South Dakota Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—South Dakota

Explore research in South Dakota.


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Goal 1: Learn about South Dakota research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your South Dakota ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic South Dakota research strategies.
    FS—Basic South Dakota Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for South Dakota research on Ancestry.
    AC—South Dakota Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for South Dakota research.
    AC—South Dakota State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the South Dakota Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—South Dakota Record Finder






Goal 2: Learn about South Dakota archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Dakota archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Dakota archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: South Dakota Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the South Dakota state archives.
  3. Explore South Dakota Dept. of Archives collection.
  4. Explore the Books We Own site for South Dakota genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  5. Search for free online books on South Dakota research on the FamilySearch site.
  6. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about South Dakota city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Dakota city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Directories
  2. Explore South Dakota city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore South Dakota city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore South Dakota historical directories by county.


Goal 3: Learn about South Dakota vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Dakota vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Dakota vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: South Dakota Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the South Dakota Public Health site.
  3. Search for online South Dakota vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore South Dakota birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore South Dakota birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Explore additional links for South Dakota vital records on the Linkpendium site.

B. Explore South Dakota marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for South Dakota marriage records.
  2. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for South Dakota death records.
  3. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for South Dakota obituaries.
  4. Find additional resources for South Dakota obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore South Dakota death records, indexes, and obituaries.

C. Explore South Dakota census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of South Dakota censuses in this article.
    FS—South Dakota Census
  2. Learn about South Dakota census records.
    Census Records for South Dakota
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for South Dakota state and county census records.
  4. Explore South Dakota census records on the AccessGenealogy site.


Goal 4: Learn about South Dakota church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Dakota church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of South Dakota church records in this article.
    FS—South Dakota Church Records
  2. Learn about South Dakota church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—South Dakota Church Records

B. Explore South Dakota cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore South Dakota cemetery records in this article.
    FS—South Dakota Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for South Dakota cemetery records.
  3. Search for South Dakota cemetery records online.
  4. Explore South Dakota cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  6. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  7. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  8. See additional cemetery resources on the South Dakota Linkpendium site.


Goal 5: Learn about South Dakota emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Dakota emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Dakota emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about South Dakota migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Migration


Goal 6: Learn about South Dakota military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Dakota military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to South Dakota military records.
    South Dakota Military Records
  2. Learn about South Dakota military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Military Records
  3. Explore South Dakota military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore South Dakota military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore South Dakota military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about South Dakota probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Dakota probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Dakota probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: South Dakota Probate Records
  2. Learn about South Dakota land and property records. FS—South_Dakota Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about South Dakota land records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—South Dakota Land Records

B. Learn about South Dakota court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Dakota court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Court Records
  2. Learn about South Dakota court records in this Ancestry Wiki article. AC—Wiki: South_Dakota Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about South Dakota maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Dakota maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Dakota maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Maps
  2. Learn about South Dakota maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: South Dakota Maps
  3. Learn about South Dakota gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Gazetteers

B. Explore South Dakota maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of South Dakota maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of South Dakota.
  3. Explore historical South Dakota maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for South Dakota maps.


Goal 9: Learn about South Dakota newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about South Dakota newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about South Dakota newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Newspapers
  2. Learn about South Dakota newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: South Dakota Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore South Dakota newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for South Dakota historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search South Dakota newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search South Dakota newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search South Dakota newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore South Dakota newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional South Dakota newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for South Dakota research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.


Goal 11: Search records from South Dakota.


Choices:

A. Use the QUIKLinks or County Pages (top of page) to quickly search the most common record collections for South Dakota.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. Click a link in the first section to search a FamilySearch collection.
  2. Click a link in the second section to search an Ancestry collection.
  3. Click a link in the third section to search a Findmypast collection.

B. Explore additional record collections.

  1. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your South Dakota research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the South Dakota Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the South Dakota Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the South Dakota Genealogy page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the SD Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  5. Visit the U.S. Midwest Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  6. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for South Dakota.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for South Dakota research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about South Dakota research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for South Dakota research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the South Dakota research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about South Dakota research.

C. Learn about South Dakota genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in South Dakota in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: South Dakota Societies
  2. Explore the South Dakota Genealogical Society site.
  3. Explore the South Dakota Historical Society site.
  4. Explore South Dakota genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




South Dakota Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

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Aurora    A    L Beadle    A    L Bennett    A    L Bon Homme    A    L Brookings    A    L Brown    A    L
Brule    A    L Buffalo    A    L Butte    A    L Campbell    A    L Charles Mix    A    L Clark    A    L
Clay    A    L Codington    A    L Corson    A    L Custer    A    L Davison    A    LDay    A    L
Deuel    A    L Dewey    A    L Douglas    A    L Edmunds    A    L Fall River    A    L Faulk    A    L
Grant    A    L Gregory    A    L Haakon    A    L Hamlin    A    L Hand    A    L Hanson    A    L
Harding    A    L Hughes    A    L Hutchinson    A    L Hyde    A    L Jackson    A    L Jerauld    A    L
Jones    A    L Kingsbury    A    L Lake    A    L Lawrence    A    L Lincoln    A    L Lyman    A    L
Marshall  A    L McCook    A    L McPherson    A    L Meade    A    L Mellette    A    L Miner    A    L
Minnehaha    A    L Moody    A    L Pennington    A    L Perkins    A    L Potter    A    L Roberts    A    L
Sanborn    A    L Shannon    A    L Spink    A    L Stanley    A    L Sully    A    L Todd    A    L
Tripp    A    L Turner    A    L Union    A    L Walworth    A    L Yankton    A    L Ziebach    A    L