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Vital Records:


A law requiring registration of births and deaths was enacted in 1893 but repealed in 1895, then reenacted in 1899. However, the law was not well-complied with in the early years and registration was not considered complete until 1923. 




Birth records from 1870 to present


Death records from 1881 to present


Marriage records from July 1925 to present



The above records are all available from:


North Dakota Department of Health

Vital Records

600 East Boulevard - Dept. 301

Bismarck ND 58505-0200


These records can be ordered on-line at:

North Dakota Department of Health - Division of Vital Records



Census Records:


State census records are available from:


State Archives and Historical Research Library

State Historical Society of North Dakota

612 East Boulevard Avenue

Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0830

Division Offices (701) 328-2668

Reference Desk (701) 328-2091

Fax (701) 328-3710


For more information on the census records available go to:

North Dakota State Historical Society - Census Records



For information on other information available from the State Historical Society go to:

North Dakota State Archives and Historical Research Library








Marriage records before July 1925


Probate records


Guardianship records


Naturalization and Citizenship records


Land and Property records


School Records


The above records are all available from:


Towner County Courthouse

Cando, North Dakota  58324



Towner County Government





Towner County Record Herald

423 Main

Cando, ND 58324

Record Herald Newspaper


Devils Lake Journal


MUSEUMS   (some not in Towner County but located nearby)

Towner County Historical Museum


Museum exhibits include a horse-drawn hearse, antique automobiles, workings of an old store, delicate Bavarian crystal, dolls and a restored

Soo Line Railroad depot that is fully equipped with period furnishings. Open Sunday afternoons, Memorial Day-Labor Day.


Main Street

Egeland ND


Cando Pioneer Foundation

c/o Harley Volden, Secretary-Treasurer

622 6th Avenue

Cando, North Dakota  58324


The Foundation has no members or dues and relies on memorials and contributions for use in preserving Cando’s history. The business is overseen by a five member board that meets once every month.


Pioneer Daughters Museum

Cavalry Square

Fort Totten, ND 58335

(701) 766-4636

Located about 40 miles southwest of Lakota - Fort Totten was an Army outpost from 1867 until 1890 and today is one of the nation’s best preserved forts of the Indian War era. 


Lake Region Heritage Center

502 4th

Devils Lake, ND 58301

(701) 662-3701


A small museum featuring artifacts from this area’s past. Located about 25 miles west of Lakota. 



List from The Virtual Library



Museums in the USA - North Dakota

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