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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Wells County'''
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota Genealogy|North Dakota]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Wells County'''
  
Wells 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 '''Wells County, North Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.wellscountynd.com/ Wells County Courthouse]<br> 700 Railway St N; PO Box 596; <br>Fessenden, ND 58438<br> Phone: 701.547.3122&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, burial, divorce<br>probate and court records; Register of Deeds has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wells 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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== County Information ==
  
== History  ==
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=== Description ===
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Wells County was originally created in 1873 as Gingras County. The name was changed in 1881 to Wells and its boundaries changed in 1883 and 1885. It was organized in 1884, with 36 townships, the governor appointing Thomas R. Williams, Joseph P. Cox and Marshall Brinton as county commissioners.
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The county was created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and named after Edward Payson Wells, a Jamestown banker, early promoter of the James River Valley, and member of the legislature in 1881. The county government was organized on August 28, 1884. The county seat was Sykeston from 1884 to 1894, after which time Fessenden was given the title.
  
==== Parent County  ====
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Its county seat is Fessenden.
  
'''1873--'''Wells County was created 4 January 1873 from Buffalo County (Old). '''County seat: '''Fessenden <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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The center of population of North Dakota is located in the extreme southeastern corner of Wells County, about 9 miles southeast of Sykeston.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/ accessed 09/29/2016</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Record Loss  ====
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Wells County Courthouse<br> 700 Railway St N<br> PO Box 596<br>Fessenden, ND 58438<br> Phone: 701.547.3122<br>[http://www.wellscountynd.com/ ''Wells County Website''] <br>
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Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, burial, divorce probate and court records; <br>Register of Deeds has land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wells County, North Dakota. Page 527 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Wells County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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|-
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| width="84%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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|-
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="12%" align="center" |1893
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| width="12%" align="center" |1887
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| width="12%" align="center" |1893
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| width="12%" align="center" |1873
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| width="12%" align="center" |1873
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| width="12%" align="center" |1873
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| width="12%" align="center" |1890
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==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Wells}}
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'''1873--'''Wells County was created 4 January 1873 from Buffalo County (Old).<br>
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''County seat:''Fessenden <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>
  
[[Benson County, North Dakota|Benson]] | [[Eddy County, North Dakota|Eddy]] | [[Foster County, North Dakota|Foster]] | [[Kidder County, North Dakota|Kidder]] | [[Pierce County, North Dakota|Pierce]] | [[Sheridan County, North Dakota|Sheridan]] | [[Stutsman County, North Dakota|Stutsman]]
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Wells}}
  
== Resources  ==
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* Harvey
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= January 4, 1873
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|county seat= Fessenden
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|parent county= Buffalo <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= [[Benson County, North Dakota Genealogy|Benson]]
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|county2= [[Eddy County, North Dakota Genealogy|Eddy]]
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|county3= [[Foster County, North Dakota Genealogy|Foster]]
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|county4= [[Kidder County, North Dakota Genealogy|Kidder]]
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|county5= [[Pierce County, North Dakota Genealogy|Pierce]]
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|county6= [[Sheridan County, North Dakota Genealogy|Sheridan]]
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|county7= [[Stutsman County, North Dakota Genealogy|Stutsman]]</br><center>[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county8=
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|county9=
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|county10=
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|county courthouse= [[Image:NorthDakotaWellsCourthouse.jpg|245x245px]]
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|county location in state= [[Image:North Dakota Wells Map.png|185x185px]]
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|adoption=
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}}
  
Cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in&nbsp;[http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/wellsnd.txt Wells County], providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available
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==== Census  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{ND Historical Timeline Intro|Wells}}
  
*1880
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== Resources ==
*1885
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
*1890
 
*1900
 
*1910
 
*1915
 
*1920
 
*1925
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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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 Wells 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.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=30&GScnty=1802&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/wells/wells.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/nd/wells.htm ND Interment]
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*[http://northdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=52 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 FamilySearch]
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Wells+North+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# BillionGraves]
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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=1802 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=Wells&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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Cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in&nbsp;[http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/wellsnd.txt Wells County], providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available
  
==== Military  ====
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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/Wells_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1890 |1212
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|1900 |8310
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|1910 |11814
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|1920 |12957
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|1930 |13285
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|1940 |11198
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|1950 |10417
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|1960 |9237
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|1970 |7847 
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|1980 |6979
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|1990 |5864 
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|2000 |5102
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|2010 |4207
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==== Newspapers  ====
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{{ND Census Intro|Wells}}
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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]].
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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''Lutheran''<br>
  
