North Dakota Online Historical Newspapers Summary

Obituary Genealogy Guide

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 April 2022; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – North Dakota

Google News Archive

North Dakota Archives

  • Abercombrie Sentinel
  • Alkabo Gazette
  • Ambrose Herald
  • Ambrose Newsman
  • Ambrose Tribune
  • Beacon
  • Beulah Beacon
  • Beulah Independent
  • Beulah News
  • Beulah Newspaper
  • Bottineau Courant
  • Cando Record
  • Carrington Weekly Independent
  • Columbus Reporter
  • Crosby Eagle
  • Crosby Review
  • Daily News And Times
  • Daily Ward County Reporter
  • Devils Lake News
  • Dickey County Leader
  • Dickey County Leader and Ellendale Commercial
  • Divide County Farmers Press
  • Divide County Farmers Press and Crosby Review
  • Divide County History
  • Divide County Journal
  • Dogden News
  • Farmer’s Weekly Optic
  • Flasher Hustler
  • Flasher Tribune
  • Folkets Avis
  • Fort Abercrombie Scout
  • Fortuna Leader
  • Foster County Independent
  • Grand Forks Herald
  • Grand Forks Plaindealer
  • Grand Forks Republican And Northwest News
  • Grand Forks Weekly Plaindealer
  • Harvey Herald
  • Hillsboro Banner
  • Journal
  • Kermit News
  • Kermit Republican
  • Larimore Leader
  • Minot Daily Optic-Reporter
  • Minot Daily Reporter
  • Minot Weekly Optic-Reporter
  • Mouse River Journal
  • Nelson County Capital
  • New Town News and Sanish Sentinel
  • Noonan Miner
  • Noonan Republican
  • North Dakota Globe
  • North Dakota Independent
  • North Dakota Record
  • North Dakota Review
  • North Dakota State Journal
  • North Dakota Volunteer
  • North Dakota Workman
  • Park River Republican And Adams Enterprise
  • Pierce County Post
  • Ramsey County Courier
  • Richland County Farmer
  • Richland County Farmer Globe
  • Richland County Gazette
  • Sanish Sentinel
  • Stady Leader
  • Standard
  • Steele County Progress
  • Stutsman County Pioneer
  • Sykeston News
  • Sykeston Tribune
  • The Barlow Enterprise
  • The Bottineau Courant And Bottineau County Herald
  • The Burlington Reporter
  • The Campaigner
  • The Carrington News
  • The Carrington Record
  • The Cathay Bee
  • The Citizen
  • The Daily Courier
  • The Donnybrook Mirror
  • The Energy Sun
  • The Fessenden Advertiser
  • The Foster County Independent
  • The Free Press
  • The Glenburn News
  • The Globe Gazette
  • The Grace City Gazette
  • The Grace City Journal
  • The Graphic
  • The Harvey Advertiser
  • The Harvey Herald
  • The Independent Dakotan
  • The Independent Press
  • The Journal
  • The Kensal Journal And North Dakota State Journal
  • The Kensal Progress
  • The Kensal Times
  • The Langdon Times
  • The Maddock Standard
  • The Magic City Sun
  • The McHenry Tribune
  • The Medina Citizen
  • The Mercury
  • The Minot Daily News And Daily Optic-Reporter
  • The Minot Daily News And Minot Daily Optic-Reporter
  • The Minot Daily Optic
  • The Minot Journal
  • The Minot Mirror
  • The Minot Optic
  • The Minot Weekly Optic
  • The New Rockford State Center
  • The North Dakota Presbyter
  • The Park River News
  • The Pettibone Spectator
  • The Pierce County Globe
  • The Pierce County Tribune
  • The Pierce County Tribune And Rugby Optimist
  • The Progressive Democrat
  • The Ray Recorder
  • The Regent Times
  • The Rolette Record
  • The Sheyenne Blizzard
  • The Socialist Advocate
  • The Standard
  • The Tioga Gazette
  • The Wahpeton Times
  • The Ward County Independent
  • The Weekly X-Rays
  • The Wells County News
  • The Western Call And Reeder Times
  • The Williams County Press
  • The Williston Tribune
  • The Woodworth Rustler
  • Tioga Tribune
  • Towner County Record Herald
  • Traill County Times
  • Traill County Tribune
  • Wahpeton Gazette
  • Wahpeton Globe
  • Ward County Independent
  • Ward County Reporter
  • Ward County Reporter And The Minot Journal
  • Wells County Gazette
  • Westby News
  • Westhope Standard
  • Wildrose Courant
  • Wildrose Mixer
  • Wildrose Plainsman
  • Williams County Banner
  • Williams County Leader
  • Williams County Mixer
  • Williams County Plainsman
  • Williams County Plainsman and Paddington Journal
  • Willow Lake Wave

County and Library Collections:

Bottineau County

Bottineau Public Library

  • Bottineau Courant
  • Standard
  • The Bottineau Courant And Bottineau County Herald
  • The Western Call And Reeder Times
  • Westhope Standard
  • The Standard

Dickey County

Ellendale Historical Society

  • Dickey County Leader and Ellendale Commercial
  • North Dakota Record
  • Dickey County Leader

