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|organized=  January 4, 1873
 
|organized=  January 4, 1873
 
|county seat= Fargo
 
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|parent county= [[Pembina County, North Dakota Genealogy|Pembina]] <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|parent county= [[Pembina County, North Dakota Genealogy|Pembina]] <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
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|county1= [[Barnes County, North Dakota Genealogy|Barnes]]
 
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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
Cass County was organized on October 27, 1873. It is named in honor of a railroad executive George Washington Cass.
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Cass County was named in honor of a railroad executive George Washington Cass.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/ Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)</ref>  The County is located in the southeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Cass, North Dakota," in ''https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_North_Dakota'' accessed 8/27/2018</ref>
County Seat: Fargo.<ref>[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/ Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy and History] (Genealogy Trails)</ref>
 
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
{{ND Courthouse Intro|Cass}}
 
{{ND Courthouse Intro|Cass}}
  
Cass County Courthouse<br>211 9th Street South <br> PO Bo 2806<br>Fargo, ND 58103-1833<br>Phone: 701.241.5646 <br>[http://www.casscountynd.gov/ '''Cass County Website'''] <br>
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'''Cass County Courthouse'''<br>211 9th Street South <br> PO Bo 2806<br>Fargo, ND 58103-1833<br>Phone: 701.241.5646 <br>[http://www.casscountynd.gov/ Cass County Website]<br> <br>
Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1885<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass County, North Dakota. Page 522 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1885.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass County, North Dakota. Page 522 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
=== Cass County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
 
=== Cass County, North Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{{ND Records Intro}}
 
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass County, North Dakota. Page 522 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 517.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
 
| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
| width="14.2% " bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1873
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1870
 
| width="14.2% " align="center" |1872
 
| width="14.2% " align="center" |1872
 
| width="14.2% " align="center" |1884
 
| width="14.2% " align="center" |1884
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1885
 
| width="14.2% " align="center" |1873
 
| width="14.2% " align="center" |1873
 
| width="14.2% " align="center" |1873
 
| width="14.2% " align="center" |1873
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| width="14.2% " align="center" |1880
 
 
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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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{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Cass}}
 
{{ND Boundary Changes Intro|Cass}}
 
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''1873--''Cass County was created 4 January 1873 from [[Pembina County, North Dakota Genealogy|Pembina]] County.<br>  
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*'''Parent County:''' Cass County was created 4 January 1873 from [[Pembina County, North Dakota Genealogy|Pembina]] County.<br>  
''County seat:'' Fargo <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''County seat:''' Fargo <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/northdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for North Dakota Counties
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/northdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for North Dakota Counties
 
*[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]
 
*[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]
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=== Populated Places ===
 
=== Populated Places ===
 
{{ND Populated Places Intro|Cass}}
 
{{ND Populated Places Intro|Cass}}
The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_North_Dakota "Cass County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://northdakota.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,017,c,cass.cfm Hometown Locator].
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The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_North_Dakota "Cass County, North Dakota,"] in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia''.</ref>
 
{{populated places
 
{{populated places
 
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=== Biographies  ===
 
=== Biographies  ===
 
{{ND Biographies Intro|Cass}}
 
{{ND Biographies Intro|Cass}}
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/biosindex.html Index to Cass County Biographies] (Genealogy Trails)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/biosindex.html Index to Cass County Biographies] (North Dakota Genealogy Trails website) - alphabetical list of early settlers and prominent individuals from county histories
*[https://library.ndsu.edu/db/biography/ North Dakota State University Biography Index]
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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
  
 
=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
 
=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Adams County, North Dakota''' online and in print</center>
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Cass 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>
 
| 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" |
*[http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=30&GScnty=1759&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave]
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/cass/cass.htm USGenWeb Archives]   
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/cass/cass.htm USGenWeb Archives]   
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/cass.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/northdakota/cass.html USGenWeb Tombstone Project]
 
*[http://northdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=9 NDGravestones]
 
*[http://northdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=9 NDGravestones]
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/nd/cass.htm NDInterment]
 
*[http://www.interment.net/us/nd/cass.htm NDInterment]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves]
 
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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>
 
| 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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*{{FHL|469046|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}  
 
