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North Dakota Deed History

North Dakota is the 39th state to have joined the Union. It was admitted as a state on November 2, 1889. Much of the area encompassing the state was first organized as part of the Minnesota Territory. The Dakota Territory, an organized incorporated territory of the U. S. was created in 1861 and lasted until 1889 when the final portion of the smaller territory was admitted to the Union as the states of North and South Dakota in 1889.

North Dakota has 53 counties. Forty-five of the 53 counties were already formed when statehood was granted. Twenty counties were formed in 1873 during the Dakota Territory period. The most populous county is Cass County, which was one of the original counties. One county, Pembina, formed in 1867, predates the original counties. The first register of deeds in 1867 for the county of Pembina was John E. Harrison.