Historical Center

Genealogy Help

Genealogist Jackie Marler is available Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. to help with your projects or just answer questions. Bring your own laptop, if you'd like, or use a library computer.


The West Fargo Historical Center is located in the West Fargo Public Library and 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, 1970 to current) and on microfilm (June 1967 to 2014)
  • 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)    
  • 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, and 2002)
  • Materials either written by residents, former residents, or 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 (Images can be saved to the laptop)
  • Printing ($0.10 per page)

Genealogy Websites

View a list of some of our favorite genealogy websites, 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.