Family History and Genealogy Resources

Below are resources that are available for research in family history and genealogy. Some resources may only be available at Sitting Bull College or with a password. Contact a librarian at 701-854-8008 or send an email to if you need assistance.

Research Databases

All resources below are available on campus through any Sitting Bull College network. For remote and off-campus access contact Sitting Bull College Library for a user name and password if applicable.

Ancestry Library Edition
A comprehensive searchable database of public records. Includes U.S. Federal Census records from 1790 thru 1930, Indian Census records from 1885-1930, immigration records, military records, the Social Security Death Index, the family history library and more.

Ancestry Library Edition for South Dakota

Denver Public Library Digital Image Collection
Over 120,000 images from Denver Public Library’s Western History and Genealogy collection.

Digital Horizons Photograph Database
Contains thousands of images, documents, videos and oral histories from the Northern Plains region.

Family Search
A growing database of genealogical material provided by the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints.

Great Rivers Network
A database that is a collaboration between cultural heritage institutions in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. It facilitates discovery of diverse resources such as photographs, artifacts, manuscripts, vital records and library catalogs.

Library of Congress American Memory Database
A large collection of images, documents, videos, written and audio items from the Library of Congress and other institutions.

Library of Congress Photographs and Prints Online Catalog
Access to images held in the collections of the Library of Congress

Montana Memory Project: Montana’s Digital Library and Archives
The Montana Memory Project provides access to digital collections and items relating to Montana’s cultural heritage and government.

Perry_Castaneda Library Map Collection
More than 11,000 images of maps held in the Perry Castaneda Library map collection at the University of Texas at Austin.

Smithsonian Institution Online Catalog
Access to images held in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
The Smithsonian’s library collections contain over 1.2 million volumes, including 15,000 journal titles, rare books and manuscripts. SIL collections are particularly strong in natural history, tropical biology, and Chesapeake Bay area ecology; Anthropology; American and African-American history and culture; postal, horticulture and garden history; the history of science and technology; aerospace history, astronomy, and planetary sciences; African, American Asian, contemporary, and design and decorative art; conservation science, and museum studies.

U.S. National Archives Records on Footnote
A growing collection of digital images from the National Archives that are becoming available online for the first time.

Useful Websites

Family History from the Minnesota Historical Society

NDSU Institute for Regional Studies Biography and Genealogy Page

Researching Dakota Family History
A finding aid from the Minnesota Historical Society to help trace your Dakota roots.

State Historical Society of North Dakota Genealogy