How to Find South Dakota Marriage Records

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Finding South Dakota Marriage Records

  • Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county
  • 1905 - county clerks began sending copies to the state
  • County marriage records have not been microfilmed


Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

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Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records

Marriages Before 1905

Except for a few records in the following Findmypast collection, there are currently no online indexes to South Dakota marriages before 1905.

Marriages are kept by the county clerk for each county and begin at the creation of the county

Obtain the Record

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

  • If you know the county of marriage, you can request a search for a fee from the county clerk.
  • If you don't know the date or county of marriage, you can also try searching for marriage information in other records.

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • Order a copy of a marriage record for a fee from the county clerk.
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Marriages 1905 to Present

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information in Index

Marriage Indexes and Digital Images
Database Name-Index and Image Link or links to access database # of records
Ancestry, Marriages, 1905-2013 Free using Ancestryinstitution at FamilySearch Centers $, Use your own Ancestry subscription 545,737
Findmypast, United States Marriages, 1889-1952 On Findmypast; ($); index
South Dakota, Department of Health, 1950-2016 On FamilySearch; free; INCOMPLETE for all counties and years. Index only. 1,566,937

STEP TWO: Obtain the Record

PART A: You don't know the exact date or place of marriage

PART B: You know the exact date and place of marriage from your records

  • A copy of a marriage record may be ordered for a fee from the county clerk.

OR

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred South Dakota Department of Health
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Expedited service on VitalChek May be more expensive than ordering from the county
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American Indian Agency Marriage Records


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