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Guide to '''Aurora County, South Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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}} ''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] &nbsp;[[South Dakota|South Dakota]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] &nbsp;[[Aurora_County,_South_Dakota|Aurora County]]''  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= October 1,  1879
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|county seat= Plankinton
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|parent county= Cragin <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Brule County, South Dakota Genealogy|Brule]]
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|county2= [[Charles Mix County, South Dakota Genealogy|Charles Mix]]
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|county3= [[Davison County, South Dakota Genealogy|Davison]]
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|county4= [[Douglas County, South Dakota Genealogy|Douglas]]
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|county5= [[Jerauld County, South Dakota Genealogy|Jerauld]]
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|county6= [[Sanborn County, South Dakota Genealogy|Sanborn]]</br><center>[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|adoption= {{Adoption SDGenWeb|<center>and its representative<br>'''[http://sdgenweb.com/countylist.html Aurora Co. SDGenWeb]'''</center>}}
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== County Information ==
  
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=== Description ===
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Aurora County is in the southeastern part of South Dakota.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_County,_South_Dakota access 1/24/2017</ref>  It was created in 1879 and organized in 1881.  It was named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn.  The county seat is Plankinton.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/aurora/ access 1/24/2017</ref>
  
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{SD Courthouse Intro|Aurora}}
  
== County Courthouse ==
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[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/SD_Aurora.htm Aurora County Courthouse]<br>401 S Main Street<br>PO Box 366; <br>Plankinton, SD 57368<br>Phone: 605.942.7165 <br><br>Clerk Court has divorce, probate, court records from 1879; <br>Register of Deeds has birth, marriage (some as early as 1883)<ref>South Dakota Department of Health, “Aurora County Resources”, http://doh.sd.gov/records/county/aurora.aspx/ accessed 21 June 2017.</ref>, death and burial records;<br>County Assessor has land records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Aurora County, South Dakota, p.622</ref>
  
