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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' McHenry County {{NDDC}} <br> <br>
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McHenry 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 '''McHenry 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
 
| county = McHenry County
 
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| state = North Dakota
 
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| founded year = 1873
 
| founded date = January 4
 
| seat = Towner
 
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| building address = McHenry County Courthouse<br> 407 Main Street<br> Towner, ND 58788<br> Phone: 701.537.5729&nbsp;<br>[http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=North%20Dakota&county=McHenry '''Adams County Website'''] }}
 
  
== County Courthouse ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= January 4, 1873
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|county seat= Towner
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|parent county= Buffalo <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Bottineau County, North Dakota Genealogy|Bottineau]]
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|county2= [[McLean County, North Dakota Genealogy|McLean]]
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|county3= [[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy|Pierce]]
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|county4= [[Renville County, North Dakota Genealogy|Renville]]
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|county5= [[Sheridan County, North Dakota Genealogy|Sheridan]]
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|county6= [[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ward]]</br><center>[[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county courthouse= [[Image:McHenry County Courthouse, Towner, North Dakota.jpg|245x245px]]
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|county location in state= [[Image:North Dakota McHenry Map.png|185x185px]]
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== County Information ==
  
<br>Clerk District Court has marriage records from 1903, <br>divorce, probate and court records from 1900; <br>Reg of Deeds has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McHenry County, North Dakota. Page 524 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Description ===
  
== History ==
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McHenry County name comes from James McHenry, an early settler of Vermillion, South Dakota. The county was organized on October 15, 1884.  Its county seat is Towner.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/ McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy and History]</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|McHenry}}
  
'''1873--'''McHenry County was created 4 January 1873 from Buffalo County. '''County seat:''' Towner <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''McHenry County Courthouse'''<br> 407 Main Street<br> Towner, ND 58788<br> Phone: 701.537.5729<br>[http://www.mchenrycountynd.com/ McHenry County Website] <br><br>
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District Court Clerk has marriage records from 1903, divorce, probate and court records from 1900;<br>''Registrar of Deeds'' has land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McHenry County, North Dakota. Page 524 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== McHenry 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), McHenry County, North Dakota. Page 524 {{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), 518.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1889-1907
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1889-1907
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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" |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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==== Record Loss ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|McHenry}}
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*'''Parent County:''' McHenry County was created 4 January 1873 from Buffalo County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Towner <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]<br>
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</td></tr></table>
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|McHenry}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McHenry_County%2C_North_Dakota "McHenry County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
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{{populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anamoose,_North_Dakota Anamoose]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balfour,_North_Dakota Balfour]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bantry,_North_Dakota Bantry]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bergen,_North_Dakota Bergen]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deering,_North_Dakota Deering]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake,_North_Dakota Drake]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granville,_North_Dakota Granville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karlsruhe,_North_Dakota Karlsruhe]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kief,_North_Dakota Kief]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towner,_North_Dakota Towner] (county seat)</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upham,_North_Dakota Upham]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velva,_North_Dakota Velva]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltaire,_North_Dakota Voltaire]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwich,_North_Dakota Norwich]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verendrye,_North_Dakota Verendrye]
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*Rangeley
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*Guthrie
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*Norfolk
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*Funston
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*Newport
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berwick,_North_Dakota Berwick]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denbigh,_North_Dakota Denbigh]
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*Riga
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*Kongsberg
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*Rising
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*Simcoe
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*Genoa
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*Kottkethal
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*Rose Hill</div>
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*Cole Ford
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*Willowdale
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*Willow Vale
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*Willow Valley
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*Willow Creek
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*Milroy</div>
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*Anamoose
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*Balfour
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*Bantry
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*Berwick
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*Bjornson
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*Brown
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*Cottonwood Lake
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*Deep River
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*Deering
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*Denbigh
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*Egg Creek
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*Falsen
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*Gilmore
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*Granville
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*Grilley</div>
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*Hendrickson
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*Karlsruhe
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*Kottke Valley
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*Lake George
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*Lake Hester
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*Land
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*Layton
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*Lebanon
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*Little Deep
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*Meadow
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*Mouse River
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*Newport
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*Normal
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*North Prairie
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*Norwich</div>
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*Odin
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*Olivia
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*Pratt
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*Riga
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*Rose Hill
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*Round Lake
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*Saline
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*Schiller
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*Spring Grove
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*Strege
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*Velva
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*Villard
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*Voltaire
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*Wagar
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*Willow Creek</div>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
[[Bottineau County, North Dakota|Bottineau]] | [[McLean County, North Dakota|McLean]] | [[Pierce County, North Dakota|Pierce]] | [[Renville County, North Dakota|Renville]] | [[Sheridan County, North Dakota|Sheridan]] | [[Ward County, North Dakota|Ward]]
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|McHenry}}
  
