Institute for Regional Studies Named Top North Dakota Genealogy Website

Best-State-Websites-LogoFamily Tree Magazine, the best American magazine devoted to genealogy, has named the NDSU Institute for Regional Studies website the best North Dakota website for doing genealogical and family history research in the state. In its article “2010 Best State Websites” in the December issue it gives the “best websites that specialize in genealogy research for each of the 50 U.S. states. The 75 stellar sites on the list represent the go-to bookmarks for browsing America’s past, state by state.”

Its comment about the Institute website states “Search the statewide North Dakota Biography Index, 212,000 naturalization records, the 1885 Dakota Territory census, obituaries from the Fargo Forum newspaper and indexes to Cass County marriages, divorces and probate cases. ‘Fact pages’ will help you start your North Dakota research.”

Rick Crume, local genealogist, speaker and author of Plugging into Your Past: How to Find Real Family History Records Online says “being selected for inclusion in this list is a real honor and something you can rightfully brag about. You and your staff do a great job on the Institute's online databases, and I'd easily rate yours the top genealogical site for North Dakota.”

All total, the various Institute databases contain almost three quarters of a million North Dakota names. Not even included in this number are the databases to the Forum newspaper index and the contents on Digital Horizons website.

Read the entire article about the best genealogy sites for all 50 states at .

We thank all the researchers who use our site, and we hope to continue to grow the resources available for doing family history, genealogy and historical research. We would invite people to join us in indexing books for the North Dakota Biography Index. Please contact us for further details.