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Guide to '''Oliver County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
''[[United States|United States ]] > [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] > Oliver County''
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|county seat= Center
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|parent county= [[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy|Mercer ]]<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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== County Information ==
  
[http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=North%20Dakota&county=Oliver Oliver County Courthouse]<br> 315 W Main; <br>Center, ND 58530<br> Phone: 701.794.8777&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk District Court has marriage records has marriage records <br>from 1915 and death records; County Judge has probate and&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;court records; Register of Deeds has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oliver 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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Oliver county was organized on May 18, 1885. It was named for Harry S. Oliver of Lisbon, North Dakota (1855-1909), a Republican politician and member of the House of Representatives. The county seat is Center.
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<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/oliver/ Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy and History]</ref>
  
== History  ==
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Oliver}}
  
==== Parent County ====
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Oliver County Courthouse<br> 315 W Main <br>Center, ND 58530<br> Phone: 701.794.8777<br>[http://www.county-clerk.net/countyclerk.asp?state=North%20Dakota&county=Oliver '''Oliver County Website'''] <br><br>
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Clerk District Court has marriage records from 1915 and death records; <br>County Judge has probate and court records; <br> Register of Deeds has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oliver County, North Dakota. Page 525 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
'''1885--'''Oliver County was created 14 April 1885 from [[Mercer County, North Dakota|Mercer ]]County. '''County seat:''' Center <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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=== Oliver County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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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" | '''[[Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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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|Oliver}}
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<table><tr><td>'''1885--'''Oliver County was created 14 April 1885 from [[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy|Mercer ]]County.<br>
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''County seat:'' Center <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|Oliver}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_County,_North_Dakota "Oliver County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center,_North_Dakota Center] (county seat)</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannover,_North_Dakota Hannover]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hensler,_North_Dakota Hensler]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanger,_North_Dakota Sanger]</div>
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==== Populated Places  ====
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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|Oliver}}
  
[[Burleigh County, North Dakota|Burleigh]] | [[McLean County, North Dakota|McLean]] | [[Mercer County, North Dakota|Mercer]] | [[Morton County, North Dakota|Morton]]  
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Oliver}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/oliver/bios.html Oliver County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[https://library.ndsu.edu/db/biography/ North Dakota State University Biography Index]
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Oliver}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Oliver}}
  
Cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in&nbsp;[http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/olivernd.txt Oliver] 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=1783&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/oliver/oliver.htm USGenWeb Archives] 
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/oliver.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# BillionGraves]
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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|469046|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Oliver+North+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
  
==== Census  ====
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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=1783 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=Oliver&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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*1885
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*[http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/olivernd.txt Odessa Digital Library] has cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in and around Oliver County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.
*1890
 
*1900
 
*1910
 
*1915
 
*1920
 
*1925
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1890 |464
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|1900 |990
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|1910 |3577
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|1920 |4425
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|1930 |4262
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|1940 |3859
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|1950 |3091
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|1960 |2610
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|1970 |2322 
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|1980 |2495 
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|1990 |2381  
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|2000 |2065
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|2010 |1846
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{{ND Census Intro|Oliver}}
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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
  
==== Court  ====
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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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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/oliver/military/1890-vet-census.html 1890 Veterans Census, Nelson County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/oliver/oliver.htm Oliver County, North Dakota Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Oliver}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Oliver}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Oliver}}
  
==== Military ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Oliver}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Oliver}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Oliver}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Oliver}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/oliver/oliver.htm Index to Oliver County BLM Land Records] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the Bureau of Land Management website, some images available
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*'''1796-1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at Ancestry - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861-1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at Ancestry. - ($), index and images
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For more information see [[North Dakota Land and Property]]
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|Oliver}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*''The Oliver County centennial history book : 1885-1985.'' 1985?. By Oliver County Historical Society. S.l. : s.n. Online at:;
  
