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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Dakota Genealogy|South Dakota]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Pennington County'''
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Guide to '''Pennington County, South Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
 
Guide to '''Pennington County, South Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
 
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|organized=  January 11,  1875
 
|organized=  January 11,  1875
 
|county seat=  Rapid City
 
|county seat=  Rapid City
|parent county= unorganized territory<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|parent county= unorganized territory<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
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|county1= [[Custer County, South Dakota Genealogy|Custer]]
 
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=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
 
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The county was named after John L. Pennington, fifth Governor of Dakota Territory, who held office in 1875 when the county was formed.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennington_County,_South_Dakota accessed 2/1/2017</ref>  It is located in the West corner of the state.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/pennington/ accessed 2/1/2017</ref>
The county was named after John L. Pennington, fifth Governor of Dakota Territory, who held office in 1875 when the county was formed.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennington_County,_South_Dakota accessed 2/1/2017</ref>
 
It's county seat is Rapid City. It was organized 1875. It is located in the West corner of the state.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/pennington/ accessed 1/31/2017</ref>
 
  
 
=== County Courthouse ===
 
=== County Courthouse ===
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=== Pennington County, South Dakota Record Dates  ===
 
=== Pennington County, South Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{{SD Records Intro}}
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennington County, South Dakota. Page 627 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 622.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pennington County, South Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Pennington County, South Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| colspan="7"| <center>*State birth and death records began in 1905. <br>Compliance for recording births was 1906 and 1932 for deaths.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 671; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.</ref> </center>
 
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=== Boundary Changes ===
 
=== Boundary Changes ===
 
{{SD Boundary Changes Intro|Pennington}}
 
{{SD Boundary Changes Intro|Pennington}}
'''1875--'''Pennington County was created 11 January 1875 from unorganized territory. <br>'''County seat:''' Rapid City <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
 
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*'''Parent County:''' Pennington County was created 11 January 1875 from unorganized territory. <br>
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*'''County seat:''' Rapid City <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/southdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for South Dakota Counties
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/southdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for South Dakota Counties
 
*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/DAKs_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm South Dakota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<td><tr><table>
 
*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/DAKs_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm South Dakota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<td><tr><table>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=44&GScnty=2409&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]  
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]  
 
* [http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sdpennin/cems.html SDGenWeb]
 
* [http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sdpennin/cems.html SDGenWeb]
 
* [http://usgwarchives.net/sd/pennington/pennington.html SDGenWeb Archives]
 
* [http://usgwarchives.net/sd/pennington/pennington.html SDGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://southdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=51 SD Gravestones]
 
* [http://southdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=51 SD Gravestones]
 
* [http://www.interment.net/us/SD/pennington.htm SDInterment]
 
* [http://www.interment.net/us/SD/pennington.htm SDInterment]
* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
 
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
 
| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
 
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=44&CScnty=2409 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/South-Dakota/Pennington-County?id=county_2409 Findagrave.com]
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=South%20Dakota&county=Pennington&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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*[http://apps.sd.gov/applications/DT58Cemetery/ SD Cemetery Record Search]
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[South Dakota Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=97167 Keystone Cemetery, Keystone] FindAGrave
 
  
 
=== Census Records ===
 
=== Census Records ===
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{{SD Census Intro|Pennington}}
 
{{SD Census Intro|Pennington}}
====State Census Records====
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==== Territory and State Census Records ====
*1885 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6247 South Dakota, Territorial Census, 1885] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1836''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/territory/census/1836/1836cens.txt 1836 Wisconsin Territory Census] – index only; South Dakota was included in the 1836 Wisconsin Territory Census
*1895 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6120 South Dakota, State Census, 1895] at [http://Ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*'''1840''' - {{RecordSearch|1786457|United States Census, 1840}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1840 Iowa Territory Census
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*'''1850''' - {{RecordSearch|1401638|United States Census, 1850}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1850 Minnesota Territory Census
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1860 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1870 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1880 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6247 South Dakota, Territorial Census, 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($); index and images
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*'''1895''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6120 South Dakota, State Census, 1895] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] ($); index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1477737|South Dakota State Census, 1905}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|1476041|South Dakota State Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|1476077|South Dakota State Census, 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1614831|South Dakota State Census, 1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1945''' - {{RecordSearch|1747589|South Dakota State Census, 1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
  
