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{{North Dakota-stub}}''[[United States|United States ]] > [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] > Benson County''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota Genealogy|North Dakota]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Benson County'''
  
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Guide to '''Benson County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== County Courthouse ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= March 9, 1883
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|county seat= Minnewaukan
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|parent county= DeSmet and [[Ramsey County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ramsey]] <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Eddy County, North Dakota Genealogy|Eddy]]
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|county2= [[Nelson County, North Dakota Genealogy|Nelson]]
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|county3= [[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy|Pierce]]
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|county4= [[Ramsey County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ramsey]]
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|county5= [[Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy|Towner]]
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|county6= [[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy|Wells]]</br><center>[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county courthouse= [[Image:NorthDakotaBensonCourthouse.jpg|245x245px]]
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|county location in state= [[Image:North Dakota Benson Map.png|185x185px]]
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<div style="width:17%; float:left; margin-right:4em; padding:0px">__TOC__</div><br>
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== County Information ==
  
[http://www.bensoncountynd.com/ Benson County Courthouse]<br> 311 B Ave Street<br> Minnewaukan, ND 58351<br> Phone: 701.473.5345&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk District Court has birth records&nbsp; from late 1890’s, marriage<br> records from late 1800’s, divorce, probate and court records from 1895 <br>and burial records from 1900; Register of Deeds has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benson County, North Dakota. Page 522 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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=== Description ===
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The county was named for B.W. Benson, a member of the Dakota Territory legislature. The county government was first organized on June 4, 1884. The county seat is Minnewauka.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/benson/ accessed 09/28/2016</ref>
  
== History  ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Parent County ====
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Benson County Courthouse<br> 311 B Ave Street<br> Minnewaukan, ND 58351<br> Phone: 701.473.5345&nbsp; [http://www.bensoncountynd.com/ Benson County Courthouse]<br>
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Clerk District Court has birth records&nbsp; from late 1890’s, marriage<br> records from late 1800’s, divorce, probate and court records from 1895 <br>and burial records from 1900; Register of Deeds has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benson County, North Dakota. Page 522 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
'''1883--'''Benson County was created 9 March 1883 from DeSmet and [[Ramsey County, North Dakota|Ramsey]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Minnewaukan <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Benson County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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|-
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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|-
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1903
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1903
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1883
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1883
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1883
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1890
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| colspan="7"| <center> </center>
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Benson}}
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''1883--''Benson County was created 9 March 1883 from DeSmet and [[Ramsey County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ramsey]] Counties.<br>
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''County seat:'' Minnewaukan <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/northdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for North Dakota Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/DAKs_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm North Dakota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]
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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Benson}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Bensen County, North Dakota," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bensen_County,_North_Dakota, accessed 10 October 2016.</ref>
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{{populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brinsmade,_North_Dakota Brinsmade]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esmond,_North_Dakota Esmond]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox,_North_Dakota Knox]</div>
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| cities-col2=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeds,_North_Dakota Leeds]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maddock,_North_Dakota Maddock]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnewaukan,_North_Dakota Minnewauken]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberon,_North_Dakota Oberon]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/warwick,_North_Dakota Warwick]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York,_North_Dakota York]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker,_North_Dakota Baker]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comstock,_North_Dakota Comstock]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fillmore,_North_Dakota Fillmore]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flora,_North_Dakota Flora]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harlow,_North_Dakota Harlow]</div>
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| unincorp-col2=<div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesper,_North_Dakota Hesper]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabel,_North_Dakota Isabel]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josephine,_North_Dakota Josephine]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lallie,_North_Dakota Lallier]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niles,_North_Dakota Niles]</div>
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| unincorp-col3=<div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasant_Lake,_North_Dakota Pleasant Lake]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Michael,_North_Dakota Saint Michael]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilden,_North_Dakota Tilden]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokio,_North_Dakota Tokio]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Totten,_North_Dakota Fort Totten]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Albert]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arne_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Arne]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Aurora]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaver_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Beaver]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broe_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Broe]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butte_Valley_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Butte Valley]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Fork_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota East Fork]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldon_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Eldon]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esmond_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Esmond]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hesper_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Hesper]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impark_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Impark]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Iowa]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irvine_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Irvine]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabel_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Isabel]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knox_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Knox]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Ibsen_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Lake Ibsen]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lallie_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Lallie]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeds_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Leeds]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lohnes_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Lohnes]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McClellan_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota McClellan]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minco_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Minco]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Mission]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normania_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Normania]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Viking_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota North Viking]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oberon_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Oberon]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasant_Lake_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Pleasant Lake]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_Valley_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Rich Valley]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riggin_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Riggin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Rock]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Viking_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota South Viking]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Lake_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Twin Lake]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twin_Tree_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Twin Tree]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwick_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Warwick]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Antelope_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota West Antelope]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bay_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota West Bay]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Lake_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota Wood Lake]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Township,_Benson_County,_North_Dakota York]</div>
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''See also''
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_North_Dakota#Benson_County National Register of Historic Places - Benson County]
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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''Indian Reservations''<br>
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[[Spirit Lake Indian Reservation (North Dakota)|Spirit Lake Reservation]] is located primarily in Benson County, with a portion in [[Eddy County, North Dakota Genealogy|Eddy]] County. Historically it was also known as [[Devils Lake Indian Reservation (North Dakota)|Devils Lake Reservation]], and sometimes incorrectly referred to as Fort Totten Reservation.
  