[http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/SD_Aurora.htm Aurora County Courthouse]<br>401 S Main Street<br>PO Box 366; <br>Plankinton, SD 57368<br>Phone: 605.942.7165&nbsp;<br><br>Clerk Court has divorce, probate, court records from 1879; <br>Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and burial records;<br>County Assessor has land records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Aurora County, South Dakota, p.622</ref>
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=== Aurora County, South Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{{SD Records Intro}}
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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|  bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Aurora County, South Dakota. Page 622 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 620.</ref></center>  
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1905
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1883
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1905
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1879
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1882
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1879
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1850
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| colspan="7"| <center>*State birth and death records began in 1905. <br>Compliance for recording births was 1906 and 1932 for deaths.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 671; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.</ref> </center>
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== History  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{SD Boundary Changes Intro|Aurora}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Aurora County was created 1 October 1879 from Cragin County. Cragin eliminated 1 Oct. 1879. <br>
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*'''County seat:''' Plankinton <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/southdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for South Dakota Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/DAKs_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm South Dakota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]
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==== Parent County ====
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===Populated Places===
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The following are locations in the county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Aurora County, South Dakota," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_County%2C_South_Dakota accessed 1 November 2016.</ref>
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{{SD Populated Places Intro|Aurora}}
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{{populated places
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plankinton,_South_Dakota Plankinton]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Lake,_South_Dakota White Lake]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stickney,_South_Dakota Stickney]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_Center,_South_Dakota Aurora Center]</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storla,_South_Dakota Storia]
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*Aurora
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*Belford
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*Bristol
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*Center
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*Cooper
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*Crystal Lake
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*Dudley
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*Eureka
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*Firesteel
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*Gales
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*Hopper
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*Lake
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*Palatine
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*Patten
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*Plankinton
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*Pleasant Lake
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*Plasant Valley
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*Truro
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*Washington
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*White Lake
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*'''1879--'''Aurora County was created 1 October 1879 from Cragin. Cragin&nbsp;eliminated 1 Oct. 1879. <br>'''County seat:''' Plankinton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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== Resources ==
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{{SD Resources Intro}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{SD Bible Intro|Aurora}}
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Biographies ===
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{{SD Biographies Intro|Aurora}}
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{SD Business Records Intro|Aurora}}
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Aurora}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Aurora County, South Dakota''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black; vertical-align:top" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=44&GScnty=2359&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave]
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*[http://sdgenweb.com/aurora/cemeteries/countymap.html SDGenWeb]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/sd/aurora/aurora.html SDGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://southdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=1 SDGravestones]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# BillionGraves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|778104|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Aurora+South+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=44&CScnty=2359 Findagrave]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=South%20Dakota&county=Aurora&cemetery_name=a# BillionGraves]
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*[http://apps.sd.gov/applications/DT58Cemetery/ SD Cemetery Search Form]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[South Dakota Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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*[[Brule County, South Dakota|Brule]]  
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=== Census Records ===
*[[Charles Mix County, South Dakota|Charles Mix]]  
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{{Historical populations
*[[Davison County, South Dakota|Davison]]  
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|type = USA
*[[Douglas County, South Dakota|Douglas]]  
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|heading = Census
*[[Jerauld County, South Dakota|Jerauld]]  
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_County%2C_South_Dakota "Wikipedia.org".]
*[[Sanborn County, South Dakota|Sanborn]]
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|1880 |69
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|1890 |5045
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|1900 |4011
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|1910 |6143
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|1920 |7246
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|1930 |7139
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|1940 |5387
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|1950 |5020
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|1960 |4749
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|1970 |4183  
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|1980 |3628  
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|1990 |3136  
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|2000 |3058
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|2010 |2710
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{{SD Census Intro|Aurora}}
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==== Territory and State Census Records ====
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*'''1836''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/territory/census/1836/1836cens.txt 1836 Wisconsin Territory Census] – index only; South Dakota was included in the 1836 Wisconsin Territory Census
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*'''1840''' - {{RecordSearch|1786457|United States Census, 1840}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1840 Iowa Territory Census
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*'''1850''' - {{RecordSearch|1401638|United States Census, 1850}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1850 Minnesota Territory Census
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1860 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1870 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1880 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6247 South Dakota, Territorial Census, 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); index and images
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*'''1895''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6120 South Dakota, State Census, 1895] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1477737|South Dakota State Census, 1905}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|1476041|South Dakota State Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|1476077|South Dakota State Census, 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1614831|South Dakota State Census, 1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1945''' - {{RecordSearch|1747589|South Dakota State Census, 1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
  
== Resources  ==
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==== Federal Census Records ====
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Federal Censuses were taken for the state of South Dakota starting in 1890, although only one page survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[South Dakota Census]].
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Church Records ===
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{{SD Church Intro|Aurora}}
  
==== Census  ====
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
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''Dutch Reformed Church''<br>
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*'''1915-1948''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60767 U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Membership Records, 1856-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Pleasant Valley Christian Reformed Church Baptism Records; 1915-1948<br>
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''Lutheran Church''<br>
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*'''1875-1940''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60722 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
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''Presbyterian Church''<br>
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*'''1701-1970''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1701-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
  
'''1905, 1915, 1925 State Censuses --'''Unique information could include: Ethnic Background, Maiden Name, Church Affiliation &amp; Military Service
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=== Court Records ===
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{{SD Court Intro|Aurora}}
  
'''&nbsp;&nbsp; 1905''' state census with images can be viewed free at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1477737 FamilySearch Record Search]
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=== Directories ===
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{{SD Directories Intro|Aurora}}
  
'''&nbsp;&nbsp; 1915''' state census with images can be viewed free at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1476041 FamilySearch Record Search]
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{SD Emigration Intro}}
  
