Discovery Your Family History

North Dakota Family History & Genealogy Centers

North Dakota citizens who wish to be familiar with their family beginnings can start their research at one of the North Dakota family history centers situated across the state. This is the most ideal way to start your research. Most of these facilities originated at the Family History Library in Utah, and can supply you with the most similar resources that this comprehensive library offers. The family history centers are acquired and managed by the North Dakota LDS Family Search and are totally free to the public. Guests can browse microfilms, print materials & computer programs to locate the data they are searching for about their ancestry. Office hours will vary from area to area, therefore get in touch with the center to determine when you can possibly visit.

If you have any questions or comments about family history centers, please send a message to

Bismarck Family History Center
1500 Country West Rd
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
(701) 223-6384
Notes: Director–Al Hall

Dickinson Family History Center
1200 N Alder
Dickinson, North Dakota 58601
(701) 264-7354

Minot Family History Center
2025 9th St NW
Minot, North Dakota 58703
(701) 838-4486

North Dakota Genealogy Resources

Whenever a state is settled later and then does not have the government documents that some other states possess, research workers would have to think again their strategy. In most cases like these, think about looking to university archives and manuscript selections for different materials such as maps, photographs, diaries/journals, local/regional history records as well as other ephemera that shows the history of a local community. It is actually through these types of resources that you could uncover details about your ancestor along with the place they resided in.

Division of Vital Records
State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue – Dept 301
Bismarck, ND 58505

State Historical Society of North Dakota
612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505

Red River Valley Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 9284
Fargo, North Dakota 58106

North Dakota State Archives
612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505

North Dakota State Univ Lib Institute for Regional Studies and Univ Archives
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

University of North Dakota Family History and Genealogy Room
Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks ND 58202-9000

North Dakota Genealogy Websites

Linkpendium-North Dakota

North Dakota USGenWeb

Cyndi’s List-North Dakota

FamilySearch Wiki-North Dakota