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Did you or your ancestors:

Live in North Dakota prior to Statehood

Prove Up a Homestead in ND


Survive the Dust Bowl of the Dirty Thirties

A Certificate will prove your claim!

Pioneer Certificate

A Pioneer Certificate is available to commemorate a person or their ancestor who lived in the portion of Dakota Territory which became North Dakota before 2 November 1889, the date statehood was attained.


RRVGS began the Homesteader Certificate to allow genealogists to commemorate their ancestor’s proved up Federal Homestead from any date in North Dakota.

Phoenix Certificate

This Certificate is available to any person that can prove that they or their ancestor lived at anytime in North Dakota during the "Dirty Thirties" from 1930 to 1939.

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