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  • Barnes County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Cass County, 04-Jan-1874.
    Established:  14-Jan-1875
    County Seat:  Valley City, North Dakota

    County history - Barnes County is named in honor of Judge Alanson H. Barnes (1818-1890) who was an associate justice of the Territorial Court.
             Barnes County was established January 4, 1874, and was originally called Burbank County (named for Governor John. A. Burbank). The name was changed to Barnes County on January 14, 1875.

    Barnes Courthouse
    GHLL Barnes County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Barnes County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Barnes County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Barnes County Historical Society (Blog) / Valley City, ND)
    6. US/NDGenWeb site - Barnes County Archives
    7. US/NDGenWeb - Barnes County Genealogy & History
    8. Barnes County Vital Records - Barnes County Clerk of Court, 3rd Floor Barnes County Court House, Room 303230, 4th St. NW, Valley City, ND 58072.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Griggs County (north), Steele County (northeast), Cass County (east),
             Ransom County (southeast), LaMoure County (southwest), Stutsman
             County (west).

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  • Benson County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 21, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Ramsey County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1879
    County Seat:  Minnewaukan, North Dakota

    County history - Benson County is named in honor of Bertil W. Benson, a Valley City merchant and land dealer who served in the House of Representatives.

    Benson Courthouse
    GHLL Benson County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Benson County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Benson County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/NDGenWeb site - Benson County Archives
    7. US/NDGenWeb - Benson County Genealogy & History
    8. Benson County Vital Records - Benson County Clerk of Court, P.O. Box 213, Minnewaukan, ND 58351.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Towner County (north), Ramsey County (northeast), Nelson County (east),
             Eddy County (southeast), Wells County (southwest), Pierce County (west).

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  • Billings County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  May 7, 2009
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized Indian territories, 1879.
    Established:  04-May-1886
    County Seat:  Medora, North Dakota

    County history - Billings County is named in honor of railroad executive Frederick H. Billings.

    Billings Courthouse
    GHLL Billings County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Billings County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/NDGenWeb site - Billings County Archives
    7. US/NDGenWeb - Billings County Genealogy & History
    8. Billings County Vital Records - Billings County Recorder, P.O. Box 138, Medora, ND 58645.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             McKenzie County (north), Dunn County (northeast), Stark County (east),
             Slope County (south), Golden Valley County (west).

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    Census Information:
        1880 Census (G) - 53 pages (census images) in Enumeration District 101.

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  • Bottineau County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  Dec 11, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Unorganized territorial lands.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1873
    County Seat:  Bottineau, North Dakota

    County history - Bottineau County is named in honor of Pierre Bottineau (January 1, 1817  July 26, 1895) was a Minnesota Frontiersman, and was known as the "Kit Carson of the Northwest", he was an integral part of the history and development of Minnesota and North Dakota.

    Bottineau Courthouse
    GHLL Bottineau County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Bottineau County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Bottineau County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/NDGenWeb site - Bottineau County Archives
    7. US/NDGenWeb - Bottineau County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Bottineau County Clerk of Court, 314 West 5th Street, Bottineau, ND 58318.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Rolette County (east), Pierce County (southeast), McHenry County
             (south), Renville County (west).

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    Census Information:
        1900 Census (G) - Federal Census, Bottineau County, ED 233-235 (Graphic: 169 pages).

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  • Bowman County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Billings County, 1883.
    Established:  05-Jul-1907
    County Seat:  Bowman, North Dakota

    County history - Bowman County is named in honor of Edward M. Bowman, a member of the House of Representatives from the southern half of the territory.
             The territorial legislature created Bowman county in 1883. In the 1903 session it was eliminated due to a lack of settlement. By official proclamation of Gov. John Burke, it was re-established on June 10, 1907.

    Bowman Courthouse
    GHLL Bowman County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Bowman County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bowman County Historical Society & Museum / Bowman, ND)
    6. US/NDGenWeb site - Bowman County Archives
    7. US/NDGenWeb - Bowman County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Bowman County Recorder, P.O. Box 379, Bowman, ND 58623.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL) - Slope County (north), Adams County (east),
             Harding County, South Dakota (south), Fallon County, Montana (west).

        Gascoyne, North Dakota - originally called Fischbein and was founded along the
             Milwaukee Road Railroad in 1907. The name was later changed to
             Gascoyne after one of the railroad's foreman. It had 97 residents in 1930 at
             its peak population. The post office closed in 1982 and the town is being
             abandoned.

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    Census Information:
        1880 Census (G) - ED 81-82, multiple pages

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  • Burleigh County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 12, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of lands explored by the Lewis & Clark Expedition [Northwest Territory]
    Established:  16-Jul-1873
    County Seat:  Bismarck, North Dakota

    County history - Burleigh County is named in honor of Dr. Walter Burleigh. Burleigh was a physician, Indian agent, trader and delegate to the 39th & 40th Congress.

    Burleigh Courthouse

    Capitol history - North Dakota has enjoyed two statehouses, the first constructed during the territorial period (1883-4) five years before statehood in 1889. Fire consumed the Capitol on the night of December 28, 1930. 160 acres of the Capitol grounds were sold to help pay for the 2nd building. The second and present Capitol was completed in 1934, in the depths of the Great Depression.

    North Dakota State Capitol

    GHLL Burleigh County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Burleigh County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Burleigh County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Bismarck-Mandan Historical and Genealogical Society / Bismarck, ND)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Germans from Russia Heritage Society / Bismarck, ND)
    7. US/NDGenWeb site - Burleigh County Archives
    8. US/NDGenWeb - Burleigh County Genealogy & History
    9. Burleigh County Vital Records - Burleigh County Recorder, Courthouse, 221 North 5th Street Bismark, ND 58502.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Sheridan County (north), Kidder County (east), Emmons County (south),
             Morton County (southwest), Oliver County (west), McLean County
             (northwest).