*{{FHL|469046|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}  
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Cass+North+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Cass+North+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
*[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>
 
| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
 
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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" style="border:1px solid black" |
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=30&CScnty=1759 Findagrave]
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/North-Dakota/Cass-County?id=county_1759 Findagrave]
*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=North%20Dakota&county=Cass&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[North Dakota Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[North Dakota Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
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*'''1877-1999''' - {{RecordSearch|1451475|North Dakota, Cemetery Records, 1877-1999}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
=== Census Records ===
 
=== Census Records ===
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/cass/casscens.htm Cass County Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/nd/cass/casscens.htm Cass County Census Records] (USGenWeb Archives)
 
{{ND Census Intro|Cass}}
 
{{ND Census Intro|Cass}}
====State Census Records====
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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
 
*'''1885''' [http://library.ndsu.edu/db/census/ Dakota Territory 1885 Census Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ NDSU Archives] – index only
 
*'''1885''' [http://library.ndsu.edu/db/census/ Dakota Territory 1885 Census Index] at [https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ NDSU Archives] – index only
 
*'''1885''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/cassmortality.html Mortality Schedule, Cass County] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*'''1885''' [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/cassmortality.html Mortality Schedule, Cass County] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1915''' {{RecordSearch|2346284|North Dakota Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
 
*'''1915''' {{RecordSearch|2346284|North Dakota Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
 
*'''1925''' {{RecordSearch|2351024|North Dakota Census, 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
 
*'''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 ====
 
==== Federal Census Records ====
Federal Censuses were taken for North Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[North Dakota Census]].
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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]].
  
 
=== Church Records ===
 
=== Church Records ===
 
{{ND Church Intro|Cass}}
 
{{ND Church Intro|Cass}}
''Lutheran''<br>
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
 
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''Lutheran Church''<br>
''Enderlin
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*'''1875-1940''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60722 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
 
 
 
*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev" />
 
*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev" />
 
''Fargo
 
 
 
*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
 
*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
 
''First Lutheran Church, Fargo
 
 
 
*Records of First Lutheran Church, Fargo, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev">[http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml ''Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota''] at the Minnesota Historical Society, Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society.</ref>
 
*Records of First Lutheran Church, Fargo, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev">[http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml ''Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota''] at the Minnesota Historical Society, Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society.</ref>
 
''Hickson
 
 
 
*Records of the Lutheran Church, Hickson, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
 
*Records of the Lutheran Church, Hickson, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
 
''Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood
 
 
 
*Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
 
*Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
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=== Directories ===
 
=== Directories ===
 
{{ND Directories Intro|Cass}}
 
{{ND Directories Intro|Cass}}
*'''1822 - 1995''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 U.S. City Directories 1822-1995] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) - collection for the City of Fargo
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*'''1822 - 1995''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2469 U.S. City Directories 1822-1995] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($) - collection for the City of Fargo
  
 
=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
 
=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
 
{{ND Emigration Intro}}
 
{{ND Emigration Intro}}
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*'''1800-1953''' - {{RecordSearch|3155904|North Dakota, Red River Valley Genealogical Society, Pioneer Files, 1880-1953}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
 
=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/history.html Cass County History Topics] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/history.html Cass County History Topics] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*''Centennial; first one hundred years : centennial project of the Fargo Genealogy Society.'' 1975. Fargo, North Dakota: Fargo Genealogy Society;  
 
*''Centennial; first one hundred years : centennial project of the Fargo Genealogy Society.'' 1975. Fargo, North Dakota: Fargo Genealogy Society;  
**Vol. 1 {{FSbook|6456251}}
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**Vol. 1 [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/103893-centennial-first-one-hundred-years-centennial-project-of-the-fargo-genealogy-society-vol-01?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library]
**Vol. 2 {{FSbook|6456244}}<br>
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**Vol. 2 [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/102060-centennial-first-one-hundred-years-centennial-project-of-the-fargo-genealogy-society-vol-02?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library]<br>
  
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
{{ND Maps Intro}}
 
{{ND Maps Intro}}
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{{ND Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{ND Cass County}}}}
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/northdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for North Dakota Counties
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/northdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for North Dakota Counties
 
*[http://www.ndgenweb.org/maps.htm North Dakota Maps at NDGenWeb] -historical maps
 
*[http://www.ndgenweb.org/maps.htm North Dakota Maps at NDGenWeb] -historical maps
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=== Military Records ===
 
=== Military Records ===
 
{{ND Military Intro}}
 
{{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''
 
''Civil War''
 
