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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Ward County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota Genealogy|North Dakota]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Ward County'''
  
Ward 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 '''Ward County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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{| width="100%";
| county = Ward County
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| valign="top" width="20%" | <br><!-- 1st column - TOC -->
| county_map =  
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| state = North Dakota
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| state_map = North-dakota.png
 
| latd =
 
| longd =  
 
| founded year = 1885
 
| founded date = April 14
 
| seat = Minot
 
| building image =
 
| building address = Ward County Courthouse<br> 315 3rd St SE <br>Minot, ND 58701-6498<br> Phone: 701.857.6460<br>[http://www.co.ward.nd.us/ '''Ward County Website'''] }}
 
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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== County Information ==
  
<br>Clerk District Court has birth, death, burial and divorce records <br>from 1900; County Judge has marriage and probate 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), Ward County, North Dakota. Page 527 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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=== Description ===
  
== History  ==
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Named for Mark Ward, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Counties. The county government was first organized on November 23, 1885 with Minot as the county seat.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/ward/ accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Ward}}
  
'''1885--'''Ward County was created 14 April 1885 from Stevens (Old), Wynn (Old), and [[Renville County, North Dakota|Renville ]]Counties. '''County seat:''' Minot <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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Ward County Courthouse<br> 315 3rd St SE <br>Minot, ND 58701-6498<br> Phone: 701.857.6460<br>[http://www.co.ward.nd.us/ ''Ward County Website''] <br>
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''District Court Clerk'' has birth, death, burial and divorce records from 1900;<br>''County Judge'' has marriage and probate 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), Ward County, North Dakota. Page 527 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Ward 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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|-
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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|-
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1900
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1888
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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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|-
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| colspan="7"| <center> </center>
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|}
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Ward}}
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'''1885--'''Ward County was created 14 April 1885 from Stevens (Old), Wynn (Old), and [[Renville County, North Dakota Genealogy|Renville ]]Counties.<br>
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''County seat:'' Minot <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]<br>
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Ward}}
  
==== Indian Reservation  ====
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ward County, North Dakota," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward_County,_North_Dakota, accessed 16 November 2016.</ref>
  
A portion of the [[Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (North Dakota)|Fort Berthold Indian Reservation]] is located in Ward County. The remainder of the reservation is in [[Mountrail County, North Dakota|Mountrail]], [[McKenzie County, North Dakota|McKenzie]], [[Mercer County, North Dakota|Mercer]], and [[Dunn County, North Dakota|Dunn]] Counties.
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''Cities''
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berthold,_North_Dakota Berthold]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burlington,_North_Dakota Burlington]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpio,_North_Dakota Carpio]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des_Lacs,_North_Dakota Des Lacs]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donnybrook,_North_Dakota Donnybrook]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas,_North_Dakota Douglas]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenmare,_North_Dakota Carpio]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makoti,_North_Dakota Makoti]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minot,_North_Dakota Minot] (county seat)
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryder,_North_Dakota Ryder]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sawyer,_North_Dakota Sawyer]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrey,_North_Dakota Surrey]
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{{div col end}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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''Townships''
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afton_Township,_Ward_County,_North_Dakota Afton]
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*Anna
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*Baden
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*Berthold
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*Brillian
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*Burlington
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*Burt
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*Cameron
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*Carbondale
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*Carpio
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*Denmark
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*Des Lacs
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*Elmdale
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*Eureka
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*Evergreen
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*Foxholm
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*Freedom
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*Gasman
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*Greely
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*Greenbush
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*Harrison
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*Hiddenwood
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*Hilton
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*Iota Flat
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*Kenmare
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*Kirkelie
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*Linton
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*Lund
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*Mandan
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*Margaret
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*Maryland
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*Mayland
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*McKinley
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*Nedrose
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*New Prairie
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*Newman
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*Orlien
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*Passport
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*Ree
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_Lake_Township,_Ward_County,_North_Dakota Rice Lake]
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*Rolling Green
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*Rushville
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*Ryder
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*St. Marys
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*Sauk Prairie
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*Sawyer
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*Shealy
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*Spencer
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*Spring Lake
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*Sundre
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*Surrey
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*Tatman
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*Tolgen
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*Torning
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*Vang
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*Waterford
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*Willis
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{{div col end}}
  
[[Burke County, North Dakota|Burke]] | [[McHenry County, North Dakota|McHenry]] | [[McLean County, North Dakota|McLean]] | [[Mountrail County, North Dakota|Mountrail]] | [[Renville County, North Dakota|Renville]]  
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''Census-designated places''
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxholm,_North_Dakota Foxholm]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logan,_North_Dakota Logan]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruthville,_North_Dakota Ruthville]
  
