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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota Genealogy|North Dakota]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Williams County'''
  
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Guide to '''Williams 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.williamsnd.com/ Williams County Courthouse]<br>Box 2047<br> Williston, ND 58802<br> Phone: 701.572.1729&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk District Court has birth, marriage, death, burial, probate, court <br>and naturalization records; County Treasurer Recorder&nbsp;has land records; <br>Veterans Service Office has military records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Williams 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 ===
  
==== Parent Counties  ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{ND Courthouse Intro|Williams}}
  
'''30 November 1892:''' Williams County was created from Buford (Old) and Flannery (Old) Counties. '''County seat:''' Williston <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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Williams County Courthouse<br>Box 2047<br> Williston, ND 58802<br> Phone: 701.572.1729<br>[http://www.williamsnd.com/ '''Williams County Website'''] <br>
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'''''District Court Clerk''''' has birth, marriage, death, burial, probate, court and naturalization records;<br>'''''County Treasurer Recorder''''' has land records;<br>
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'''''Veterans Service Office''''' has military records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Williams 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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=== Williams County, North Dakota Record Dates ===
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| width="12%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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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|Williams}}
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'''30 November 1892:''' Williams County was created from Buford (Old) and Flannery (Old) Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Williston <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{ND Populated Places Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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* Alamo
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* Appam
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* Corinth
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* Grenora
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* Williston
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[[Burke County, North Dakota|Burke]] | [[Divide County, North Dakota|Divide]] | [[McKenzie County, North Dakota|McKenzie]] | [[Mountrail County, North Dakota|Mountrail]] | '''Montana''' counties: [[Richland County, Montana|Richland]] | [[Roosevelt County, Montana|Roosevelt]] | [[Sheridan County, Montana|Sheridan]]  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= November 30, 1892
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|county seat= Williston
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|parent county= Buford (Old) and Flannery (Old) <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= [[Divide County, North Dakota Genealogy|Divide]]
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|county3= [[McKenzie County, North Dakota Genealogy|McKenzie]]
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|county4= [[Mountrail County, North Dakota Genealogy|Mountrail]]
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|county5= [[Richland County, Montana Genealogy|Richland (MT)]]
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|county6= [[Roosevelt County, Montana Genealogy|Roosevelt (MT)]]
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|county7= [[Sheridan County, Montana Genealogy|Sheridan (MT)]]</br><center>[[Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county courthouse= [[Image:Williams County Courthouse, Williston, North Dakota.jpg|245x245px]]
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|county location in state= [[Image:North Dakota Williams Map.png|185x185px]]
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|adoption=
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}}
  
== Resources  ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{ND Historical Timeline Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Census  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
*1900
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=== Bible Records ===
*1910
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{{ND Bible Intro|Williams}}
*1915
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*1920
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*1925
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*1930
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==== Church ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Land  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Williams County, North Dakota''' online and in print</center>
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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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=== Census Records ===
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{{ND Census Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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''Online Territory and State Census Indexes and 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
  
==== Military  ====
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For links to Federal census years, see [[North Dakota Census]].
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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'''''Lutheran'''''<br>
  
==== Taxation  ====
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*Records of Bethesda Lutheran Church, Williams County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Williams}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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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|Williams}}
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{ND Genealogies Intro|Williams}}
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{ND Guardianship Intro|Williams}}
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{ND Land Intro|Williams}}
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{{ND Land}}
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{ND Histories Intro|Williams}}
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{{ND County History}}
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{ND Maps Intro}}
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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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=== 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|Williams}}
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{{ND Newspaper abstracts|Williams}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{ND Obituaries Intro|Williams}}
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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|Williams}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{ND Probate Intro|Williams}}
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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|Williams}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{ND Vital Intro|Williams}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Birth Intro|Williams}}
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==== Marriage ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Williams}}
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==== Death ====
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{{ND Vital Records - Death Intro|Williams}}
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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|Williams}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{ND Research Facilities Intro|Williams}}
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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]]
 
 
*[[Williston North Dakota Family History Center]]
 
