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Brule County, South Dakota Genealogy

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

County InformationEdit


County CourthouseEdit

Brule County Courthouse
300 S Courtland Street
Chamberlain, SD 57325
Phone: 605.734.5443

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, burial records from 1941 and land records from 1880;
County Treasurer has marriage records from 1882;
County Clerk has divorce records from 1885, probate and naturalization records from 1880 and court records from 1882[1]

Brule County, South Dakota Record DatesEdit

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census

Record LossEdit

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

Boundary ChangesEdit

1875--Brule County was created 14 January 1875 from Charles Mix County.
County seat: Chamberlain [2]

Populated PlacesEdit

County Facts
County seat: Chamberlain
Organized: January 14, 1875
Parent County(s): Charles Mix[2][2]
Neighboring Counties
Aurora  • Buffalo  • Charles Mix  • Gregory  • Jerauld  • Lyman
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Location Map
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History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Brule 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 RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 238
1890 6,737 2730.7%
1900 5,401 −19.8%
1910 6,451 19.4%
1920 7,141 10.7%
1930 7,416 3.9%
1940 6,195 −16.5%
1950 6,076 −1.9%
1960 6,319 4.0%
1970 5,870 −7.1%
1980 5,245 −10.6%
1990 5,485 4.6%
2000 5,364 −2.2%
2010 5,255 −2.0%
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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.[3] See links listed below.

State Census RecordsEdit

Federal Census RecordsEdit

Federal Censuses were taken for South Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see South Dakota Census.

Church RecordsEdit

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.

Court RecordsEdit


Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

Funeral HomesEdit



Land and Property RecordsEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Brule 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 GazetteersEdit


Military RecordsEdit

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


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.

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Brule County, South Dakota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


Other RecordsEdit


Probate RecordsEdit

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, Brule then click Probate records.

Online Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.


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Research FacilitiesEdit


Family History CentersEdit

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.




Lyman-Brule Genealogical Society
110 E Lawler
Chamberlain, SD 57325

Brule County Historical Society
PO Box 47
Kimball, SD 57355


Research GuidesEdit


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Brule County, South Dakota, p.622
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 617. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.