, North Dakota Record Dates

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

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1885--Oliver County was created 14 April 1885 from Mercer County.

County seat: Center [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Unincorporated communites


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
  • Odessa Digital Library has cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in and around Oliver County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 464
1900 990 113.4%
1910 3,577 261.3%
1920 4,425 23.7%
1930 4,262 −3.7%
1940 3,859 −9.5%
1950 3,091 −19.9%
1960 2,610 −15.6%
1970 2,322 −11.0%
1980 2,495 7.5%
1990 2,381 −4.6%
2000 2,065 −13.3%
2010 1,846 −10.6%
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.

For more information see North Dakota Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories, including those of the county, are available for Oliver County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

  • The Oliver County centennial history book : 1885-1985. 1985?. By Oliver County Historical Society. S.l. : s.n. Online at:;

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


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.




Oliver County Historical Society
PO Box 344
Center, ND 58530


Research Guides


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