South Dakota Genealogists

Our South Dakota genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in South Dakota, including:

  • South Dakota State Archives
    Naturalization records, newspapers, cemetery records, surname Index, SD Farmer’s Alliance, biographies, military records, pioneer histories, censuses, American Indian Research, SD Sons of American Revolution
  • University of South Dakota, I.D. Weeks Library
    Local histories, Native American cultures, western U.S. expansion, one of most complete collections in U.S. pertaining to violin and violin family, manuscripts , USD records, largest and most comprehensive photographic history collections of USD
  • Augustana College, Center for Western Studies
    Over 500 substantive collections and 36,000 volumes on American West. Includes Germans-from-Russia collections, documents of the American Indian Culture Research Center, Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota, and South Dakota Conference of the United Church of Christ


Our genealogists can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.

If you would like to learn how our genealogists can further your research, request a research quote.

Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in South Dakota include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as 1800s
  • Birth, marriage, and death records have been recorded by the state government from 1905 to the present
  • Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1860
  • State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded from 1860 to 1890
  • Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
  • Probate records were kept by the local courts from 1800s to the present
  • Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
  • Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
  • Military records
  • Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
  • Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts since 1889
  • Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas

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