Sargent County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Sargent 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: Forman
Organized: April 9, 1883
Parent County(s): Ransom [1]
Neighboring Counties
Dickey  • Ransom  • Richland  • Brown (SD)  • Marshall (SD)  • Roberts (SD)
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


Founded October 8, 1883. Forman is the county seat.[2]

County Courthouse

Sargent County Courthouse
355 Main Street South
Forman, ND 58032
Phone: 701.724.6241
Sargent County Website

Clerk of District Court has birth records from 1943, marriage, death, divorce, probate and court records from 1909, burial records from 1910 and military records from 1918;
Register of Deeds has land records from 1909[3]

Sargent County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1943 1886 1888 1883 1883 1883 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
  • Bowen
  • Brampton
  • Denver
  • Dunbar
  • Forman
  • Hall
  • Harlem
  • Herman
  • Jackson
  • Kingston
  • Marboe
  • Milnor
  • Ransom
  • Rutland
  • Sargent
  • Shuman
  • Southwest
  • Taylor
  • Tewaukon
  • Verner
  • Vivian
  • Weber
  • Whitestone Hill
  • Willey

Indian Reservation

A portion of the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation is in Richland County. The remainder of the reservation is in Marshall, Roberts, Day, and Codington Counties in South Dakota and in Richland County in North Dakota.


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 5,076
1900 6,039 19.0%
1910 9,202 52.4%
1920 9,655 4.9%
1930 9,298 −3.7%
1940 8,693 −6.5%
1950 7,616 −12.4%
1960 6,856 −10.0%
1970 5,937 −13.4%
1980 5,512 −7.2%
1990 4,549 −17.5%
2000 4,366 −4.0%
2010 3,829 −12.3%
Source: "".

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.


Havana Trinity Lutheran Church

  • Records of Havana Trinity Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]

Milnor Lutheran Church

  • Records of Milnor Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]

United Norwegian Lutheran Church

  • Records of United Norwegian Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[5]

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 Sargent County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

Maps and Gazetteers


Military Records

Civil War

World War I

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.




Sargent County Historical Society
13443 88th St. SE
8987 Hwy 32
Forman, ND 58032
Telephone: 701-724-3194, 701-724-3720, or 701-680-1633


Research Guides


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sargent County, North Dakota. Page 526 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Sargent County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Dakota, accessed 14 November 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society,, accessed 10 June 2013.