Wells County, North Dakota
Wells County was established as Gringras County in 1873 from Buffalo County, it as renamed Wells County on February 26, 1881 (organized on August 28, 1884).
The Wells County Seat is situated in Fessenden and the county government website is unknown
Townships include Berlin, Bilodeau, Bremen, Bull Moose, Cathay, Chaseley, Crystal Lake, Delger, Fairville, Forward, Fram, Germantown, Haaland, Hamburg, Hawksnest, Heimdal, Hillsdale, Johnson, Lynn, Manfred, Norway Lake, Oshkosh, Pony Gulch, Progress, Rusland, Saint Anna, Silver Lake, South Cottonwood, Speedwell, Sykeston, Valhalla, Wells, West Norway, West Ontario, Western, Woodward.
Wells 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.
Wells Co. Wells Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. Wells Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules is available for 1880. Wells Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be found for 1890. There are free online in addition to printable census forms to assist with your research.
Wells County Society and Family History Resources
A list of Wells County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
- North Dakota State Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- Wells County Historical Society, 903 4th St. N.E., Fessenden, ND 58438, 701-547-3684
- Bowdon Museum & Library, 232 40th Ave. NE, Bowdon, ND 58418
- Manfred Heritage Museum, Inc.P. O. Box 321, Harvey, ND 58341-0321, 701-547-2564 (summer) or 701-324-2027
- Wells County, North Dakota Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com)
- Wells County, North Dakota Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
- USGenWeb Archives for Wells County (usgwarchives.net)
Wells County Courthouse and Government Records
Genealogist often overlook the value of Wells 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 Wells 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.
- Wells County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 120 West 8th Street, Harvey, ND 58341
- Phone: 701-324-2000
- Wells County Register of Deeds / Recorder
- Land Records: 1873
- Wells County Clerk of Courts
- 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.
- Ordering Vital Records – You can also order Order Electronically Online or You can download an application for North Dakota Birth Certificate, Death Certificate Applications. Certified copies of marriage records must be issued by the county where the license was originally filed. Copies of divorce records can only be obtained from the county clerk or recorder in the county in which the divorce filed.
Wells County Links
The following are links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relevant to Wells County. Feel free to provide your own favorite Wells County genealogy or family history related sites.