North Dakota Military Records

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The U.S. Military Records Wiki article provides more information on federal military records and search strategies.

Many military records are found at the Family History Library, the National Archives, and other federal and state archives. At the state level the following sources are available.



Encyclopedia of Indian Wars Western Battles and Skirmishes 1850-1890. By Gregory F. Michno. Mountain Press Publishing Co., Missoula, Montana C. 2003 ISBN 0-87842-468-7

Civil War (1861 to 1865)

Dakota Territory 1861 to 1889

See Dakota Territory in the Civil War for information about South Dakota Civil War records, web sites, etc. with links to articles about the Dakota Territory regiments involved in the Civil War.

The regimental pages often include lists of the companies with links to the counties where the companies started. Men in the companies often lived in the counties where the companies were raised. Knowing a county can help when researching more about the soldiers and their families.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System allows name searching for soldiers. The result set gives the regiments for the soldiers. Then you can check the Wiki regiment pages to determine counties. Often knowing the counties that had men in a regiment will help you determine if a soldier was your ancestor.

Indian Wars (1780s-1890s)

The Family History Library has enlistment registers for soldiers who served in the regular army, 1798 to 1914. Many of them served in the western states during the Indian Wars. The enlistment registers provide the soldier's rank, unit, commanders, physical description, occupation, and birthplace. The records are arranged by year and by the first letter of the surname (Family History Library films beginning with film 350307).

The library also has an index of soldiers who applied for pensions between 1892 and 1926, for service in the Indian Wars from 1817 to 1898 (Family History Library films 821610-21). The pension records are only at the National Archives.

Also see Civil War Pension Index Cards above.

Spanish-American War (1898)

A published roster of the First North Dakota Infantry in the Philippine Islands is in Clement A. Lounsberry,Early History of North Dakota. Washington, DC: Liberty Press, 1919. (Family History Library book 978.4 H2L pp. 577-602; film 1036397).

World War I (1917-1918)

  • United States. Selective Service System.North Dakota, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. National Archives Microfilm Publications, M1509. Washington, DC: National Archives, 1987-1988. (On Family History Library films beginning with film 1819402) These cards have been digitized and are searchable online. See WWI Draft Records for more information.
  • A published roster in alphabetical order of soldiers is Brigadier General G. Angus Fraser, 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, Four Volumes. Bismarck, ND: Bismarck Tribune Co., 1931. (Family History Library book 978.4 M23a; films 982257-8). In addition to the military information, the soldier's date and place of birth, and parents' nationality are also given.

World War II (1941-1945)


North Dakota. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., Family History Department, 1998, 2001.

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