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Spink County, South Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Spink 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

Spink County Courthouse
210 E 7th Avenue
Redfield, SD 57469
Phone: 605.472.1825

Clerk Court has birth and death records from 1905, marriage records from 1887, burial records from 1941, divorce and court records from 1882 and probate records from 1880;
Register of Deeds has land records[1]

Spink 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

  • 1873--Spink County was created 8 January 1873 from unorganized territory.
  • County seat: Redfield [2]

Populated PlacesEdit

County Facts
County seat: Redfield
Organized: January 8, 1873
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[2]
Neighboring Counties
Beadle  • Brown  • Clark  • Day  • Edmunds  • Faulk  • Hand
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History TimelineEdit


Bible RecordsEdit


Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit


Cemeteries of Spink 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

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 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.


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

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.

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Spink 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.

  • History of the Spink County area in celebration of South Dakota's centennial, 1889-1989. 1989. By Leta Anne Nolan. Dallas, Texas : Curtis Media. Online at: ; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Souvenir, picturesque Redfield and Spink County, South Dakota. 2013. By Frank Leslie Ransom. Salt Lake City : Digitized by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Online at: FamilySearch Books Online.

Maps and GazetteersEdit


Military RecordsEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit


For more information, see South Dakota Newspapers.

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Spink 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, Spink 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.





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.



Spink County Historical Museum
PO Box 1
Brentford, SD 57434



Research GuidesEdit


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Spink County, South Dakota, p.628
  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.