North Dakota Online Historical Newspapers Summary

 

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 November, 2020; recently added links are in BOLD)

Free Sites:

Statewide Collections:

Chronicling America – North Dakota

Google News Archive

County and Library Collections:

Bottineau Public Library

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

Ellendale Historical Society

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

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

Morton County
Flasher

  • Flasher Hustler
  • Flasher Tribune
  • Dogden News

New Town

  • New Town News and Sanish Sentinel
  • Sanish Sentinel

North Dakota Archive
North Dakota Archives

  • Alkabo Gazette
  • Ambrose Herald
  • Ambrose Newsman
  • Ambrose Tribune
  • Banner
  • Beacon
  • Beulah Beacon
  • Beulah Independent
  • Beulah News
  • Beulah Newspaper
  • Bottineau Courant
  • Cando Record
  • Columbus Reporter
  • Crosby Eagle
  • Crosby Review
  • Dickey County Leader
  • Dickey County Leader and Ellendale Commercial
  • Divide County Farmers Press
  • Divide County Farmers Press and Crosby Review
  • Divide County Journal
  • Dogden News
  • Flasher Hustler
  • Flasher Tribune
  • Fortuna Leader
  • Foster County Independent
  • Hillsboro Banner
  • Journal
  • Kermit News
  • Kermit Republican
  • Mouse River Journal
  • New Town News and Sanish Sentinel
  • Noonan Miner
  • Noonan Republican
  • North Dakota Record
  • Sanish Sentinel
  • Stady Leader
  • Standard
  • The Bottineau Courant And Bottineau County Herald
  • The Journal
  • The Ray Recorder
  • The Tioga Gazette
  • The Western Call And Reeder Times
  • Tioga Tribune
  • Towner County Record Herald
  • Traill County Tribune
  • Westby News
  • Westhope Standard
  • Wildrose Courant
  • Wildrose Mixer
  • Wildrose Plainsman
  • Williams County Leader
  • Williams County Mixer
  • Williams County Plainsman
  • Williams County Plainsman and Paddington Journal
  • Willow Lake Wave

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 79 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 23 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.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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

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

Newspapers
Obituaries
BMD Records
Photos
Yearbooks
Directories
Divorce Records
Naturalizations
Church Records
School Records
Coroner Records
Voter Records
Probate and Wills
Immigration
Mortuary Records
Alumni Records
Cemetery Records

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2 Comments

  1. 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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