 
====Federal Census Records====
 
====Federal Census Records====
Federal Censuses were taken for South Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[South Dakota Census]].
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Federal Censuses were taken for the state of South Dakota starting in 1890, although only one page survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[South Dakota Census]].
  
 
=== Church Records ===
 
=== Church Records ===
 
{{SD Church Intro|Pennington}}
 
{{SD Church Intro|Pennington}}
  
LDS Ward and Branch Records
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'''Online Church Records'''<br>
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''Lutheran Church''<br>
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*'''1875-1940''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60722 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
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''Presbyterian Church''<br>
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*'''1701-1970''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1701-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
  
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'''Other Church Records'''<br>
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''The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ward and Branch Records''<br>
 
*Rapid City
 
*Rapid City
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=395210&reqParentsLabel=Pennington%2C%20South%20Dakota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
  
 
=== Court Records ===
 
=== Court Records ===
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
 
*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
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*'''1863 - 1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
  
 
=== Local Histories ===
 
=== Local Histories ===
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{{SD History Intro}}
 
{{SD History Intro}}
  
*''Down in Bull Creek.'' 1975. By Frieda B. Tupper. Clark, South Dakota : F.B. Tupper. Online at: ; {{WorldCat|3626923|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.  
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*''Down in Bull Creek.'' 1975. By Frieda B. Tupper. Clark, South Dakota : F.B. Tupper. {{WorldCat|3626923|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.  
*''Eastern Pennington County memories.'' 1965. By American Legion. Auxiliary of Carrol McDonald (Wall, South Dakota) . Wall, South Dakota : American Legion Auxiliary, Carrol McDonald Unit. Online at: {{FSbook|399973}}; {{WorldCat|5825213|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.  
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*''Eastern Pennington County memories.'' 1965. By American Legion. Auxiliary of Carrol McDonald (Wall, South Dakota) . Wall, South Dakota : American Legion Auxiliary, Carrol McDonald Unit. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/114843-eastern-pennington-county-memories?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library]; {{WorldCat|5825213|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.  
 
*''A History of Pennington County, S. D..'' 1986?. By Pennington County History Book Committee. Rapid City, South Dakota : Pennington County History Book Committee. Online at: ; {{WorldCat|866242191|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.  
 
*''A History of Pennington County, S. D..'' 1986?. By Pennington County History Book Committee. Rapid City, South Dakota : Pennington County History Book Committee. Online at: ; {{WorldCat|866242191|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.  
*''Homesteading in the South Dakota badlands.'' 1971. By Ernest G. Bormann. Stickney, South Dakota : E.G. Bormann. Online at: {{FSbook|1728501}}; {{WorldCat|866054047|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.  
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*''Homesteading in the South Dakota badlands.'' 1971. By Ernest G. Bormann. Stickney, South Dakota : E.G. Bormann. {{WorldCat|866054047|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.  
*''Keystone Mine.'' n.d. n.p.: n.p. Online at: {{FSbook|112493}}.
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*''Keystone Mine.'' n.d. n.p.: n.p. Online at: [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/205795-black-hills-v-40-black-hills-nuggets?offset=1 FamilySearch Digital Library].
  
