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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota|North Dakota]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Williams County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[North Dakota Genealogy|North Dakota]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Williams County'''
  
Williams 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 '''Williams 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
 
| county = Williams County
 
| county_map =
 
| state = North Dakota
 
| state_map = North-dakota.png
 
| latd =
 
| longd =
 
| founded year = 1892
 
| founded date = November 30
 
| seat = Williston
 
| building image =
 
| building address =  Williams County Courthouse<br>Box 2047<br> Williston, ND 58802<br> Phone: 701.572.1729<br>[http://www.williamsnd.com/ '''Williams County Website'''] }}
 
  
== County Courthouse ==
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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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== County Information ==
  
<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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=== Description ===
  
== History  ==
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The name comes from Erastus Appelman Williams, an early politician from Bismarck who served in both the territorial and state legislatures. The county government was first organized on December 8, 1891; Williston has always been the county seat.<ref>https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_County,_North_Dakota 09/29/2016</ref>
  
==== 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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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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|-
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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|-
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Williams County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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|-
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1892
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1890
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1890
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1890
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1880
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|-
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| colspan="7"| <center> </center>
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|}
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Williams}}
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<table><tr><td>'''30 November 1892:''' Williams County was created from Buford (Old) and Flannery (Old) Counties.<br>
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''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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*[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|Williams}}
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Williams County, North Dakota," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_County,_North_Dakota, accessed 16 November 2016.</ref>
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{{populated places
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| cities-col1=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alamo,_North_Dakota Alamo]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epping,_North_Dakota Epping]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenora,_North_Dakota Grenora]</div>
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| cities-col2=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray,_North_Dakota Ray]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epping,_North_Dakota Epping]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springbrook,_North_Dakota Springbrook]</div>
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| cities-col3=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tioga,_North_Dakota Tioga]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildrose,_North_Dakota Wildrose]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williston,_North_Dakota Williston] (county seat)</div>
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| towns-col1=
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| villages-col1=
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| unincorp-col1=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buford,_North_Dakota Buford]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corinth,_North_Dakota Corinth]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanks,_North_Dakota Hanks]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McGregor,_North_Dakota McGregor]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trenton,_North_Dakota Trenton]</div>
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| unincorp-col3=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheelock,_North_Dakota Wheelock]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zahl,_North_Dakota Zahl]
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</div>
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| census-col1=
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| census-col2=
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| census-col3=<
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| townships-col1=<div>
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* Athens
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* Barr Butte
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* Big Meadow
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* Big Stone
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* Blacktail
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* Blue Ridge
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* Bonetraill
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* Brooklyn
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* Buford
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* Bull Butte
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* Champion
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* Climax
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* Cow Creek
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* Dry Fork
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* Dublin
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* East Fork
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* Ellisville
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* Equality</div>
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| townships-col2=<div>
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* Farmvale
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* Golden Valley
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* Good Luck
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* Grenora
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* Hardscrabble
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* Hazel
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* Hebron
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* Judson
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* Lindahl
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* Marshall
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* Missouri Ridge
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* Mont
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* New Home
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* Oliver
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* Orthell
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* Pherrin
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* Pleasant Valley
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* Rainbow</div>
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| townships-col3=<div>
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* Rock Island
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* Round Prairie
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* Sauk Valley
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* Scorio
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* South Meadow
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* Springbrook
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* Stony Creek
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* Strandahl
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* Tioga
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* Trenton
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* Truax
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* Twelve Mile
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* Tyrone
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* View
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* West Bank
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* Wheelock
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* Williston
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* Winner</div>
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*Hofflund<ref>[http://www.census.gov/popest/geographic/boundary_changes/ U.S. Census Bureau: Boundary Changes]</ref></div>
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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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== Resources ==
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{{ND Resources Intro}}
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{ND Bible Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{ND Biographies Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{ND Business Records Intro|Williams}}
  
*1900
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=== Cemeteries ===
*1910
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{{ND Cemeteries Intro|Williams}}
*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 Williams 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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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" valign="top" style="border:1px solid black" |
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*[http://findagrave.org/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=30&GScnty=1803&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/williams/williams.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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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&placeId=204984&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20North%20Dakota%2C%20Williams%22&subjectsOpen=1042772-50 FamilySearch]
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Williams+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=1803 Finagrave]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=North%20Dakota&county=Williams&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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==== Court  ====
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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/Williams_County,_North_Dakota#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".] 
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|1880 |14
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|1890 |109
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|1900 |1530
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|1910 |14234
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|1920 |17980
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|1930 |19553
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|1940 |16315
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|1950 |16442
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|1960 |22051
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|1970 |19301
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|1980 |22237
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|1990 |21129
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|2000 |19761
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|2010 |22398
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==== Land  ====
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{{ND Census Intro|Williams}}
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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]].
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{ND Church Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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''Lutheran''<br>
  
