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Guide to '''McKenzie County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
McKenzie 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.
 
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= May 24, 1901
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|county seat= Watford
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|parent county= [[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy|Billings]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy|Billings]]
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|county2= [[Dunn County, North Dakota Genealogy|Dunn]]
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|county3= [[Golden Valley County, North Dakota Genealogy|Golden Valley]]
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|county4= [[Mountrail County, North Dakota Genealogy|Mountrail]]
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|county5= [[Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy|Williams]]
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|county6= [[Richland County, Montana Genealogy|Richland (MT)]]
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|county7= [[Roosevelt County, Montana Genealogy|Roosevelt (MT)]]
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|county8= [[Wibaux County, Montana Genealogy|Wibaux (MT)]]</br><center>[[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
[http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=North%20Dakota&county=McKenzie McKenzie County Courthouse]<br> 201 5th St NW; PO Box 523; <br>Watford, ND 58854<br> Phone: 701.444.3452&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1943, <br>marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1905 <br>and burial records; Register of Deeds has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McKenzie 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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Founded April 20, 1905.  The county is named after early North Dakota politician Alexander McKenzie.
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Its county seat is Watford City.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mckenzie/ McKenzie County Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|McKenzie}}
  
'''1901--'''McKenzie County was created 24 May 1901 from [[Billings County, North Dakota|Billings]] County. '''County seat:''' Watford <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''McKenzie County Courthouse'''<br> 201 5th St NW <br> PO Box 523 <br>Watford, ND 58854<br> Phone: 701.444.3452<br>[http://county.mckenziecounty.net/ McKenzie County Website] <br><br>
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Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1943, marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1905 and burial records;<br>
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Register of Deeds has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McKenzie 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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=== McKenzie 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), McKenzie 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" | '''[[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1943
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1905
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1943
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1905
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1905
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1905
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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|McKenzie}}
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<table><tr><td>
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*'''Parent County:''' McKenzie County was created 24 May 1901 from [[Billings County, North Dakota Genealogy|Billings]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Watford <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]</td></tr></table>
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|McKenzie}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKenzie_County,_North_Dakota "McKenzie County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander,_North_Dakota Alexander]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arnegard,_North_Dakota Arnegard]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watford_City,_North_Dakota Watford City (county seat)]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cartwright,_North_Dakota Cartwright]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charbonneau,_North_Dakota Charbonneau]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grassy_Butte,_North_Dakota Grassy Butte]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keene,_North_Dakota Keene]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rawson,_North_Dakota Rawson]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schafer,_North_Dakota Schafer]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Fairview,_North_Dakota Fairview]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Bears_Village,_North_Dakota Four Bears Village]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandaree,_North_Dakota Mandaree]</div>
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*Alex
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*Antelope Creek
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*Arnegard
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*Blue Butte
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*Charbon
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*Elm Tree
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*Ellsworth
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*Grail
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*Hawkeye
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*Keene
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*Randolph
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*Riverview</div>
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*Sioux
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*Tri
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*Twin Valley
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*Yellowstone</div>
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Elk, Poe, and Wilbur townships merged January 1, 2002 to form Tri Township.<ref>[http://www.tritownship.org/ Tri Township Website]</ref></div>
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==== Indian Reservation  ====
 
  
A portion of the [[Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (North Dakota)|Fort Berthold Indian Reservation]] is located in McKenzie County. The remainder of the reservation is in [[Mountrail County, North Dakota|Mountrail]], [[Dunn County, North Dakota|Dunn]], [[Mercer County, North Dakota|Mercer]], and [[Ward County, North Dakota|Ward]] Counties.
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''Indian Reservation''<br>
  
==== Neighboring Counties ====
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A portion of the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Berthold_Indian_Reservation Fort Berthold Indian Reservation] is located in McKenzie County. The remainder of the reservation is in [[Mountrail County, North Dakota Genealogy|Mountrail]], [[Dunn County, North Dakota Genealogy|Dunn]], [[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy|Mercer]], and [[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ward]] Counties.
  
[[Billings County, North Dakota|Billings]] | [[Dunn County, North Dakota|Dunn]] | [[Golden Valley County, North Dakota|Golden Valley]] | [[Mountrail County, North Dakota|Mountrail]] | [[Williams County, North Dakota|Williams]] | '''Montana''' counties: [[Richland County, Montana|Richland]] | [[Roosevelt County, Montana|Roosevelt]] | [[Wibaux County, Montana|Wibaux]]
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|McKenzie}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|McKenzie}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mckenzie/bios.html McKenzie County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[https://library.ndsu.edu/db/biography/ North Dakota State University Biography Index]
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|McKenzie}}
  
*1910
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=== Cemeteries ===
*1915
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|McKenzie}}
*1920
 
*1925
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church ====
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of 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=1777&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/mckenzie/mckenzie.htm USGenWeb Archives]  
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/mckenzie.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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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|829889|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+McKenzie+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=1777 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=McKenzie&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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==== Court ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKenzie_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1910 |5720
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|1920 |9544
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|1930 |9709
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|1940 |8426
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|1950 |6849
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|1960 |7296
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|1970 |6127 
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|1980 |7132 
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|1990 |6383  
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|2000 |5737
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|2010 |6360
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{{ND Census Intro|McKenzie}}
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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
  