*[[Williston North Dakota Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Libraries ===
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{{ND Libraries Intro|Williams}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{ND Museums Intro}}
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'''Fort Buford State Historic Site'''<br> 15349 39th Lane NW<br> Williston, ND 58801<br>Telephone Number: 701-572-9034 or 701-328-2666 <br>[http://www.history.nd.gov/historicsites/buford/index.html Website]<br>
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'''Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site'''<br> 15550 Hwy. 1804<br> Williston, ND 58801<br>Telephone Number: 701-572-9083<br>[https://www.nps.gov/fous/index.htm Website]<br>
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'''Frontier Museum'''<br> 423 1st Ave. West<br> Williston, ND 58801<br>Telephone Number: 701-572-2258<br>
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== Societies ==
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{{ND Societies Intro|Williams}}
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'''Williams County Historical Society'''<br> 519 11th Avenue W<br> Williston, ND 58801-4727<br>Telepone Number<br> 701-577-4504<br>
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'''Pioneer Trails Historical Society, Hanks'''<br> 2310 University Ave.<br> Williston, ND 58801<br>Telephone Number: 701-572-4759<br>
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'''Ray Opera House Museum Society'''<br> 420 4th Avenue East<br> Ray, ND 58849<br> Telephone Number: 701-568-3437<br>
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'''Tioga Historical Society, Inc / Norseman Museum'''<br> P. O. Box 697<br> Tioga, ND 58852-0697<br>Telephone Number: 701-664-2702<br>
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== Websites ==
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{{ND Websites Intro|Williams}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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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.
*{{FHL|North+Dakota%2C+Williams|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*{{FHL|North Dakota Williams|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/Williams/ Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Williams/ Williams 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:Wiliams_County,_North_Dakota]]
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{{North Dakota|North Dakota}}
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[[Category:Williams_County,_North_Dakota]][[Category:North Dakota_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 15:19, 13 August 2016

United StatesGotoarrow.png North Dakota Gotoarrow.png Williams County

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


County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Williams County Courthouse
Box 2047
Williston, ND 58802
Phone: 701.572.1729
Williams County Website
District Court Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, probate, court and naturalization records;
County Treasurer Recorder has land records;
Veterans Service Office has military records.[1]

Williams County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

30 November 1892: Williams County was created from Buford (Old) and Flannery (Old) Counties.
County seat: Williston [2]

Populated Places

  • Alamo
  • Appam
  • Corinth
  • Grenora
  • Williston


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County Facts
Organized: November 30, 1892
County seat: Williston
Parent County(s): Buford (Old) and Flannery (Old) [2]
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
Burke  • Divide  • McKenzie  • Mountrail  • Richland (MT)  • Roosevelt (MT)  • Sheridan (MT)
See County Maps
Courthouse
Williams County Courthouse, Williston, North Dakota.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Williams Map.png
Adoption

This page is available for adoption

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Williams 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

Online Territory and State Census Indexes and Records

For links to Federal census years, see North Dakota Census.

Church Records

Lutheran

  • Records of Bethesda Lutheran Church, Williams County, 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. For more information on this, see North Dakota Land and Property.

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories see the wiki page section North Dakota Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

Military Records

Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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

Fort Buford State Historic Site
15349 39th Lane NW
Williston, ND 58801
Telephone Number: 701-572-9034 or 701-328-2666
Website

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
15550 Hwy. 1804
Williston, ND 58801
Telephone Number: 701-572-9083
Website

Frontier Museum
423 1st Ave. West
Williston, ND 58801
Telephone Number: 701-572-2258

Societies

Williams County Historical Society
519 11th Avenue W
Williston, ND 58801-4727
Telepone Number
701-577-4504

Pioneer Trails Historical Society, Hanks
2310 University Ave.
Williston, ND 58801
Telephone Number: 701-572-4759

Ray Opera House Museum Society
420 4th Avenue East
Ray, ND 58849
Telephone Number: 701-568-3437

Tioga Historical Society, Inc / Norseman Museum
P. O. Box 697
Tioga, ND 58852-0697
Telephone Number: 701-664-2702

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Williams County, North Dakota. Page 527 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).