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
 
{{SD Maps Intro}}
 
{{SD Maps Intro}}
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{{SD Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{SD Pennington County}}}}
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/southdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of South Dakota] - shows boundary changes for South Dakota Counties
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/southdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of South Dakota] - shows boundary changes for South Dakota Counties
 
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/South+Dakota/ Historical Maps and Atlases of South Dakota] - maps and atlases of South Dakota
 
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/South+Dakota/ Historical Maps and Atlases of South Dakota] - maps and atlases of South Dakota
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=== Military Records ===
 
=== Military Records ===
 
{{SD Military Intro}}
 
{{SD Military Intro}}
*1861 - 1941 [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2239227 South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941] at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to South Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[South Dakota Military Records|South Dakota Military Records]].<br>
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*'''1861 - 1941''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2239227 South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941] at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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*'''1940 - 1941''' {{RecordSearch|3246420|South Dakota, Veteran Graves Registration Records, 1940-1941}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
''Civil War''
 
''Civil War''
*'''1861 -1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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*'''1861 - 1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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*'''1885''' [http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/civilwar/default.aspx Civil War Veteran's 1885 Census in South Dakota] - Index only, Union and Confederate included<br>
 
*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
 
*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
 
''World War I''
 
''World War I''
*'''1917 - 1918''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31404 Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-4] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/sd/military/ww1/alpha.txt South Dakota WWI Honor Roll by SDGenWeb] - Alphabetical index; List by [http://files.usgwarchives.net/sd/military/ww1/county.txt County]<br>
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''World War II''<br>
*For further information see [[North Dakota Military Records]].
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/south-dakota.html WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties for South Dakota] - Index only<br>
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For further information see [[South Dakota Military Records]].
  
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
 
{{SD Naturalization Intro}}
 
{{SD Naturalization Intro}}
* 1904 - 1928 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61209 South Dakota, Federal Naturalization Records, 1904-1928] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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* 1904 - 1928 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61209 South Dakota, Federal Naturalization Records, 1904-1928] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
 
*1865 - 1972 {{RecordSearch|2078640|South Dakota County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
 
*1865 - 1972 {{RecordSearch|2078640|South Dakota County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
 
*[http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/Naturalization/FirstPapersSearch.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:First Papers] — index
 
*[http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/Naturalization/FirstPapersSearch.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:First Papers] — index
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''South Dakota Newspaper Catalogs''
 
''South Dakota Newspaper Catalogs''
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ 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.
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ 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.
{{SD Newspaper abstracts|Pennington}}
 
  
 
=== Obituaries ===
 
=== Obituaries ===
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''Online Records''
 
''Online Records''
*'''1800 – 1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1800 – 1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
 
*'''1880 – 1937''' {{RecordSearch|1389957|South Dakota, Pennington County Probate Case Files, 1880-1937|access=browse}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Collections] — images; suggestion — learn the case number from the Ancestry.com index above
 
*'''1880 – 1937''' {{RecordSearch|1389957|South Dakota, Pennington County Probate Case Files, 1880-1937|access=browse}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Collections] — images; suggestion — learn the case number from the Ancestry.com index above
  
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{{SD Schools Intro}}
 
{{SD Schools Intro}}
 
* 1879 - 1970 {{RecordSearch|1389778|South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
* 1879 - 1970 {{RecordSearch|1389778|South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
* 1879 - 1970 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60158 South Dakota, School Records,1879-1970] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — images
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* 1879 - 1970 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60158 South Dakota, School Records,1879-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — images
  
 
=== Tax Records ===
 
=== Tax Records ===
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==== Birth ====
 
==== Birth ====
{{SD Vital Records - Birth Intro|Pennington}}
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{{SD Birth Intro|Pennington}}
 
*1843 - 1914 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2014}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]  — index{{{1}}}
 
*1843 - 1914 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2014}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]  — index{{{1}}}
*1856 - 1950  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6996 South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1915] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry]  — index ($)
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*1856 - 1950  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6996 South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1915] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]  — index ($)
 
*[http://apps.sd.gov/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.aspx Birth Record Search Site For South Dakota Birth Records With Birth Dates Over 100 Years] — index
 
