South Dakota, Grave Registration Records - FamilySearch Historical Records

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South Dakota, Graves Registration Records, 1940-1941
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South Dakota, 
United States
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Location of South Dakota
Record Description
Record Type Grave registration
Collection years 1940-1941
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United States, Work Projects Administration


What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Work Projects Administration (WPA) Graves Registration Project of veterans buried in South Dakota. The project was done ca. 1940-1941. The collection is at the Veterans Memorial Building, Pierre, South Dakota.

Index is alphabetical by county and gives name of town, cemetery, if names were listed, if a legal description of cemetery given, if maps, and miscellaneous information. It is not an alphabetical listing of names in each cemetery.

The registration of graves is arranged by county, then by town (as shown in the Index to cemeteries). Counties not listed were not filmed because no graves were recorded.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name
  • Death date
  • Age at death
  • Sex
  • Cemetery name and location
  • Lot number

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

Sample Image[edit | edit source]

1892-1936 Cemetery record

How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the ancestor
  • Death date of ancestor
  • Burial place of ancestor

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

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


How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

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?[edit | edit source]

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use the age to determine an approximate birth date to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage and death records.
  • Search for vital records, such as birth, marriage, and death
  • Repeat this process with additional family member’s records to find more generations of the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • 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
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of South Dakota.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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Record Citation:
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