== Resources ==
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''Unincorporated communities''
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*Aurelia - "[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_town ghost town]" south of Donnybrook
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*Drady
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*Gassman -  founded as the Gassman Creek; Gassman Coulee;Coulee trestle was being built, now referred to as "'''Trestle Valley'''"
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartland,_North_Dakota Hartland] - "ghost town" north of Berthold
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*Hesnault
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*Lonetree - small 100 person community northwest of Des Lacs and southeast of Berthold
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*Rice Lake - small community around Rice Lake south of Minot
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*Rice Lake Park
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*South Prairie - small community with modern school, south of Minot
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*Wolseth - diminishing community, south of the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renville_County,_North_Dakota Renville County] border, and [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granville,_North_Dakota Granville]
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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''Historical areas:''
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*Harrison - early sister community of Minot, annexed into Minot
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*Ralston - [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siding_(rail) railroad siding]
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*Roach - [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siding_(rail) railroad siding]
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*Waldorf - annexed into Minot boundaries in its early years
  
==== Census  ====
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''Indian Reservation''<br>
  
*1885
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A portion of the [[Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (North Dakota)|Fort Berthold Indian Reservation]] is located in Ward County. The remainder of the reservation is in [[Mountrail County, North Dakota Genealogy|Mountrail]], [[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy|McKenzie]], [[Mercer County, North Dakota Genealogy|Mercer]], and [[Dunn County, North Dakota Genealogy|Dunn]] Counties.
*1890
 
*1900
 
*1910
 
*1915
 
*1920
 
*1925
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church  ====
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:{| {{Click|image:ND_ORP.png|North Dakota_Online_Genealogy_Records}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= April 14, 1885
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|county seat= Minot
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|parent county= Stevens (Old), Wynn (Old), and [[Renville County, North Dakota Genealogy|Renville ]]<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|variant spellings=
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|county1= [[Burke County, North Dakota Genealogy|Burke]]
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|county2= [[McHenry County, North Dakota Genealogy|McHenry]]
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|county3= [[McLean County, North Dakota Genealogy|McLean]]
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|county4= [[Mountrail County, North Dakota Genealogy|Mountrail]]
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|county5= [[Renville County, North Dakota Genealogy|Renville]]</br><center>[[Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county6=
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|county7=
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|county8=
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|county9=
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|county10=
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|county courthouse= [[Image:Ward County Courthouse, Minot, North Dakota.jpg|245x245px]]
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|county location in state= [[Image:North Dakota Ward Map.png|185x185px]]
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|adoption=
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}}
  
==== Court  ====
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|} <!-- end of table at top -->
  
==== Land  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Ward}}
  
==== Maps ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Ward}}
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Ward}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Ward}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%;  "
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|-
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Ward County, North Dakota''' online and in print</center>
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|-
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" valign="top" style="border:1px solid black" |
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*[http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=30&GScnty=1801&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/ward/ward.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/ward.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
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*[http://northdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=51 ND Gravesrones]
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|-
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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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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black"|
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billiongraves]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=204977&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20North%20Dakota%2C%20Ward%22&subjectsOpen=436217-50 FamilySearch]
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Ward+North+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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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=1801 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=Ward&cemetery_name=a# BillionGraves]
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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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|}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|type = USA
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1890 |1681
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|1900 |7961
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|1910 |25221
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|1920 |28811
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|1930 |33597
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|1940 |31981
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|1950 |34782
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|1960 |47072
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|1970 |58560
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|1980 |58392
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|1990 |57921
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|2000 |58975
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|2010 |61675
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}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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{{ND Census Intro|Ward}}
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====State Census Records====
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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
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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]].
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Ward}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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''Lutheran''<br>
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*Records of First Lutheran Church, Minot, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev">"Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, ''Minnesota Historical Society,'' http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.</ref>
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Ward}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Ward}}
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*'''1822 - 1995''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 U.S. City Directories 1822-1995] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) - collection for the City of Minot
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Ward}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Ward}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Ward}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Ward}}
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''Online Land Records''
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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 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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For more information see [[North Dakota Land and Property]]
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|Ward}}
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*''People, places & events, Minot-Ward County : bridging the century.'' 1986. By Janet Rosecrans. Minot, North Dakota : Centennial Book Committee (Minot, North Dakota). Online at:; {{WorldCat|866813777|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Yesterdays of the Sawyer area.'' 1989. By Patty Francis Heldenbrand. PMinot, North Dakota : Mouse River Loop Genealogical Society. Online at: {{FSbook|204489}}; {{WorldCat|865826054|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. see index.
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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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''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://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://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*For further information see [[North Dakota Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{ND Naturalization Intro}}
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''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records''
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*[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/naturalization/ North Dakota Naturalization Records Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ NDSU Archives] – index only, covers various dates and counties
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{ND Newspapers Intro|Ward}}
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'' North Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/northdakota GenealogyBank] - ($), 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|Ward}}
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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|Ward}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|Ward}}
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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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=== Tax Records ===
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{{ND Tax Intro|Ward}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Ward}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Ward}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Ward}}
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Ward}}
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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|Ward}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Ward}}
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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}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
 
*[[Minot North Dakota Family History Center]]
 
