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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' Mercer County {{NDDC}} <br> <br>
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota Genealogy|North Dakota]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Mercer County'''
  
Mercer 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 '''Mercer County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
=== County Courthouse  ===
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= January 14, 1875
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|county seat= Stanton
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|parent county= unorganized territory<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Dunn County, North Dakota Genealogy|Dunn]]
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|county2= [[McLean County, North Dakota Genealogy|McLean]]
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|county3= [[Morton County, North Dakota Genealogy|Morton]]
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|county4= [[Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy|Oliver]]
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|county5= [[Stark County, North Dakota Genealogy|Stark]]</br><center>[[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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== County Information ==
  
[http://www.mercercountynd.com/ Mercer County Courthouse]<br> 1021 Arthur Street<br> Stanton, ND 58571<br> Phone: 701.745.3262&nbsp;<br><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1346347314765_976" /><br>Clerk District&nbsp;Court has birth, death and burial records from 1942, <br>marriage records from 1894, divorce and court records from 1906 <br>and probate record from 1898; Register of Deeds has land records;<br> State Archives has naturalization records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, North Dakota. Page 525 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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=== Description ===
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The county was named for William Henry Harrison Mercer[(1844–1901), an early rancher who settled north of Bismarck in 1869. The county government was organized on August 4, 1884. Its county seat is Stanton.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mercer/ Mercer County Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)</ref>
  
== History  ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Mercer}}
  
==== Parent County ====
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Mercer County Courthouse<br> 1021 Arthur Street<br> Stanton, ND 58571<br> Phone: 701.745.3262<br>[http://www.mercercountynd.com/ '''Mercer County Website'''] <br><br>Clerk District Court has birth, death and burial records from 1942, marriage records from 1894, divorce and court records from 1906 and probate record from 1898;<br>
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Register of Deeds has land records;<br>
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State Archives has naturalization records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, North Dakota. Page 525 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
'''1875--'''Mercer County was created 14 January 1875 from unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Stanton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Mercer County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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|-
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1942
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1909
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1875
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1875
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1875
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1890
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Mercer}}
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<table><tr><td>''1875--''Mercer County was created 14 January 1875 from unorganized territory.<br>
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''County seat:'' Stanton <ref name="Handybook">''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>
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Mercer}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercer_County,_North_Dakota "Mercer County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beulah,_North_Dakota Beulah]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Valley,_North_Dakota Golden Valley]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazen,_North_Dakota Hazen]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanton,_North_Dakota Stanton (county seat)]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zap,_North_Dakota Zap]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pick_City,_North_Dakota Pick City]</div>
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==== Populated Places  ====
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''Indian Reservation''<br>
  
==== Indian Reservation ====
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A portion of the [[Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (North Dakota)|Fort Berthold Indian Reservation]] is located in Mercer County. The remainder of the reservation is in [[Mountrail County, North Dakota Genealogy|Mountrail]], [[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy|McKenzie]], [[Dunn County, North Dakota Genealogy|Dunn]], and [[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ward]] Counties.
  
A portion of the [[Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (North Dakota)|Fort Berthold Indian Reservation]] is located in Mercer County. The remainder of the reservation is in [[Mountrail County, North Dakota|Mountrail]], [[McKenzie County, North Dakota|McKenzie]], [[Dunn County, North Dakota|Dunn]], and [[Ward County, North Dakota|Ward]] Counties.
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Mercer}}
  
[[Dunn County, North Dakota|Dunn]] | [[McLean County, North Dakota|McLean]] | [[Morton County, North Dakota|Morton]] | [[Oliver County, North Dakota|Oliver]] | [[Stark County, North Dakota|Stark]]
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Mercer}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mercer/bios.html Mercer County, North Dakota Biographies] - includes some Native American biographies. (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmercer/Biographies/BiosIndex.htm Index to Mercer County, North Dakota Biographies] (Mercer County, USGenWeb project)
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Mercer}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Mercer}}
  
Cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in[http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/mercernd.txt &nbsp;Mercer] County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.  
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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=1779&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave] 
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/mercer.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://northdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=29 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|597731|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Mercer+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=1779 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=Mercer&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[North Dakota Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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==== Census  ====
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*[http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/mercernd.txt Odessa Digital Library] has cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries Mercer 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
*1890  
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|type = USA
*1900  
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|heading = Census
*1910  
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercer_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
*1915
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|1890 |428
*1920
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|1900 |1778
*1925  
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|1910 |4747
*1930
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|1920 |8224
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|1930 |9516
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|1940 |9611
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|1950 |8686
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|1960 |6805
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|1970 |6175 
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|1980 |9404 
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|1990 |9808 
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|2000 |8644
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|2010 |8424
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{{ND Census Intro|Mercer}}
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*'''1883''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/mercer/census/mercer1883.txt Mercer County, Dakota Territory 1883 List of Pensioners on the Roll] USGenWeb Archives)
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====State Census Records====
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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 North Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[North Dakota Census]].
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*'''1900, 1910, 1920, 1930''' - [http://usgwarchives.net/nd/mercer/merccens.htm Mercer County, North Dakota Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Mercer}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Mercer}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Mercer}}
  
