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About Ramsey County

The area that was to become Ramsey County was part of the Dakota Territory which was formed in 1861 and included not only North and South Dakota but also Montana and Wyoming. In 1864, the latter two become the Montana Territory. In 1873 when the Dakota Territory was divided into North Dakota and South Dakota, Pembina County which had been formed in 1867 from Indian Lands was divided into seven counties in addition to the portion that remained Pembina. These counties were Cavalier, Foster, Grand Forks, La Moure, Ramsey, Ransom, and Stutsman. In 1883, a portion was removed from Ramsey County to become Benson county. In 1889, sixteen years after Ramsey became a county, North Dakota became our 39th state.

Ramsey County was established 4 Jan 1873 from Pembina County and organized 25 Jan 1883. The county seat was Creel City, but renamed Devils Lake in 1884. The County was named for Alexander Ramsey (1815-1903), first Governor of Minnesota Territory, later served as state's Governor, US Senator, Secretary of War under President Rutherford B Hayes. Also, he was namesake of Ramsey County, Minnesota.

Andreas' 1884 Historical Atlas of Dakota is a must read for anyone researching in Ramsey County. Many of the early settler's names are listed, particularly the very first to enter, organize and do business in the county. 

Township Map      1888 Territory Map   


Bartlett Highland Center Odessa
Cato Hope Ontario
Chain Lakes Klingstrup Overland
Coulee Lawton Pelican
Creel Lillehoff Poplar Grove
DeGroat Minnewaukan Prospect
Dry Lake Morris Royal
Francher Newbre So. Minnewaukan
Freshwater Newland Starkweather
Grand Harbor Noonan Stevens
Hammer North Creel Sullivan
Harding Northfield Triumph

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The goal of this website is to be of assistance to those people seeking information regarding people who lived in Ramsey County. This goal can only be accomplished with the help of fellow genealogists who share information that will be helpful to others as they search for their Ramsey roots.

Types of information requested:

  • Names of previous and current churches in Ramsey County including addresses and contact information. Histories of churches would also be welcome as long as they have a focus on people.

  • Old confirmation, baptism, and marriage records

  • Military records

  • Old High School Graduation records

  • Histories of early settlers to the county

  • Old obituaries

  • Names of individuals who have family history for specific surnames to share.

  • Early information for county or townships

  • Names of individuals who would be willing to be local resources to genealogists searching from a distance.


Please contact Colleen Goltz prior to submitting any information.

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