South Dakota Research Tips and Strategies

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The South Dakota Research Tips and Strategies page consists of links to specific research strategies for South Dakota. It also contains general tips and other resources for finding your ancestors in this locality.



South Dakota Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Below are links to different research strategy pages to help you locate your ancestors in South Dakota

South Dakota Research Tips[edit | edit source]

These tips will help you as you research your ancestors in South Dakota.

  • Birth information: In July 1905 South Dakota started its vital records system. A helpful substitute record to find birth information is a death record. However, date and place of birth on a death record is considered secondary information, as it was not recorded at the time of the birth event. The birth information should be corroborated with other substitute records to improve accuracy.
  • Finding Parents: Statewide recording of deaths in South Dakota began in 1905. They often will list the parents of the deceased and their birth information. Search South Dakota death records
  • Look in all censuses: Always look for your ancestor in every possible census. There are clues regarding immigration, naturalization, and occupation that can lead to other records. Sometimes parents can be found living with their children later in life. Search U.S. Censuses.

South Dakota Record Finder[edit | edit source]

This brief Record Finder is designed to help you determine the best record to search for the type of information you are looking for. It is most helpful for post-1850 research. For a more complete Record Finder, covering additional research needs, see South Dakota Record Finder.

1. What you are looking for: 2. Try these records first: 3. Other useful records

Birth information

Marriage information
Death information
Parents

Maiden name

Immigration date

Naturalization

Physical description

Further South Dakota Research[edit | edit source]