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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Wells County'''
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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.
  
{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Wells County
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| style="text-align:center"|{{Click|Image:ND_ORP.png|North Dakota Online Genealogy Records}}
| state = North Dakota
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| founded year = 1873
 
| founded date = January 4
 
| seat = Fessenden
 
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| building address = 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'''] }}
 
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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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>''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= [[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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|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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<div style="width:17%; float:left; margin-right:4em; padding:0px">__TOC__</div><br>
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== County Information ==
  
<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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=== Description ===
  
== History ==
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Wells County was 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.  Its county seat is Fessenden.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/ Genealogy Trails: Wells County, North Dakota, Genealogy and History]</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Wells}}
  
'''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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'''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><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 >''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>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Wells County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{{ND Records Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>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" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1893
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1893
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1873
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1873
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1873
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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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==== 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|Wells}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Wells County was created 4 January 1873 from Buffalo County (Old).<br>
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'''County seat:''' Fessenden <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>
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wells_County,_North_Dakota "Wells County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
  
[[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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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowdon,_North_Dakota Bowdon]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathay,_North_Dakota Cathay]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fessenden,_North_Dakota Fessenden] (county seat)</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamberg,_North_Dakota Hamberg]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey,_North_Dakota Harvey]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurdsfield,_North_Dakota Hurdsfield]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sykeston,_North_Dakota Sykeston]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bremen,_North_Dakota Bremen]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chaseley,_North_Dakota Chaseley]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaton,_North_Dakota Heaton] </div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manfred,_North_Dakota Manfred]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heimdal,_North_Dakota Heimdal]</div>
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*Berlin
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*Bilodeau
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*Bremen
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*Bull Moose
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*Cathay
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*Chaseley
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*Crystal Lake
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*Delger
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*Fairville
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*Forward
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*Fram
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*Germantown</div>
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*Haaland
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*Hamburg
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*Hawksnest
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*Heimdal
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*Hillsdale
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*Johnson
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*Lynn
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*Manfred
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*Norway Lake
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*Oshkosh
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*Pony Gulch
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*Progress</div>
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*Rusland
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*Saint Anna
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*Silver Lake
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*South Cottonwood
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*Speedwell
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*Sykeston
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*Valhalla
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*Wells
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*West Norway
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*West Ontario
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*Western
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*Woodward</div>
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== Resources ==
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Wells}}
  
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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=== Biographies  ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Wells}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/biosindex.html Index to Wells County Biographies] on [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/ North Dakota Genealogy Trails website] - alphabetical list of early settlers and prominent individuals from county histories
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*[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/north-dakota-biography-index North Dakota Biography Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ North Dakota State University Archives] - Index only; gives references to publications containing information on North Dakotans, living and deceased
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Wells}}
  
*1880
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=== Cemeteries ===
*1885
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Wells}}
*1890
 
*1900
 
*1910
 
*1915
 
*1920
 
*1925
 
*1930
 
  
==== Church  ====
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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.com/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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*[http://odessa3.org/collections/cemeteries/nodak/link/wellsnd.txt Odessa Digital Library] has cemetery transcriptions for cemeteries in Wells County], providing name, date of birth, and date of death where available.
  
==== Court ====
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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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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{{ND Census Intro|Wells}}
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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
  
==== Land  ====
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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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*'''1890''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/Wells_1890veteran_pg1.html Veterans Census, Wells County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1900''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/nd/wells/census/1900/cendx00.txt Wells County Census Index of Names] (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1900''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/wells/census/1900/ Index of Wells County Census] - images. (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1910''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/wells/census/1910/ Index of Wells County Census] - images. (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1920''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/wells/census/1920/ Index of Wells County Census] - images. (USGenWeb Archives)
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*'''1930''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/wells/census/1930/ Index of Wells County Census] - images. (USGenWeb Archives)
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Wells}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/churchindex.html Wells County Church Records and Histories] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Lutheran''<br>
  
==== Maps  ====
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*Records of Concordia Lutheran Church, Fessenden, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Wells}}
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Wells}}
  
