Renville County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Renville County

Guide to Renville 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: Mohall
Organized: June 3, 1910
Parent County(s): Ward [1]
Neighboring Counties
Bottineau  • Burke  • McHenry  • Ward  • Saskatchewan, Canada
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Location Map
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County Information


The county was originally created in 1873 but not organized until July 23, 1910, with Mohall as the county seat. It was named after Joseph Renville, an important figure who acted as interpreter and translator in dealings between white men and the Sioux.[2]

County Courthouse

Renville County Courthouse
205 Main St E
PO Box 68
Mohall, ND 58761
Phone: 701.756.6398
Renville County Website

Clerk District Court has incomplete birth and death records from 1910, marriage, divorce, probate, military and court records from 1910;
Register of Deeds has land records from 1910[3]

Renville County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1910 1910 1910 1919 1919 1919 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1910--Renville County was created 3 June 1910 from Ward County.

County seat: Mohall [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Unincorporated communites
  • Grover
  • Norma
  • Rockford
  • White Ash
  • Brandon
  • Callahan
  • Clay
  • Colquhoun
  • Eden Valley
  • Ensign
  • Fairbanks
  • Grassland
  • Grover
  • Hamerly
  • Hamlet
  • Hurley
  • Ivanhoe
  • Lockwood
  • McKinney
  • Muskego
  • Plain
  • Prescott
  • Prosperity
  • Rockford
  • Roosevelt
  • Stafford
  • Van Buren
  • White Ash


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.  %±
1910 7,840
1920 7,776 −0.8%
1930 7,263 −6.6%
1940 5,533 −23.8%
1950 5,405 −2.3%
1960 4,698 −13.1%
1970 3,828 −18.5%
1980 3,608 −5.7%
1990 3,160 −12.4%
2000 2,610 −17.4%
2010 2,470 −5.4%
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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 Renville 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.




Renville County Historical Society
PO Box 213
Sherwood, ND 58782
Telephone: 701-459-2450


Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Renville County, North Dakota, Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Renville County, North Dakota. Page 525 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Renville County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
  5. Greene, shown on a 1977 USGS map (at present day 46th Ave NW and 86th Street NW), was a former station stop on the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Saint Marie Railroad. Its former streets are still shown on Google Earth and Yahoo! Maps.
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