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Towner 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 '''Towner County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== County Courthouse  ==
 
  
[http://www.townercounty.org/ Towner County Courthouse]<br> 315 2nd Street; PO Box 517; <br>Cando, ND 58324-0517<br> Phone: 701.968.4345&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk District Court&nbsp;has marriage records from 1888, <br>divorce records from 1890, probate records from 1886, <br>court records from 1889, land records from 1884 and <br>burial records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Towner County, North Dakota. Page 526 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= March 8, 1883
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|county seat= Cando
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|parent county= [[Rolette County, North Dakota Genealogy|Rolette]] and [[Cavalier County, North Dakota Genealogy|Cavalier ]]<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy|Benson]]
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|county2= [[Cavalier County, North Dakota Genealogy|Cavalier]]
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|county3= [[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy|Pierce]]
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|county4= [[Ramsey County, North Dakota Genealogy|Ramsey]]
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|county5= [[Rolette County, North Dakota Genealogy|Rolette]]
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|county6= [[Manitoba Genealogy|Manitoba, Canada]]</br><center>[[Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county courthouse= [[Image:Towner County Courthouse, Cando, North Dakota.jpg|245x245px]]
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|county location in state= [[Image:North Dakota Towner Map.png|185x185px]]
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<div style="width:17%; float:left; margin-right:4em; padding:0px">__TOC__</div><br>
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== County Information ==
  
== History  ==
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=== Description ===
  
==== Parent County  ====
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It was named after Oscar M. Towner (b. 1842, d. 1897). He was a member of the United States House of Representatives.  The county government was fully organized on January 24, 1884.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/ Towner County, North Dakota, Genealogy and History]</ref> Its county seat is Cando.<ref>[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towner_County,_North_Dakota Towner County, North Dakota] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''</ref>
  
'''8 March 1883:''' Towner County was created from [[Rolette County, North Dakota|Rolette]] and [[Cavalier County, North Dakota|Cavalier ]]Counties. '''County seat:''' Cando <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Towner}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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'''Towner County Courthouse'''<br> 315 2nd Street <br> PO Box 517 <br>Cando, ND 58324-0517<br> Phone: 701.968.4345<br>[http://www.townercounty.org/ Towner County Website]<br><br>
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District Court Clerk has marriage records from 1888, divorce records from 1890, probate records from 1886, court records from 1889, land records from 1884, and burial records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Towner County, North Dakota. Page 526 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Towner County, North Dakota Record Dates ===
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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), Towner County, North Dakota. Page 526 {{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), 519.</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903-1907
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903-1927
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1889
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1884
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1886
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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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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Towner}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Towner County was created from 8 March 1883 [[Rolette County, North Dakota Genealogy|Rolette]] and [[Cavalier County, North Dakota Genealogy|Cavalier ]]Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Cando <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>
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Towner}}
  
[[Benson County, North Dakota|Benson]] | [[Cavalier County, North Dakota|Cavalier]] | [[Pierce County, North Dakota|Pierce]] | [[Ramsey County, North Dakota|Ramsey]] | [[Rolette County, North Dakota|Rolette]]  
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towner_County,_North_Dakota "Towner County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
  
== Resources  ==
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisbee,_North_Dakota Bisbee]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cando,_North_Dakota Cando] (county seat)
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egeland,_North_Dakota Egeland]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hansboro,_North_Dakota Hansboro]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perth,_North_Dakota Perth]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocklake,_North_Dakota Rocklake]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarles,_North_Dakota Sarles] (mostly in [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalier_County,_North_Dakota Cavalier County])<ref>[http://www.ndlc.org/vertical/Sites/{FF200277-CA48-4FAD-B305-ED3312987082}/uploads/{5D0166A6-BB61-4662-B015-0734C7456C0C}.PDF 2007 Taxable Valuation Survey], North Dakota League of Cities</ref></div>
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*Armourdale
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*Atkins
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*Bethel
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*Cando
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*Coolin
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*Crocus
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*Dash
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*Gerrard
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*Grainfield
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*Howell</div>
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*Lansing
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*Maza
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*Monroe
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*Mount View
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*New City
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*Olson
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*Paulson
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*Picton
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*Rock Lake
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*Sidney</div>
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*Smith
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*Sorenson
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*Springfield
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*Teddy
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*Twin Hill
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*Victor
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*Virginia
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*Zion
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agate,_North_Dakota Agate]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maza,_North_Dakota Maza]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olmstead,_North_Dakota Olmstead]</div>
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Towner}}
  
*1885
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=== Biographies  ===
*1890
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Towner}}
*1900
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/bios.html Towner County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
*1910
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*[https://library.ndsu.edu/db/biography/ North Dakota State University Biography Index]
*1915
 
*1920
 
*1925
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Towner}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Towner}}
  
==== Land  ====
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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 Towner 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=1798&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/towner/towner.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/towner.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://northdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=48 ND Gravestones]
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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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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results#count=20&query=%2Bsubject_id%3A469046 Family History Library]
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Towner+North+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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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=1798 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=Towner&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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==== Local Histories ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Towner_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1890 |1450
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|1900 |6491
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|1910 |8963
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|1920 |8327
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|1930 |8393
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|1940 |7200
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|1950 |6360
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|1960 |5624
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|1970 |4645 
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|1980 |4052 
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|1990 |3627  
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|2000 |2876
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|2010 |2246
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{{ND Census Intro|Towner}}
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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 [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ 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 [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] – ($), index and images
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*'''1915''' {{RecordSearch|2346284|North Dakota Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1925''' {{RecordSearch|2351024|North Dakota Census, 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
  
