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Cass County, North Dakota Genealogy

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


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
Location Map
North Dakota Cass Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Cass County was organized on October 27, 1873. It is named in honor of a railroad executive George Washington Cass. County Seat: Fargo.[2]

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[3]

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

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1872 1884 1873 1873 1873 1880

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1873--Cass County was created 4 January 1873 from Pembina County.
County seat: Fargo [1]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

The following are locations in the county[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • 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 Adams 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: "".

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.[5] See links listed below.

State Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for North Dakota starting in 1910. 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.



  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Enderlin, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

First Lutheran Church, Fargo

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Fargo, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[6]


  • Records of the Lutheran Church, Hickson, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood

  • Records of Zion Lutheran Church, Harwood, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

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]

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

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

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Cass County Historical Society
1351 Main Ave W
West Fargo 58078-1321
Telephone: 701-282-2822

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

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 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. 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.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Cass County, North Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia.
  5. 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.
  6. 6.0 6.1 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.