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
 
*'''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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*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/1883pensioners.html Pensioners on the Rolls as of Jan 1, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/1883pensioners.html Pensioners on the Rolls as of Jan 1, 1883] (Genealogy Trails)
 
''World War I''
 
''World War I''
*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4569 North Dakota Military Men 1917-1918] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4569 North Dakota Military Men 1917-1918] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
*'''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] ($)
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*'''1917-1918''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31404 Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-4] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, Cass County] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/military/ww1casualties.html World War I Casualties, Cass County] (Genealogy Trails)
 
''World War II''
 
''World War II''
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''Vietnam War''
 
''Vietnam War''
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, Cass County] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/military/vietnamcasualties.html Vietnam War Casualties, Cass County] (Genealogy Trails)
 
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For further information see [[North Dakota Military Records]].
 
 
*For further information see [[North Dakota Military Records]].
 
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records''
 
''Online Naturalization Indexes and Records''
 
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*'''1868-1924''' - {{RecordSearch|3241359|North Dakota, Naturalization Records, 1868-1924}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*[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
 
*[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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'''Online Probate Records
 
'''Online Probate Records
  
*'''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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*'''1800-1985''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
*[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/probate/ Cass County, N.D., Probate Records (1876-1949)]
 
*[http://library.ndsu.edu/db/probate/ Cass County, N.D., Probate Records (1876-1949)]
  
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*'''1870-1944''' - [http://library.ndsu.edu/db/marriage/ Cass County, N.D. Marriage Licenses (1870-1944)]
 
*'''1870-1944''' - [http://library.ndsu.edu/db/marriage/ Cass County, N.D. Marriage Licenses (1870-1944)]
 
*'''1872-1882''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/marriage.html Cass County ND Marriages, 1872-1882] (Genealogy Trails)
 
*'''1872-1882''' - [http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/marriage.html Cass County ND Marriages, 1872-1882] (Genealogy Trails)
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*'''1872-1958''' - {{RecordSearch|2550852|North Dakota, County Marriages, 1872-1958}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/news_marriages.html Marriage Announcements], various from newspapers. (Genealogy Trails)
 
*[http://genealogytrails.com/ndak/cass/news_marriages.html Marriage Announcements], various from newspapers. (Genealogy Trails)
  
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=== Archives ===
 
=== Archives ===
 
{{ND Archives Intro}}
 
{{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>Libraries NDSU Dept #2080<br>PO Box 6050<br>Fargo, ND 58108-6050<br>Phone: 701-231-8914<br>Fax: 701-231-5632<br>E-mail: [mailto:ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu]<br>[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/ Website]
  
 
=== Family History Centers ===
 
=== Family History Centers ===
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=== Libraries ===
 
=== Libraries ===
 
{{ND Libraries Intro|Cass}}
 
{{ND Libraries Intro|Cass}}
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'''Fargo Public Library Central Library'''<br>102 3rd St N,<br>Fargo, ND 58102<br>Telephone: 701-241-1492<br>E-mail: [mailto:askreference@cityoffargo.com askreference@cityoffargo.com]<br>[http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/Library/ Website]<br>
  
 
=== Museums ===
 
=== Museums ===
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{{ND Societies Intro|Cass}}
 
{{ND Societies Intro|Cass}}
  
''Cass County Historical Society''<br>1351 Main Ave W<br>West Fargo 58078-1321<br>Telephone: 701-282-2822<br>E-mail: [mailto:mwarren@bonanzaville.com mwarren@bonanzaville.com]<br>[http://www.bonanzaville.org/ Website]<br>
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'''Cass County Historical Society'''<br>1351 Main Ave W<br>West Fargo 58078-1321<br>Telephone: 701-282-2822<br>E-mail: [mailto:mwarren@bonanzaville.com mwarren@bonanzaville.com]<br>[http://www.bonanzaville.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
''Casselton Historical Society''<br>PO Box 86<br>Casselton, ND 58012<br>Telephone: 701-347-4163 <br>
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'''Casselton Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 86<br>Casselton, ND 58012<br>Telephone: 701-347-4163 <br><br>
  