*[http://apps.sd.gov/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.aspx Birth Record Search Site For South Dakota Birth Records With Birth Dates Over 100 Years] — index
 
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==== Marriage ====
{{SD Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Pennington}}
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{{SD Marriage Intro|Pennington}}
 
*1950 - 2014 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-014}}  — index
 
*1950 - 2014 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-014}}  — index
*1905 - 2013 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8561 South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2013] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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*1905 - 2013 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8561 South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2013] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
 
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==== Death ====
{{SD Vital Records - Death Intro|Pennington}}
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{{SD Death Intro|Pennington}}
*1879 - 1955 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8659&path= South Dakota, Death Index, 1879-1955] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index($)
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*1879 - 1955 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8659&path= South Dakota, Death Index, 1879-1955] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index($)
 
==== Divorce ====
 
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{{SD Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Pennington}}
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{{SD Divorce Intro|Pennington}}
  
 
== Research Facilities ==
 
== Research Facilities ==

Latest revision as of 18:20, 2 June 2020

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

County Facts
County seat: Rapid City
Organized: January 11, 1875
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Custer  • Haakon  • Jackson  • Lawrence  • Meade  • Shannon  • Weston (WY)  • Ziebach
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Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named after John L. Pennington, fifth Governor of Dakota Territory, who held office in 1875 when the county was formed.[2] It is located in the West corner of the state.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Pennington County Courthouse
315 S Joseph Street;
Rapid City, SD 57709-0230
Phone: 605.394.2575

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, land records;
County Treasurer has marriage records from 1887;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1877 and probate records from 1884[4]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1905 1887 1905 1877 1875 1884 1850
*State birth and death records began in 1905.
Compliance for recording births was 1906 and 1932 for deaths.[6]

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]

The following are locations in the county[8]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Ash
  • Castle Butte
  • Cedar Butte
  • Conata
  • Crooked Creed
  • Fairview
  • Flat Butte
  • Huron
  • Imlay
  • Lake Creek
  • Lake Flat
  • Lake Hill
  • Owanka
  • Peno
  • Quinn
  • Rainy Creek/Cheyenne
  • Scenic
  • Shyne
  • Sunnyside
  • Wasta
Unorganized territories
  • Central Pennington
  • Dalzell Canyon
  • East Central Pennington
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Northeast Pennington
  • Rapid City East
  • West Pennington
Ghost towns


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 Pennington 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]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 2,244
1890 6,540 191.4%
1900 5,610 −14.2%
1910 12,453 122.0%
1920 12,720 2.1%
1930 20,079 57.9%
1940 23,799 18.5%
1950 34,053 43.1%
1960 58,195 70.9%
1970 59,349 2.0%
1980 70,361 18.6%
1990 81,343 15.6%
2000 88,565 8.9%
2010 100,948 14.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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.[9] See links listed below.

Territory and State Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of South Dakota starting in 1890, although only one page survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. 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.

Online Church Records
Lutheran Church

Presbyterian Church

Other Church Records
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ward and Branch Records

  • Rapid City


List of Churches and Church Parishes

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 Pennington 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Crook County, WyomingWeston County, WyomingLawrence CountyPennington CountyHaakon CountyJackson CountyOglala Lakota CountyCuster CountyMeade CountySD Pennington.png
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

These collections are unique to South Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and South Dakota Military Records.

Civil War

World War I

World War II

For further information see South Dakota Military Records.

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.

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, Pennington 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]

Rapid City Society For Genealogical Research
P.O. Box 1495
Rapid City, SD 57709-1495
Website

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).
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennington_County,_South_Dakota accessed 2/1/2017
  3. http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/pennington/ accessed 2/1/2017
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Pennington County, South Dakota, p.627
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pennington County, South Dakota. Page 627 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 622.
  6. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 671; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Pennington County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pennington_County%2C_South_Dakota accessed 6 November 2016.
  9. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 617. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.