==== Maps  ====
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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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*'''1900, 1910, 1920, 1930''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/towner/towner.htm Towner County Census Records] - Scroll down to "Census Records." (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Towner}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Towner}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Towner}}
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*'''1902''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/towner/directories/business/1902/candomed17nms.txt Cando Medical Directory] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1909''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/towner/history/other/townerco55gms.txt Towner County Attorneys] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Towner}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Towner}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Towner}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Towner}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/towner/townland.html Index to Towner County BLM Land Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Local Histories ===
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Towner|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{ND Histories Intro|Towner}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/historyindex.html Towner County History Topics] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/towner/towner.htm Towner County History] - Scroll down to "History." (USGenWeb Archives)
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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
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=== Migration ===
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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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*'''1957''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/towner/veterans/veterans.txt Armed Forces Veterans from Hansboro]
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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 [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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*'''1890''' - {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search 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 [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31404 Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-4] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, Towner County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War II''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/military/ww2armycas.html World War II Army Casualties, Towner County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/military/ww2navycas.html World War II Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Casualties, Towner County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Korean War''
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*'''1950-1957''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/military/koreacasualties.html Korean War Casualties, Towner 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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=== Newspapers ===
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{{ND Newspapers Intro|Towner}}
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'' North Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/north-dakota 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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''Towner County Newspapers''
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*'''1910-1923''' - [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/towner/nwspaprs.html Towner County Newspapers 1910-1923] (USGenWeb Archives)
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{ND Obituaries Intro|Towner}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/obits.html Towner County Obituaries and Death Notices] (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|Towner}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|Towner}}
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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 [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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=== School Records ===
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{{ND Schools Intro}}
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/towner/towner.htm Towner County School Records] - Scroll down to "Schools." (USGenWeb Archives)
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{ND Tax Intro|Towner}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Towner}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Towner}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Towner}}
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*'''1888-1949''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/towner/marriage/1888-49.txt Partial List of Marriage Records, Towner County, 1888-1949] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/news_marriages.html Towner County Marriage Announcements] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Towner}}
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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://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/obits.html Towner County Obituaries and Death Notices] (Genealogy Trails)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Towner}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Towner}}
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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|Towner}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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'''Cando Pioneer Foundation Museum'''<br> 7342 72nd Ave NE<br>Cando, ND 58324-0142<br>Telephone Number:701-968-3490<br>[http://www.candond.com/recreation/museum.htm Website]<br>
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'''Towner County Historical Society Museum'''<br>108 4th Avenue<br>Munich, ND 58352 <br>Telephone Number: 701-682-5106<br>Email: [mailto:dabar@utma.com dabar@utma.com]<br>
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Towner}}
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|Towner}}
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndtowner/ Towner 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/towner/towner.htm Towner County, North Dakota, USGenWeb Archives]
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*{{FHL|North Dakota Towner|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/Towner/ Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Towner/ Towner County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/ND/Towner-County.htm Towner County Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/towner/ Genealogy Trails: Towner County, North Dakota, Genealogy and History]
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{ND Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Latest revision as of 19:31, 21 June 2017

United States
North Dakota
Towner County

Guide to Towner 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: Cando
Organized: March 8, 1883
Parent County(s): Rolette and Cavalier [1]
Neighboring Counties
Benson  • Cavalier  • Pierce  • Ramsey  • Rolette  • Manitoba, Canada
See County Maps
Courthouse
Towner County Courthouse, Cando, North Dakota.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Towner Map.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption

County Information

Description

It was named after Oscar M. Towner (b. 1842, d. 1897). He was a member of the United States House of Representatives. The county government was fully organized on January 24, 1884.[2] Its county seat is Cando.[3]

County Courthouse

Towner County Courthouse
315 2nd Street
PO Box 517
Cando, ND 58324-0517
Phone: 701.968.4345
Towner County Website

District Court Clerk has marriage records from 1888, divorce records from 1890, probate records from 1886, court records from 1889, land records from 1884, and burial records.[4]

Towner County, North Dakota Record Dates

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903-1907 1888 1903-1927 1889 1884 1886 1836
*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923.
Full compliance by 1924.[6]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[8]

Cities
Townships
  • Armourdale
  • Atkins
  • Bethel
  • Cando
  • Coolin
  • Crocus
  • Dash
  • Gerrard
  • Grainfield
  • Howell
  • Lansing
  • Maza
  • Monroe
  • Mount View
  • New City
  • Olson
  • Paulson
  • Picton
  • Rock Lake
  • Sidney
  • Smith
  • Sorenson
  • Springfield
  • Teddy
  • Twin Hill
  • Victor
  • Virginia
  • Zion
Unorganized territories


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Towner 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.  %±
1890 1,450
1900 6,491 347.7%
1910 8,963 38.1%
1920 8,327 −7.1%
1930 8,393 0.8%
1940 7,200 −14.2%
1950 6,360 −11.7%
1960 5,624 −11.6%
1970 4,645 −17.4%
1980 4,052 −12.8%
1990 3,627 −10.5%
2000 2,876 −20.7%
2010 2,246 −21.9%
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.[10] 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.

Local Histories

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

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

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

Towner County Newspapers

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

Museums

Cando Pioneer Foundation Museum
7342 72nd Ave NE
Cando, ND 58324-0142
Telephone Number:701-968-3490
Website

Towner County Historical Society Museum
108 4th Avenue
Munich, ND 58352
Telephone Number: 701-682-5106
Email: dabar@utma.com

Societies

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Towner County, North Dakota, Genealogy and History
  3. Towner County, North Dakota in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Towner County, North Dakota. Page 526 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Towner County, North Dakota. Page 526 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), 519.
  6. 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.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Towner County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
  9. 2007 Taxable Valuation Survey, North Dakota League of Cities
  10. 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.