Lookup Public Records in Ward CountyNorth Dakota. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Ward County, North Dakota Overview

Ward County is located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. The county was formed in 1888 and named after Dakota territorial legislator Mark Ward. The county seat is Minot. According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2016, the county has a population of approximately 70,210 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,056 square miles of which 2,013 square miles is land and 43 square miles is water. Ward County borders the following counties: Renville County to the north; McHenry County to the east; McLean County to the south; Mountrail County to the west and Burke County to the northwest. Ward County has 25 zip codes. The zip codes are 58716, 58718, 58721, 58722, 58725, 58731, 58733, 58734, 58735, 58740, 58746, 58756, 58759, 58701, 58703, 58707, 58702, 58704, 58705, 58768, 58771, 58779, 58781, 58785 and 58790. The most populated zip code is 58701.

Ward County Recorder’s Office Information

The Recorder’s Office is responsible for filing and recording documents that pertain to personal real property. This office is also required to maintain a permanent record of documents which can include but is not limited to: deeds, mortgages, leases, easements, plats, crop liens, and a variety of other miscellaneous instruments. The Recorder’s Office also records military discharges. Other duties of the County Recorder include maintaining non-judicial records, issuing marriage licenses, and officiating civil marriage ceremonies.

Most documents at the Recorder’s Office are public. The cost for a certified copy is $5 for the first page and $2 for any additional pages, for example a five-page mortgage document would cost $13. The cost for non-certified copies is $1 per page. A written request is required to access the recorded documents. The Request for Recorded Documents form can be found at the following link:

For further information regarding birth certificate request/application form and fees, visit the following link:

For additional information regarding death certificate request/application form and fees, visit the following link:

The complete filing/recording fee schedule of Recorder’s Office can be found in the following link:

The mailing address of the Ward County Recorder’s Office is:

P.O. Box 5005
Minot, ND 58702-5005

The physical address of the Ward County Recorder’s Office is:

Administration Building
225 Third St.
SE Minot, ND 58701
Email: betty.braun@co.ward.nd.us
Phone: (701) 857-6413
Fax: (701) 857-6414
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Betty Braun is the County Recorder of Ward County. She can be contacted at (701) 857-6413 or emailed at betty.braun@co.ward.nd.us

Ward County Recorder’s Office Staffs:

Jade Feldner, Administrative Assistant
Email: jade.feldner@co.ward.nd.us
Phone: (701) 857-6406

Kristin Kowalczyk, Deputy County Recorder
Email: kristin.kowalczyk@co.ward.nd.us
Phone: (701) 857-6411

Elizabeth Pietsch, Administrative Assistant
Email: elizabeth.pietsch@co.ward.nd.us
Phone: (701) 857-6416

Dani Ritchie, Administrative Assistant
Email: dani.ritchie@co.ward.nd.us
Phone: (701) 857-6407

Ward, ND Genealogy and Ancestry Records
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
Total Ancestries Reported 2005-200977,579
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-20091,266
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-2009136
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-2009200
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-2009576
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-2009926
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-2009651
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-20093,404
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-2009148
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-20091,877
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-2009629
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-200924,258
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-2009226
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-2009216
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-20096,854
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-20091,011
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-200928
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-200916,672
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-20091,268
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-200968
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-20091,596
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-2009826
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-20091,290
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-200931
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-200983
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-20092,788
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-2009280
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-2009483
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-2009350
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-200951
Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-20097,318

Ward County Recorder’s Office

Address: 225 Third St. SE Minot, ND 58701
Phone: 701-857-6410

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