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State of   SOUTH DAKOTA -   (The Mt. Rushmore State)
      The 40th U.S. State to join the Union:   02-November-1889
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Assorted Groups  (Anthology, Cultural, Ethnic, & Religious):
    Germans from Russia - in the Dakotas

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Augustana College - Center for Western Studies

Census  (& related Lists of various kinds):
    1860 Census - Images State of South Dakota
    1880 Census - Federal Census, Dakota Territory, Meyer County (now extinct)
    1883 Census - Dakota Territory List of Pensioners on the Roll (Index)
    1885 Census - Civil War Veterans (South Dakota State Archives)
    1890 Census - 1890 Census Widows of the Civil War, Counties of Aurora, Beadle,
         Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Butte & Campbell
    1900 Census - Federal Census, Dakota Territory, Meyer County (now extinct)
         Rosebud Indian Reservation, ED-45
    South Dakota Naturalization Index - The first naturalization law was created on March
         26, 1790. This law provided that aliens to the United States could apply for
         citizenship provided that they were free white persons of good moral character and
         lived for two years in the United States plus one year in the state in which they
         were living. (A search engine for those who applied for "First" & "Second" Papers.

Custer's Last Stand - an account by Rod Coronado, Indigenous Prisoner of War (Native
         sovereigntists writing and speaking from the front-lines of North Amerikkka

Families and Surnames:
    FamilySearch: South Dakota Research Outline - This outline describes major sources of
         information about families from South Dakota. As you read this outline, study the
         United States Research Outline (30972), which will help you understand terminology
         and the contents and uses of genealogical records.


Genealogical/Historical Commissions, Societies and Museums:
  Please click here - (Counties we have listed),   (To list a local society, please contact us.)

Ghost Towns - Like most of the states in America's heartland, South Dakota is filled with
         ghost town sites, ghost towns, and near ghost towns.
Time Passages, Genealogy of the Dakotas - Time Passages is a family history research
         service that specializes in the genealogy of pioneer families who settled the Dakota
         Territory, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Historical interest Items, etc.:
    Black Hills of South Dakota - History... The Black Hills are traditional hunting grounds
         for American (Lacota) Indians.
    Pioneer Days - Early Days In Dakota Territories


Libraries & Newspapers:
    South Dakota State Library


Migrations to, from and through:
    Germans in the Dakotas - German citizens who immigrated to Russia and then
         immigrated to the United States.


    South Dakota Digital Archives - Collects, appraises, accessions, describes, organizes
         and preserves.
    South Dakota Naturalization Index - The first naturalization law was created on March
         26, 1790. (Aliens who applied to the United States for citizenship. (A search engine
         for those who applied for "First" & "Second" Papers.
    Standing Rock Indiana Reservation - (Boreman County, South Dakota), straddles
         the border between North Dakota and South Dakota.
  • State of South Dakota
  • State Capital CityPierre  (Capital since 1812 - located in   Hughes County)

    The State name:  North and South Dakota were one territory until 1889. Dakota was named for the Dakota, Sioux tribe who lived in the region. Dakota is the Sioux word for "friends" or "allies."
    American History and Genealogy Proj.
    American Local History Network
    Colonial Currency
    Cemetery Listings
    County maps of South Dakota
    Daughters of the American Revolution
    General History
    Migration Patterns
    State Archives (Govt.)
    State Archives (USGenWeb.)
    State Genealogy Forum
    State Genealogical Society
    State Historical Society
    State USGenWeb Site
    Symbols (Flag, Seal, etc.)
    Timeline (Historic)

    U.S.A. - General Information links page
    U.S.A. - Possessions & Territories

    Vital Records:
        South Dakota Birth Index - pre 1900
        South Dakota Birth Records - Older than 100 Years


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