North Dakota is one of the states that does not have a single central online state repository for searching historical newspapers, but they use the Library of Congress Chronicling America site as their main site for searching old newspapers. There are many free online newspapers on other sites and collections available on subscription sites. Below is a list of where the titles are stored and the link so that you can access them.
There are almost 1,500 newspapers that have been published in the Peace Garden State - certainly not all of them are searchable online. But there are several that are indeed available. So go for it - find your North Dakota ancestors and all the interesting articles that capture the stories of their lives.
Please note that I have not always entered the dates that are included in the collections, as I suspect they will change as more items are digitized. Also I suspect that some of these links may change over time - so if there is a dead link - please use your favorite search engine to find their new location.
(Updated June, 2017)
Chronicling America - North Dakota
- Beach, Billings County, N.D., 1905-1916 - Golden Valley chronicle.
- Bismarck, D.T. [N.D.], 1873-1875 - The Bismarck tribune. volume
- Bismarck, D.T. [N.D.], 1875-1878 - Bismarck weekly tribune.
- Bismarck, D.T. [N.D.], 1875-1881 - Bismarck tri-weekly tribune.
- Bismarck, D.T. [N.D.], 1878-1884 - Bismarck tribune.
- Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.], 1881-1916 - Bismarck daily tribune.
- Bismarck, Dakota [N.D.], 1884-1943 - Bismarck weekly tribune.
- Bismarck, N.D., 1916-current - The Bismarck tribune.
- Bowbells, Ward Co., N.D., 1899-1969 - The Bowbells tribune.
- Cooperstown, Griggs Co., Dak. [N.D.], 1883-1884 - Cooperstown courier.
- Cooperstown, Griggs Co., Dak. [N.D.], 1885-1885 - Griggs County courier.
- Cooperstown, Griggs Co., Dak. [N.D.], 1885-1902 - Griggs courier.
- Cooperstown, Griggs Co., N.D., 1902-1913 - The Cooperstown courier.
- Devils Lake, N.D., 1909-1915 - Devils Lake inter-ocean.
- Devils Lake, N.D., 1911-1911 - The Devils Lake world.
- Devils Lake, N.D., 1911-1914 - Devils Lake weekly world.
- Devils Lake, N.D., 1914-1915 - Devils Lake world.
- Devils Lake, N.D., 1915-1920 - The Devils Lake world and inter-ocean.
- Devils Lake, N.D., 1920-1982 - The Devils Lake world.
- Devils Lake, Ramsey Co., Dakota [N.D.], 1884-1905 - Devils Lake inter-ocean.
- Devils Lake, Ramsey County, N.D., 1905-1909 - Devils Lake inter-ocean and Devils Lake free press.
- Dickinson, Stark County, D.T. [i.e. N.D.], 1883-1927 - The Dickinson press.
- Fargo, N.D., 1915-1921 - The nonpartisan leader.
- Fort Yates, Sioux County, N.D., 1914-1929 - Sioux County pioneer.
- Grand Forks, N.D., 1906-1914 - The evening times.
- Grand Forks, N.D., 1914-1914 - Grand Forks daily herald and the evening times.
- Grand Forks, N.D., 1914-1916 - Grand Forks daily herald.
- Grand Forks, N.D., 1916-1955 - Grand Forks herald.
- Hope, N.D., 1882-1964 - The Hope pioneer.
- Jamestown, Stutsman County, D.T. [N.D.], 1878-1882 - Jamestown alert.
- Jamestown, Stutsman County, D.T. [N.D.], 1882-1925 - Jamestown weekly alert. volume
- Langdon, N.D., 1891-1920 - Courier Democrat.
- Langdon, N.D., 1920-1921 - Cavalier County farmers press.
- Little Missouri, Dakota [i.e. N.D.], 1884-1886 - The Bad Lands cow boy.
- Minot, Ward County, N.D., 1902-1965 - The Ward County independent.
- Oakes, Dickey County, D.T. [i.e. N.D.], 1883-1898 - Oakes weekly Republican.
- Oakes, N.D., 1898-1906 - Oakes Republican.
- Oakes, N.D., 1906-current - The Oakes times.
- Pembina, Dakota [N.D.], 1883-1928 - The pioneer express.
- Valley City, N.D., 1912-1922 - The weekly times-record.
- Wahpeton, Richland County, Dakota [N.D.], 1879-1919 - The Wahpeton times.
- Washburn, McLean County, N.D., 1890-1986 - The Washburn leader.
- Williamsport, D.T. [i.e. N.D.], 1884-current - Emmons County record.
- Williston, Williams County, N.D., 1895-1919 - Williston graphic.
Small Town Papers
- The Billings County Pioneer Beach, North Dakota
- The Dickey County Leader Ellendale, North Dakota
- Golden Valley News Beach, North Dakota
- Lake Metigoshe Mirror Bottineau, North Dakota
- Mouse River Journal Towner, North Dakota
- The New Salem Journal New Salem, North Dakota
- The Oakes Times Oakes, North Dakota
- Turtle Mountain Star Rolla, North Dakota
- Valley News and Views Drayton, North Dakota
- Walsh County Press Park River, North Dakota
North Dakota State University Newspaper and Periodical Indexes
- Fargo Forum, 1879-1995
- The Spectrum, 1896-
- The Record, 1895-1905
- It's Happening at State, 1967-1998
- Bison Briefs, 1917 – Present
Fargo Forum Obituaries
North Dakota Obituaries Archive (index is free; articles pay)
Other Free Sites:
Beach Bismarck Bottineau Drayton Ellendale Fargo
- Fargo Forum Obituaries
- The Spectrum Index (Index only)
- The Spectrum Archives
- Fargo Forum Newspaper Index, 1879-1995 (Index only)
- Nonpartisan Leader
- Herald (Index only)
Subscription or Pay Sites:
There are currently 13 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry - North Dakota Newspapers
There are currently 34 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank - North Dakota Newspapers
There are currently 7 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive - North Dakota
There are currently 8 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com - North Dakota.
Links to Follow:
There are several ways to keep up with new collections as they are digitized and made available online. Two of my favorites:
- Historical Newspapers Online from the University of Pennsylvania
- Historical U.S. Newspapers Online from Bowling Green State University
You also need to visit the State Historical Society site from time to time, which can tell you what is occurring in the state with regard to online newspaper availability. There are also other useful newspaper-related resources at that site.
Please note - even more may be available via a local or state library where a library card is required. And of course there is always microfilm for those that have not been made available online as yet.
Good luck and happy hunting!
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