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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Billings County'''{{NDDC}} <br> <br>
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota Genealogy|North Dakota]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Billings County'''
  
Billings 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 '''Billings County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
{{Infobox U.S. County  
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| style="text-align:center"|{{Click|Image:ND_ORP.png|North Dakota Online Genealogy Records}}
| state = North Dakota
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  February 10,  1879
| founded year = 1879
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|county seat=  Medora
| founded date = February 10
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|parent county= Howard and unorganized territory<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
| seat = Medora
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|county1= [[Dunn County, North Dakota Genealogy|Dunn]]
| building address = Billings County Courthouse<br>495 4th Street; PO Box 138<br>Medora, ND 58645-0138<br> Phone. 701.623.4492 [http://www.billingscountynd.gov/ '''Billings County Website''']}}
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|county2= [[Golden Valley County, North Dakota Genealogy|Golden Valley]]
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|county3= [[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy|McKenzie]]
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|county4= [[Slope County, North Dakota Genealogy|Slope]]
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|county5= [[Stark County, North Dakota Genealogy|Stark]]</br><center>[[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county courthouse= [[Image: Billings County Courthouse, Medora, North Dakota.jpg|245x245px]]
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== County Information ==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Description ===
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Named for railroad executive Frederick H. Billings. It was organized on May 4, 1886. The county seat is Medora.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/ Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)</ref>
  
<br>Clerk District Court has marriage Record&nbsp; from 1893, <br>burial Records from 1922, divorce records, probate<br> records from 1895, court records from 1890 <br>&amp; land records from 1886<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Billings 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 Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Billings}}
  
== History  ==
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'''Billings County Courthouse'''<br>495 4th Street; PO Box 138<br>Medora, ND 58645-0138<br> Phone. 701.623.4492<br>[http://www.billingscountynd.gov/ Billings County Website]<br><br>
  
==== Parent County ====
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Clerk of the District Court has marriage records from 1893, burial records from 1922, divorce records, and probate records from 1895, court records from 1890, and land records from 1886.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Billings County, North Dakota. Page 522 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
'''1879--'''Billings County was created 10 February 1879 from Howard County and unorganized territory.<br>'''County seat:''' Medora <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Billings County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{{ND Records Intro}}
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Billings County, South Dakota. Page 522 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 517.</ref> </center>
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1870
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1893
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1881
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1890
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1886
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1895
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1836
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| colspan="7"| <center> *State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923. <br>
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Full compliance by 1924.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 562; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.</ref></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|Billings}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Billings County was created 10 February 1879 from Howard County and unorganized territory.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Medora <ref>''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|Billings}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billings_County,_North_Dakota "Billings County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
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{{populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medora,_North_Dakota Medora (county seat)]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairfield,_North_Dakota Fairfield]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorham,_North_Dakota Gorham]</div></div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fryburg,_North_Dakota Fryburg]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoria_Point_Corner,_North_Dakota Scoria Point Corner]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Mile_Corner,_North_Dakota Six Mile Corner]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/sully_Springs,_North_Dakota Sully Springs]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Billings,_North_Dakota North Billings]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Billings,_North_Dakota South Billings]</div>
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==== Populated Places  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Billings}}
  
[[Dunn County, North Dakota|Dunn]] | [[Golden Valley County, North Dakota|Golden Valley]] | [[McKenzie County, North Dakota|McKenzie]] | [[Slope County, North Dakota|Slope]] | [[Stark County, North Dakota|Stark]]
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Billings}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/bios.html Billings County Biographies] on [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/ North Dakota Genealogy Trails website]- alphabetical list of early settlers and prominent individuals from county histories
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*[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ North Dakota State University Archives Index]- Index only; gives references to publications containing information on North Dakotans, living and deceased
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Billings}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Billings}}
  
==== Census ====
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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 Billings 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.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=30&GScnty=1754&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave] 
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*[http://usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/billings.html USGenWeb]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" valign="top" 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|469046|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.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=30&CScnty=1754 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=Billings# 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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*1885
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=== Census Records ===
*1890  
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{{Historical populations
*1900  
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|type = USA
*1920  
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|heading = Census
*1925
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billings_County,_North_Dakota "Wikipedia.org".]
*1930
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|1880 |1323
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|1890 |170
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|1900 |975
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|1910 |10186
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|1920 |3126
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|1930 |3140
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|1940 |2531
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|1950 |1777
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|1960 |1513
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|1970 |1198 
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|1980 |1138 
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|1990 |1108
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|2000 |888
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|2010 |783
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==== Church  ====
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{{ND Census Intro|Billings}}
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==== Territory and State Census Records ====
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*'''1836''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/territory/census/1836/1836cens.txt 1836 Wisconsin Territory Census] – index only; North Dakota was included in the 1836 Wisconsin Territory Census
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*'''1840''' - {{RecordSearch|1786457|United States Census, 1840}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1840 Iowa Territory Census
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*'''1850''' - {{RecordSearch|1401638|United States Census, 1850}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1850 Minnesota Territory Census
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1860 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1870 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; North Dakota was included in the 1880 Dakota Territory Census
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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
  