== Resources ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|McHenry}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/bios.html McHenry 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-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
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|McHenry}}
  
Cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in [http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/mchennd.txt McHenry County], providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|McHenry}}
  
==== Census  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of McHenry 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=1775&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/mchenrycemeteries.html USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/mchenry.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://northdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=25 NDGravestones]
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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|762044|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+McHenry+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=1775 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=McHenry&cemetery_name=a# BillionGraves]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[North Dakota Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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*[http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/mchennd.txt Odessa Digital Library] has cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in McHenry County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.
  
*1880
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=== Census Records ===
*1885
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{{Historical populations
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*1910
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McHenry_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
*1915
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|1890 |1584
*1920
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|1900 |5253
*1925  
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|1910 |17627
*1930
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|1920 |15544
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|1930 |15439
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|1940 |14034
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|1950 |12556
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|1960 |11099
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|1970 |8977
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|1980 |7858 
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|1990 |6528 
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|2000 |5987
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|2010 |5395
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{{ND Census Intro|McHenry}}
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*'''1925''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/census/cens1925.txt McHenry County School Census] (USGenWeb Archives)
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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 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 Ancestry.com – ($), index and images
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*'''1915''' {{RecordSearch|2346284|North Dakota Census, 1915}} at FamilySearch Historical Records — index and images
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*'''1925''' {{RecordSearch|2351024|North Dakota Census, 1925}} at FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
  
==== Church  ====
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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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*'''1890''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/military/1890-vet-pg1.html Special Schedule, 1890 Veterans Census, McHenry County] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1900, 1910, 1920, 1930''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/mchecens.htm McHenry County Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|McHenry}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|McHenry}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|McHenry}}
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*'''1902''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/directories/business/1902/anamoose9nms.txt McHenry County, Anamoose Medical Directory 1902] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1909''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/history/other/mchenryc35gms.txt McHenry County Attorneys, 1909] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|McHenry}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|McHenry}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|McHenry}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|McHenry}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/mcheland.html Index to McHenry County BLM Land Records] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the 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 Ancestry - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1908] at Ancestry - ($), 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|McHenry}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*''McHenry County; its history and its people.'' 1985?. By Corabelle Brown. Towner, North Dakota: Midwest Printing, . Online at: ; {{WorldCat|866031226|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Our town, Balfour, North Dakota.'' 1989?. By Evan Clifford Stone, Jr. Grand Forks, N.D: Evan Clifford Stone. Online at: ; {{WorldCat|21092843|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{ND Maps Intro}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/northdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for North Dakota Counties
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*[http://www.ndgenweb.org/maps.htm North Dakota Maps at NDGenWeb] -historical maps
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Migration ===
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+McHenry|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{ND Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{ND Military Intro}}
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==== 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 FamilySearch.
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*'''1890''' - {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1890''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/military/1890-vet-pg1.html 1890 Veterans Census, McHenry County] (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 Ancestry ($)
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31404 Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-4] at Ancestry ($)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, McHenry County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War II''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/military/ww2armycas.html World War II Army Casualties, McHenry County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/military/ww2navycas.html World War II Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Casualties, McHenry County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Korean War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/military/koreacasualties.html Korean War Casualties, McHenry County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Vietnam War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, McHenry County, North Dakota] (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 NDSU Archives – index only, covers various dates and counties
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{ND Newspapers Intro|McHenry}}
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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|McHenry}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/obit.html McHenry County Obituaries and Death Notices] from newspapers. (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/mchenryobits.html Index to McHenry County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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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|McHenry}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|McHenry}}
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'''Online Probate Records
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*'''1878 – 1928''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1878-1928] at Ancestry.com — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{ND Schools Intro}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/history/schl1915.txt McHenry County School Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{ND Tax Intro|McHenry}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|McHenry}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/mchenry.htm Index to McHenry County Vital Records]. Scroll down to "Vital Records." (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|McHenry}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|McHenry}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/news_marriages.html McHenry County Marriage Announcements] from newspapers. (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|McHenry}}
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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 North Dakota Dept. of Health – index only
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/obit.html McHenry County Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/mchenryobits.html Index to McHenry County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Divorce Intro|McHenry}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|McHenry}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{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>Email: [mailto:ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu]<br>[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ Website]<br><br>
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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|McHenry}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|McHenry}}
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'''McHenry County Historical Society'''<br> c/o Dallas Knudson<br>6491 Berwick Lane<br>Towner, ND 58788-3100<br>Telephone: 701-537-5541<br>[http://www.mchenrycountyhistory.org/ Website]<br>
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'''Mouse River Loop Genealogy Society'''<br>PO Box 1391<br>Minot, ND 58701-1391<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmrlgs/?cj=1&sid=RootsWeb&netid=cj&o_xid=0002159160&o_lid=0002159160&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]<br>
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|McHenry}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmchenr/ McHenry County, North Dakota, USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/mchenry/mchenry.htm McHenry County, North Dakota, USGenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|North Dakota McHenry|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/McHenry/ McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/McHenry/ McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/ND/McHenry-County.htm McHenry County Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mchenry/ McHenry County, North Dakota, Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{ND Research Guides Intro}}
  
