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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.

South Dakota

Census & Voter Lists


South Dakota Census Records

On CD ROM

SK Publications - South Dakota

 

South Dakota Census Records &

Genealogy Records

by Subscription

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 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)


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

Brown County Census Records (formed 1879 from Mills, Stone and Old Beadle Counties.  Both Mills County and Stone County were eliminated.)

 

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 Part 1   Part 2

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts Part 1   Part 2

Other Records

1888 Methodist Episcopal Records for Brown County

1905 Brown County Atlas Index

1905 Brown County Directory Patrons

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

1911 Brown County Atlas for Henry Township - Index of Names

1911 & 1913 Railroad Workers of Brown County

Biographies of Early  Brown County Residents

Female Pioneers of Brown County

WWII Army Enlistments for Surnames:

A-H  |  H-R  |  R-Z

WWII Honor List

 


Bruguier County (Formed 1862 - Extinct County.  Eliminated 1864,  See Brule County & Charles Mix County.)

 

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

 


Brule County Census Records (Formed 1875 from Charles Mix County)

 

1883 Census of Pensioners

1883 Pensioners on the Roll at Genealogy Trails

1885 Census of Union Veterans - Surnames A-L

1885 Census of Union Veterans - Surnames M-Z

1890 Federal Census Images of Veterans Schedules

1895 State Census Images

1895 State Census Transcription for:

America Township  |  Grandview, Lyon & Plainfield Townships

Smith, Waldro & Willow Lake Townships

1900 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

1905-1910 Death Records

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

1923-1961 Chamberlain High School Lists

1923-1963 High School Class Lists and Yearbook Indexes

1925 Telephone Directory

1932 Telephone Directory

1951 Telephone Directory

Early Homesteaders in Brule County, SD

Female Pioneers of Buffalo County

Naturalization Records

WWII Enlistments

WWII Honor List

 


Buffalo County Census Records (Formed 1873 from unorganized Dakota Territory  - Original County)

 

1870 Federal Census Images

1880 Federal Census Records Transcription (partial)

1883 Census of Pensioners

1883 Pensioners on the Roll at Genealogy Trails

1890 Federal Census Images of Veterans Schedules

1890 Federal Census of Veterans and Widows Schedules

1900 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

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

Female Pioneers of Buffalo County

WWI Draft Registration

WWI Draft Registration Index at Genealogy Trails

WWII Enlistments

WWII Honor List

 


Burdick County (Formed 1883 - Extinct County.  In 1889, the lands were moved to Harding County.)

 


Butte County Census Records  (Formed 1883 from unorganized Dakota Territory and portions of Harding County.)

 

1885 Census of Confederate Veterans

1885 Census of Union Veterans

1890 Federal Census Images of Veterans Schedules

1890 Federal Census of Veterans and Widows Schedules

1900 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

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

1921-2001 Newell High School Graduates

1928-1967 Vale High School Graduates

1941-1960 Nisland High School Graduates

WWII Army Enlistment Records

WWII Honor List

 


Campbell County Census Records (Formed 1873 from Buffalo County.)

 

1880 Federal Census Index

1880 Federal Census Records Transcription

1885  Census of Confederate Veterans

1885  Census of Union Veterans

1890 Federal Census Images of Veterans Schedules

1895 State Census Index

1895 State Census Images

1895 State Census Project

1900 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1910 Census Records of German Russians

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

1888-1988 Centennial Book (contains Campbell County, SD obituaries)

1901-1976 Diamond Jubilee, Herried, SD.

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

1911 Plat Map Index

Female Pioneers of Campbell County

WWII Honor List

 


Charles Mix County Census Records (Formed 1862 from unorganized Dakota Territory - Original County )

 

1883 Census of Pensioners

1883 Census of Pensioners 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

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1910 Federal Census Extraction of Germans from Russia

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

1888 Methodist Episcopal Church Records for Charles Mix County, Edgerton and Castalia

1906 Atlas - Landowners Index

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

1969 Farm Directory

Early Homestead Records.

Surnames starting with:

A-D  |  E-H  |  I-L  |  M-Q  |  R-U  |  V-Z

 

Dutch History in Douglas & Charles Mix Counties

Female Pioneers of Charles Mix County

Indian Allotments Index

WWII Honor List

 


Choteau County (Formed 1883 - Extinct County.  In 1890, Choteau County was attached to Butte County.  In 1894, portions of Choteau County were distributed between Butte County, and Harding County.  In 1898, Choteau County was distributed between Butte County, Meade County and Rinehart County.  On November 8, 1898 Choteau County was eliminated.)

 

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

 


Clark County Census Records (Formed 1873 from Hanson County.)

 

1883 Census of Pensioners

1883 Census of Pensioners at Genealogy Trails

1885  Census of Union Veterans

1890 Federal Census Images of Veterans Schedules

1900 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1900 Federal Census Extraction of Germans from Russia

1910 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

1910 Federal Census Extraction of Germans from Russia

1930 Federal Census Enumeration Districts

Other Records

1888 Methodist Episcopal Church Records for Clark County, Bradley and Vandervoort

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

Clark County Pioneer Stories

Female Pioneers of Clark County

Norwegian Folks of Clark County

WWII Honor List

 

 

 

 

 

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