==== Court  ====
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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Federal Censuses were taken for the state of North Dakota starting in 1890, although no records survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[North Dakota Census]].
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/billings/billcens.htm Billings County Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Billings}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Billings}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Billings}}
  
==== Military ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Billings}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Billings}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Billings}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Billings}}
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/billings/billland.html Index to Billings County BLM Property Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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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://search.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]]
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|Billings}}
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*''Echoing trails : Billings County history''. 1979. Billings County Historical Society. Billings County Historical Society; Medora, North Dakota. ; {{WorldCat|7596353|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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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
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Migration ===
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{{ND Migration Intro}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Military Records ===
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Billings|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{ND Military Intro}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to North Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[North Dakota Military Records|North Dakota Military Records]].<br>
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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://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1917-1918''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31404 Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-4] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/ww1draft.html WWI Draft Registrations, Billings County] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/military/ww1casualties.html WWI Casualties, Billings County] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War II''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/military/ww2armycas.html World War II Army Casualties, Billings County] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/military/ww2navycas.html World War II Navy Casualties, Billings County] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Korean War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/military/koreacasualties.html Korean War Casualties, Billings County] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Vietnam War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, Billings County] (Genealogy Trails)
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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|Billings}}
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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|Billings}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/obits.html Obituaries and Death Notices, Billings County] (Genealogy Trails)
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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|Billings}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|Billings}}
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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|Billings}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Billings}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Billings}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Billings}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/news_marriages.html Billings County Marriage Announcements] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Billings}}
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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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|Billings}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Billings}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{ND Archives Intro}}
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'''North Dakota State University Archives'''<br>
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West Building 3551 7th Avenue<br>N Fargo, ND 58102<br>'''''Mailing Address:'''''<br>NDSU Archives<br>Libraries NDSU Dept #2080<br>PO Box 6050<br>Fargo, ND 58108-6050<br>Phone: 701-231-8914<br>Fax: 701-231-5632<br>Email: [mailto:ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu]<br>[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ Website]
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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|Billings}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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'''Billings County Historical Society Museum'''<br>PO Box 364<br>Medora, ND58645<br>Phone: 701-623-4829<br><br>
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'''Chateau de Mores State Historic Site'''<br>PO Box 106<br> Medora, ND 58645<br>Phone: 701-623-4355 or 701-328-2666<br>Email: [mailto:histsoc@nd.gov histsoc@nd.gov]<br>[http://www.history.nd.gov/historicsites/chateau/index.html Website]<br>
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Billings}}
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|Billings}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndbillin/resources.htm Billings County, SD, USGenWeb] project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/billings/billings.htm Billings County, SD, US GenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|North Dakota Billings|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/Billings/ Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Billings/ Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/billings/ Billings County] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/ND/Billings-County.htm Billings County Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{ND Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Latest revision as of 20:27, 3 July 2017

United StatesGotoarrow.png North Dakota Gotoarrow.png Billings County

Guide to Billings 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: Medora
Organized: February 10, 1879
Parent County(s): Howard and unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Dunn  • Golden Valley  • McKenzie  • Slope  • Stark
See County Maps
Courthouse
Billings County Courthouse, Medora, North Dakota.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Billings Map.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

Named for railroad executive Frederick H. Billings. It was organized on May 4, 1886. The county seat is Medora.[2]

County Courthouse

Billings County Courthouse
495 4th Street; PO Box 138
Medora, ND 58645-0138
Phone. 701.623.4492
Billings County Website

Clerk of the District Court has marriage records from 1893, burial records from 1922, divorce records, and probate records from 1895, court records from 1890, and land records from 1886.[3]

Billings County, North Dakota Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1893 1881 1890 1886 1895 1836
*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923.
Full compliance by 1924.[5]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Unorganized territories


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Billings 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 1,323
1890 170 −87.2%
1900 975 473.5%
1910 10,186 944.7%
1920 3,126 −69.3%
1930 3,140 0.4%
1940 2,531 −19.4%
1950 1,777 −29.8%
1960 1,513 −14.9%
1970 1,198 −20.8%
1980 1,138 −5.0%
1990 1,108 −2.6%
2000 888 −19.9%
2010 783 −11.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Before North Dakota was a state in 1889, parts of North Dakota were included in the 1836 Iowa Territory census (also known as Wisconsin Territory), 1840 Iowa Territory census, 1850 Minnesota Territory census, and the 1860-1880 Dakota Territory censuses.[8] See links listed below.

Territory and State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of North Dakota starting in 1890, although no records survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. 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.


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

  • Echoing trails : Billings County history. 1979. Billings County Historical Society. Billings County Historical Society; Medora, North Dakota. ; At various libraries (WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

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

Newspapers

For more information see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspapers Online

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

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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
Email: ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu
Website

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

Billings County Historical Society Museum
PO Box 364
Medora, ND58645
Phone: 701-623-4829

Chateau de Mores State Historic Site
PO Box 106
Medora, ND 58645
Phone: 701-623-4355 or 701-328-2666
Email: histsoc@nd.gov
Website

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Billings County, North Dakota. Page 522 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Billings County, South Dakota. Page 522 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 517.
  5. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 562; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Billings County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
  8. Alice Eichholz, ‘’Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources,’’ 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 2004), 511. Free online version; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004; WorldCat entry.