Burke Co, North Dakota

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Burke County History

Burke County was included in Imperial Ward County until its division into the counties of Ward, Renville, Mountrail and Burke. Burke County was organized as a county July 15, 1910. The county was named for Governor John Burke, under whose administration it was organized. The county seat is at Bowbells.

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Note:  This search engine will not find  names on a list that has been scanned in jpg format.   This list includes the years 1913 to 1936 in the Portal International  news  paper files

Genealogy sources for Burke County

Other genealogy sources for Burke County
  Burke County Naturalization Records
  Cemeteries of Burke County North Dakota
  Notes and Index for the Columbus Reporter 1908-1957
  Notes and Index for the Portal International 1903-1928, 1930-32, 35-36

This above material on cemeteries and the index for the newspapers  can be found at the Minot Public Library, Minot, N.D.  Also at the Minot Library is an index on Burke County Naturalization Records.  The actual records are at the State Archives and Historical Research Library, 612 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, N.D. click here to see the materials available for genealogical research.at this Library. 

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North Dakota State Genealogical  Society page.   https://sites.rootsweb.com/~ndsgs/index.html


Burke County Archives

This site has more cemetery transcriptions,  Burke Co Census records for  1910 , 1920, 1930, list of townships and BLM records

History of Portal    By Lydel Burton  Pierce  written in 1960

Birth, Death and Marriage Records from the Portal International News  1904 -Dec 1936

1932 Phone Directory for Portal, N.D. and North Portal Sask.

1949 Phone Directory for Portal, N.D. and North Portal Sask.

Pictures of Early Portal    Click Here

If anyone has information to add to these pictures or would like to add a picture contact me at rchillportal@gmail.com

Pictures of Portal High School Basketball Teams with the names of team members       Click Here

List of People that graduated and attended Portal High School 1913-1968          Click Here

Portal Cemetery Records as of November 2000  Click Here

St John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery,
Portal, North Dakota  Click Here

Records of the Norde St. Olaf Cemetery, Larson, North Dakota

Short Creek  Church Cemetery Records


1.  The history of Burke County is  in the two volume book "Burke County and White Earth Valley Historical Society" published in 1971 and 1989.  Most of the families in this history are in Burke County, however some Divide County families may be listed.  Most of the families are listed in volume one published in 1971. This history of Burke County is not longer in print, however it can be found in many locations :

1.  Minot Public Library, Minot, North Dakota
2.  North Dakota State Library, Bismarck, North Dakota
3.  LDS Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
4.  Wayne County Public Library, Genealogy Section, Forth Wayne, Indiana


                                                                                                         Web site  by  Bob Hill   rchillportal@gmail.com

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