Family genealogy can be a great and fascinating road of discovery. People conducting research on genealogy find out about family members from the past and even discover new things about where they come from. When performing a North Dakota genealogy records search, you should know that they are many places to find free information, and some that will cost money. Some of the best places to research for genealogy are through online web pages tailored to getting vital records and state archives with libraries and databases.
North Dakota Department of Health and vital records will issue certified copies of records including births and deaths in the state of North Dakota. The certified copies will come on security paper with an embossed seal to express its authenticity. When ordering these copies a written request is made and sent back to the department of health by mail, facsimile, in person at the office and by way of the internet. Unfortunately, any requests cannot be made through the telephone. Requests for birth and death certificates will take 5 to 7 days from the time the request is made and processed.
Another great place to check out is the State Historical Society of North Dakota. From there you can find many other links to census information, a biographical index and free database to search through. Through the online Dakota information network or ODIN you can search through libraries and archives as either a guest or by signing up. Three methods of search allow you to either perform a basic, advanced or expert search. Whichever method you choose to use during your North Dakota genealogy records, you can search by keywords. Type in the name of someone you are looking for as well as the region in North Dakota such as cities, towns or counties.
For more databases to search through as a free resource is the North Dakota Biography Index provided by North Dakota State University. This website allows you to search by either first or last name of the person you want to find records on. There is also a publication area to search through newspaper articles and books to see if your family member is included in any archives. The great thing about this site is that a birth and death dates are usually included with the name that you enter into the search.
With North Dakota History and Genealogy, their site has been developed for genealogical purposes with many links and usually resources. You can search through the entire site for information about someone you are looking for to add to your genealogy. When looking for North Dakota genealogy records, there are census records, county records and vital records. Of course some of the links will redirect you to the Health Department and State Historical Society so you would benefit most by checking those online sites out first. If you do not find what you are hoping to get from a genealogy records search, try again in another area or web page. Researching genealogy records should be fairly easy to do online.
In the state of North Dakota, genealogy records are handled by the state's Office of Vital Statistics. This office was established by state statute 23-02.1-02. The North Dakota office of vital statistics is responsible for maintaining records of all births, death, marriages and divorces that occur inside the state.
While documents available from the Office of Vital Statistics are often as genealogy records, North Dakota has strict rules governing who has access to the records. If the person listed on a birth record is still alive, only the person named on the record or that person's parent listed on the record may has access to the information. This is part of a new law that went into effect January 1, 2008 in an effort to stop identity theft. This code, 23-02.1-27, also states that birth certificates more than 100 years old are considered public record and a certified copy is available to anyone.