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South Dakota Vital Records Information

South Dakota Vital Records
Statewide vital record registration for births, deaths, and marriages began in South Dakota in July 1905. Some earlier marriage records may be found in the office of the register of deeds of a particular county.
For birth, marriage, and death records from 1 July 1905, write:
State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, 445 E. Capitol, Pierre, SD 57501-3185

For earlier records, write to the treasurer of the county in question.

South Dakota Department of Health - Vital Records

South Dakota Research Sources

The South Dakota State Historical Society published an extensive collection in forty-one volumes between 1902–82 of historical material entitled South Dakota Historical Collections. An index, published in 1989, is available from the society. Volumes circulate from the state library; a few are still in print and available for sale at the society.
Kingsbury, George Washington, and George Martin Smith. History of Dakota Territory and South Dakota: Its History and Its People. 5 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1915.
Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. South Dakota Geographic Names. Brevet Press, 1973.
Turchen, Lesta Van Der West, and James D. McLaird. County and Community: A Bibliography of South Dakota Local Histories. Mitchell, S.D.: the author, 1979.

South Dakota Genealogical Society Links

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