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=== Census Records ===
=== Census Records ===
{{SD Census Intro|Lincoln}}
{{SD Census Intro|Lincoln}}
====State Census Records====
*1885 [ South Dakota, Territorial Census, 1885] at [ Ancestry] ($)
*1895 [ South Dakota, State Census, 1895] at [ Ancestry] ($)
'''1905, 1915, 1925, 1935, and 1945 censuses''' may include unique information: Ethnic Background, Maiden Name, Church Affiliation and Military Service
===== Federal Census Records =====
:*'''1905''' — {{RecordSearch|1477737|South Dakota State Census, 1905}} at [ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
Federal Censuses were taken for South Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[South Dakota Census]].
:*'''1915''' — {{RecordSearch|1476041|South Dakota State Census, 1915}} at [ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
:*'''1925''' — {{RecordSearch|1476077|South Dakota State Census, 1925}} at [ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images<br>
:*'''1935''' — {{RecordSearch|1614831|South Dakota State Census, 1935}} at [ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
:*'''1945''' — {{RecordSearch|1747589|South Dakota State Census, 1945}} at [ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
=== Church Records ===
=== Church Records ===

Revision as of 13:21, 18 October 2016

United StatesGotoarrow.png South Dakota Gotoarrow.png Lincoln County

Guide to Lincoln County, South Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lincoln County Courthouse
100 E 5th Street
Carton, SD 57013-1732
Phone: 605.987.5661

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, land and burial records;
County Treasurer has marriage records from 1890;
Clerk Court has probate records from 1890, court and divorce records from 1872[1]

Lincoln County, South Dakota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

County Facts
County seat: Carton
Organized: April 5, 1862
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[2]
Neighboring Counties
Clay  • Lyon (IA)  • Minnehaha  • Sioux (IA)  • Turner  • Union
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Location Map
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History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Lincoln 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 Records[edit | edit source]

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.

State Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for South Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see South Dakota Census.

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.


Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Beresford

  • Records of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Beresford, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Grand Valley Lutheran Church, Canton

  • Records of Grand Valley Lutheran Church, Canton, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[4]


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

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Land Records

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lincoln 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.

  • The History of Lincoln County, South Dakota. 1985. By Lincoln County History Committee (South Dakota). Canton, South Dakota : Lincoln County History Committee. Online at: ; At various libraries (WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

For more information, see South Dakota Newspapers.

South Dakota Newspapers Online

South Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper.

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lincoln County, South Dakota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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, Lincoln then click Probate records.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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 Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Lincoln County, South Dakota, p.625
  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.
  4. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society,, accessed 10 June 2013.