Grand Forks County Coroner Certificates, 1882-1989
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A searchable index of the certificates has been created. Please follow this link to access the index.

The Grand Forks County Coroner Certificates date from 1882-1989. The collection consists of 3255 certificates, along with two index books.

The early certificates, dating from 1882 - circa 1906, were not given formal certificate numbers, and instead were filed alphabetically by the last name of the deceased. Some of these early certificates were given a page number from an index book. The page numbering scheme dates from 1903-1906, although some certificates from these years were still filed alphabetically without page numbers. Formal certificate numbers began in 1906, after which each certificate was filed numerically.

The original order of the certificates was maintained. Certificates filed alphabetically without a certificate number are arranged first (Box 1 - Box 2, Folder 36), followed by those certificates which were given a page number (Box 2, Folder 37 - Box 2, Folder 75). The certificates which were given a formal certificate number are arranged last (Box 3 - Box 13). Original order was also kept in housing certificates within individual file folders. The majority of the certificates were processed so that the contents of one certificate are housed in one file folder. Until 1956, many files were quite voluminous, consisting of many different forms, including: the testimony of the coroner as well as witnesses before coroner’s inquests and state’s attorney’s inquests, statements of the coroner’s expenses, an inventory of possessions found on the deceased, reports of the coroner as well as formal death certificates. A very small percentage of the folders contain either newspaper clippings or photographs. After 1956, the majority of certificates are only a single sheet of paper, and hence multiple certificates are housed in each folder.

The Coroner Records can only be viewed by relatives of the deceased. According to the North Dakota Century Code, Chapter 23-02.1-27: "Information in vital records indicating cause of death may not be disclosed except to a relative or personal representative of the deceased, to the attorney or the agent of a relative or personal representative of the deceased, to the child fatality review panel, or upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction."

A searchable index of the certificates has been created. Please follow this link to access the index.

Held at:
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202 9000
Phone: 701-777-4625
Fax: 701-777-3319
Email: und.archives [at] library.und.edu
Record Series Number: OGLMC/1429
Volume: 16.25 Linear Feet
Acquired: 08/00/2000.
More information is available at http://library.und.edu/holdings.php?id=ODIN_ALEPH006482086
Access Restrictions: According to the North Dakota Century Code, Chapter 23-02.1-27: "Information in vital records indicating cause of death may not be disclosed except to a relative or personal representative of the deceased, to the attorney or the agent of a relative or personal representative of the deceased, to the child fatality review panel, or upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction."
Subject Index
Genealogy and Family History
Grand Forks County, North Dakota
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: LaVonne Sigdahl, Grand Forks County Clerk of District Court  Donation; Acc.2001-2523
Related Publications: A searchable index of the certificates has been created. Please follow this link to access the index.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid migrated to Archon in April 2015.