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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Cass County''' {{NDDC}} <br> <br>
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Guide to '''Cass County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
Cass 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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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  January 4, 1873
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|county seat= Fargo
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|parent county= [[Pembina County, North Dakota Genealogy|Pembina]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Barnes County, North Dakota Genealogy|Barnes]]
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|county2= [[Ransom County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ransom]]
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|county3= [[Richland County, North Dakota Genealogy|Richland]]
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|county4= [[Steele County, North Dakota Genealogy|Steele]]
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|county5= [[Traill County, North Dakota Genealogy|Traill]]
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|county6= [[Clay County, Minnesota Genealogy|Clay (MN)]]
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|county7= [[Norman County, Minnesota Genealogy|Norman (MN)]]
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|county8= [[Wilkin County, Minnesota Genealogy|Wilkin (MN)]]</br><center>[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Description ===
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Cass County was organized on October 27, 1873. It is named in honor of a railroad executive George Washington Cass.
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County Seat: Fargo.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/ Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)</ref>
  
[http://www.casscountynd.gov/ Cass County Courthouse]<br>211 9th Street South PO Bo 2806<br> Fargo, ND 58103-1833<br> Phone: 701.241.5646&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1885<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass 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|Cass}}
  
== History  ==
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'''Cass County Courthouse'''<br>211 9th Street South <br> PO Bo 2806<br>Fargo, ND 58103-1833<br>Phone: 701.241.5646 <br>[http://www.casscountynd.gov/ Cass County Website]<br> <br>
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Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1885.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass County, North Dakota. Page 522 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== Cass County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{{ND Records Intro}}
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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), Cass County, North 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" | '''[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass 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" |1872
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1884
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1873
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1873
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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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'''1873--'''Cass County was created 4 January 1873 from [[Pembina County, North Dakota|Pembina]] County. '''County seat:''' Fargo <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Cass}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Cass County was created 4 January 1873 from [[Pembina County, North Dakota Genealogy|Pembina]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Fargo <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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==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Cass}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_North_Dakota "Cass County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
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{{populated places
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice,_North_Dakota Alice]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amenia,_North_Dakota Amenia]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argusville,_North_Dakota Argusville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur,_North_Dakota Arthur]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayr,_North_Dakota Ayr]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briarwood,_North_Dakota Briarwood]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo,_North_Dakota Buffalo]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casselton,_North_Dakota Casselton]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davenport,_North_Dakota Davenport]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enderlin,_North_Dakota Enderlin]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fargo,_North_Dakota Fargo (County seat)]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frontier,_North_Dakota Frontier]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardner,_North_Dakota Gardner]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandin,_North_Dakota Grandin]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harwood,_North_Dakota Harwood]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace,_North_Dakota Horace]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunter,_North_Dakota Hunter]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kindred,_North_Dakota Kindred]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard,_North_Dakota Leonard]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mapleton,_North_Dakota Mapleton]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_River,_North_Dakota North River]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxbow,_North_Dakota Oxbow]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Page,_North_Dakota Page]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_Rose,_North_Dakota Prairie Rose]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reile%27s_Acres,_North_Dakota Reile’s Acres]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_City,_North_Dakota Tower City]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Fargo,_North_Dakota West Fargo]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absaraka,_North_Dakota Absaraka]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaffee,_North_Dakota Chaffee] </div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_Rice,_North_Dakota Wild Rice]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooktree_Park,_North_Dakota Brooktree Park]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embden,_North_Dakota Embden]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie,_North_Dakota Erie]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheatland,_North_Dakota Wheatland]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addison_Township,_Cass_County,_North_Dakota Addison]
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*Amenia
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Township,_Cass_County,_North_Dakota Arthur]
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*Ayr
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*Barnes
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*Bell
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*Berlin
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*Buffalo
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*Casselton
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*Clifton
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*Cornell
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*Davenport
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*Dows
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*Durbin
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*Eldred
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*Empire
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*Erie</div>
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*Everest
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*Fargo
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*Gardner
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*Gill
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*Gunkel
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*Harmony
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*Harwood
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*Highland
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*Hill
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*Howes
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*Hunter
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*Kinyon
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*Lake
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*Leonard
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*Maple River
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*Mapleton
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*Noble</div>
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*Normanna
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*Page
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*Pleasant
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*Pontiac
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*Raymond
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*Reed
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*Rich
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*Rochester
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*Rush River
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*Stanley
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*Tower
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*Walburg
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*Warren
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*Watson
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*Wheatland
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*Wiser</div>
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== Places/Localities  ==
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Cass}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Cass}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/biosindex.html Index to Cass County Biographies] (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-biography-index North Dakota Biography Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ North Dakota State University Archives] - Index only; gives references to publications containing information on North Dakotans, living and deceased
  
