South Dakota, State Census, 1935 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

This information pertains to individuals recorded on the census in 1935.

How to Use the Records

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Record Description

Population schedules are handwritten entries on preprinted cards. The cards are arranged alphabetically by surname.

Record Content

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Key genealogical facts found in the South Dakota State Census for the year 1935 are:

  • Name of individual
  • Age
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Whether could read or write
  • Disabilities (blind, deaf, insane, etc.)
  • If foreign born
  • Whether naturalized and number of years in the U.S. and South Dakota
  • County and town or township of residence
  • Occupation, whether individual owned property or not
  • Birthplace
  • Ancestry
  • Father’s birthplace
  • Mother’s birthplace
  • Extent of education
  • Military service with regiment information
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Year married
  • Church affiliation

Record History

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

Why This Collection Was Created?

The state census was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes.

Record Reliability

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.

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South Dakota 1905 State Census Records
South Dakota 1915 State Census Records
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  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023

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Sources of Information for This Collection:

"South Dakota State Census, 1935," database, FamilySearch; from South Dakota Assessor. "State census, 1935."  South Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre, South Dakota.  FHL microfilm, 213 reels,  Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.


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