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South Dakota Census Notes

Dakota Territory Census Records: What is today known as North Dakota and South Dakota was established in 1861 as Dakota Territory. Territorial census records for Dakota Territory were enumerated in 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1885. These records include all counties in both North Dakota and South Dakota. See 1885 Special Territorial Census of South Dakota at Ancestry.

Federal South Dakota Census Records are available to the public for the following census years: 1860 Dakota Territory, 1870 Dakota Territory, 1880 Dakota Territory, 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.

1890 Federal South Dakota Census Records were destroyed by a 1921 warehouse fire with the exception of one family in Jefferson Township of Union County.  The 1890 Veterans and Widows census schedules did survive the fire and are often used as a helpful census substitute for the lost 1890 South Dakota census records. See A Fire Destroyed The 1890 Census, Bridging the 1890 Census Gap & 1890 Veterans Schedules at Ancestry.

South Dakota State Census Records: The state of South Dakota took the first state census in 1895 and every decade thereafter.  State census years include 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925, 1935 & 1945. The 1905 SD state census included land descriptions. This is helpful to the genealogist as these land descriptions can be used to locate Federal land records. See 1895 State Census of South Dakota at Ancestry & 1905-1945 SD State Census at Family Search

SD Indian Census Records: There were several early censuses of South Dakota's Indian Reservations.  Many of these are available on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, The National Archives and in the South Dakota State Historical Society. See 1885-1940 US Indian Census Records at Ancestry & National Archives Indian Rolls Information & Guide to American Indian Research in SD.

NOTE: it is extremely important to conduct genealogy research in all counties surrounding the county or area where you have found your ancestors in South Dakota.  The boundary lines of SD counties changed frequently and often times, counties were added to other counties or people in one county did business in the courthouse of another county.  See South Dakota: Consolidated Chronology of State and County Boundaries.

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South Dakota Census Records &

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1790-1940 Census Records at Ancestry

1890 Census -Veterans Schedules

1900 Census Online  

South Dakota Databases at World Vital Records

South Dakota Statewide Databases

 

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Join hands with other genealogy researchers. You may locate new cousins and add ancestors to your family tree with these handy genealogical resources.

 Family History Surname Boards
 GenForum Surname Boards
 National Phone Directories
 RootsWeb South Dakota Mailing Lists Index
 Surname Community Search
 South Dakota Genealogy Forum

 

South Dakota Vital Records

Vital Records

Dept. of Health

600 East Capitol

Pierre, SD 57501-2536

Phone: (605) 773-3361

TOLL FREE: 1-800-738-2301

How to Order Vital Records

County Court House Addresses

Genealogy Requests

Register of Deeds Offices in SD

Births, deaths, marriages and divorces from 1905 to the present are on file at the Dept. of Health in the state office and at the county level.

NOTE: Marriages before 1950 and deaths before 1960 are only available for same  day issuance at the County of occurrence.

Wills and probates are on file in each county with the Clerk of the Court.

 

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South Dakota Marriage Records

South Dakota Vital Records

South Dakota Vital Records Information

South Dakota Vital Records Links

 

SD Vital Record Databases

1856-1904 Birth Records Search


SD Maps

South Dakota County Map

South Dakota Historical Maps


Newspapers & Obituaries

South Dakota Newspaper Obits

South Dakota Newspapers

1815-1985 Historical Newspapers


South Dakota Genealogy Links

Census Microfilm Catalogs at NARA

South Dakota Census Project

South Dakota Genealogy

South Dakota Genealogy Archives

South Dakota Genealogy Project

South Dakota Genealogy Societies

South Dakota History Museums

South Dakota Naturalizations Index

State Archives Links

The Dakotas at PBS


SD Native American Records

1876 Little Big Horn Battle

Dewey County - Cheyenne River Reservation

Guide to SD American Indian Research

Myths and Legends of the Sioux


South Dakota Books Online

Andreas Historical Atlas of Dakota

A History of Union County, SD

by Edward Elliott Collins 1937.

Eastern Pennington County Memories

History of Faulk County

by Caleb Holt Ellis, 1909

History of Hyde County

by John B. Perkins, 1908

Prairie Tamers of Miner County, SD

Who's Who in South Dakota Vol. 1

by O. W. Coursey 1910.


