North Dakota Church Records
Before 1900 the largest religious groups in North Dakota were Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopal, and Presbyterian churches.
The Family History Library has histories of the Dunkards (Church of the Brethren), Episcopal, Presbyterian, Catholic, and other churches in North Dakota. For Methodists, Presbyterians, Dunkards, and Lutherans you can also consult the various volumes of The Collections of The State Historical Society of North Dakota Seven Volumes. (Bismarck, North Dakota: Tribune State Printers, 1906—; Family History Library films beginning with film 1697422).
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection includes some North Dakota church records for Barnes, Burleigh, and Towner counties (Family History Library films 859737-40).
The Family History Library has very few North Dakota church records. Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 W. Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631-4198
Telephone: 800-638-3522 or 773-380-2700
Web Site: http://www.elca.org/contactus.html
The Archives has records of many congregations on microfilm. These can be borrowed for a small fee. For a list of church records in their collection as of the 1970's see Family History Library fiche 6330690-93; the fiche with the North Dakota list is 6330692.
Many Lutheran Church records for Germans from Russia are at:
Institute for Regional Studies
North Dakota State University Libraries
P.O. Box 5599
Fargo, ND 58105-5599
Web Site: http://www.lib.ndsu.nodak.edu/ndirs/bio&genealogy/index.html
Odessa3.org - This site contains German-Russian emigrant ancestry in pocket settlements in mid-west states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska . Contains transcribed minutes of meetings, membership lists (some with parentage listed), birth, deaths, and marriages.]
United Methodist Church
North Dakota Conference
Wesley United Methodist Church
1600 4th Ave North
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Dakotas United Conference Archives
Dakota Wesleyan University
1200 West University Avenue
Mitchell, SD 57301-4398
Web site: http://www.dakotasumc.org/archives_history.html
Presbyterian Historical Society
United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.
425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Web Site: http://www.history.pcusa.org/famhist/general.html
Diocese of Bismarck
420 Raymond Street
Bismarck, ND 58502-1575
Web site: http://bismarckdiocese.com/diocese/
The diocese includes the counties of: Adams, Billings, Bowman, Burke, Burleigh, Divide, Dunn, Emmons, Golden Valley, Hettinger, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Mountrail, Oliver, Renville, Sioux, Slope, Stark, Ward and Williams
Diocese of Fargo
Fargo, ND 58107
Web Site: http://home.att.net/~Local_Catholic/CatholicUS-StPaul-MnaplsMN.htm
The diocese includes the counties of: Barnes, Benson, Bottineau, Cass, Cavalier, Dickey, Eddy, Foster, Grand Forks, Griggs, Kidder, Lamoure, Logan, McHenry, McIntosh, Nelson, Pembina, Pierce, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Rolette, Sargent, Sheridan, Stutsman, Towner, Traill, Walsh and Wells