Campbell County, South Dakota Genealogy

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Campbell County, South Dakota genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

Campbell County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Campbell County
Location in the state of South Dakota
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Location of South Dakota in the U.S.
Founded January 8, 1873
County Seat Mound City
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County Courthouse

Campbell County Courthouse
PO Box 146
Mound City, SD 57646
Phone: 605.955.3536 

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, cemetery from late 1800’s,
death records from 1905, land records from 1884 and military
discharge records from 1921; Clerk Court has divorce and 
court records from 1890, probate records from 1891 and 
naturalization records from 1884; County Aduitor has school
census records from early 1900’s[1]


Parent County

  • 1873--Campbell County was created 8 January 1873 from Buffalo County.
    County seat: Mound City [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




1905, 1915, 1925 State Censuses --Unique information could include: Ethnic Background, Maiden Name, Church Affiliation & Military Service

   1905 state census with images can be viewed free at FamilySearch Record Search

   1915 state census with images can be viewed free at FamilySearch Record Search

   1925 state census with images can be viewed free at FamilySearch Record Search

   1935 state census with images can be viewed free at FamilySearch Record Search

   1945 state census with images can be viewed free at FamilySearch Record Search


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.

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Herreid, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).



Local Histories

Local histories are available for Campbell 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.





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, Campbell then click Probate 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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Campbell County, South Dakota, p.623
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).