[[Barnes County, North Dakota|Barnes]] | [[Ransom County, North Dakota|Ransom]] | [[Richland County, North Dakota|Richland]] | [[Steele County, North Dakota|Steele]] | [[Traill County, North Dakota|Traill]] | '''Minnesota''' counties: [[Clay County, Minnesota|Clay]] | [[Norman County, Minnesota|Norman]] | [[Wilkin County, Minnesota|Wilkin]]
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Cass}}
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Cass}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Adams 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=1759&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/cass/cass.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/cass.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://northdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=9 NDGravestones]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/nd/cass.htm NDInterment]
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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|469046|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Cass+North+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 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://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=30&CScnty=1759 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=Cass&cemetery_name=a# 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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==== Census  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]  
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|1880 |8998
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|1890 |19613
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|1900 |28625
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|1910 |33935
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|1920 |41477
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|1930 |48735
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|1940 |52849
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|1950 |58877
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|1960 |66947
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|1970 |73653
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|1980 |88247
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|1990 |102874
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|2000 |123138
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|2010 |149778
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/cass/casscens.htm Cass County Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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{{ND Census Intro|Cass}}
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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''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/cassmortality.html Mortality Schedule, Cass County] (Genealogy Trails)
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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
  
*1880
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==== Federal Census Records ====
*1885
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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]].
*1890  
 
*1900  
 
*1910
 
*1915
 
*1920
 
*1925
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Cass}}
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''Lutheran''<br>
  
==== Court  ====
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''Enderlin
  
==== Land  ====
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*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev" />
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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''Fargo
  
==== Maps  ====
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*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
==== Military  ====
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''First Lutheran Church, Fargo
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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*Records of First Lutheran Church, Fargo, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev">[http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml ''Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota''] at the Minnesota Historical Society, Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society.</ref>
  
==== Probate  ====
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''Hickson
  
[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/probate/ Cass County, N.D., Probate Records (1876-1949)]
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*Records of the Lutheran Church, Hickson, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
==== Taxation  ====
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''Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood
  
==== Vital Records ====
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*Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/cassdivorce Cass County, N.D. Divorce and Civil Cases Records (1870-1942)]
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Cass}}
  
[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/marriage/ Cass County, N.D. Marriage Licenses (1870-1944)]
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Cass}}
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*'''1822 - 1995''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 U.S. City Directories 1822-1995] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) - collection for the City of Fargo
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Cass}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/cass/casshist.htm Cass County Funeral Home Records Index] (USGenWeb Archives)
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Cass}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Cass}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Cass}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/cass/cassland.html Cass County BLM Records Index] (USGenWeb Archives)
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|Cass}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/history.html Cass County History Topics] (Genealogy Trails)
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*''Centennial; first one hundred years : centennial project of the Fargo Genealogy Society.'' 1975. Fargo, North Dakota: Fargo Genealogy Society;
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**Vol. 1 {{FSbook|6456251}}
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**Vol. 2 {{FSbook|6456244}}<br>
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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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==== 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>
 +
 
 +
''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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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/1883pensioners.html Pensioners on the Rolls as of Jan 1, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
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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/cass/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, Cass County] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War II''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/military/ww2armycas.html World War II Army Casualties, Cass County] Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/military/ww2navycas.html World War II Navy Casualties, Cass County] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Korean War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/military/koreacasualties.html Korean War Casualties, Cass County] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Vietnam War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, Cass 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|Cass}}
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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|Cass}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/obits.html Early Cass County Obituaries and Death Notices] from newspapers. (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|Cass}}
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=== Probate Records ===
 +
{{ND Probate Intro|Cass}}
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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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*[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/probate/ Cass County, N.D., Probate Records (1876-1949)]
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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|Cass}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Cass}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Cass}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Cass}}
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*'''1870-1944''' - [http://library.ndsu.edu/db/marriage/ Cass County, N.D. Marriage Licenses (1870-1944)]
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*'''1872-1882''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/marriage.html Cass County ND Marriages, 1872-1882] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/news_marriages.html Marriage Announcements], various from newspapers. (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Cass}}
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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|Cass}}
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*[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/cassdivorce Cass County, N.D. Divorce and Civil Cases Records (1870-1942)]
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== Research Facilities ==
 +
{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Cass}}
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=== Archives ===
 +
{{ND Archives Intro}}
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'''North Dakota State University Archives'''<br>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>E-mail: [mailto:ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu]<br>[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ Website]
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=== Family History Centers ===
 +
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Introduction to LDS Family History Center]][[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|s]]
 
 
*[[Fargo North Dakota Family History Center]]
 
