Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Towner County, North Dakota genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.


Towner County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Towner County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the U.S. highlighting North Dakota
Location of North Dakota in the U.S.
Founded March 8, 1883
County Seat Cando
Towner County Courthouse, Cando, North Dakota.jpg
Address Towner County Courthouse
315 2nd Street
PO Box 517
Cando, ND 58324-0517
Phone: 701.968.4345
Towner County Website

County Information

Towner County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1888 1890 1883 1883

County Courthouse

District Court Clerk has marriage records from 1888, divorce records from 1890, probate records from 1886, court records from 1889, land records from 1884, and burial records.[1]


Parent County

8 March 1883: Towner County was created from Rolette and Cavalier Counties. County seat: Cando [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Arndt Bisbee Cando

Neighboring Counties

Benson | Cavalier | Pierce | Ramsey | Rolette | Manitoba, Canada




Online Territory and State Census Indexes and Records

  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1920
  • 1930




When the United States acquired North Dakota, most of the land became available for homesteading or purchase from the federal government. For more information on this, see North Dakota Land and Property.

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section North Dakota Local Histories.



Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Online Probate Records

Probate records of North Dakota are at the county clerk's office.


Tax records are at the county treasurer's, auditor's or clerk's office, or the state archives.

Vital Records

Vital Records (birth, marriage, death, and divorce records) may be recorded on registers, certificates, or other documents at the county clerk's office.


Online Death Indexes and Records

Societies and Libraries

Towner County Historical Society Museum
108 4th Avenue
Munich, ND 58352
Telephone Number: 701-682-5106

Cando Pioneer Foundation Museum
7342 72nd Ave NE
Cando, ND 58324-0142
Telephone Number:701-968-3490

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. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Towner County, North Dakota. Page 526 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).