Brandon, South Dakota

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Brandon, Minnehaha, South Dakota

Quick History

Brandon is located in Minnehaha County, South Dakota.  The township of Brandon was surveyed in 1859 and 1860s. Brandon's first settler was Nels Nelson Graff who was born in Sweden in1842, emigrated to America in 1869 and settled in Brandon, in May of 1870.



Biographical sketches of some of the early settlers of Brandon, many came from Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.


There are six Cemeteries listed in Brandon from the Minnehaha County Cemetery list, they are:

Name              Town        Township     Location
Brandon Brandon Brandon 33
Hokenson Brandon Split Rock 22
Munson Brandon Split Rock 28
North Split Rock Brandon Brandon 11
Split Rock Brandon Split Rock 33
Swedona Brandon Brandon 17

Brandon Cemetery also know as the Brandon Lutheran Cemetery located on South Sioux Blvd, North of the Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church.


Today there are about fifteen churches listed in Brandon, South Dakota a few of these are:

  1. Blessed Redeemer Lutheran Church, 705 S. Sioux Blvd, Brandon, SD 57005, (605)-582-2396
  2. Brandon Valley Assembly of God 201 S Sioux Blvd Brandon, SD 57005 (605) 582-7622
  3. Brandon Lutheran Church PO Box 320, Brandon, SD 57005 (605) 582-3401
  4. Brandon Valley Baptist Church 400 S Splitrock Blvd Brandon, SD 57005 (605) 582-2248
  5. Celebration United Methodist Church 316 River Oak St Brandon, SD 57005 (605) 582-7911
  6. First Slavik Church 200 S 1st Ave Brandon, SD 57005 (605) 582-7984
  7. Living Springs Church 901 S Splitrock Blvd Brandon, SD 57005 (605) 582-7420
  8. Split Rock Lutheran Church, 48215 258 St., Brandon, SD 57005, (605)-582-3569
  9. Swedona Covenant Church 25843 479th Ave Brandon, SD 57005 (605) 582-3261
  10. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 48384 Valley View Cir, Valley Springs, SD, (605)-583-8528

Genealogical and Historical Societies

  • Sioux Valley Genealogical Society 200 West 6th St. Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6001, they meet every 1st Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 except Julyand August, in the Old Court House Museum.
  • Society South Dakota State Hisotrical Society State Archives 900 Governors Dr. Pierre, SD 57501 p: 605-773-3804 f: 605-773-6041 The society was created in 1891 and now the State Archives has collected over 12,000 cubic feet of records that document many aspects of South Dakota’s history and heritage. Most of these records are available for public research.


History of Brandon Township

History of Brandon Township,  the early Split Rock Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brandon Co-Operative Creamery Company and the Brandon Township Board from 1880 to 1899.


  • Brandon Library 305 S Splitrock Blvd Brandon, SD 57005 (605) 582-2390
  • Siouxland Libraries Main Branch 200 N. Dakota Ave. P.O. Box 7403 Sioux Falls, SD 57117-7403

Email Address:  phone: (605) 367-8720 Fax number: (605) 367-4312



The Old Courthouse Museum and the Pettigrew Home & Museum, known as the Siouxland Heritage Museums, have extensive manuscript and archival holdings. Please contact the Collections Department at 605.367.4210 or e-mail us at for further information or to make an appointment.



  • Obituaries from the Brandon Valley Challenger the local newspaper.
  • Obituaries from the Argus Leader a regional newspaper in Sioux Falls, SD.
  • Obituaries in the collection of the Sioux Valley Genealogical Society Library. This database has been updated to over 100,000

Public and Vital Records

Mailing Address:Administration Building, 1st Floor,415 N. Dakota Ave. Sioux Falls, SD 57104 Phone Number: (605) 367-4223 Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday (including the noon hour) *Excluding Holidays

  • Birth Record Search Site For South Dakota Birth Records With Birth Dates Over 100 Years, see Register of Deeds Minnehaha County for later birth records.
  • Marriage records in Minnehaha County date back to 1872, some of which occurred when South Dakota was known as “Dakota Territory”, before statehood and before individual counties were established. See above information of the Register of Deeds Minnehaha County. 
  • Death Records See Register of Deeds Minnehaha County


City Information Brandon City Offices are located at 304 Main Ave, Brandon, SD 57005

 Brandon Chamber of Commerce


Brandon Valley School District is the 5th largest school district and located on the eastern edge of South Dakota, bordering Minnesota and Iowa. The school district consists of four cities: Brandon, Valley Springs, Corson, and Rowena and consists of six schools: