Stark County, North Dakota

Stark County

Stark County was established on February 10, 1879 (organized in 1883) from Dakota Territory. The county was named in honor of George Stark, a vice president of the Northern Pacific Railroad.

The Stark County Seat is situated in Dickinson and the county government website is unknown

Areas next to Stark County are Dunn County (north), Mercer County (northeast), Morton County (east), Grant County (southeast), Hettinger County (south), Slope County (southwest), Billings County (west).

Cities and towns located in Stark County are Belfield, Dickinson, Gladstone, Richardton, South Heart, Taylor.

Stark County does have Federal Census Schedules to help in looking into your family tree. Government Population Schedules are available for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Stark Co. Stark Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. Stark Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules is available for 1880. Stark Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be found for 1890. There are free online in addition to printable census forms to assist with your research.

Stark County Society and Family History Resources

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

Stark County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often overlook the value of Stark 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 Stark 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 Stark 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.

  • Stark County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 51 3rd St E, Dickinson, ND 58601
    • Phone: (701) 227-3184
  • Stark 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: 1873
  • Stark 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: 1873 
    • Court Records: 1873
  • 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.

Stark County Links

The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Stark ounty. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Professional Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a cost. This is simply a list that has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to provide your own favorite Stark County genealogy or family history related sites.

Stark Co. ND Books, Newspapers & Publications

Stark Co. ND Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Stark Co. ND Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Stark Co. ND Census Records

Stark Co. ND Cemeteries & Graveyards

Stark Co. ND Church & Bible Records

Stark Co. ND Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Stark Co. ND General and History Websites

Stark Co. ND Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Stark Co. ND Military Records

Stark Co. ND Schools & Directories

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