North Dakota Land Records

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This entry was originally written by Beth H. Bauman and Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FUGA, FASG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
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the North Dakota Family History Research series.
History of North Dakota
North Dakota Vital Records
Census Records for North Dakota
Background Sources for North Dakota
North Dakota Maps
North Dakota Land Records
North Dakota Probate Records
North Dakota Court Records
North Dakota Tax Records
North Dakota Cemetery Records
North Dakota Church Records
North Dakota Military Records
North Dakota Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
North Dakota Archives, Libraries, and Societies
North Dakota Naturalization
Ethnic Groups of North Dakota
North Dakota County Resources
Map of North Dakota

North Dakota is a Public-Domain State.

The State Archives and Historical Research Library holds a few original records of the General Land Office (GLO) for North Dakota and a microfilmed copy of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) original tract books and survey plats (see North Dakota Archives, Libraries, and Societies). The North Dakota Water Commission, State Office Building, 900 E. Blvd. Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505, maintains original township plats although patents and copies of tract books and plats are located at the BLM, P.O. Box 222, Billings, MT 59107. To search land patents, use the BLM website

After initial purchase, the records of transfer of land at the county level remain in the office of the register of deeds. Most land records in North Dakota are extant at the county level from the time the county was organized.