'''&nbsp;&nbsp; 1925 '''state census with images can be viewed free at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1476077 FamilySearch Record Search]<br>
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{SD Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
'''&nbsp;&nbsp; 1935 '''state census with images can be viewed free at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1614831 FamilySearch Record Search]<br>
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
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{{SD Funeral Homes Intro|Aurora}}
  
'''&nbsp;&nbsp; 1945 '''state census with images can be viewed free at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1747589 FamilySearch Record Search]<br>
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=== Genealogies  ===
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{{SD Genealogies Intro|Aurora}}
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{SD Guardianship Intro|Aurora}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{SD Land Intro|Aurora}}
  
==== Land ====
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{{SD Land}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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''Online Land Records''
  
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{SD Histories Intro|Aurora}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{SD History Intro}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{SD Maps Intro}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/southdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of South Dakota] - shows boundary changes for South Dakota Counties
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/South+Dakota/ Historical Maps and Atlases of South Dakota] - maps and atlases of South Dakota
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== Migration ===
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{{SD Migration Intro}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{SD Military Intro}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to South Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[South Dakota Military Records|South Dakota Military Records]].
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*'''1861 - 1941''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2239227 South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941] at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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''Civil War''
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*'''1861 -1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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*'''1885''' [http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/civilwar/default.aspx Civil War Veteran's 1885 Census in South Dakota] - Index only, Union and Confederate included
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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''World War I''
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/sd/military/ww1/alpha.txt South Dakota WWI Honor Roll by SDGenWeb] - Alphabetical index; List by [http://files.usgwarchives.net/sd/military/ww1/county.txt County]<br>
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''World War II''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/south-dakota.html WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties for South Dakota] - Index only<br>
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For further information see [[South Dakota Military Records]].
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{SD Naturalization Intro}}
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* 1904 - 1928 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61209 South Dakota, Federal Naturalization Records, 1904-1928] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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*1865 - 1972 {{RecordSearch|2078640|South Dakota County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*[http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/Naturalization/FirstPapersSearch.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:First Papers] — index
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*[http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/Naturalization/SecondPapersSearch.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:Second Papers] — index
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*[http://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/finding-aids/naturalization-south-dakota.html Name Index to Naturalization Records from Dakota Territory and South Dakota] at National Archives, Kansas City — index
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{SD Newspapers Intro|Aurora}}
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'' South Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/south-dakota GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of South Dakota newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/south-dakota/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of South Dakota newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some South Dakota newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''South Dakota Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper.
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{SD Obituaries Intro|Aurora}}
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Other Records ===
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{{SD Other Records Intro}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Periodicals ===
*{{FHL|South+Dakota%2C+Aurora|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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{{SD Periodicals Intro|Aurora}}
  
== References  ==
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{SD Probate Intro|Aurora}}
  
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''Online Records''
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*'''1800 – 1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
  
[[Category:Aurora_County,_South_Dakota]]
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=== School Records ===
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{{SD Schools Intro}}
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*1879 - 1970 {{RecordSearch|1389778|South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*1879 - 1970 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60158 South Dakota, School Records,1879-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — images
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{SD Tax Intro|Aurora}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{SD Vital Intro|Aurora}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Birth Intro|Aurora}}
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*1843 - 1914 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2014}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*1856 - 1950 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6996 South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1915] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index ($)
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*[http://apps.sd.gov/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.aspx Birth Record Search Site For South Dakota Birth Records With Birth Dates Over 100 Years] — index
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==== Marriage ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Aurora}}
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*1950 - 2014 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-014}} — index
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*1905 - 2013 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8561 South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2013] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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==== Death ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Death Intro|Aurora}}
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*1879 - 1955 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8659&path= South Dakota, Death Index, 1879-1955] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index($)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Aurora}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{SD Research Facilities Intro|Aurora}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{SD Archives Intro}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{SD Libraries Intro|Aurora}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{SD Museums Intro}}
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== Societies ==
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{{SD Societies Intro|Aurora}}
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'''Aurora County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 632<br>Plankinton, SD 57368<br>E-mail:[mailto:lodgesd@aol.com lodgesd@aol.com]<br>[http://history.sd.gov/Aboutus/organizations/aurora.aspx Website]<br>
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== Websites ==
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{{SD Websites Intro|Aurora}}
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*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL|South Dakota Aurora|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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== Research Guides ==
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{{SD Research Guides Intro}}
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== References ==
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[[Category:Aurora_County,_South_Dakota]][[Category:South Dakota_Counties]]

