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South Dakota, Department of Health, Birth and Marriage Indexes, 1843-2016
This article describes a collection of records at
South Dakota, 
United States
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Location of South Dakota
Record Description
Record Type Birth and Marriage Indexes
Collection years 1843-2016
FamilySearch Resources
Related Websites
South Dakota Department of Health

What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is a database of births from 1843 to 1914 and marriages from 1950 to 2016 provided by the South Dakota Department of Health.

Statewide registration of vital statistics began in 1905 and was generally complied with by 1932. Delayed birth records date from the early 1900's. Pre-1905 records exist for some South Dakota counties and are located in the office of the registrar of deeds in each county.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace


  • Names of bride and groom
  • Date of Marriage
  • Birthplaces and residences of bride and groom
  • Ages of bride and groom

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

This collection does not contain any marriage records for the years 1986-1994. The collection does not include any birth records for the year 1915.

Coverage Table - Births[edit | edit source]

This table shows the number of birth records in this collection for each county. To search a specific county click the link in the Search column.

County Records Search
Aurora 3,109 Search Aurora
Beadle 6,875 Search Beadle
Bennett 113 Search Bennett
Bon Homme 7,162 Search Bon Homme
Brookings 7,512 Search Brookings
Brown 10,983 Search Brown
Brule 3,144 Search Brule
Buffalo 502 Search Buffalo
Butte 1,992 Search Butte
Campbell 3,492 Search Campbell
Charles Mix 5,997 Search Charles Mix
Clark 5,498 Search Clark
Clay 5,087 Search Clay
Codington 6,282 Search Codington
Corson 576 Search Corson
Custer 1,644 Search Custer
Davison 4,930 Search Davison
Day 8,344 Search Day
Deuel 4,045 Search Deuel
Dewey 414 Search Dewey
Douglas 4,266 Search Douglas
Edmunds 3,945 Search Edmunds
Fall River 2,419 Search Fall River
Faulk 2,962 Search Faulk
Grant 5,996 Search Grant
Gregory 4,507 Search Gregory
Haakon 226 Search Haakon
Hamlin 4,142 Search Hamlin
Hand 3,649 Search Hand
Hanson 3,486 Search Hanson
Harding 1,009 Search Harding
Hughes 2,439 Search Hughes
Hutchinson 10,294 Search Hutchinson
Hyde 1,347 Search Hyde
Jackson 150 Search Jackson
Jerauld 2,508 Search Jerauld
Jones 271 Search Jones
Kingsbury 6,473 Search Kingsbury
Lake 6,218 Search Lake
Lawrence 9,130 Search Lawrence
Lincoln 8,227 Search Lincoln
Lyman 2,541 Search Lyman
McCook 4,170 Search McCook
McPherson 5,666 Search McPherson
Marshall 4,976 Search Marshall
Meade 3,029 Search Meade
Mellette 233 Search Mellette
Miner 4,132 Search Miner
Minnehaha 16,693 Search Minnehaha
Moody 5,174 Search Moody
Pennington 3,955 Search Pennington
Perkins 1,916 Search Perkins
Potter 2,151 Search Potter
Roberts 7,707 Search Roberts
Sanborn 3,266 Search Sanborn
Shannon 131 Search Shannon
Spink 7,414 Search Spink
Stanley 2,882 Search Stanley
Sully 1,080 Search Sully
Todd 147 Search Todd
Tripp 1,835 Search Tripp
Turner 9,676 Search Turner
Union 5,868 Search Union
Walworth 3,012 Search Walworth
Yankton 7,212 Search Yankton
Ziebach 286 Search Ziebach

Coverage Table - Marriages[edit | edit source]

This table shows the number of marriage records in this collection for each county. To search a specific county click the link in the Search column.

County Records Search
Aurora 1,271 Search Aurora
Beadle 8,805 Search Beadle
Bennett 1,812 Search Bennett
Bon Homme 3,082 Search Bon Homme
Brookings 12,291 Search Brookings
Brown 17,635 Search Brown
Brule 2,928 Search Brule
Buffalo 196 Search Buffalo
Butte 5,189 Search Butte
Campbell 923 Search Campbell
Charles Mix 3,943 Search Charles Mix
Clark 1,869 Search Clark
Clay 6,512 Search Clay
Codington 37,381 Search Codington
Corson 1,843 Search Corson
Custer 4,120 Search Custer
Davison 9,391 Search Davison
Day 8,928 Search Day
Deuel 2,694 Search Deuel
Dewey 1,387 Search Dewey
Douglas 1,836 Search Douglas
Edmunds 1,916 Search Edmunds
Fall River 5,705 Search Fall River
Faulk 1,203 Search Faulk
Grant 9,371 Search Grant
Gregory 2,843 Search Gregory
Haakon 1,145 Search Haakon
Hamlin 2,099 Search Hamlin
Hand 1,901 Search Hand
Hanson 1,176 Search Hanson
Harding 716 Search Harding
Hughes 10,384 Search Hughes
Hutchinson 3,446 Search Hutchinson
Hyde 759 Search Hyde
Jackson 947 Search Jackson
Jerauld 1,216 Search Jerauld
Jones 623 Search Jones
Kingsbury 2,685 Search Kingsbury
Lake 4,648 Search Lake
Lawrence 14,753 Search Lawrence
Lincoln 5,595 Search Lincoln
Lyman 1,035 Search Lyman
McCook 2,292 Search McCook
McPherson 2,508 Search McPherson
Marshall 1,591 Search Marshall
Meade 9,079 Search Meade
Mellette 1,444 Search Mellette
Miner 1,377 Search Miner
Minnehaha 71,245 Search Minnehaha
Moody 2,737 Search Moody
Pennington 49,673 Search Pennington
Perkins 1,874 Search Perkins
Potter 1,597 Search Potter
Roberts 14,815 Search Roberts
Sanborn 1,107 Search Sanborn
Shannon 467 Search Shannon
Spink 3,158 Search Spink
Stanley 1,416 Search Stanley
Sully 605 Search Sully
Todd 821 Search Todd
Tripp 3,437 Search Tripp
Turner 3,719 Search Turner
Union 17,351 Search Union
Walworth 3,092 Search Walworth
Yankton 12,083 Search Yankton
Ziebach 673 Search Ziebach

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this index it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the individual
  • Approximate date and or location of the event

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record at the South Dakota Health Department.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Search for vital records such as birth, marriage, and death
  • Search for burial information in newspapers
  • Use the information found in the record to find land and property
  • Use the information found in the record to find probate records
  • Use the information found in the record to find naturalization and citizenship records, if applicable
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records

I Can’t Find The Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching in a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of South Dakota.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.