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South Dakota State Library
MacKay Building
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3131
FAX: 605-773-6962
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Univeristy of South Dakota Library
414 E Clark Street
Vermillion SD 57069
Phone: 1-877-COYOTES
Toll Free: 877-269-6837
Archives & Special Collections

Hilton M. Briggs Library
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007
Phone: (800) 952-3541
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South Dakota State Archives
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: 605-773-3804
FAX: 605-773-6041
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South Dakota Genealogy Archives County Files
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Dakota Society Sons of
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State Society Sec:
Dr. Keith T. Johnson
2436 Canyon Lake Drive
Rapid City, SD 57702
Phone: (605) 343-0596

South Dakota
Genealogical Society

PO Box 1101
Pierre, SD 57501-1101
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South Dakota State Historical Society

Created by the
Legislature in 1901

First organized as the Old Settlers Association of Dakota Territory in 1862
Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governors Drive Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3458

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South Dakota Genealogy & Family History Resources
Capital: Pierre
Territory: 1861         Statehood: 1889

  Birth, Death, Marriage, & Divorce Records
  Census, Voter and Tax Records
  Cemeteries & Burial Records
  • South Dakota Cemetery Records Search
    The South Dakota State Archives provides a searchable database that includes records that were cataloged as part of the WPA Cemetery Project (pre-1940s) plus any cemetery updates that their office has received. It is not a complete listing of all the burials in South Dakota.
  • Cemeteries of South Dakota
    Interment.net is a publisher of cemetery transcriptions for use by genealogists and local historians. Search and browse cemetery burial records from thousands of cemeteries across the world.
  • South Dakota Political Graveyard
    PoliticalGraveyard.com: The website that tells where the dead politicians are buried
  • South Dakota Cemeteries
    Cemetry Records Guide: A Guide to Finding Cemetery Records and Databases on the Internet
  • Find A Grave By State - South Dakota
    FindAGrave.com: Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc. See the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world.
  • South Dakota Tombstone Transcription Project
    USGenWeb: Volunteers transcribe tombstone inscriptions and have that work archived for the future and made easily accessible to all.
  • South Dakota Gravestones Project
    SouthDakotaGravestones.org: The mission of this project is to capture digital images of gravestones of our ancestors.
  Obituary & Newspaper Articles
  • Naturalization Records Index
    South Dakota State Archives
  • South Dakota Newspaper Articles
    Chronicling America is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.
  • Search South Dakota State Newspapers
    Use the online search tool to search newspapers archived at the South Dakota State Archives by city, county, date, newspaper title, or roll number if known.
  • South Dakota Newspaper Surname Index
    Use this online form to search for South Dakota state newspaper records by Surname at the South Dakota State Archives.
  • South Dakota Obituary Search
    ObituaryDatabase.com: This guide to South Dakota obituary records was created to provide genealogists with access to the best South Dakota obituary databases from a single web page.
  • South Dakota Newspaper Abstracts
    NewspaperAbstracts.com is your resource for family history research using newspapers. Our site continues to grow with over 1,100 new pages added each month and currently contains 83857 pages of abstracts and extracts from historical newspapers.
  • South Dakota Obituaries Project
    A USGenWeb Archives Special Project
  • Obituary Collection
    Ancestry.com: This database is a compilation of obituaries published in U.S. newspapers, collected from various online sources.
  • Read Historic Newspapers Online
    Ancestry.com: Read history as it was happening in more than 16 million pages from over 1000 different newspapers across the US, U.K. and Canada dating back to the 1700's.
  Immigration & Naturalization Records
  • South Dakota Migrations Project
    They came for a season, they left and went where? Why did they go and who went with them? So many questions about the migrations of our ancestors.
  • South Dakota Immigration and Naturalization Project
    A USGenWeb Special Archives Special Project: The primary purpose of this project is to provide transcriptions of public domain indexes and records.
  • South Dakota Naturalization and Citizenship Records and Substitutes
    NaturalizationRecords.com: Search for your ancestors in free Naturalization Records in U.S.A. and Canada. Find Declarations of Intent, First Papers, Alien Registrations, Passport Applications, Naturalization Petitions and Citizenship Certificates. Search substitute naturalization records - ships passenger lists, census records, oaths of allegiance, voters registration lists and more!
  • Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s
    Updated annually, this database is an index to passengers who arrived in United States and Canadian ports from the 1500s through the 1900s. It contains listings of appr0oximately 4,588,000 individuals and references thousands of different records compiled from everything from original passenger lists to personal diaries. For each individual listed, you may find the following information: name, age, year and place of arrival, and the source of the record.
  Military Records
  Land Records & Maps
  Church & Bible Records
  Court, Wills & Probate Records
  • South Dakota Court Records
    PublicRecordsInfo.com: Contact information and/or links to websites containing resources to help in a search for South Dakota court records.
  City & Farm Directories
  • Search City & Farm Directories
    Searchable indexes; database results and some digitized images available with fee-based subscription
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  Genealogy & Family History Resources
  Biographies, Correspondence & Diaries
  Occupations, Education & Institutions
  Ethnic Genealogy Resources
  History & Culture
  • South Dakota History
    South Dakota Travel
  • South Dakota Penny Postcards Collection
    USGenWeb Archives Penny Postcards Project
    These postcards cost 1˘ to mail. Postage was temporarily raised to 2˘ from 1917 to 1919 to cover the cost of World War I & from 1925 to 1928. All of the cards shown on this site are in the hands of private collectors.
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