Latest revision as of 17:59, 3 August 2017

United States
South Dakota
Aurora County

Guide to Aurora County, South Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Plankinton
Organized: October 1, 1879
Parent County(s): Cragin [1]
Neighboring Counties
Brule  • Charles Mix  • Davison  • Douglas  • Jerauld  • Sanborn
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

Aurora County is in the southeastern part of South Dakota.[2] It was created in 1879 and organized in 1881. It was named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn. The county seat is Plankinton.[3]

County Courthouse

Aurora County Courthouse
401 S Main Street
PO Box 366;
Plankinton, SD 57368
Phone: 605.942.7165

Clerk Court has divorce, probate, court records from 1879;
Register of Deeds has birth, marriage (some as early as 1883)[4], death and burial records;
County Assessor has land records[5]

Aurora County, South Dakota Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1905 1883 1905 1879 1882 1879 1850
*State birth and death records began in 1905.
Compliance for recording births was 1906 and 1932 for deaths.[7]

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county:[9]

Cities
Towns
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Aurora
  • Belford
  • Bristol
  • Center
  • Cooper
  • Crystal Lake
  • Dudley
  • Eureka
  • Firesteel
  • Gales
  • Hopper
  • Lake
  • Palatine
  • Patten
  • Plankinton
  • Pleasant Lake
  • Plasant Valley
  • Truro
  • Washington
  • White Lake


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Aurora County, South Dakota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See South Dakota Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 69
1890 5,045 7211.6%
1900 4,011 −20.5%
1910 6,143 53.2%
1920 7,246 18.0%
1930 7,139 −1.5%
1940 5,387 −24.5%
1950 5,020 −6.8%
1960 4,749 −5.4%
1970 4,183 −11.9%
1980 3,628 −13.3%
1990 3,136 −13.6%
2000 3,058 −2.5%
2010 2,710 −11.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Before South Dakota was a state in 1889, parts of South Dakota were included in the 1836 Iowa Territory census (also known as Wisconsin Territory), 1840 Iowa Territory census, 1850 Minnesota Territory census, and the 1860-1880 Dakota Territory censuses.[10] See links listed below.

Territory and State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of South Dakota starting in 1890, although only one page survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal census indexes, see South Dakota Census.

Church Records

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about South Dakota denominations, view the South Dakota Church Records wiki page.

Online Church Records
Dutch Reformed Church

Lutheran Church

Presbyterian Church

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See South Dakota Land and Property for additional information about early South Dakota land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy. County and town histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section South Dakota Local Histories.

Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to South Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and South Dakota Military Records.

Civil War

World War I

World War II

For further information see South Dakota Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For more information, see South Dakota Newspapers.

South Dakota Newspapers Online

South Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper.

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

In most counties in South Dakota, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for South Dakota, Aurora then click Probate records.

Online Records

School Records

Tax Records

South Dakota tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Aurora County Historical Society
PO Box 632
Plankinton, SD 57368
E-mail:lodgesd@aol.com
Website

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_County,_South_Dakota access 1/24/2017
  3. http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/aurora/ access 1/24/2017
  4. South Dakota Department of Health, “Aurora County Resources”, http://doh.sd.gov/records/county/aurora.aspx/ accessed 21 June 2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Aurora County, South Dakota, p.622
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Aurora County, South Dakota. Page 622 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 620.
  7. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 671; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.
  8. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Aurora County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_County%2C_South_Dakota accessed 1 November 2016.
  10. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 617. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.