Who We Are
HISTORY OF THE
NORTH DAKOTA STATE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, INC
The NDSGS was established in 1996. Early organizers felt that such a group could better help local societies coordinate activities, become informed on what other societies were doing, and as a group speak more strongly with respect to future legislation with one combined voice of North Dakota genealogical interests. A steering committee was formed and invitations for area society delegates were sent out. A constitution and by-laws were the business of the group for the first several meetings. One ongoing task has been to encourage the donation of genealogical information pertaining to North Dakota to the North Dakota State Archives. One early project of the group was to help in indexing the 1885 Dakota Territory census. That census index is now on line on pages of the North Dakota State Historical Society and the Instutute for Regional Studies of NDSU.
Non-profit status was established with the state and federal governments more recently. The group to date has generated an interest for local societies to make pre-1925 marriage records, and early school census records more easily available for use. The group has taken an interest in regulations of the State Health Department in the care and operation of cemeteries and their records. Compilation of cemetery books and indexes of funeral home records have been encouraged by this group.
Genie Lang, President, Bismarck, ND Email Me
Daphne Drewello, Vice President, Bismarck, ND Email Me
Erling Olson, Second Vice President, Jamestown, ND Email Me
Patrice Hartman, Treasurer, Regent, ND Email Me
Secretary Position Is Open, contact another board member if you are interested
If you would like to become an individual or supporting member and receive our newsletter, contact our treasurer, Patrice Hartman. Or, fill out and mail this Membership Form.
Meetings are held three times a year in the months of April, July and October. The usual meeting date is the second Friday of the month at 1 PM Central Time at the Heritage Center in Bismarck.
The objectives of North Dakota State Genealogical Society (NDSGS) are to:
The repository for the NDSGS is on file with the North Dakota State Historical Society.
The North Dakota Death Index is now online. Website: https://secure.apps.state.nd.us/doh/certificates/deathCertSearch.htm
The index covers the time period of 1881 to about one year ago. It will be updated monthly. Not all of the early deaths were recorded so the early time period is not complete. Online ordering is available through the index.
The website is the result of an two year project by a committee composed of staff from the State Historical Society of North Dakota, the North Dakota State Genealogical Society (NDSGS) and the North Dakota Department of Health's Division of Vital Statistics.
The website was made possible by funding and support provided by the NDSGS, which received an initial grant of $1000 from the North Dakota Community Foundation. The Society was then able to raise more than $2000 in matching funds/donations from other genealogical societies and genealogists from North Dakota and other states.