West Fargo Historical Center

Genealogy Help

West Fargo Public Library Staff Genealogist Jackie Marler is excited to take the popular "Ask a Genealogist" program virtual. Marler is available by appointment from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays to assist patrons with their family history research.

Formerly in-person, the "Ask a Genealogist" program allows patrons to sit down with an experienced genealogist to discuss topics such as how to use the West Fargo Public Library resources, where to begin when researching family history, tips and tricks for overcoming research obstacles and other questions patrons may have about genealogy. Those interested in booking an appointment can sign up at www.calendly.com/westfargopubliclibrary.

The West Fargo Historical Center is also open Tuesday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., and by appointment. You may bring your own laptop or use one of the library’s computers when working in the Historical Center.


The West Fargo Historical Center has information on many facets of West Fargo and the surrounding community, along with its citizens. Special attention to the following information is provided:  

  • City information and City Commission minutes on West Fargo (with additional information on Riverside, which merged with West Fargo in 1989)
  • The West Fargo Pioneer (the local newspaper) is available in print (1967 to current) and on microfilm (June 1967 to 2015)
  • Fargo Forum (newspaper) is available on microfilm (November 17, 1891 to December 12, 1955; November 25, 1956 to December 31, 2006)
  • Fargo-Moorhead City Directories (which include the City of West Fargo)
  • West Fargo High School Yearbooks (1946 to 1950; 1953 to 1954; 1960 to 1969; 1971 to 1972; 1982 to 1983; 1985 to 1989; 1991 to present)
  • Berger Middle School Yearbooks (1975 to 1986)
  • West Fargo Middle School Yearbooks (1998 to 2001; 2004)
  • Bonanzaville USA
  • The Sheyenne River Flood Control Project
  • Family histories and obituaries of West Fargo residents (or former residents)
  • Older editions of the Atlas of Cass County (1934 to 1935; 1951; 1975; 1996; 2002)
  • Materials either written by residents or former residents of the area

Materials may not leave the Historical Center/Library premises.


  • Desktop Computer (Software: Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Large Format Scanner (Documents, photographs, and slides)
  • Microfilm Machine
  • Printing (10 cents per page)

Online Genealogy Resources

Ancestry: Search census records, military records, passenger lists and more. Inside library access only.

HeritageQuest Online: Comprehensive source for family history research. Available from Inside the Library or From Home.

Universal Class: Free online classes for career and personal development, including an introductory class on conducting genealogy research.

View a list of some of our recommended genealogy resources, ranging from the North Dakota Division of Vital Records to the National Archives of Norway.


Please consider donating West Fargo High School yearbooks to the West Fargo Historical Center.

West Fargo High School Yearbooks in the Historical Center

West Fargo Historical Center Mission Statement

To collect, preserve and present the history of West Fargo and the West Fargo School District. To entertain and instruct the public. To support research of both local and family history.