Research Sources for Genealogy are available to researchers in the Orin G. Libby Memorial Reading Room of the State Archives during regular business hours.
The reference staff will attempt to answer specific requests by phone, mail, or e-mail. Due to the small number of staff and the large number of requests, search time cannot exceed twenty minutes per letter. Please do not include more than three requests per letter and provide as much information as possible, including names, precise locations, and dates. No general or surname searches will be attempted. A list of genealogical researchers can be provided if desired.
Interlibrary loan: Although SHSND materials generally do not circulate, most newspapers, North Dakota state censuses, and early atlases are on microfilm and are available through interlibrary loan at a charge of $4 per roll ($2 per roll to North Dakota libraries). We encourage researchers to use this service when extensive searching is required of these materials. With the exception of a duplicate copy of the 1910 census, Federal censuses are not loaned by SHSND. They can be purchased from:
National Archives and Records Administration
612 East Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
State Museum and Store: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
We will also be closed on Christmas Eve this year.
State Archives: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, except state holidays; 2nd Sat. of each month, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
State Historical Society offices: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, except state holidays.