US Census Records

 1790-1940 Census Search

 1850 Census Records Search

 1920 Census Records Search

 1930 Census Records Search

 1940 Census Records Search

 Census Search at RootsWeb

 Mortality Schedules Free Search


FREE Genealogy Tools

 Blank Census Forms 1790-1940

 Family Group Sheets

 Pedigree Charts

 Free Genealogy Forms

 Freebies For Genealogists

 US Census Mortality Schedule Indexes


 

 South Dakota

(Territory 1861.  Statehood 1889)

The Dakotas were part of the Louisiana Purchase.  Prior to 1820, Dacotah was part of Missouri Territory.  At different points in time, the western half was attached to Nebraska Territory, while the eastern half was included in Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin Territories.  The area became known as Dakota Territory in 1861. In 1863, the Homestead Act was passed and settlers flooded into the territory.  Dakota Territory was split into North and South Dakota in 1887.


Statewide South Dakota Census Records Online

1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry

1860 Dakota Territory Census Interactive Search Engine

1860 Federal Census Images for Dakota Territory

1860 Federal Census Index

1860 Territorial Census Transcription for Dakota Territory

1870 Federal Census Index and 1870 Census Images

1870 Federal Census Index and Census Transcription for Dakota Territory

1880 Federal Census - Search and View the images

1880 Federal Census Search at Family Search

1880 Federal Census Index and Census Transcription for Dakota Territory

1880 Norwegians in Dakota Territory

1883 Census of Pensioners

1885 Dakota Territory Census

1885-1940 US Indian Census Records at Ancestry

1890 Federal Census Remnants

1895 State Census of South Dakota at Ancestry

1900 Federal Census Index and 1900 Census Images

1905 State Census Index & Images

1910 Federal Census Index

1915 State Census Index & Images

1920 Federal Census Index

1925 State Census Index & Images

1930 Federal Census Index

1935 State Census Index & Images

1940 Federal Census Index and 1940 Census Images

1945 State Census Index & Images

South Dakota Census & Voter Lists at Ancestry

South Dakota Databases at World Vital Records

South Dakota Top Databases of Census Records & Genealogy Records

 

Other SD Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes

1879-1929 Order of the Eastern Star Deceased Members in SD

1884-1938 South Dakota School Record Images

South Dakota Database of Land Records

 


SD Census Records Online by County

Armstrong County Census Records (Formed 1873 from Charles Mix and Hutchinson Counties.  In 1879 it was annexed to Hutchinson County.  Reorganized in 1895 from unorganized territory and parts of Cheyenne, Rusk County and Stanley County.  The county originally included much of the southern part of what it now the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.  In 1898 part of this county was annexed to Stanley County and in 1911, the western part of this county was given to establish Ziebach County.   Armstrong County was eliminated  in 1952/1953 when the remaining land was annexed into Dewey County.

 

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

1909 Business Directory for Cherry Creek

 


Aurora County Census Records (Formed 1879 from Cragin County which was eliminated.)

 

1880 Federal Census Index & 1880 Census Transcription at US Census Project

1883 Census of Pensioners

1883 Census of Pensioners at Genealogy Trails

1885 Census of Confederate Veterans

1885 Census of Union Veterans

1890 Census of Veterans and Widows

1890 Federal Census Index of Veterans Schedules

1890 Federal Census Images of Veterans Schedules

1890 Federal Census Transcription of Veterans Schedules

1900 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

1882-1982 Index to White Lake Centennial History - 100 Years of Progress

1905-1915 Deaths in Aurora County

1905-1980 Index to "Stickney, SD 75th Anniversary

1909 Atlas Name Index

1909-1910 Business Directory

1969 Farm Directory

1983 History of Aurora County Index of Names

Early Homesteaders of Aurora County

Female Pioneers of Aurora County at Genealogy Trails

WWII Casualties

WWII Enlistments in Aurora County

 


Beadle County Census Records (Formed 1879 from Clark, Spink, Kingsbury and Burchard Counties.  Burchard County was eliminated at that time.)

