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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

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South Dakota State Archives · Library of South Dakota · National Archives Rocky Mountain Region (Denver) · Family History Library

South Dakota Archives

South Dakota State Archives
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-3804
Fax: (605) 773-6041
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The South Dakota Archives collects, appraises, accessions, describes, organizes, preserves, determines significance, and makes available manuscript collections, South Dakota state, county, and town government records, photographs, maps, and other archival materials which have permanent historical and research value.

National Archives at Denver
17101 Huron Street
Broomfield, CO 80023
Telephone: 303-604-4740
Fax: 303-407-5707
Website
Email

Records include:
  • Census Records
  • Ethnic Heritage
  • Military Service Records
  • Immigration Records
  • Naturalization Records



National Archives—Central Plains Region (Kansas City)
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (816) 268-8000
Website Records include:

  • Census Records
  • Ethnic Heritage
  • Military Service Records
  • Immigration Records
  • Naturalization Records



University of South Dakota
I.D. Weeks Library
414 E. Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: (605) 677-5371
Fax: (605) 677-5488
Website
Email

Center for Western Studies
P.O. Box 727
Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
Phone: (605) 336-4921
Fax: (605) 336-5447
Website

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of South Dakota counties, use the nine inventories of county archives produced by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has copies of most of these inventories.

South Dakota Online Records

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.


Websites

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from South Dakota in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:

  • USGenWeb
    A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.
  • Roots-L
    A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.
  • FamilySearch
    FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.