==== Military  ====
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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] ($).
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{ND Court Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{ND Directories Intro|Williams}}
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*'''1822 - 1995''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 U.S. City Directories 1822-1995] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) - collection for the City of Williston
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{ND Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{ND Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{ND Funeral Homes Intro|Williams}}
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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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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''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|Williams}}
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*''Alamo - Appam - Corinth, North Dakota, golden jubilee, 1916 - 1966.'' 1966. S.l. : s.n. Online at:; {{WorldCat|865858964|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. comments.
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*''Fort Union and the upper Missouri fur trade.'' 2001. By Barton H. Barbour. Norman, Oklahoma : University of Oklahoma Press. Online at:; {{WorldCat|44594032|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Grenora, North Dakota, golden jubilee, 1916-1966.'' 1966?. By Jubilee Book Committee of the Grenora Commercial Club. S.l. : s.n. Online at:; {{WorldCat|865627296|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''Trail of the pioneers, 1900-1967 : Barr Butte, Good Luck, Orthell and Scorio townships, Gladys, Hanks, Howard and Zahl, North Dakota.'' P1967. By Project Committee. [S.l.] : [Project Committee]. Online at: {{FSbook|6458119}; {{WorldCat|8447475|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''The Wonder of Williams; a history of Williams County [North Dakota].'' 1975. By Marlene Eide. North Dakota : Williams County Historical Society (North Dakota). Online at:; {{WorldCat|866696691|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. Index in volume 2.
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{ND Maps Intro}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/northdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for North Dakota Counties
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*[http://www.ndgenweb.org/maps.htm North Dakota Maps at NDGenWeb] -historical maps
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=== Migration ===
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{{ND Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{ND Military Intro}}
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''Civil War''
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*'''1861 -1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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''World War I''
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*'''1917 - 1918''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4569 North Dakota Military Men 1917-1918] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1917 - 1918''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31404 Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-4] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*For further information see [[North Dakota Military Records]].
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{ND Naturalization Intro}}
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''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records''
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*[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/naturalization/ North Dakota Naturalization Records Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ NDSU Archives] – index only, covers various dates and counties
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{ND Newspapers Intro|Williams}}
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'' North Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/northdakota GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of North Dakota newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/north-dakota/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of North Dakota newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some North Dakota newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper
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*[http://history.nd.gov/archives/whatnewspapers.html State Historical Society of North Dakota] - contains inventory and catalog of all known ND newspapers
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{ND Obituaries Intro|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<br> 701-577-4504<br><br>
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''Pioneer Trails Historical Society, Hanks''<br> 2310 University Ave.<br> Williston, ND 58801<br>Telephone: 701-572-4759<br><br>
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''Ray Opera House Museum Society''<br> 420 4th Avenue East<br> Ray, ND 58849<br> Telephone: 701-568-3437<br><br>
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''Tioga Historical Society, Inc / Norseman Museum''<br> P. O. Box 697<br> Tioga, ND 58852-0697<br>Telephone: 701-664-2702<br><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}}
  
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Latest revision as of 07:01, 7 December 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.


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County Facts
County seat: Williston
Organized: November 30, 1892
Parent County(s): Buford (Old) and Flannery (Old) [1]
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

County Information

Description

The name comes from Erastus Appelman Williams, an early politician from Bismarck who served in both the territorial and state legislatures. The county government was first organized on December 8, 1891; Williston has always been the county seat.[2]

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.[3]

Williams County, North Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1892 1903 1890 1890 1890 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 [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[4]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
Townships
  • Athens
  • Barr Butte
  • Big Meadow
  • Big Stone
  • Blacktail
  • Blue Ridge
  • Bonetraill
  • Brooklyn
  • Buford
  • Bull Butte
  • Champion
  • Climax
  • Cow Creek
  • Dry Fork
  • Dublin
  • East Fork
  • Ellisville
  • Equality
  • Farmvale
  • Golden Valley
  • Good Luck
  • Grenora
  • Hardscrabble
  • Hazel
  • Hebron
  • Judson
  • Lindahl
  • Marshall
  • Missouri Ridge
  • Mont
  • New Home
  • Oliver
  • Orthell
  • Pherrin
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Rainbow
  • Rock Island
  • Round Prairie
  • Sauk Valley
  • Scorio
  • South Meadow
  • Springbrook
  • Stony Creek
  • Strandahl
  • Tioga
  • Trenton
  • Truax
  • Twelve Mile
  • Tyrone
  • View
  • West Bank
  • Wheelock
  • Williston
  • Winner
Defunct townships


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

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 14
1890 109 678.6%
1900 1,530 1303.7%
1910 14,234 830.3%
1920 17,980 26.3%
1930 19,553 8.7%
1940 16,315 −16.6%
1950 16,442 0.8%
1960 22,051 34.1%
1970 19,301 −12.5%
1980 22,237 15.2%
1990 21,129 −5.0%
2000 19,761 −6.5%
2010 22,398 13.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for North Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see North Dakota Census.

Church Records

Church records can be found online, kept onsite at the church, or housed in a church archive or library. See North Dakota Church Records for more information on how to locate the records.


Lutheran

  • Records of 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. 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 Williams County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.


  • Alamo - Appam - Corinth, North Dakota, golden jubilee, 1916 - 1966. 1966. S.l. : s.n. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat). comments.
  • Fort Union and the upper Missouri fur trade. 2001. By Barton H. Barbour. Norman, Oklahoma : University of Oklahoma Press. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Grenora, North Dakota, golden jubilee, 1916-1966. 1966?. By Jubilee Book Committee of the Grenora Commercial Club. S.l. : s.n. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Trail of the pioneers, 1900-1967 : Barr Butte, Good Luck, Orthell and Scorio townships, Gladys, Hanks, Howard and Zahl, North Dakota. P1967. By Project Committee. [S.l.] : [Project Committee]. Online at: {{FSbook|6458119}; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • The Wonder of Williams; a history of Williams County [North Dakota]. 1975. By Marlene Eide. North Dakota : Williams County Historical Society (North Dakota). Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat). Index in volume 2.

Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

World War I


Naturalization and Citizenship

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers

For more information see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspapers Online

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

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

Vital Records

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


Birth

Marriage

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

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
701-577-4504

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

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

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

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_County,_North_Dakota 09/29/2016
  3. 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.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Williams County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Williams_County,_North_Dakota, accessed 16 November 2016.
  5. U.S. Census Bureau: Boundary Changes