==== Indian Reservations  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
[[Spirit Lake Indian Reservation (North Dakota)|Spirit Lake Reservation]] is located primarily in Benson County, with a portion in [[Eddy County, North Dakota|Eddy]] County. Historically it was also known as [[Devils Lake Indian Reservation (North Dakota)|Devils Lake Reservation]], and sometimes incorrectly referred to as Fort Totten Reservation.
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Benson}}
  
[[Eddy County, North Dakota|Eddy]] | [[Nelson County, North Dakota|Nelson]] | [[Pierce County, North Dakota|Pierce]] | [[Ramsey County, North Dakota|Ramsey]] | [[Towner County, North Dakota|Towner]] | [[Wells County, North Dakota|Wells]]
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Benson}}
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%;"
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Benson County, North Dakota''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=30&GScnty=1753&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/nd/benson.htm Interment]
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/benson.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/benson/benson.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]]) </center>
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*{{FHL|1308365|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=North+Dakota+cemeteries&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# BillionGraves]
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|-
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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*[http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=30&CScnty=1753 Findagrave]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=North%20Dakota&county=Benson# Billion Graves]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[North Dakota Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=1753 www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi]  
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benson_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]  
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|1890 |2460
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|1900 |8320
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|1910 |12681
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|1920 |13095
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|1930 |13327
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|1940 |12629
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|1950 |10675
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|1960 |9435
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|1970 |8245 
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|1980 |7944 
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|1990 |7198 
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|2000 |6964
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|2010 |6660
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==== Census ====
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{{ND Census Intro|Benson}}
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====State Census Records====
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*'''1885''' [http://library.ndsu.edu/db/census/ Dakota Territory 1885 Census Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ NDSU Archives] – index only
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*'''1885, 1915, 1925''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1078 North Dakota, Territorial and State Censuses, 1885, 1915, 1925] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] – ($), index and images
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*'''1915''' {{RecordSearch|2346284|North Dakota Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1925''' {{RecordSearch|2351024|North Dakota Census, 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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Federal Censuses were taken for North Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[North Dakota Census]].
  
*1885
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=== Church Records ===
*1890
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{{ND Church Intro|Benson}}
*1900
 
*1915
 
*1920
 
*1925
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church  ====
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''Lutheran''<br>
  
