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Find Your Family History in North Dakota Newspaper Archives

Newspaper archives can be the codex to unlocking the mystery surrounding the lives of our ancestors. Once a part of New Spain's Spanish Louisiana territory, the significant events of North Dakota's history have been captured in the pages of local papers. During the Spanish-American War, did one of your patriarchs join Theodore Roosevelt and other cowboys in the nation's first U.S. Volunteer Cavalry known as the Rough Riders? Were they listed in the pages of the very first edition of The Frontier Scout, whose first edition was released in 1864?

By scanning our North Dakota newspaper archives, you can discover whether your family helped build the Northern Pacific Railway, finally laying the lines in Bismarck in 1873. You can discover if they were there when the first commercial telegraph line was extended from Fargo to Winnipeg. Find out what life was like for the cowboys, farmers, and miners in the Rough Rider state many years ago. Find answers to questions you never thought you’d be able to discover.

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North Dakota Genealogy in Newspaper Archives

Newspaper archives bring a new dimension to your North Dakota genealogy. By scouring through the various articles, files, obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, business acquisitions, and local interest pieces, you can flesh out the lives of your kinfolk. Collections of public newspapers such as the Frontier Scout, Bismarck Tribune, the Fargo Express, the Grand Forks Herald, and others teach you so much about the men and women who came before you. Discover their stories today!