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Eddy County, North Dakota Genealogy

Guide to Eddy 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: New Rockford
Organized: March 31, 1885
Parent County(s): Foster [1]
Neighboring Counties
Benson  • Foster  • Griggs  • Nelson  • Wells
See County Maps
Location Map
North Dakota Eddy Map.png

County InformationEdit


Eddy County was named for Ezra B. Eddy, a Fargo banker.[2] The County is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County CourthouseEdit

Eddy County Courthouse
524 Central Avenue
New Rockford, ND 58356
Phone: 701.947.2813
Eddy County Website

Clerk District Court has marriage, probate and court records;
Register of Deeds has land records[4]

Eddy County, North Dakota Record DatesEdit

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 1883 1881 1873 1873 1873 1836
*State Dept. of Vital Records started births and deaths in 1923.
Full compliance by 1924.[6]

Record LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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]

Unincorporated communities
  • Brantford
  • Bush
  • Cherry Lake
  • Columbia
  • Colvin
  • Eddy
  • Freeborn
  • Gates
  • Grandfield
  • Hillsdale
  • Lake Washington
  • Munster
  • New Rockford
  • Paradise
  • Pleasant Prairie
  • Rosefield
  • Sheldon
  • Superior
  • Tiffany

Indian Reservations
Spirit Lake Reservation is located primarily in Benson County, with a portion in Benson County. Historically it was also known as Devils Lake Reservation, and sometimes incorrectly referred to as Fort Totten Reservation.


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Eddy 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 RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 1,377
1900 3,330 141.8%
1910 4,800 44.1%
1920 6,493 35.3%
1930 6,346 −2.3%
1940 5,741 −9.5%
1950 5,372 −6.4%
1960 4,936 −8.1%
1970 4,103 −16.9%
1980 3,554 −13.4%
1990 2,951 −17.0%
2000 2,757 −6.6%
2010 2,385 −13.5%
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.[9] See links listed below.

Territory and State Census RecordsEdit

Federal Census RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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
Church Histories of Eddy County

Lutheran Church

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

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

Maps and GazetteersEdit

Benson CountyNelson CountyGriggs CountyFoster CountyWells CountyND EDDY.JPG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military RecordsEdit

Online CollectionsEdit

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

For further information see North Dakota Military Records.

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

Online Naturalization Indexes and Records


For more information, see North Dakota Newspapers.

North Dakota Newspapers Online

North Dakota Newspaper Catalogs


Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

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

Online Probate Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.




Online Death Indexes and Records


Research FacilitiesEdit


North Dakota State University Archives
West Building 3551 7th Avenue
NFargo, 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 CentersEdit

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.




Eddy County Museum and Historical Society
6840 18th Street NE
New Rockford, ND 58356-1707
Telephone: 701-947-5405


Research GuidesEdit


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Eddy County Genealogy and History
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Eddy, North Dakota," in,_North_Dakota accessed 8/27/2018
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Eddy County, North Dakota. Page 523 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. 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, "Eddy 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.