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McLean County, North Dakota

McLean County

McLean County was established on March 08, 1883 from Dakota Territory. The county was named in honor of John A. McLean, first mayor of Bismarck, North Dakota.

The McLean County Seat is situated in Washburn and the county government website is

Areas next to McLean County are Ward County (north), McHenry County (northeast), Sheridan County (east), Burleigh County, Oliver County (south), Mercer County (southwest), Dunn County (west), Mountrail County.

Cities and towns located in McLean County are Benedict, Butte, Coleharbor, Garrison, Max, Mercer, Riverdale, Ruso, Turtle Lake, Underwood, Washburn, Wilton.

Townships include Amundsville, Andrews, Aurena, Blackwater, Blue Hill, Butte, Byersville, Cremerville, Deepwater, Dogden, Douglas, Gate, Greatstone, Horseshoe Valley, Lake Williams, Longfellow, Loquemont, Malcolm, McGinnis, Medicine Hill, Mercer, Otis, Roseglen, Rosemont, Saint Mary, Snow, Turtle Lake, Victoria, Wise.

McLean County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules are available for 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

McLean Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be found for 1890. There are free online in addition to printable census forms to assist with your research.

McLean County Society and Family History Resources

A list of McLean County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

McLean County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often overlook the value of McLean County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of family history and genealogy information. Buried away in North Dakota courthouses and archives just about everywhere are often the aspirations and worries of countless North Dakota residents. The odds are excellent that your chosen ancestors and forefathers have left a detailed record of at least some elements of their lives in the McLean County court records. Even if your forefathers is not mentioned in a Court case, give some thought to all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

I highly recommend you speak to the clerk's office to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other details before visiting or asking for information because of occasionally changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records are available to interested parties, barring private issues. Many employees will help men and women in finding the resources, however it's up to the particular person to complete the basic research.

The following specifics denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and court records are usually in McLean County. The years indicated listed below are the first known records in this county. Some records have been transferred to the State Archives and Historical Research Library.

  • McLean County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 712 5th Ave, Washburn, ND 58577
    • Phone: (701) 462-8212
  • McLean County Register of Deeds / Recorder keeps a record of each patent, deed, mortgage, bill of sale and any document related to these transactions, insuring a permanent record of property ownership; Copies of divorce records.
    • Land Records: 1883
  • McLean County Clerk of Courts responsibilities include issuing Marriage Licenses and filing of Civil, Probate, Small Claims, Criminal Cases and Child Support Court Documents.
    • Marriage Records: 1887
    • Probate Records: 1883 
    • Court Records: 1883 
  • North Dakota Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in North Dakota for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

McLean County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to McLean ounty. Feel free to provide your own favorite McLean County genealogy or family history related sites.

McLean Co. ND Books, Newspapers & Publications

McLean Co. ND Birth, Marriage & Death Records

McLean Co. ND Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

McLean Co. ND Census Records

McLean Co. ND Cemeteries & Church Records

McLean Co. ND Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

McLean Co. ND General and History Websites

McLean Co. ND Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

McLean Co. ND Military Records

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