 

1880 Federal Census Index

1880 Federal Census Records Transcription - Pages 29A-32C

1880 Federal Census Records Transcription - Pages 32D-35A

1880 Federal Census Records Transcription - Pages 35B-38D

1880 Federal Census Records Transcription - Pages 39A-40D

1883 Census of Pensioners

1883 Pensioners on the Roll at Genealogy Trails

1885 Census of Confederate Veterans

1885 Census of Union Veterans - Surnames A-K

1885 Census of Union Veterans - Surnames L-Z

1885 Federal Census Mortality Schedule at Genealogy Trails

1890 Federal Census Index of Veterans Schedules

1890 Federal Census Images of Veterans Schedules

1895 State Census Images

1895 State Census Transcription (partial)

1900 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1900 Federal Census Records for Burr Oak Township

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

1888 Methodist Episcopal Church Members

1905-1906 Residents of Rural Sand Creek Township

1905-1955 Death Records

1906 Plat Map Index

1909 & 1916 Business Directories

1913 Patrons Directory

1913 Plat Map Index

1913 & 1942 Phone Directories - files arranged by township

1926 City Directory for Huron

1931 Phone Directory for:

Huron  |  Wolsey  |  Carthage  |  Iroquois

1949 Plat Map Index of Names

1954 Farm Directory

1956 Farm Directory

1977 Farm Directory

Beadle County Biographies at Genealogy Trails

Early Birth Records

Female Pioneers of Beadle County

Huron College Students 1931-32

School Records at Genealogy Trails

WWII Enlistments

WWII Honor Roll

 


Bennett County Census Records (Formed 1909 from from Lugenbeel County, Shannon County, Washabaugh County and Washington County which are all extinct now.  Bennett County was attached to Fall River County until April 27, 1912 when Bennett County was fully organized.)

 

1920 Federal Census Records for Martin Township

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

1916 Polk Business Directory (files arranged by township)

Female Pioneers at Bennett County

Naturalizations Index

WWI Draft Registrations

WWII Enlistments

WWII Honor List

 


Big Sioux (Extinct County.  See Minnehaha County.)

 

No known census online.  Submit census links for inclusion in Census Finder's Directory.

 


Bon Homme County Census Records (Formed 1862 from unorganized Dakota Territory.)

 

1870 Federal Census Images

1870 Federal Census Records Transcription

1883 Census of Pensioners

1883 Census of Pensioners at Genealogy Trails

1885 Census of Confederate Veterans

1885 Census of Union Veterans

1885 Federal Census Mortality Schedule

1890 Federal Census Images of Veterans Schedules

1900 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1900 Federal Census Index for Scotland City

1900 Federal Census Records for Scotland City

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

1861-1961 History of Bon Homme, SD Names Index

1888 Methodist Episcopal Church Members  (Files of Bon Homme County townships, indexed by surname)

1906 Atlas Index of Names

1909 & 1916 Business Directory  (Files of Bon Homme County townships, indexed by surname)

1924 Avon High School Yearbook

1925 Atlas Index of Names

1925 Farm Directory

1969 Farm Directory

Early Homesteaders of Bon Homme County - Surnames A-K

Early Homesteaders of Bon Homme County - Surnames L-Z

Female Pioneers of Bon Homme County

WWII Enlistments

WWII Honor List

 


Boreman County Census Records  (Formed 1873.  In 1895, Boreman County was attached to Campbell County.  In 1900, the residents of Boreman County were included in the Standing Rock Indian reservation census records.  In 1909, Boreman County was eliminated and lands given to Corson County.)

 

1883 Census of Pensioners

Other Records

1909-1910 Business Directory  (Files of Boreman County townships, indexed by surname)

 


Brookings County Census Records (Formed 1862 from Dakota Territory - Original SD County.)

 

1870 Federal Census Images

1880-1990 Census Populations of Brookings County by Township

1883 Census of Pensioners

1883 Pensioners on the Roll at Genealogy Trails

1885 Census of Confederate Veterans

1885 Census of Union Veterans

1890 Federal Census Images of Veterans Schedules

1900 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1900 Federal Census Index and 1900 Census Transcription

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

1886-1906 Danish Immigration

1888 Methodist Episcopal Church Members  (Files of Brookings County townships, indexed by surname)

1897 Atlas - Index of Names from Land Ownership Map

1909 & 1916 Business Directory  (Files of Brookings County townships, indexed by surname)

Biographies of Brookings County Early Residents

WWII Enlistments for Surnames:

A-G  |  H-N  |  O-Z

WWII Honor List

 

 

 

 

 

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