Kidder County North Dakota Genealogy

Kidder County North Dakota Genealogy

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  • Kidder County Research Sources

  • Kidder County Queries

  • Kidder County Published Resources and Lookup Volunteers

  • 1883 Census Kidder County Veterans & Widows

  • link to Veteran burials and Nationwide Gravesite Locator

  • Index to and scans of 1880 U.S. Census for Kidder County, ND

  • link to North Dakota censuses on line--use back key to return here.

  • county BLM page of homesteads etc.

  • link to US Bureau of Land Management--homesteads etc.

  • North Dakota Geographic Information--maps and all kinds of ND data bases

  • Kidder County Cemetery Index

  • North Dakota State Death Index (New)

  • Indexes to pre 1925 North Dakota marriages--some one line some not

  • Link to Norway Death Index for 1995-2000

  • James River Genealogy Club Page

  • latest Survey of ND Cemetery Books in Print

  • Index to North Dakota entries in the 1885 Dakota Territory Census (use the Back key to return here)

  • Index to North Dakota Naturalization Papers (use the Back key to return here)

  • Index to ND Published Biographies 185,000 biographies from 651 publications, at NDIRS, (use back key to return here)

  • link to Western ND Professional Genealogist Home Page

  • link to the North Dakota State Genealogical Society (page under construction)

  • great Germans from Russia links


  • Kidder County Databases

    History of Kidder County

    Kidder County was established January 4, 1873, and was organized March 22, 1881. Steele was temporarily named the county seat, and popular vote in the fall of 1882 made it permanent. The county was named for Jefferson Parish Kidder (1815- 1883) who served as the Dakota Territorial delegate to Congress, and was an Associate Justice to the territorial Supreme Court. The courthouse had been a hotel owned by Colonel Steele, and was sold to the county in 1885. Kidder county is in grain farming and cattle country, and on the main line of the Burlington Northern Railroad, and Interstate I-94. The county is rich in history of battles fought during the Sibley Expedition of 1863 after the Minnesota uprising. Steele has a current population of 762. If you would like to read more about Judge Kidder and his Indian War, Civil War hero son, a neat new book may interest you. It is "A Dispatch to Custer, the Tradgedy of Lieutenant Kidder", Randy Johnson and Nancy Allan, Mountian Press Publishing Co., 1999. It shows that a Kidder was indeed through Kidder County with the Sibley Expedition, although it was not to become Kidder until later.

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