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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''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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Benson 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.
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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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[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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== County Information ==
  
== History  ==
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=== Description ===
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Benson}}
  
'''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 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>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Benson County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="12%" align="center" |1903
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| width="12%" align="center" |1885
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| width="12%" align="center" |1903
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| width="12%" align="center" |1883
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| width="12%" align="center" |1883
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| width="12%" align="center" |1883
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| width="12%" align="center" |1890
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==== Record Loss ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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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]<br>
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Indian Reservations  ====
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* Fort Totten
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* Oberon
  
[[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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''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.
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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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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|variant spellings=
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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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|county7=
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|county8=
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|county9=
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|county10=
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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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|adoption=
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}}
  
[[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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== Resources  ==
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{ND Historical Timeline Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=1753 www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi]
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Census ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Benson}}
  
*1885
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
*1890
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Benson}}
*1900
 
*1915
 
*1920
 
*1925
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Court  ====
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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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*{{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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| 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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==== Land  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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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]].
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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''Lutheran''<br>
  
==== Military  ====
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*Records of Flora Lutheran Church in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Benson}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Benson}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Benson}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Benson}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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{{ND Land}}
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Benson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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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]]
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|Benson}}
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{{ND County History}}
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*''Knox area history''. 1977. Newgard, Thomas Phillip. Self Published. ; {{WorldCat|866042914|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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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
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=== Migration ===
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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] ($)
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<br>
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*For further information see [[North Dakota Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{ND Naturalization Intro}}
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''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records''
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*[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/naturalization/ North Dakota Naturalization Records Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ NDSU Archives] – index only, covers various dates and counties
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{ND Newspapers Intro|Benson}}
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'' North Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/northdakota GenealogyBank] - ($), 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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{{ND Newspaper abstracts|Benson}}
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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}}
  
<references />{{North Dakota|North Dakota}}
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Benson_County,_North_Dakota]]
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{{North Dakota|North Dakota}}
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[[Category:Benson_County,_North_Dakota]][[Category:North Dakota_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 15:40, 21 September 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.


County Information

Description

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[1]

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 [2]

Populated Places

  • Fort Totten
  • Oberon

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.


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County Facts
Organized: March 9, 1883
County seat: Minnewaukan
Parent County(s): DeSmet and Ramsey [2]
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
Eddy  • Nelson  • Pierce  • Ramsey  • Towner  • Wells
See County Maps
Courthouse
NorthDakotaBensonCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Benson Map.png
Adoption

This page is available for adoption

History Timeline

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

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

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. 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. Online Land Records

For more information see North Dakota Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Benson 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

World War I


Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers

North Dakota Newspapers Online

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs


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

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

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.

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. 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).