Divide County

Divide County Library

  • Alkabo Gazette
  • Ambrose Herald
  • Ambrose Newsman
  • Ambrose Tribune
  • Census
  • Columbus Reporter
  • Crosby Eagle
  • Crosby Review
  • Divide County Farmers Press
  • Divide County Farmers Press and Crosby Review
  • Divide County Journal
  • Fortuna Leader
  • Foster County Independent
  • Journal
  • Kermit News
  • Kermit Republican
  • Mouse River Journal
  • Noonan Miner
  • Noonan Republican
  • Stady Leader
  • Westby News
  • Wildrose Courant
  • Wildrose Mixer
  • Wildrose Plainsman
  • Williams County Leader
  • Williams County Mixer
  • Williams County Plainsman
  • Williams County Plainsman and Paddington Journal
  • Willow Lake Wave

Foster County

Carrington City Library

  • Carrington Weekly Independent
  • Daily News And Times
  • Devils Lake News
  • Folkets Avis
  • Foster County Independent
  • Grand Forks Herald
  • Grand Forks Plaindealer
  • Grand Forks Republican And Northwest News
  • Grand Forks Weekly Plaindealer
  • Harvey Herald
  • Larimore Leader
  • Nelson County Capital
  • North Dakota Independent
  • North Dakota Review
  • North Dakota State Journal
  • North Dakota Volunteer
  • North Dakota Workman
  • Park River Republican And Adams Enterprise
  • Pierce County Post
  • Ramsey County Courier
  • Steele County Progress
  • Stutsman County Pioneer
  • Sykeston News
  • Sykeston Tribune
  • The Barlow Enterprise
  • The Burlington Reporter
  • The Carrington News
  • The Carrington Record
  • The Cathay Bee
  • The Citizen
  • The Daily Courier
  • The Donnybrook Mirror
  • The Energy Sun
  • The Fessenden Advertiser
  • The Foster County Independent
  • The Free Press
  • The Glenburn News
  • The Grace City Gazette
  • The Grace City Journal
  • The Graphic
  • The Harvey Advertiser
  • The Harvey Herald
  • The Independent Dakotan
  • The Kensal Journal And North Dakota State Journal
  • The Kensal Progress
  • The Kensal Times
  • The Langdon Times
  • The Maddock Standard
  • The Magic City Sun
  • The McHenry Tribune
  • The Minot Journal
  • The Minot Optic
  • The New Rockford State Center
  • The North Dakota Presbyter
  • The Park River News
  • The Pettibone Spectator
  • The Progressive Democrat
  • The Sheyenne Blizzard
  • The Socialist Advocate
  • The Weekly X-Rays
  • The Wells County News
  • The Williams County Press
  • The Williston Tribune
  • The Woodworth Rustler
  • Traill County Times
  • Ward County Reporter
  • Wells County Gazette
  • Williams County Banner

Morton County
Flasher

  • Flasher Hustler
  • Flasher Tribune
  • Dogden News

Mountrail County

New Town

  • New Town News and Sanish Sentinel
  • Sanish Sentinel

Pierce County

Heart of America Library

  • The Pierce County Globe
  • The Pierce County Tribune
  • The Pierce County Tribune And Rugby Optimist

Richland County

Leach Public Library

  • Abercrombie Sentinel
  • Fort Abercrombie Scout
  • North Dakota Globe
  • Richland County Farmer
  • Richland County Farmer Globe
  • Richland County Gazette
  • The Globe Gazette
  • The Independent Press
  • The Medina Citizen
  • The Mercury
  • The Regent Times
  • The Rolette Record
  • The Wahpeton Times
  • Wahpeton Gazette
  • Wahpeton Globe

Traill County
Hillsboro

  • Hillsboro Banner
  • Traill County Banner

Williams County

Tioga Tribune

  • Tioga Tribune
  • The Tioga Gazette
  • The Ray Recorder

Student Collections:

Bismarck State College – Bismarck

Dickinson State University – Dickinson

Ellendale High School – Ellendale

Lake Region State College – Devils Lake

Minot State University – Minot

North Dakota State University – Fargo

University of Jamestown – Jamestown

University of North Dakota – Grand Forks

Valley City State University – Valley City

Miscellaneous Collections and Indexes:

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Newspapers 1933-1941​

Independent Voices – Alternative Newspapers

  • My Knot

Small Town Papers

Newspaper Abstracts – North Dakota

For Obituary Indexes, transcriptions, and other death/obituary information from historic newspapers, please check out the Obituaries page.

Other Free Sites:

Bismarck

Bowbells

Ellendale

Fargo

Fort Totten

Fort Union

Subscription or Pay Sites:

Ancestry.com:

There are currently 21 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Ancestry – North Dakota Newspapers

Genealogy Bank:

There are currently 84 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Genealogy Bank – North Dakota Newspapers

Newspaper Archive:

There are currently 46 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspaper Archive – North Dakota

Newspapers.com:

There are currently 27 publications available at this site. See all the titles at Newspapers.com – North Dakota

And Finally:

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.

For more links for different states, provinces, and countries – please see the Newspaper Links page on this website.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

For other Free North Dakota Links, click on the category of interest:

Newspapers
Yearbooks
Births
Marriages
Deaths
BMD Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records
Church Records
Coroner Records
Criminal Records
Directories
Divorce Records
Immigration Records
Military Records
Mortuary Records
Naturalizations
Obituaries
Photos
Probate and Wills
School Records
Tax Records
Voter Records

2 replies on “North Dakota Online Historical Newspapers Summary”

Would love to see some more and also “North Dakota Territories” if that is possible. My great Grandfather was Johan Mikkal Herberg and he and his wife were among the first settlers of Fargo. In fact, my great Grandfathers log house that he built is in Bonanzaville, attributed to the Hector family but it is not theirs.

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