==== Vital Records ====
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*Records of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fessenden, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Wells}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Wells|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Wells}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Wells}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Wells}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Wells}}
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{{ND Land}}
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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|Wells}}
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{{ND County History}}
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*'''76 thru '66 : a pioneer story.'' 1966. By James D Weckerly. Lake Forest, Minnesota : Forest Lake Printing. Online at: {{FSbook|975774}}; {{WorldCat|702710456|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Fessenden diamond jubilee, 1893-1968.'' 1968. By Fessenden Diamond Jubilee Book Committee. [Fessenden, N.D.] : [Fessenden Diamond Jubilee Book Committee. Online at: {{FSbook|6458142}}; {{WorldCat|3529741|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Growing with pride; the Harvey, N.D. area, her history, her people.'' 1981?. Harvey, North Dakota : Harvey 75th Jubilee Committee. Online at:; {{WorldCat|866501512|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''The history of Wells County, North Dakota : and its pioneers with a sktech of North Dakota history and the oregin [sic] of the place names.'' 1929. By Walter Earnest Spokesfield. [S.l. : s.n.]. Online at:; {{WorldCat|866670696|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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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] ($)
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<br>
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*For further information see [[North Dakota Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{ND Naturalization Intro}}
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''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records''
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*[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/naturalization/ North Dakota Naturalization Records Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ NDSU Archives] – index only, covers various dates and counties
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{ND Newspapers Intro|Wells}}
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'' North Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/northdakota GenealogyBank] - ($), 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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{{ND Newspaper abstracts|Wells}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{ND Obituaries Intro|Wells}}
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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|Wells}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|Wells}}
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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|Wells}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Wells}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Wells}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Wells}}
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Wells}}
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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|Wells}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Wells}}
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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}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{ND Libraries Intro|Wells}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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''Bowdon Museum and Library''<br> 232 40th Ave. NE<br> Bowdon, ND 58418<br>
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'''Manfred Heritage Museum, Inc.'''<br>PO Box 321<br>Harvey, ND 58341-0321<br>Telephone Number: 701-547-2564 (summer) or 701-324-2027<br>[http://www.manfrednd.org/mhp.asp?area=home Website]<br>
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Wells}}
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''Wells County Historical Society''<br>903 4th St. N.E.<br> Fessenden, ND 58438<br>Telephone: 701-547-3684<br><br>
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|Wells}}
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*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Wells|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/Wells/ Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Wells/ Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
  
== References  ==
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== Research Guides ==
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{{ND Research Guides Intro}}
  
<references /> {{North Dakota|North Dakota}}
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== References ==
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<references />
  
[[Category:Wells_County,_North_Dakota]]
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{{North Dakota|North Dakota}}
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[[Category:Wells_County,_North_Dakota]][[Category:North Dakota_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 18:21, 30 September 2016

United StatesGotoarrow.png North Dakota Gotoarrow.png Wells County

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


County Information

Description

Wells County was originally created in 1873 as Gingras County. The name was changed in 1881 to Wells and its boundaries changed in 1883 and 1885. It was organized in 1884, with 36 townships, the governor appointing Thomas R. Williams, Joseph P. Cox and Marshall Brinton as county commissioners. The county was created by the 1872-73 territorial legislature and named after Edward Payson Wells, a Jamestown banker, early promoter of the James River Valley, and member of the legislature in 1881. The county government was organized on August 28, 1884. The county seat was Sykeston from 1884 to 1894, after which time Fessenden was given the title.

Its county seat is Fessenden.

The center of population of North Dakota is located in the extreme southeastern corner of Wells County, about 9 miles southeast of Sykeston.[1]

County Courthouse

Wells County Courthouse
700 Railway St N
PO Box 596
Fessenden, ND 58438
Phone: 701.547.3122
Wells County Website
Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, burial, divorce probate and court records;
Register of Deeds has land records[2]

Wells County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1893 1887 1893 1873 1873 1873 1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

1873--Wells County was created 4 January 1873 from Buffalo County (Old).
County seat:Fessenden [3]

Populated Places

  • Harvey


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County Facts
Organized: January 4, 1873
County seat: Fessenden
Parent County(s): Buffalo [3]
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
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Location Map
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Adoption

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History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Wells 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

Cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in Wells County, providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 1,212
1900 8,310 585.6%
1910 11,814 42.2%
1920 12,957 9.7%
1930 13,285 2.5%
1940 11,198 −15.7%
1950 10,417 −7.0%
1960 9,237 −11.3%
1970 7,847 −15.0%
1980 6,979 −11.1%
1990 5,864 −16.0%
2000 5,102 −13.0%
2010 4,207 −17.5%
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

Lutheran

  • Records of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fessenden, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Wells 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

North Dakota Newspapers Online

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs


Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records of North Dakota are at the county clerk's office.

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Tax records are at the county treasurer's, auditor's or clerk's office, or the state archives.

Vital Records

Vital Records (birth, marriage, death, and divorce records) may be recorded on registers, certificates, or other documents at the county clerk's office.

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

Bowdon Museum and Library
232 40th Ave. NE
Bowdon, ND 58418

Manfred Heritage Museum, Inc.
PO Box 321
Harvey, ND 58341-0321
Telephone Number: 701-547-2564 (summer) or 701-324-2027
Website

Societies

Wells County Historical Society
903 4th St. N.E.
Fessenden, ND 58438
Telephone: 701-547-3684

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/ accessed 09/29/2016
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wells 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).