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    Census Information:
        1880 Census (G) - ED 81-82, multiple pages

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  • Cass County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  Apr 2, 2012
  • Formed from:  portions of territorial lands [an original County, 1872].
    Established:  10-Oct-1873
    County Seat:  Fargo, North Dakota

    County history - Cass County is named in honor of George Washington Cass (March 12, 1810  March 21, 1888) who was an American industrialist and president of the Northern Pacific Railway.

    Cass Courthouse
    GHLL Cass County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Cass County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Cass County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Cass County Historical Society / West Fargo, ND)
    6. Society/Museum/Assn - (Red River Valley Genealogy Society / Fargo, ND)
    7. US/NDGenWeb site - Cass County Archives
    8. US/NDGenWeb - Cass County Genealogy & History
    9. Vital Records - Cass County Treasurer, P.O. Box 2806, Fargo, ND 58108.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Traill County (north), Norman County, Minnesota (northeast), Clay County,
                Minnesota
    (east), Richland County (southeast), Ransom County
             (southwest), Barnes County (west), Steele County (northwest).

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  • Cavalier County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  Sep 20, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Pembina County (1874).
    Established:  08-Jul-1884
    County Seat:  Langdon, North Dakota

    County history - Cavalier County is named (it is generally accepted) in honor of Charles Turner Cavileer of Pembina (1818-1902), one of the state's earliest settlers, a well known fur trader, customs agent and postmaster and a well known politician. The spelling of the county name has always been Cavalier.

    Cavalier Courthouse
    GHLL Cavalier County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Cavalier County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Cavalier County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/NDGenWeb site - Cavalier County Archives
    7. US/NDGenWeb - Cavalier County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Cavalier County Clerk of Court, 901 3rd Street, Langdon, ND 58249.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL)
             Manitoba Province, Canada (north), Pembina County (east), Walsh County
             (southeast), Ramsey County (south), Towner County (west).

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        Alsen Township - The population was 68 at the 2000 census. Alsen was founded in 1905.
        Langdon, North Dakota - "The Western Gateway to the Rendezvous Region".
        Milton Township - a township with a population was 85 at the 2000 census. Milton was founded
             in 1887.

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  • Dickey County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 29, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of unorganized territory, LaMoure and Ransom Counties, 05-Mar-1881.
    Established:  31-Aug-1882
    County Seat:  Ellendale, North Dakota

    County history - Dickey County is named in honor of George H. Dickey (1858 1923) was an American lawyer from Valley City, North Dakota. He served in the House of the Dakota Territory legislature in 1881-1882.

    Dickey Courthouse
    GHLL Dickey County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project (None found online at the time of this update.)
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Dickey County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Dickey County Historical Society / Oakes, ND)
    6. US/NDGenWeb site - Dickey County Archives
    7. US/NDGenWeb - Dickey County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Dickey County Clerk of Court, 309 N. 2nd Street D P.O. Box 336, Ellendale, ND 58436.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             LaMoure County (north), Ransom County (northeast), Sargent County
             (east), Brown County, South Dakota (south), McPherson County, South
             Dakota (southwest), McIntosh County (west).

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  • Divide County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 30, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Williams County.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1910
    County Seat:  Crosby, NorthDakota

    County history - Divide County is named ibecause it was created by "division" of Williams County and the fact that Divide County lies on the continental divide between the watersheds which flow into the Gulf of Mexico and those which flow into Hudson Bay. Divide's name may also derive from the fact that it lies on the boundary between the United States and Canada.

    Divide Courthouse
    GHLL Divide County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Divide County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Divide County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (None found online at the time of this update.)
    6. US/NDGenWeb site - Divide County Archives
    7. US/NDGenWeb - Divide County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Divide County Recorder, P.O. Box 68, Crosby, ND 58730-0049.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Lake Alma No. 8, Saskatchewan (northwest), Souris Valley No. 7,
                Saskatchewan
    (north), Cambria No. 6, Saskatchewan (north), Estevan No.
                5, Saskatchewan
    (northeast), Burke County (east), Williams County
             (south), Sheridan County, Montana (west).

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  • Dunn County, North Dakota —
    Information Updated for:  Mar 19, 2010
  • Formed from:  portions of Howard (extinct), Stark and Mercer Counties, 1883.
    Established:  xx-xxx-1908
    County Seat:  Manning, NorthDakota

    County history - Dunn County is named in honor of John P. Dunn, an early civic leader of Bismarck, North Dakota.
             The County was formed in 1883 from Howard County but abolished that same year. It was later added to Stark County in 1897 and finally formed as Dunn County from Stark and Mercer in 1908.

    Dunn Courthouse
    GHLL Dunn County Package:
    1. American History & Genealogy Project - Dunn County AHGP
    2. Cemetery Listings - may include photos, records, name lists, etc..
    3. Cities/Towns/Townships - compiled by Wikipedia
    4. Genealogy Forum - Dunn County, ND Genealogy Forum (Genealogy.com)
    5. Society/Museum/Assn - (Dunn County Historical Society & Museum / Dunn Center, ND)
    6. US/NDGenWeb site - Dunn County Archives
    7. US/NDGenWeb - Dunn County Genealogy & History
    8. Vital Records - Dunn County Recorder, address, P.O. Box 136, Manning, ND 58642.
    Additional Local History/Genealogy:
        Adjacent counties (GHLL listings):
             Mountrail County (north), McLean County (northeast), Mercer County
             (east), Stark County (south), Billings County (southwest), McKenzie
                County
    (northwest).

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