Grand Forks County, North Dakota Genealogy

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Grand Forks 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.

Grand Forks County, North Dakota
Map of North Dakota highlighting Grand Forks County
Location in the state of North Dakota
Map of the U.S. highlighting North Dakota
Location of North Dakota in the U.S.
Founded January 4, 1873
County Seat Grand Forks
Address Grand Forks County Courthouse
151 S 4th Street
PO Box 1477
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: 701.780.8238
Grand Forks County Website

County Courthouse

Clerk District Court has birth records from 1903,
death records from 1908, divorce records from 1878,
burial and court reocrds, adoption records and change
 of name; County Judge has marriage records from 1887
and probate records from 1880; Register of Deeds has
land records[1]


Parent County

1873--Grand Forks County was created 4 January 1873 from Pembina County. County seat: Grand Forks [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Nelson | Steele | Traill | Walsh | Minnesota counties: Marshall | Polk




  • 1880
  • 1885
  • 1890
  • 1900
  • 1910
  • 1915
  • 1920
  • 1925
  • 1930


Church records can be found online, kept onsite at the church, or housed in a church archive or library. See North Dakota Church Records for more information on how to locate the records.

  • Records of United Lutheran Church, Grand Forks County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).



Local Histories





Probate records, including wills and estates, are at the county clerk's office. See also North Dakota Probate 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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Grand Forks County, North Dakota. Page 524 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).