==== Family History Centers  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Wells}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Wells}}
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''Online Land Records''
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/wells/welland.html Index to Wells County BLM Land Records by Surname] (USGenWeb Archives)
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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://search.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]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|Wells}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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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)}}.
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Wells|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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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 sketch 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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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to North Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[North Dakota Military Records|North Dakota Military Records]].<br>
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''Civil War''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [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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*'''1890''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/Wells_1890veteran_pg1.html Veterans Census, Wells County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War I''
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4569 North Dakota Military Men 1917-1918] at [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/wells/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, Wells County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''World War II''
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/military/ww2enlistments.html World War II Army Enlistment Records, Wells County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/military/ww2armycas.html World War II Army Casualties, Wells County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/military/ww2navycas.html World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, Wells County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Korean War''
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*'''1950-1957''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/military/koreacasualties.html Korean War Casualties, Wells County, North Dakota] (Genealogy Trails)
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''Vietnam War''
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*'''1957-1995''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, Wells 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|Wells}}
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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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=== Obituaries ===
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{{ND Obituaries Intro|Wells}}
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/obits.html Wells 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|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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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/news_marriages.html Wells County Marriage Announcements] (Genealogy Trails)
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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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'''North Dakota State University Archives'''<br>West Building 3551 7th Avenue<br>N Fargo, ND 58102<br>'''''Mailing Address:'''''<br>NDSU Archives<br>
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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><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|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://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ndwells/ Wells 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/wells/wells.htm Wells County, North Dakota, USGenWeb Archives]
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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)
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/ND/Wells-County.htm Wells County Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/wells/ Genealogy Trails: Wells 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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== References ==
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Latest revision as of 00:28, 5 July 2017

United States
North Dakota
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.

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County Facts
County seat: Fessenden
Organized: January 4, 1873
Parent County(s): Buffalo [1]
Neighboring Counties
Benson  • Eddy  • Foster  • Kidder  • Pierce  • Sheridan  • Stutsman
See County Maps
Courthouse
NorthDakotaWellsCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Wells Map.png
Adoption
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County Information

Description

Wells County was 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. Its county seat is Fessenden.[2]

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[3]

Wells County, North Dakota Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1893 1887 1893 1873 1873 1873 1836
*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923.
Full compliance by 1924.[5]

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • Parent County: Wells County was created 4 January 1873 from Buffalo County (Old).

County seat: Fessenden [6]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[7]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Berlin
  • Bilodeau
  • Bremen
  • Bull Moose
  • Cathay
  • Chaseley
  • Crystal Lake
  • Delger
  • Fairville
  • Forward
  • Fram
  • Germantown
  • Haaland
  • Hamburg
  • Hawksnest
  • Heimdal
  • Hillsdale
  • Johnson
  • Lynn
  • Manfred
  • Norway Lake
  • Oshkosh
  • Pony Gulch
  • Progress
  • Rusland
  • Saint Anna
  • Silver Lake
  • South Cottonwood
  • Speedwell
  • Sykeston
  • Valhalla
  • Wells
  • West Norway
  • West Ontario
  • Western
  • Woodward


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
  • Odessa Digital Library has 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".

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.[8] 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.

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

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

Vietnam War

For further information see North Dakota Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers

For more information see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspapers Online

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records, including wills and estates, are at the county clerk's office. See also North Dakota Probate Records.

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

County tax records are at the county treasurer's, auditor's or clerk's office in the county courthouse. Some tax records may have been moved to the North Dakota State Archives.

Vital Records

Birth, marriage, death, and divorce records may be recorded on registers, certificates, or other documents at the county clerk's office. Many records are also being digitized and put online. See North Dakota Vital Records for more information about availability and how to access them.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

North Dakota State University Archives
West Building 3551 7th Avenue
N Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing Address:
NDSU Archives
Libraries NDSU Dept #2080
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: 701-231-8914
Fax: 701-231-5632
Email: ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu
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

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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Genealogy Trails: Wells County, North Dakota, Genealogy and History
  3. 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.
  4. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 519.
  5. 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.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Wells County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
  8. 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.