South Dakota, Wills and Deeds - FamilySearch Historical Records

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South Dakota, Will and Deeds, 1700-2017
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South Dakota, 
United States
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Location of South Dakota
Record Description
Record Type Wills and deeds index
Collection years 1700-2017
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection is an index of wills and deeds in South Dakota from 1700-2017.


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

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name of land seller
  • Name of land purchaser
  • Description of property

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

This collection

Sample Image[edit | edit source]


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

Before searching this index it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the individual
  • Approximate date and or location of the event

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]

If these are indexes, the original records may contain additional information than was not indexed, or the information might have been indexed incorrectly. You may want to search for the original record.

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

  • Search for vital records such as birth, marriage, and death
  • Search for burial information in newspapers
  • Use the information found in the record to find land and property
  • Use the information found in the record to find probate records
  • Use the information found in the record to find naturalization and citizenship records, if applicable
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in census records

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

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching in a nearby locality
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even initials

Record Finder[edit | edit source]

Consult the South Dakota Research Tips and Strategies and its Record Finder to search other records.

Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

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Record Citation:
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