Walsh County, North Dakota Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
(Redirected from Walsh County, North Dakota)
Jump to: navigation, search

United StatesGotoarrow.png North Dakota Gotoarrow.png Walsh County

Guide to Walsh County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Information


The county was founded in 1883 by territorial legislation. It was named after Oscar M. Towner (1842-1897), a member of the United States House of Representatives. After founding, the county government was fully organized on January 24, 1884.[1]

County Courthouse

Walsh County Courthouse
600 Cooper Avenue
Grafton, ND 58237-1542
Phone: 701.352.0350
Walsh County Website
Clerk District Court has marriage records records from 1884, divorce, probate and records from 1881;
Register of Deeds has land records[2]

Walsh County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1882 1881 1881 1881 1881 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

20 May 1881: Walsh County was created from Grand Forks and Pembina Counties.
County seat: Grafton [3]

Populated Places

  • Grafton
  • Minto
  • Pisek

County Facts
Organized: May 20, 1881
County seat: Grafton
Parent County(s): Grand Forks and Pembina [3]
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
Cavalier  • Grand Forks  • Nelson  • Pembina  • Ramsey  • Kittson (MN)  • Marshall (MN)
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Walsh Map.png

This page is available for adoption

History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Walsh 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 16,587
1900 20,288 22.3%
1910 19,491 −3.9%
1920 19,087 −2.1%
1930 20,047 5.0%
1940 20,747 3.5%
1950 18,859 −9.1%
1960 17,997 −4.6%
1970 16,251 −9.7%
1980 15,371 −5.4%
1990 13,840 −10.0%
2000 12,389 −10.5%
2010 11,119 −10.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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 Vang Lutheran Church, Walsh County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Walsh 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.



Heritage Village at Grafton
695 West 12th Street
Grafton, ND 58237
Telephone Number: 701-352-3280 or 701-520-1207


Walsh County Historical Society and Museum
12859 66th Street NE
Park River, ND 58270
Telephone: 701-284-6828

Walsh County Historical Society
323 3rd
Minto, ND 58261

Walsh County Historic Preservation Commission
Red River Regional Council, Chase Building
516 Cooper Ave., Suite 101
Grafton, ND 58237
Telephone: 701-352-3550


Research Guides


  1. http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/walsh/ accessed 09/29/2016
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Walsh County, North Dakota. Page 527 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).