RRVGS volunteers do research for members and
non-members alike. All fees
are collected before research begins and go directly towards the
operating costs of the Library. As a private library, we receive no tax
dollars and so depend on our members and those that use our services
and buy our publications to
keep our doors open.
We do not research in county
courthouses as county offices have their own staff that will
look up the information you have requested.
We cannot guarantee results but promise to do our
best to fill your
request. Please include complete contact information with each request
including your complete mailing address and
Payment is accepted by personal check, money
by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org, Paying with cash through the mail is
These are the search services we provide:
Headstone Transcription Search
- Funeral Home
- Obituary Search
- North Dakota
Naturalizations Records Search
RRVGS volunteers will search the appropriate
RRVGS holdings for a minimum fee of $30 for two hours of research, $15
for each additional hour.
Please include $30.00
initally to cover the basic searches and based on what we
can find, we will email you with the information you wanted or
an update as to additional hours
required to complete your request. You can then determine if
you would like us to continue or modify your request. We look
forward to working on your family history and thank you for choosing
our society to do this most important work.
RRVGS has hand-copied, transcribed and published
books of headstone
inscriptions for various Minnesota and North Dakota counties. This
information was collected by walking each cemetery and writing down the
information found on each headstone, in the order the stones were
search our published cemetery transcription books for a specific
surname. For a complete list of the counties covered by these books
click on the RRVGS Publications for Sale tab.
The surnames are indexed
To begin this search your request must include these three things:
county name, page number and surname.
The fee is $2/page for each surname. We do
request that the payment be made in advance. For
requests mailed to the Society please include a Self Addressed Stamped
If you do not know the county for the cemetery of
your relative and it is in our service area, you could still request a
manual search by our volunteers of our cemetery and other records for
an initial cost of $30 for the first two (2) hours and $15 for each
Note: Now you can use our
Records Search if County is Unknown
RRVGS has photocopied, with permission, the
records from several area
funeral homes and has produced indexes to these records. Seven indexes
are listed on this web page please click on the RRVGS Funeral Home
Indexes button to access.
records may include information about cause of death, names of parents,
details of the funeral arrangements, names of survivors.
search for the record and copy the page for you. To begin the search
you must provide the deceased's name, the county name, the town name,
the year of death and the identification number as found in the index.
The fee for this search is $5 and includes a copy
of the record.
Note: Clik here for
our Funeral Home Indexes!
RRVGS has clipped obituaries published in the
local newspaper, the Fargo Forum
since November 1975 to date. Fees for this search are based on the
information you provide. If an obituary is found a copy will be sent.
If no obituary is found you will be informed.
applies if name and day, month and year of death are provided for an
obituary published after November 1975. The $10 fee will be required if
you need page and column number for your documentation.
applies if the obituary occurred before November 1975 and you provide
the name, day, month and year of death. Each obituary in this category
is documented as to page and column.
Note: Clik here for
our Online Obituary
applies when the date of death is not known. You must order a
with a minimum charge of $30 for two hours.
$15 each additional hour. When you order an obituary in this category
please specify obituary as
your research objective on the Genealogical Research form.
The following counties are
available: Barnes, Cass, Griggs, Ransom, Richland, Sargent,
Steele, and Traill.
Naturalization records document the citizenship of
ancestor. Naturalization records are among the most useful to learn
about an immigrant ancestor in North Dakota. (Sorry, we have no access
to South Dakota naturalization records.) There are two kinds of
records. The first kind is called the "Declaration of Intent" and the
second kind is the "Petition for Naturalization." To initiate this
search please send your ancestor's name, N.D. county of residence and
approximate date of immigration. Fee is $5 for each
of Intent and $5 for each Petition.
Note: Now you can use our
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