==== 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|Mercer}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Mercer}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Mercer}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Mercer}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/nd/mercer/mercer.htm Index to Mercer 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 [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://ancestry.com 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 1861-1936] at Ancestry.com - ($), index and images
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For more information see [[North Dakota Land and Property]]
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|Mercer}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*''Homesteading on the Knife River prairies.'' 1983. By Pauline Neher Diede. Bismarck, North Dakota : Germans from Russia Heritage Society. Online at: ; {{WorldCat|10035847|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''The prairie echoes.'' 1993. By Pauline Neher Diede. New Salem, North Dakota : New Salem Journal. Online at: {{FSbook|72226}}; {{WorldCat|30112186|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+Mercer|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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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmercer/Military/SoldierPicsINDEX.html Index of Names, Mercer County, North Dakota] (USGenWeb Project)
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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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*'''1883''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/mercer/census/mercer1883.txt Mercer County, Dakota Territory 1883 List of Pensioners on the Roll] (USGenWeb Archives)
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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/mercer/1890veteranmercerco.html 1890 Veterans Census for Mercer County, North Dakota] - list. (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/mercer/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, Mercer County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War II''
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/mercer/military/ww2/usarmycasulties/mercer.txt World War II Army Casualties, Mercer County, North Dakota] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mercer/military/ww2navycas.html World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel, Mercer County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Korean War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mercer/military/koreacasualties.html Korean War Casualties, Mercer County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Vietnam War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mercer/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, Mercer 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|Mercer}}
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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|Mercer}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mercer/obits.html Mercer County Obituaries] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/nd/mercer/mercerobits.html Index to Mercer County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmercer/Obituaries/ObituariesIndex.htm Index to Mercer County Obituaries] (USGenWeb Project)
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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|Mercer}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|Mercer}}
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''Online Probate Records
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*'''1728 – 1928''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1728-1928] at Ancestry — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{ND Schools Intro}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmercer/School/MercerCoSchoolindex.htm Mercer County School Index] (USGenWeb Project)
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{ND Tax Intro|Mercer}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Mercer}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Mercer}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Mercer}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mercer/news_marriages.html Mercer County Marriage Announcements] (Genealogy Trails)
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(http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmercer/Marriages/MarriageIndex.htm Mercer County Marriage Index] (USGenWeb Project)
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Mercer}}
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1892-present''' - [https://apps.nd.gov/doh/certificates/deathCertSearch.htm NDDH Public Death Index, 1892-present] at [http://ndhealth.gov/vital/ North Dakota Dept. of Health] – index only
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmercer/Obituaries/ObituariesIndex.htm Index to Mercer County Obits] (USGenWeb Project)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mercer/obits.html Mercer County Obituaries] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Mercer}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Mercer}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{ND Archives Intro}}
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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|Mercer}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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''Fort Clark State Historic Site''<br> 612 E Boulevard Ave<br> Bismarck, ND 58501<br>Phone: 701-794-8832 or 701-328-2666<br>[http://www.history.nd.gov/archives/index.html Website]<br>
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''Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site''<br>564 County Road 27<br>PO Box 9<br> Stanton, ND 58571-0009<br>Phone: 701-745-3309 or 701-745-3300<br>[https://www.nps.gov/knri/index.htm Website]<br>
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Mercer}}
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[http://mchspa.org/ '''Mercer County Historical Society''']<br>PO Box 1134<br> Beulah, ND 58523<br>Telephone: 701-873-5070 or 701-745-3523<br>
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|Mercer}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmercer/  Mercer 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/mercer/mercer.htm Mercer County, North Dakota, USGenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|North Dakota Mercer|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/Mercer/ Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Mercer/ Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/mercer/ Mercer County Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)
  
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{{ND Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Latest revision as of 17:33, 22 February 2017

United StatesGotoarrow.png North Dakota Gotoarrow.png Mercer County

Guide to Mercer 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: Stanton
Organized: January 14, 1875
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Dunn  • McLean  • Morton  • Oliver  • Stark
See County Maps
Courthouse
NorthDakotaMercerCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Mercer Map.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

The county was named for William Henry Harrison Mercer[(1844–1901), an early rancher who settled north of Bismarck in 1869. The county government was organized on August 4, 1884. Its county seat is Stanton.[2]

County Courthouse

Mercer County Courthouse
1021 Arthur Street
Stanton, ND 58571
Phone: 701.745.3262
Mercer County Website

Clerk District Court has birth, death and burial records from 1942, marriage records from 1894, divorce and court records from 1906 and probate record from 1898;
Register of Deeds has land records;
State Archives has naturalization records[3]

Mercer County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1942 1885 1909 1875 1875 1875 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1875--Mercer County was created 14 January 1875 from unorganized territory.

County seat: Stanton [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Cities
Towns


Indian Reservation

A portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is located in Mercer County. The remainder of the reservation is in Mountrail, McKenzie, Dunn, 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
  • Odessa Digital Library has cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries Mercer county, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 428
1900 1,778 315.4%
1910 4,747 167.0%
1920 8,224 73.2%
1930 9,516 15.7%
1940 9,611 1.0%
1950 8,686 −9.6%
1960 6,805 −21.7%
1970 6,175 −9.3%
1980 9,404 52.3%
1990 9,808 4.3%
2000 8,644 −11.9%
2010 8,424 −2.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for North Dakota starting in 1910. 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 Mercer County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.


Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

World War I

World War II

Korean War

Vietnam War


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

(http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndmercer/Marriages/MarriageIndex.htm Mercer County Marriage Index] (USGenWeb Project)

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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

Fort Clark State Historic Site
612 E Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-794-8832 or 701-328-2666
Website

Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site
564 County Road 27
PO Box 9
Stanton, ND 58571-0009
Phone: 701-745-3309 or 701-745-3300
Website

Societies

Mercer County Historical Society
PO Box 1134
Beulah, ND 58523
Telephone: 701-873-5070 or 701-745-3523

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Mercer County Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, North Dakota. Page 525 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Mercer County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.