== 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+Oliver|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{ND Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{ND Military Intro}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to North Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[North Dakota Military Records|North Dakota Military Records]].<br>
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''Civil War''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1890''' - {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at FamilySearch.
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*'''1890''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/oliver/military/1890-vet-census.html Veteran's Census, Oliver County, North Dakota] (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/oliver/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, Oliver County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War II''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/oliver/military/ww2armycas.html World War II Army Casualties, Oliver County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/oliver/military/ww2navycas.html World War II Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Casualties, Oliver County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Vietnam War''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/oliver/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, Oliver 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 [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ NDSU Archives] – index only, covers various dates and counties
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/oliver/naturalizations.html Index to Oliver County Naturalization Records] (Genealogy Trails)
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{ND Newspapers Intro|Oliver}}
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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|Oliver}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/oliver/obits.html Oliver County Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndoliver/Obituaries/ObituaryIndex.htm Oliver County, North Dakota Obituary Index] (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|Oliver}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|Oliver}}
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''Online Probate Records
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*'''1800 – 1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985] at Ancestry — 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|Oliver}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Oliver}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Oliver}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Oliver}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/oliver/news_marriages.html Oliver County Marriage Announcements] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndoliver/Marriages/MarriageIndex.htm Oliver County, North Dakota Marriage Index] (USGenWeb Project)
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Oliver}}
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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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==== Divorce ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Oliver}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Oliver}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{ND Archives Intro}}
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[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ '''North Dakota State University Archives''']<br>
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West Building 3551 7th Avenue<br>N Fargo, ND 58102<br>
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'''''Mailing Address:'''''<br>
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NDSU Archives<br>
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Libraries NDSU Dept #2080<br>
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PO Box 6050<br>
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Fargo, ND 58108-6050<br>
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Phone: 701-231-8914<br>
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Fax: 701-231-5632<br>
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Email: ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu
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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|Oliver}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Oliver}}
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''Oliver County Historical Society''<br>PO Box 344<br> Center, ND 58530<br>
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|Oliver}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndoliver/index.htm Oliver County, North Dakota, USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/oliver/oliver.htm Oliver County, North Dakota, USGenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Oliver|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/Oliver/ Oliver County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
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Latest revision as of 18:07, 10 April 2017

United States
North Dakota
Oliver County

Guide to Oliver 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: Center
Organized: April 14, 1885
Parent County(s): Mercer [1]
Neighboring Counties
Burleigh  • McLean  • Mercer  • Morton
See County Maps
Courthouse
NorthDakotaOliverCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Oliver Map.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

Oliver county was organized on May 18, 1885. It was named for Harry S. Oliver of Lisbon, North Dakota (1855-1909), a Republican politician and member of the House of Representatives. The county seat is Center. [2]

County Courthouse

Oliver County Courthouse
315 W Main
Center, ND 58530
Phone: 701.794.8777
Oliver County Website

Clerk District Court has marriage records from 1915 and death records;
County Judge has probate and court records;
Register of Deeds has land records[3]

Oliver County, North Dakota Record Dates

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

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1885--Oliver County was created 14 April 1885 from Mercer County.

County seat: Center [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Cities
Unincorporated communites


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 in and around Oliver County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 464
1900 990 113.4%
1910 3,577 261.3%
1920 4,425 23.7%
1930 4,262 −3.7%
1940 3,859 −9.5%
1950 3,091 −19.9%
1960 2,610 −15.6%
1970 2,322 −11.0%
1980 2,495 7.5%
1990 2,381 −4.6%
2000 2,065 −13.3%
2010 1,846 −10.6%
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.

For more information see North Dakota Land and Property

Local Histories

Local histories, including those of the county, are available for Oliver County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.


  • The Oliver County centennial history book : 1885-1985. 1985?. By Oliver County Historical Society. S.l. : s.n. Online at:;

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

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

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Oliver County Historical Society
PO Box 344
Center, ND 58530

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