*[[Fargo North Dakota Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
+
=== Libraries ===
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{{ND Libraries Intro|Cass}}
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'''Fargo Public Library Central Library'''<br>102 3rd St N,<br>Fargo, ND 58102<br>Telephone: 701-241-1492<br>E-mail: [mailto:askreference@cityoffargo.com askreference@cityoffargo.com]<br>[http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/Library/ Website]<br>
 +
 
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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 +
== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Cass}}
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 +
'''Cass County Historical Society'''<br>1351 Main Ave W<br>West Fargo 58078-1321<br>Telephone: 701-282-2822<br>E-mail: [mailto:mwarren@bonanzaville.com mwarren@bonanzaville.com]<br>[http://www.bonanzaville.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Casselton Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 86<br>Casselton, ND 58012<br>Telephone: 701-347-4163 <br><br>
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'''Red River Valley Genealogy Society'''<br> c/o Linda Zeutschel<br> PO Box 9284<br> Fargo, ND 58106<br>Telephone: 701-239-4129 or 701-282-2076<br>[http://www.redrivergenealogy.com/index.htm Website]<br><br>
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 +
== Websites ==
 +
{{ND Websites Intro|Cass}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
+
*[http://cass.ndgenweb.org/ Cass County, USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Cass|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/cass/cass.htm Cass County, USGenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|North Dakota Cass|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/Cass/ Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Cass/ Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/databases-indexes North Dakota State University Archives], Databases and Indexes
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/ND/Cass-County.htm Cass County Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
  
== 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:Cass_County,_North_Dakota]]
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{{North Dakota|North Dakota}}
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[[Category:Cass_County,_North_Dakota]][[Category:North Dakota_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 19:53, 3 July 2017

United States
North Dakota
Cass County

Guide to Cass 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: Fargo
Organized: January 4, 1873
Parent County(s): Pembina [1]
Neighboring Counties
Barnes  • Ransom  • Richland  • Steele  • Traill  • Clay (MN)  • Norman (MN)  • Wilkin (MN)
See County Maps
Courthouse
NorthDakotaCassCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Cass Map.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

Cass County was organized on October 27, 1873. It is named in honor of a railroad executive George Washington Cass. County Seat: Fargo.[2]

County Courthouse

Cass County Courthouse
211 9th Street South
PO Bo 2806
Fargo, ND 58103-1833
Phone: 701.241.5646
Cass County Website

Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1885.[3]

Cass 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 1872 1884 1885 1873 1873 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
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Addison
  • Amenia
  • Arthur
  • Ayr
  • Barnes
  • Bell
  • Berlin
  • Buffalo
  • Casselton
  • Clifton
  • Cornell
  • Davenport
  • Dows
  • Durbin
  • Eldred
  • Empire
  • Erie
  • Everest
  • Fargo
  • Gardner
  • Gill
  • Gunkel
  • Harmony
  • Harwood
  • Highland
  • Hill
  • Howes
  • Hunter
  • Kinyon
  • Lake
  • Leonard
  • Maple River
  • Mapleton
  • Noble
  • Normanna
  • Page
  • Pleasant
  • Pontiac
  • Raymond
  • Reed
  • Rich
  • Rochester
  • Rush River
  • Stanley
  • Tower
  • Walburg
  • Warren
  • Watson
  • Wheatland
  • Wiser


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Adams 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 8,998
1890 19,613 118.0%
1900 28,625 45.9%
1910 33,935 18.6%
1920 41,477 22.2%
1930 48,735 17.5%
1940 52,849 8.4%
1950 58,877 11.4%
1960 66,947 13.7%
1970 73,653 10.0%
1980 88,247 19.8%
1990 102,874 16.6%
2000 123,138 19.7%
2010 149,778 21.6%
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.

Lutheran

Enderlin

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[9]

Fargo

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

First Lutheran Church, Fargo

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Fargo, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[9]

Hickson

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

Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood

  • Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood, 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.

Local Histories

Local histories, including those of the county, are available for Cass County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

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
E-mail: 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

Fargo Public Library Central Library
102 3rd St N,
Fargo, ND 58102
Telephone: 701-241-1492
E-mail: askreference@cityoffargo.com
Website

Museums

Societies

Cass County Historical Society
1351 Main Ave W
West Fargo 58078-1321
Telephone: 701-282-2822
E-mail: mwarren@bonanzaville.com
Website

Casselton Historical Society
PO Box 86
Casselton, ND 58012
Telephone: 701-347-4163

Red River Valley Genealogy Society
c/o Linda Zeutschel
PO Box 9284
Fargo, ND 58106
Telephone: 701-239-4129 or 701-282-2076
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass 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), Cass County, North 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, "Cass 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.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society, Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society.