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This Week’s Survey: West and Pacific States

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

Last week’s survey asked about social media websites. 56% of respondents have a Facebook page, but only 4% follow Twitter. 5% don't tweet or have a Facebook page, but do use other social media websites. 40% of respondents do not use any social media websites.

 

This week’s survey is the final follow-up survey for our state interests survey. It applies only to those who have research interests in the West and Pacific areas of the country.

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Name Origins: Antoinette

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Staff Genealogist

ANTOINETTE (f): A French diminutive form of a Roman family name, Antonius. The fate of Marie Antoinette (1756–1793, born Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, Archduchess of Austria), Queen of France, excited pity and horror in the English-speaking world.

North Dakota State University – Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative

The NDSU Institute for Regional Studies“collects, preserves and makes accessible unique and rare historical materials that provide resources for the study of North Dakota and the region.” Click on the Databases & Indexes link in the contents list to access a number of useful resources, some of which are described below. Many of the databases are related to Cass County, located in the southeastern part of the state.

 

 

Databases and Indexes

Cass County, N.D. Divorce & Civil Cases Records

This database indexes civil and divorce case files for Cass County for the period from the 1870s through 1942. It includes more than 3,300 records. You can search the index by plaintiffs and defendants, attorneys only, or attorneys, plaintiffs and defendants. Searches can be limited by type (divorce or all cases) and by year. The data fields include the plaintiff’s name and attorney’s name, defendant’s name and attorney’s name, dates of proceedings, case number and case notes.

 

Cass County, N.D. Marriage Licenses

This index can be searched by last name and first name of the bride or groom. While it covers the period from the early 1870s through July 1944, you should note that marriage licenses were not required until 1887. The data fields in the results returned include groom’s full name, bride’s full name, marriage date, license number, and note.

 

Cass County, N.D. Probate Records (1876-1949)

This index can be searched by last name and first name. It covers the period from 1876 through 1949. The data fields in the results returned include name, case number, and notes. The notes field may contain information such as death date, place of death, place of residence, and types of documents in the file.

 

Dakota Territory 1885 Census

The census database project, under the leadership of the Institute, indexed all of the original Dakota Territory 1885 Census schedules for the counties that make up the state of North Dakota. The database contains more than 150,000 names. You can search it by last name, first name, nativity, and county and browse by occupation. The data fields include name, age, relation, occupation, nativity, address, city, enumeration district, and county. The name field is an active link. Click on it to view a transcription of the page on which the individual appeared.

 

Fargo Forum Obituary Index

This database covers the following periods: October 1892 to 1909 and from November 1982 to 1995, with partial indexing for other years. The index currently contains more than 70,000 names, with records being added on a regular basis. The database can be searched by last name, first name, city, and publication date. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, age, city, state, publication date, page, paper, and comments.

 

North Dakota Naturalization Records Index

This index was compiled at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. It has been made available as a searchable database on the Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives website. The index contains more than 200,000 names. The database can be searched by last name, first name, country of origin, and county. The data fields include last name, first name, country, papers (1st or 2nd), date, county, volume, page, and comments.

 

For many of the databases described above, you can click on the link to the information page to learn more about the resource and how to order copies of records.

 

Digital Collections

Click on the Digital Collections link in the contents list to access the digital resources. The digital collections at the Institute for Regional Studies and University Archives include the Cal Olson Photograph Collection, H.L. Bolley Photograph Collection, and Fargo Public Library Photograph Collection, among many others. In addition, there is an oral history collection that might be of interest to family history researchers, North Dakota Voices from the Past. You can browse through the collection or search for a particular individual or topic. All of the digital collections can be accessed from this page, as well.


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