*[[Minot North Dakota Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{ND Libraries Intro|Ward}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Ward}}
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''Ward County Historical Society''<br>PO Box 994<br> Minot, ND 58702<br>Telephone: 701-838-9679<br>[http://www.wchsnd.org/ Website]<br><br>
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''Lake County Historical Society''<br>PO Box 83<br> Kenmare, ND 58746<br>Telephone: 701-385-4248<br><br>
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''Ryder Historical Society''<br> 20510 184th St. S.W.<br> Ryder, ND 58779<br>Telephone: 701-758-2527<br><br>
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''Scandinavian Heritage Association''<br> 1020 S. Broadway<br> Minot, ND 58701<br> Telephone: 701-852-9161<br>[http://scandinavianheritage.org/ Website]<br> <br>
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|Ward}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[nttp://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Ward|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|North Dakota Ward|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/Ward/ Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Ward/ Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
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{{ND Research Guides Intro}}
  
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Latest revision as of 13:14, 2 December 2016

United StatesGotoarrow.png North Dakota Gotoarrow.png Ward County

Guide to Ward County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


County Information

Description

Named for Mark Ward, chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Counties. The county government was first organized on November 23, 1885 with Minot as the county seat.[1]

County Courthouse

Ward County Courthouse
315 3rd St SE
Minot, ND 58701-6498
Phone: 701.857.6460
Ward County Website
District Court Clerk has birth, death, burial and divorce records from 1900;
County Judge has marriage and probate records;
Register of Deeds has land records.[2]

Ward County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1900 1888 1888 1885 1885 1885 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1885--Ward County was created 14 April 1885 from Stevens (Old), Wynn (Old), and Renville Counties.
County seat: Minot [3]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Cities

Townships

  • Afton
  • Anna
  • Baden
  • Berthold
  • Brillian
  • Burlington
  • Burt
  • Cameron
  • Carbondale
  • Carpio
  • Denmark
  • Des Lacs
  • Elmdale
  • Eureka
  • Evergreen
  • Foxholm
  • Freedom
  • Gasman
  • Greely
  • Greenbush
  • Harrison
  • Hiddenwood
  • Hilton
  • Iota Flat
  • Kenmare
  • Kirkelie
  • Linton
  • Lund
  • Mandan
  • Margaret
  • Maryland
  • Mayland
  • McKinley
  • Nedrose
  • New Prairie
  • Newman
  • Orlien
  • Passport
  • Ree
  • Rice Lake
  • Rolling Green
  • Rushville
  • Ryder
  • St. Marys
  • Sauk Prairie
  • Sawyer
  • Shealy
  • Spencer
  • Spring Lake
  • Sundre
  • Surrey
  • Tatman
  • Tolgen
  • Torning
  • Vang
  • Waterford
  • Willis

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

  • Aurelia - "ghost town" south of Donnybrook
  • Drady
  • Gassman - founded as the Gassman Creek; Gassman Coulee;Coulee trestle was being built, now referred to as "Trestle Valley"
  • Hartland - "ghost town" north of Berthold
  • Hesnault
  • Lonetree - small 100 person community northwest of Des Lacs and southeast of Berthold
  • Rice Lake - small community around Rice Lake south of Minot
  • Rice Lake Park
  • South Prairie - small community with modern school, south of Minot
  • Wolseth - diminishing community, south of the Renville County border, and Granville

Historical areas:

  • Harrison - early sister community of Minot, annexed into Minot
  • Ralston - railroad siding
  • Roach - railroad siding
  • Waldorf - annexed into Minot boundaries in its early years

Indian Reservation

A portion of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation is located in Ward County. The remainder of the reservation is in Mountrail, McKenzie, Mercer, and Dunn Counties.


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County Facts
County seat: Minot
Organized: April 14, 1885
Parent County(s): Stevens (Old), Wynn (Old), and Renville [3]
Neighboring Counties
Burke  • McHenry  • McLean  • Mountrail  • Renville
See County Maps
Courthouse
Ward County Courthouse, Minot, North Dakota.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Ward Map.png
Adoption
This page is available for adoption


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Ward 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 1,681
1900 7,961 373.6%
1910 25,221 216.8%
1920 28,811 14.2%
1930 33,597 16.6%
1940 31,981 −4.8%
1950 34,782 8.8%
1960 47,072 35.3%
1970 58,560 24.4%
1980 58,392 −0.3%
1990 57,921 −0.8%
2000 58,975 1.8%
2010 61,675 4.6%
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.


Lutheran

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Minot, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]

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 Ward 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


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

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

Ward County Historical Society
PO Box 994
Minot, ND 58702
Telephone: 701-838-9679
Website

Lake County Historical Society
PO Box 83
Kenmare, ND 58746
Telephone: 701-385-4248

Ryder Historical Society
20510 184th St. S.W.
Ryder, ND 58779
Telephone: 701-758-2527

Scandinavian Heritage Association
1020 S. Broadway
Minot, ND 58701
Telephone: 701-852-9161
Website

Websites

  • [nttp://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • 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 Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
  • Ward County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History (Linkpendium)

Research Guides

References

  1. http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/ward/ accessed 09/29/2016
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ward County, North Dakota. Page 527 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Ward County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ward_County,_North_Dakota, accessed 16 November 2016.
  5. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.