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South Dakota State Vital Records

South Dakota State Vital Records Office
Vital Records: Department of Health
600 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 773-3355
Records include birth, marriage, divorce, and death records since July 1905.

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Iowa and Dakota Public Survey, 1859

South Dakota, 1901

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South Dakota Census, 1870-90

Christopher Andrews, Letters from Minnesota and Dakota

South Dakota State Census, 1895

South Dakota Territorial Census, 1885

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Family History Centers

What is a Family History Center?
Family History Centers are branches of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Centers provide access to many of the microfilms and microfiche in the Family History Library to help you identify your ancestors.

Location and Hours
There are more than 3,400 centers worldwide. To find a Family History Center near you, see the list of addresses below.
Before you visit, you should contact the center to verify when it is open.

Staff members will show you around the center, answer some research questions (research expertise in each center varies), help you use center resources, and order microfilms and microfiche from the Family History Library.
Many centers offer classes on different genealogical research topics.

Most centers have a computer with FamilySearch, which helps you search for information about your ancestors. FamilySearch includes Family History Library Catalog, International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File, Social Security Death Index, Scottish Church Records and the United States Military Index
Most also have Personal Ancestral File, a computer program that allows you to organize your family history information.
Most centers also have a variety of resource files, microfilms, microfiche and published material such as genealogies, histories, gazetteers, atlases and maps at your disposal.

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Information about state archives and libraries:

Write to:
South Dakota Archives
Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2217
Telephone: (605) 773-3804
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30, closed Saturday, Sunday, and state holidays
They currently have newspapers dating back to the 1860's, naturalization records, federal census records from 1850-1910, atlases, territorial and state census records from 1905-1945, land indexes, probate records, church records, records from the Civil War, the Korean War, and World War I, maps, photographs, and tax records.

Information about state genealogical societies:

Write to:
South Dakota Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1101
Pierre, SD 57501
Publications: South Dakota Genealogical Society Quarterly, South Dakota Genealogical Society Newsletter

State Historical Society
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2217
Telephone: (605) 773-3458

Tri-State Genealogical Society
905 Fifth Avenue
Belle Fourche, SD 57717


See also: South Dakota Genealogy at Live Roots, and Original South Dakota Documents


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