Traill County, North Dakota Genealogy

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United States
North Dakota
Traill County

Guide to Traill 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: Hillsboro
Organized: January 12, 1875
Parent County(s): Grand Forks, Burbank (Old), and Cass [1]
Neighboring Counties
Cass  • Grand Forks  • Steele  • Norman (MN)  • Polk (MN)
See County Maps
Location Map
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County Information


Traill county was created in 1875. It was named after Walter John Strickland Traill, an employee of the Hudson's Bay Company and son of Canadian pioneer Catharine Parr Traill.[2] Its county seat is Hillsboro.[3]

County Courthouse

Traill County Courthouse
114 W Caledonia
Hillsboro, ND 58045
Phone: 701.436.4454
Traill County Website
Clerk District Court has birth records from 1910, marriage records from 1887, death records from 1907, burial records from 1915, divorce records records from 1890 and probate records and probate records from 1882;
Register of Deeds has land records[4]

Traill County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1910 1880 1891 1875 1875 1875 1880

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

12 January 1875: Traill County was created from Grand Forks, Burbank (Old), and Cass Counties.

County seat: Hillsboro [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[5]

Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
  • Belmont
  • Bingham
  • Blanchard
  • Bloomfield
  • Bohnsack
  • Buxton
  • Caledonia
  • Eldorado
  • Elm River
  • Ervin
  • Galesburg
  • Garfield
  • Greenfield
  • Herberg
  • Hillsboro
  • Kelso
  • Lindaas
  • Mayville
  • Morgan
  • Norman
  • Norway
  • Roseville
  • Stavanger
  • Viking
  • Wold


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Traill 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.  %±
1880 4,123
1890 10,217 147.8%
1900 13,107 28.3%
1910 12,545 −4.3%
1920 12,210 −2.7%
1930 12,600 3.2%
1940 12,300 −2.4%
1950 11,359 −7.7%
1960 10,583 −6.8%
1970 9,571 −9.6%
1980 9,624 0.6%
1990 8,752 −9.1%
2000 8,477 −3.1%
2010 8,121 −4.2%
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.


Aurdal Lutheran Church, Portland

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


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

Bruflat Lutheran Church, Portland

  • Records of Bruflat Lutheran Church, Portland, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hatton

  • Records of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Hatton, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro

  • Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Hillsboro, 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 Traill County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

Maps and Gazetteers


Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to North Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and North Dakota Military Records.

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War

For further information see North Dakota Military Records.

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.


Goose River Heritage Center, Inc.
320 1st Street NW
Mayville, ND 58257



Traill County Historical Society
PO Box 173
Hillsboro, ND 58045-0173
Telephone: 701-636-5571

Hatton-Eielson Museum and Historical Association
PO Box 33
Hatton, ND 58240-0033
Telephone: 701-543-4092


Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails: Traill County, North Dakota, Genealogy and History
  3. Traill County, North Dakota in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Traill County, North Dakota. Page 527 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Traill County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "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.