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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 20:57, 4 July 2017

United States
North Dakota
McHenry County

Guide to McHenry 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: Towner
Organized: January 4, 1873
Parent County(s): Buffalo [1]
Neighboring Counties
Bottineau  • McLean  • Pierce  • Renville  • Sheridan  • Ward
See County Maps
Courthouse
McHenry County Courthouse, Towner, North Dakota.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota McHenry Map.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

McHenry County name comes from James McHenry, an early settler of Vermillion, South Dakota. The county was organized on October 15, 1884. Its county seat is Towner.[2]

County Courthouse

McHenry County Courthouse
407 Main Street
Towner, ND 58788
Phone: 701.537.5729
McHenry County Website

District Court Clerk has marriage records from 1903, divorce, probate and court records from 1900;
Registrar of Deeds has land records.[3]

McHenry 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
1889-1907 1903 1889-1907 1873 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
  • Denbigh
  • Riga
  • Kongsberg
  • Rising
  • Simcoe
  • Genoa
  • Kottkethal
  • Rose Hill
  • Cole Ford
  • Willowdale
  • Willow Vale
  • Willow Valley
  • Willow Creek
  • Milroy
Townships
  • Anamoose
  • Balfour
  • Bantry
  • Berwick
  • Bjornson
  • Brown
  • Cottonwood Lake
  • Deep River
  • Deering
  • Denbigh
  • Egg Creek
  • Falsen
  • Gilmore
  • Granville
  • Grilley
  • Hendrickson
  • Karlsruhe
  • Kottke Valley
  • Lake George
  • Lake Hester
  • Land
  • Layton
  • Lebanon
  • Little Deep
  • Meadow
  • Mouse River
  • Newport
  • Normal
  • North Prairie
  • Norwich
  • Odin
  • Olivia
  • Pratt
  • Riga
  • Rose Hill
  • Round Lake
  • Saline
  • Schiller
  • Spring Grove
  • Strege
  • Velva
  • Villard
  • Voltaire
  • Wagar
  • Willow Creek


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of McHenry 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
  • Odessa Digital Library has cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in McHenry County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 1,584
1900 5,253 231.6%
1910 17,627 235.6%
1920 15,544 −11.8%
1930 15,439 −0.7%
1940 14,034 −9.1%
1950 12,556 −10.5%
1960 11,099 −11.6%
1970 8,977 −19.1%
1980 7,858 −12.5%
1990 6,528 −16.9%
2000 5,987 −8.3%
2010 5,395 −9.9%
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 McHenry County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

  • McHenry County; its history and its people. 1985?. By Corabelle Brown. Towner, North Dakota: Midwest Printing, . Online at: ; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Our town, Balfour, North Dakota. 1989?. By Evan Clifford Stone, Jr. Grand Forks, N.D: Evan Clifford Stone. Online at: ; 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

Societies

McHenry County Historical Society
c/o Dallas Knudson
6491 Berwick Lane
Towner, ND 58788-3100
Telephone: 701-537-5541
Website

Mouse River Loop Genealogy Society
PO Box 1391
Minot, ND 58701-1391
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy and History
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McHenry County, North Dakota. Page 524 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McHenry County, North Dakota. Page 524 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), 518.
  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, "McHenry 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.