==== Land  ====
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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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*'''1910, 1920, 1930''' - [http://usgwarchives.net/nd/mckenzie/mckenzie.htm McKenzie County, North Dakota Census Records] (images). USGenWeb Archives
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|McKenzie}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|McKenzie}}
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|McKenzie}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|McKenzie}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|McKenzie}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|McKenzie}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|McKenzie}}
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/nd/mckenzie/mckeland.html Index to McKenzie County BLM Land Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
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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]]
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|McKenzie}}
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*''Early history of McKenzie County.'' n.d. By Geo. F. Shafer. n.p.: n.p. Online at:. [http://www.worldcat.org/title/early-history-of-mckenzie-county/oclc/4339658 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+McKenzie|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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''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/mckenzie/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, McKenzie County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War II''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mckenzie/military/ww2armycas.html World War II Army Casualties, McKenzie County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mckenzie/military/ww2armycas.html World War II Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Casualties, McKenzie County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Korean War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mckenzie/military/koreacasualties.html Korean War Casualties, McKenzie County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Vietnam War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mckenzie/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, McKenzie 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|McKenzie}}
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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|McKenzie}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mckenzie/obits.html McKenzie 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|McKenzie}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|McKenzie}}
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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 1878-1938] at Ancestry.com — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{ND Schools Intro}}
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{ND Tax Intro|McKenzie}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|McKenzie}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|McKenzie}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|McKenzie}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mckenzie/news_marriages.html McKenzie County Marriage Announcements] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|McKenzie}}
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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/mckenzie/obits.html McKenzie County Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Divorce Intro|McKenzie}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|McKenzie}}
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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>
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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|McKenzie}}
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'''Old Sod Post Office of Grassy Butte'''<br> 609 Main St.<br>Grassy Butte, ND 58634<br>Phone: 701-863-6754
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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'''Lewis and Clark Trail Museum'''<br> P. O. Box 343, Alexander<br>ND 58831-0343<br>Phone: 701-828-3595<br>
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'''Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County'''<br> P. O. Box 126<br> Watford City, ND 58854-0126<br>Phone: 701-444-2990 or 701-444-5804<br>
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|McKenzie}}
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'''McKenzie County Museum and Historical Society, Inc.'''<br> 11542 Highway 23<br> Watford City, ND 58854<br>
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'''McKenzie County Heritage Association'''<br> P. O. Box 512<br>Watford City, ND 58854<br>
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|McKenzie}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmcken2/ McKenzie County, North Dakota, USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/nd/mckenzie/mckenzie.htm McKenzie County, North Dakota, USGenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|North Dakota McKenzie|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/McKenzie/ McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/McKenzie/ McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/ND/McKenzie-County.htm McKenzie County Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mckenzie/ McKenzie 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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Latest revision as of 16:48, 28 June 2017

United States
North Dakota
McKenzie County

Guide to McKenzie 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: Watford
Organized: May 24, 1901
Parent County(s): Billings [1]
Neighboring Counties
Billings  • Dunn  • Golden Valley  • Mountrail  • Williams  • Richland (MT)  • Roosevelt (MT)  • Wibaux (MT)
See County Maps
Courthouse
NorthDakotaMcKenzieCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota McKenzie Map.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

Founded April 20, 1905. The county is named after early North Dakota politician Alexander McKenzie. Its county seat is Watford City.[2]

County Courthouse

McKenzie County Courthouse
201 5th St NW
PO Box 523
Watford, ND 58854
Phone: 701.444.3452
McKenzie County Website

Clerk District Court has birth and death records from 1943, marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1905 and burial records;
Register of Deeds has land records[3]

McKenzie 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
1943 1905 1943 1905 1905 1905 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
  • Alex
  • Antelope Creek
  • Arnegard
  • Blue Butte
  • Charbon
  • Elm Tree
  • Ellsworth
  • Grail
  • Hawkeye
  • Keene
  • Randolph
  • Riverview
  • Sioux
  • Tri
  • Twin Valley
  • Yellowstone
Defunct townships
Elk, Poe, and Wilbur townships merged January 1, 2002 to form Tri Township.[8]


Indian Reservation

A portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is located in McKenzie County. The remainder of the reservation is in Mountrail, Dunn, Mercer, and Ward Counties.

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.  %±
1910 5,720
1920 9,544 66.9%
1930 9,709 1.7%
1940 8,426 −13.2%
1950 6,849 −18.7%
1960 7,296 6.5%
1970 6,127 −16.0%
1980 7,132 16.4%
1990 6,383 −10.5%
2000 5,737 −10.1%
2010 6,360 10.9%
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.[9] 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 McKenzie County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

  • Early history of McKenzie County. n.d. By Geo. F. Shafer. n.p.: n.p. Online at:. 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

Old Sod Post Office of Grassy Butte
609 Main St.
Grassy Butte, ND 58634
Phone: 701-863-6754

Museums

Lewis and Clark Trail Museum
P. O. Box 343, Alexander
ND 58831-0343
Phone: 701-828-3595

Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County
P. O. Box 126
Watford City, ND 58854-0126
Phone: 701-444-2990 or 701-444-5804

Societies

McKenzie County Museum and Historical Society, Inc.
11542 Highway 23
Watford City, ND 58854

McKenzie County Heritage Association
P. O. Box 512
Watford City, ND 58854

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. McKenzie County Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McKenzie 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), McKenzie 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, "McKenzie County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
  8. Tri Township Website
  9. 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.