About Ramsey County
The area that was to become
Ramsey County was part of the Dakota Territory
which was formed in 1861 and included not only
North and South Dakota but also Montana and
Wyoming. In 1864, the latter two become the
Montana Territory. In 1873 when the Dakota
Territory was divided into North Dakota and
South Dakota, Pembina County which had been
formed in 1867 from Indian Lands was divided
into seven counties in addition to the portion
that remained Pembina. These counties were
Cavalier, Foster, Grand Forks, La Moure, Ramsey,
Ransom, and Stutsman. In 1883, a portion was
removed from Ramsey County to become Benson
county. In 1889, sixteen years after Ramsey
became a county, North Dakota became our 39th
Ramsey County was established 4 Jan 1873 from Pembina County and organized
25 Jan 1883. The county seat was Creel City, but
Devils Lake in
1884. The County was named for
(1815-1903), first Governor of Minnesota
Territory, later served as state's Governor, US
Senator, Secretary of War under President
Rutherford B Hayes. Also, he was namesake of
Ramsey County, Minnesota.
Atlas of Dakota is a must read for
anyone researching in Ramsey County. Many of the
early settler's names are listed, particularly
the very first to enter, organize and do
business in the county.
The goal of this website is to be of
assistance to those people seeking information regarding people who
lived in Ramsey County. This goal can only be accomplished with the
help of fellow genealogists who share information that will be
helpful to others as they search for their Ramsey roots.
Types of information
Names of previous and current churches in
Ramsey County including addresses and contact information.
Histories of churches would also be welcome as long as they have
a focus on people.
Old confirmation, baptism, and marriage
Old High School Graduation records
Histories of early settlers to the county
Names of individuals who have family history
for specific surnames to share.
Early information for county or townships
Names of individuals who would be willing to
be local resources to genealogists searching from a distance.
Colleen Goltz prior to submitting