''Red River Valley Genealogy Society''<br> c/o Linda Zeutschel<br> PO Box 9284<br> Fargo, ND 58106<br>Telephone: 701-239-4129 or 701-282-2076<br>[http://www.redrivergenealogy.com/index.htm Website]<br>
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'''Red River Valley Genealogy Society'''<br> c/o Linda Zeutschel<br> PO Box 9284<br> Fargo, ND 58106<br>Telephone: 701-239-4129 or 701-282-2076<br>[http://www.redrivergenealogy.com/index.htm Website]<br><br>
  
 
== Websites ==
 
== Websites ==
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*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Cass/ Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/ND/Cass/ Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy and Family History] (Linkpendium)
 
*[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/databases-indexes North Dakota State University Archives], Databases and Indexes
 
*[https://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/databases-indexes North Dakota State University Archives], Databases and Indexes
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/ND/Cass-County.htm Cass County Genealogy] (ldsgenealogy.com)
  
 
== Research Guides ==
 
== Research Guides ==

Revision as of 09:20, 14 January 2020

Guide to Cass 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: Fargo
Organized: January 4, 1873
Parent County(s): Pembina [1]
Neighboring Counties
Barnes  • Ransom  • Richland  • Steele  • Traill  • Clay (MN)  • Norman (MN)  • Wilkin (MN)
See County Maps
Courthouse
NorthDakotaCassCourthouse.jpg
Location Map
North Dakota Cass Map.png
Adoption


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Cass County was named in honor of a railroad executive George Washington Cass.[2] The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Cass County Courthouse
211 9th Street South
PO Bo 2806
Fargo, ND 58103-1833
Phone: 701.241.5646
Cass County Website

Clerk District Court has divorce and court records from 1885.[4]

Cass County, North Dakota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870 1872 1884 1885 1873 1873 1836
*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923.
Full compliance by 1924.[6]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[8]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Addison
  • Amenia
  • Arthur
  • Ayr
  • Barnes
  • Bell
  • Berlin
  • Buffalo
  • Casselton
  • Clifton
  • Cornell
  • Davenport
  • Dows
  • Durbin
  • Eldred
  • Empire
  • Erie
  • Everest
  • Fargo
  • Gardner
  • Gill
  • Gunkel
  • Harmony
  • Harwood
  • Highland
  • Hill
  • Howes
  • Hunter
  • Kinyon
  • Lake
  • Leonard
  • Maple River
  • Mapleton
  • Noble
  • Normanna
  • Page
  • Pleasant
  • Pontiac
  • Raymond
  • Reed
  • Rich
  • Rochester
  • Rush River
  • Stanley
  • Tower
  • Walburg
  • Warren
  • Watson
  • Wheatland
  • Wiser


Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Cass 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[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 8,998
1890 19,613 118.0%
1900 28,625 45.9%
1910 33,935 18.6%
1920 41,477 22.2%
1930 48,735 17.5%
1940 52,849 8.4%
1950 58,877 11.4%
1960 66,947 13.7%
1970 73,653 10.0%
1980 88,247 19.8%
1990 102,874 16.6%
2000 123,138 19.7%
2010 149,778 21.6%
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.[9] See links listed below.

Territory and State Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Church Records
Lutheran Church

  • 1875-1940 - U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940 at Ancestry — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[10]
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Fargo, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[10]
  • Records of the Lutheran Church, Hickson, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).
  • Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories, including those of the county, are available for Cass County. These histories can include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Steele CountyTraill CountyBarnes CountyRansom CountyWilkin County, MinnesotaRichland CountyClay County, MinnesotaNorman County, MinnesotaND CASS.JPG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspapers Online

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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

Online Probate Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

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
E-mail: ndsu.archives@ndsu.edu
Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Fargo Public Library Central Library
102 3rd St N,
Fargo, ND 58102
Telephone: 701-241-1492
E-mail: askreference@cityoffargo.com
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Cass County Historical Society
1351 Main Ave W
West Fargo 58078-1321
Telephone: 701-282-2822
E-mail: mwarren@bonanzaville.com
Website

Casselton Historical Society
PO Box 86
Casselton, ND 58012
Telephone: 701-347-4163

Red River Valley Genealogy Society
c/o Linda Zeutschel
PO Box 9284
Fargo, ND 58106
Telephone: 701-239-4129 or 701-282-2076
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy and History (Genealogy Trails)
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass, North Dakota," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cass_County,_North_Dakota accessed 8/27/2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass County, North Dakota. Page 522 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass County, North Dakota. Page 522 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 517.
  6. 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.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
  9. 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.
  10. 10.0 10.1 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society, Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society.