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== Record Description  ==
 
  
Population schedules are handwritten entries on preprinted cards. The cards are arranged alphabetically by surname.  
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This information pertains to the census taken in the year 1915. In 1885 the state legislature directed that a census be taken in June of that year and every 10 years thereafter. The last state census was conducted in 1945. The completed forms were sent to the Secretary of State. The census covers approximately 90% of the population.
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== What is in This Collection?  ==
  
The state census was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.  
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The collection consists of an index to the census of South Dakota taken by that state in 1915. This 1915 South Dakota State Census is an every-name list of the state's inhabitants as of 1915. The records are handwritten on printed cards and are arranged alphabetically by surname. People enumerated in the census are recorded individually; the census records do not show individuals in family groups. The census was filmed at the South Dakota State Historical Society.
  
Censuses are usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
  
=== Citation for This Collection  ===
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Information found in these indexed records may include:  
 
 
The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
 
 
 
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[[South Dakota 1915 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
 
 
Key genealogical facts found in this collection may include:
 
 
 
[[Image:South Dakota 1915 State Census.jpg|thumb|center]]
 
 
 
Key genealogical facts found in the South Dakota state census for the year 1915 are:  
 
  
 
*Name  
 
*Name  
 
*Residence (county and post office)  
 
*Residence (county and post office)  
 
*Age  
 
*Age  
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*Birth year
 
*Birth place and ancestry  
 
*Birth place and ancestry  
 
*Birth place of parents  
 
*Birth place of parents  
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*Race  
 
*Race  
 
*Marital status  
 
*Marital status  
*Occupation
 
*Number of years in United States
 
 
*Number of years in South Dakota  
 
*Number of years in South Dakota  
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*Citizenship
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*Religion
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The actual images may also include:
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*Occupation
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*Education
 
*Literate or illiterate  
 
*Literate or illiterate  
 
*If blind, deaf, idiotic, or insane  
 
*If blind, deaf, idiotic, or insane  
*Extent of education
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*Military service
*Military service (Civil War, Mexican War, Spanish War)
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*Maiden name of wife
*State, regiment, and company
 
*Maiden name of wife  
 
*Church affiliation
 
  
== How To Use The Record  ==
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== Collection Content ==
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=== Sample Image ===
  
Begin your search by locating your ancestor in the census. Compare the information in the census to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information of more than one family or person to make this determination.  
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Carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. For example:
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In 1885 the South Dakota State Legislature mandated that a census be taken in June of that year and every 10 years thereafter. The last census was taken in 1945. The completed cards were then sent to the Secretary of State. The census covers approximately 90% of the population.  
  
*Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.  
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The state census was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes. Censuses are generally reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may therefore be incorrect.  
*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
 
*Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.  
 
*Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list, which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
 
*If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
 
*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
 
*It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
 
  
Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.  
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].
  
Some other helpful tips to keep in mind are:  
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== How Do I Search This Collection?  ==
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Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*The name of your ancestor
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*The approximate age of your ancestor
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*The place where your ancestor lived
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*The names of family members
  
*Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even an county.
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=== Search the Index ===
*You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
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You should also be aware that the census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.  
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For a summary of this information see the wiki article: [[United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)|United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records)]].  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a [[Use_Appropriate_Forms#Prepare_a_Research_Log | research log]].
  
== Known Issues with This Collection  ==
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
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=== I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family
 +
*Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses
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*Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States
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*Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
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*If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives
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*Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school”
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*A religious preference may lead you to helpful church records
  
{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[South Dakota 1915 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.
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=== I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now? === 
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*Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
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*Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
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*Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials
  
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=== Record Finder ===
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Consult the [[South Dakota Research Tips and Strategies]] and its Record Finder to search other records.
  
== Related Web Sites  ==
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== Known Issues with This Collection ==
 
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/southdakota/ South Dakota State Census]
 
*[http://www.census-online.com/links/SD/ South Dakota Census Online]
 
 
 
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
 
 
*[[South Dakota Census]]
 
*[[South Dakota 1905 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[South Dakota 1925 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[South Dakota 1935 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[South Dakota 1945 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
*[[South Dakota Censuses Existing and Lost]]
 
 
 
== Contributions to This Article  ==
 
 
 
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=== How to Cite Your Sources ===
 
  
An example of citing these records is: South Dakota. Assessor. South Dakota State Census, 1915. Census page. From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org), April 23, 2010. Wilbur Smith, birth year 1890, religion Lutheran, image number 02486.  
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{{HR Known Issues}}For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached [[South Dakota, State Census, 1915 (FamilySearch Historical Records)/Known Issues|Wiki article]]. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to [mailto:support@familysearch.org support@familysearch.org]. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.  
  
When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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== Citing This Collection ==
  
== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.  
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"South Dakota State Census, 1915." Database with images. <i>FamilySearch</i>. <nowiki>http://FamilySearch.org</nowiki> : 14 June 2016. Citing Assessor. State Historical Society, Pierre.
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"South Dakota State Census, 1915." database and digital images, ''FamilySearch'' ([https://www.familysearch.org [https://familysearch.org]: accessed 7 April 2011). &nbsp;Walter North, age 32; citing Census Records, FHL microfilm 2,283,715; South Dakota Historical Society, Pierre, South Dakota.
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What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of an index to the census of South Dakota taken by that state in 1915. This 1915 South Dakota State Census is an every-name list of the state's inhabitants as of 1915. The records are handwritten on printed cards and are arranged alphabetically by surname. People enumerated in the census are recorded individually; the census records do not show individuals in family groups. The census was filmed at the South Dakota State Historical Society.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Information found in these indexed records may include:

  • Name
  • Residence (county and post office)
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Birth place and ancestry
  • Birth place of parents
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Number of years in South Dakota
  • Citizenship
  • Religion

The actual images may also include:

  • Occupation
  • Education
  • Literate or illiterate
  • If blind, deaf, idiotic, or insane
  • Military service
  • Maiden name of wife

Collection Content

Sample Image

In 1885 the South Dakota State Legislature mandated that a census be taken in June of that year and every 10 years thereafter. The last census was taken in 1945. The completed cards were then sent to the Secretary of State. The census covers approximately 90% of the population.

The state census was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes. Censuses are generally reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may therefore be incorrect.

For a summary of this information see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • The name of your ancestor
  • The approximate age of your ancestor
  • The place where your ancestor lived
  • The names of family members

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches


How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family
  • Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses
  • Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States
  • Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family
  • If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives
  • Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school”
  • A religious preference may lead you to helpful church records

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
  • Pay special attention to how the name should have been pronounced and try variations on the pronunciation
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Record Finder

Consult the South Dakota Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search other records.

Known Issues with This Collection

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See a list of known issues, workarounds, tips, restrictions, future fixes, news and other helpful information.

For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation

"South Dakota State Census, 1915." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 14 June 2016. Citing Assessor. State Historical Society, Pierre.

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