==== Court  ====
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*Records of Flora Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Benson}}
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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For more information see [[North Dakota Land and Property]]
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*''Knox area history''. 1977. Newgard, Thomas Phillip. Self Published. ; {{WorldCat|866042914|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{ND Maps Intro}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/northdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for North Dakota Counties
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*[http://www.ndgenweb.org/maps.htm North Dakota Maps at NDGenWeb] -historical maps
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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=== Migration ===
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Benson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{ND Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{ND Military Intro}}
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''Civil War''
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*'''1861 -1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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''World War I''
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*'''1917 - 1918''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4569 North Dakota Military Men 1917-1918] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1917 - 1918''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31404 Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-4] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*For further information see [[North Dakota Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{ND Naturalization Intro}}
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''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records''
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*[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/naturalization/ North Dakota Naturalization Records Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ NDSU Archives] – index only, covers various dates and counties
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{ND Newspapers Intro|Benson}}
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'' North Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of North Dakota newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/north-dakota/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of North Dakota newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some North Dakota newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
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*[http://history.nd.gov/archives/whatnewspapers.html State Historical Society of North Dakota] - contains inventory and catalog of all known ND newspapers
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{ND Obituaries Intro|Benson}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{ND Other Records Intro}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{ND Periodicals Intro|Benson}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|Benson}}
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'''Online Probate Records
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*'''1800 – 1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{ND Schools Intro}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{ND Tax Intro|Benson}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Benson}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Benson}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Benson}}
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Benson}}
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*'''1892-present''' - [https://apps.nd.gov/doh/certificates/deathCertSearch.htm NDDH Public Death Index, 1892-present] at [http://ndhealth.gov/vital/ North Dakota Dept. of Health] – index only
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==== Divorce ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Benson}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Benson}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{ND Archives Intro}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{ND Libraries Intro|Benson}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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''Fort Totten State Historic Site''<br>PO Box 224<br>Fort Totten, ND 58335<br>Phone:701-766-4441<br>[http://www.history.nd.gov/historicsites/totten/index.html Website]<br>
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''Lake Region Pioneer Daughters Museum''<br> at Fort Totten State Historic Site<br>c/o Bonnie McNaughton<br> 817 7th St. NE<br>Devils Lake, ND 58301-2634<br>Phone: 701-662-7345<br>
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Benson}}
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'''Brenorsome Historical Society'''<br> c/o Louis Garcia<br>PO Box 232<br> Tokio, ND 58379<br>Telephone: 701-294-3351<br>
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'''Minnewaukan Historical Society'''<br> c/o Richard Peterson<br>PO Box 183<br> Minnewaukan, ND 58351-0183<br>Telephone: 701-473-5436<br>
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|Benson}}
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*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb] project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL|North Dakota Benson|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Benson/ Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Benson/ Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{ND Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Latest revision as of 23:41, 6 December 2016

United StatesGotoarrow.png North Dakota Gotoarrow.png Benson County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Minnewaukan
Organized: March 9, 1883
Parent County(s): DeSmet and Ramsey [1]
Neighboring Counties
Eddy  • Nelson  • Pierce  • Ramsey  • Towner  • Wells
See County Maps
Courthouse
NorthDakotaBensonCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Benson Map.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

The county was named for B.W. Benson, a member of the Dakota Territory legislature. The county government was first organized on June 4, 1884. The county seat is Minnewauka.[2]

County Courthouse

Benson County Courthouse
311 B Ave Street
Minnewaukan, ND 58351
Phone: 701.473.5345  Benson County Courthouse
Clerk District Court has birth records  from late 1890’s, marriage
records from late 1800’s, divorce, probate and court records from 1895
and burial records from 1900; Register of Deeds has land records[3]

Benson County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1885 1903 1883 1883 1883 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1883--Benson County was created 9 March 1883 from DeSmet and Ramsey Counties.
County seat: Minnewaukan [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Townships

See also

Indian Reservations
Spirit Lake Reservation is located primarily in Benson County, with a portion in Eddy County. Historically it was also known as Devils Lake Reservation, and sometimes incorrectly referred to as Fort Totten Reservation.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Benson 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 2,460
1900 8,320 238.2%
1910 12,681 52.4%
1920 13,095 3.3%
1930 13,327 1.8%
1940 12,629 −5.2%
1950 10,675 −15.5%
1960 9,435 −11.6%
1970 8,245 −12.6%
1980 7,944 −3.7%
1990 7,198 −9.4%
2000 6,964 −3.3%
2010 6,660 −4.4%
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.


Lutheran

  • Records of Flora Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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


Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

World War I


Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers

For more information see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspapers Online

  • [1] - ($), contains images of North Dakota newspapers
  • Newspaper Archive - ($), contains images of North Dakota newspapers
  • Chronicling America - contains images of some North Dakota newspapers; searching tips
  • Elephind - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

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.


Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Fort Totten State Historic Site
PO Box 224
Fort Totten, ND 58335
Phone:701-766-4441
Website

Lake Region Pioneer Daughters Museum
at Fort Totten State Historic Site
c/o Bonnie McNaughton
817 7th St. NE
Devils Lake, ND 58301-2634
Phone: 701-662-7345

Societies

Brenorsome Historical Society
c/o Louis Garcia
PO Box 232
Tokio, ND 58379
Telephone: 701-294-3351

Minnewaukan Historical Society
c/o Richard Peterson
PO Box 183
Minnewaukan, ND 58351-0183
Telephone: 701-473-5436

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/benson/ accessed 09/28/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benson County, North Dakota. Page 522 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Bensen County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bensen_County,_North_Dakota, accessed 10 October 2016.