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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===

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


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Day County Courthouse
710 W 1st Street
Webster, SD 57274-1391
Phone: 605.345.3771

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, land records from 1879 and burial records from 1930;
County Treasurer has marriage records from 1880;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1885 and probate records from 1898[1]

Day County, South Dakota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1962 Courthouse was destroyed by fire.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 1879--Day County was created 1 October 1879 from Greeley, Eliminated 1 Oct. 1879, and Stone, Eliminated 1 Oct. 1879, Counties.

County seat: Webster [2]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Indian Reservation

A portion of the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation is in Day County. The remainder of the reservation is in Marshall, Roberts, and Codington Counties in South Dakota and in Richland and Sargent Counties in North Dakota.


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County Facts
County seat: Webster
Organized: October 1, 1879
Parent County(s): Greeley and Stone[2]
Neighboring Counties
Brown  • Clark  • Codington  • Grant  • Marshall  • Roberts  • Spink
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Location Map
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History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Day 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[edit | edit source]

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.

1905, 1915, 1925, 1935, and 1945 censuses may include unique information: Ethnic Background, Maiden Name, Church Affiliation and Military Service

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Lutheran

Bergen Lutheran Church, Bristol

  • Records of Bergen Lutheran Church, Bristol, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

St. John's Lutheran Church

  • Records of St. John's Lutheran Church, Day County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Day 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.

  • Day County history. 1981. By Day County Historical Research Committee. Webster, South Dakota : Day County Historical Research Committee. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • History of Day County : from 1873 to 1926. 1926. By L.G. Ochsenreiter. Webster, South Dakota : L.G. Ochsenreiter. Online at:.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see South Dakota Newspapers.


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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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, Day then click Probate records.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Day County, South Dakota, p.624
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.