Stutsman County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Stutsman 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: Jamestown
Organized: January 4, 1873
Parent County(s): Pembina and Buffalo[1]
Neighboring Counties
Barnes  • Foster  • Griggs  • Kidder  • LaMoure  • Logan  • Wells
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Location Map
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County Information


Stutsman County was created 4 January 1873. The county seat is Jamestown.[2]

County Courthouse

Stutsman County Courthouse
511 2nd Ave SE
Jamestown, ND 58401
Phone: 701.252.9042
Stutsman County Website
Clerk District Court has birth, death, burial, divorce and court records;
Register of Deeds has land records;
County Judge has marriage and probate records[3]

Stutsman County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1884 1881 1873 1873 1873 1880
*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923.
Full compliance by 1924.[4]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

4 January 1873: Stutsman County was created from Pembina and Buffalo Counties (Buffalo County, North Dakota is no long existent.)

County seat: Jamestown [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[5]

Census-designated places
  • Alexander
  • Ashland
  • Bloom
  • Bloomenfield
  • Buchanan
  • Chicago
  • Conklin
  • Corinne
  • Corwin
  • Courtenay
  • Cusator
  • Deer Lake
  • Durham
  • Edmunds
  • Eldridge
  • Flint
  • Fried
  • Gerber
  • Germania
  • Glacier
  • Gray
  • Griffin
  • Hidden
  • Homer
  • Iosco
  • Jim River Valley
  • Kensal
  • Lenton
  • Lippert
  • Lowery
  • Lyon
  • Manns
  • Marstonmoor
  • Midway
  • Montpelier
  • Moon Lake
  • Newbury
  • Nogosek
  • Paris
  • Peterson
  • Pingree
  • Pipestem Valley
  • Plainview
  • Rose
  • Round Top
  • St. Paul
  • Severn
  • Sharlow
  • Sinclair
  • Spiritwood
  • Stirton
  • Streeter
  • Strong
  • Sydney
  • Valley Spring
  • Wadsworth
  • Walters
  • Weld
  • Windsor
  • Winfield
  • Woodbury
  • Ypsilanti


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Stutsman 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

Cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in Stutsman County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 1,007
1890 5,266 422.9%
1900 9,143 73.6%
1910 18,189 98.9%
1920 24,575 35.1%
1930 26,100 6.2%
1940 23,495 −10.0%
1950 24,158 2.8%
1960 25,137 4.1%
1970 23,550 −6.3%
1980 24,154 2.6%
1990 22,241 −7.9%
2000 21,908 −1.5%
2010 21,100 −3.7%
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.


  • Records of the Lutheran Church, Stutsman County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]

Trinity Lutheran Church, Jamestown

  • Records of Trinity Lutheran Church, Jamestown, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]

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

  • History of Kensal with Kensal directory, 1910. 2013. By William Snape. Salt Lake City : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Online at: FamilySearch Books Online, Hathitrust.

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.



Stutsman County Memorial Museum
PO Box 1002
Jamestown, ND 58401-1002
Telephone Number: 701-252-6741



Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 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), Stutsman County, North Dakota. Page 526 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 562; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Stutsman County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_North_Dakota, accessed 14 November 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "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.