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State Resources — South Dakota

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has records filed after July 1905.

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

On the Internet: South Dakota Department of Health.
Call (605) 773-4961 for information on record lookup fees. This will be a recorded message.
Write to:
Vital Records
State Department of Health
600 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-2536

For county marriage records, contact the County Register of Deeds in the county where the license was issued. Cost will vary.

For county divorce records, contact the Clerk of Courts in the county where the divorce was granted. Cost will vary.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have newspapers dating back to the 1860s, naturalization records, federal census records from 1850-1910, atlases, territorial and state census records from 1905-1945, land indexes, probate records, church records, records from the Civil War, the Korean War, and World War I, maps, photographs, and tax records.

Write to:
South Dakota Archives
Cultural Heritage Center
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2217
Telephone: (605) 773-3804
Web site:
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30, closed Saturday, Sunday, and state holidays.

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
South Dakota Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1101
Pierre, SD 57501
  Publications: South Dakota Genealogical Society Quarterly, South Dakota Genealogical Society Newsletter

State Historical Society
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2217
Telephone: (605) 773-3458
Web site:

Tri-State Genealogical Society
Willard Library
21 First Avenue
Evansville, IN, 47710
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