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South Dakota

 

United States

 

 

 

 

An Introduction

Gen-Tool Kit

Surnames

 

 

Our Ancestral Counties

Researching by Location

Internet Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Introduction

 

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General Description

 

     South Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States of America. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes. South Dakota was carved out of the southern half of the Dakota Territory and admitted to the Union on November 2, 1889. Centrally-located Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls is the state's largest city. As of 2008, South Dakota had an estimated population of 804,194.

     South Dakota is bisected by the Missouri River, dividing the state into two socioeconomically distinct halves, known to residents as "West River" and "East River". Fertile soil in the eastern part of the state is used to grow a variety of crops, while ranching is the predominant agricultural activity in the west. The Black Hills, a group of low pine-covered mountains, is located in the southwest part of the state. The area is of great religious importance to local American Indian tribes. Mount Rushmore is a major state tourist destination in the Black Hills.

     Historically dominated by an agricultural economy and a rural lifestyle, South Dakota has recently sought to diversify its economy to attract and retain residents. However, it is still largely rural and has the fifth-lowest population density among U.S. states.

 

Historical Information

History of South Dakota

 

 

 

 

 

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GENEALOGICAL ARCHIVES & LIBRARIES

·         South Dakota State Archives, Cultural Heritage Center, 900 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2217

      Hours: 9-4:30 Mon.-Fri. and first Sat. of each month. Call (605) 773-3804.  www.sdhistory.org/arc/archives.htm

·                                    Phone: (605) 773-3804; Fax: (605) 773-6041; E-Mail: archref@state.sd.us

·                                    Historical Museum Guide for South Dakota      (Source: Census Finder)

·                                    South Dakota Genealogy Records      (Source: The Records Project)

·                                    South Dakota Public Libraries      (Source: Public Libraries Library Directory)

 

HISTORICAL & GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES 

·         Association of South Dakota Museums 

·         The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit 

·         Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest 

·         Preserve South Dakota  Protecting South Dakota's Historic Treasures

·         South Dakota Chapter  The Mayflower Society

·         South Dakota State Historical Society 

 

STATE LIBRARY

South Dakota State Library
Dan Siebersma, State Librarian
Mercedes MacKay Building
800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2294
(605) 773-3131 & 1-800-423-6665; fax (605) 773-6962
8 to 5CT/7-4MT Monday-Friday
email: library@state.sd.us

 

 

HISTORICAL PLACES

Listed by County

 

Aurora Beadle Bon Homme Brookings Brown Brule Buffalo Butte Campbell Charles Mix Clark Clay Codington Corson Custer Davison Day Deuel Dewey Douglas Edmunds Fall River Faulk Grant Gregory Haakon Hamlin Hand Hanson Harding Hughes Hutchinson Hyde Jackson Jerauld Jones Kingsbury Lake Lawrence Lincoln Lyman Marshall McCook McPherson Meade Mellette Miner Minnehaha Moody Pennington Perkins Potter Roberts Sanborn Shannon Spink Stanley Sully Todd Tripp Turner Union Walworth Yankton Ziebach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Surnames

 

 

The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.

 

 

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

 

 

 

 

Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families

 

 

Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families

 

 

To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

Additional information regarding these surnames may also be found at:

  Surname Locator Resources

 

 

Free Genealogy Surname

Search Help from Google

 

 

 

Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on this thumbnail map for a full-sized version.

 

Our Ancestral Counties

 

The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, click on the following link. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?

 

Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important as their names. The LINK

MAPS

GAZETTEERS

to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Researching 
by Location

 

Gazetteer of Places

County Research

(Genealogical)

County Research

(General Info.)

The links below may assist you with your research within the various places of this state.

Gazetteer

of Places

The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.S. State.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

 

List of cities in South Dakota

Towns and villages in South Dakota

List of rivers in South Dakota 

 List of lakes in South Dakota

 

South Dakota Cities - profiles of 920 South Dakota cities, towns & neighborhoods

South Dakota Physical Features such as lakes, islands & steams

South Dakota Cultural Features such as schools, parks, hospitals & airports

South Dakota Civil Features such as Native Areas and Political Subdivisions

Search by Name, County, ZIP Code or Area Code

 

 

County Research

(Genealogical)

 

Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.

 

 

 

 

Aurora

Beadle

Bennett

Bon Homme

Brookings

Brown

Brule

Buffalo

Butte

Campbell

Charles Mix

Clark

Clay

Codington

Corson

Custer

Davison

Day

Deuel

Dewey

Douglas

Edmunds

Fall River

Faulk

Grant

Gregory

Haakon

Hamlin

Hand

Hanson

Harding

Hughes

Hutchinson

Hyde

Jackson

Jerauld

Jones

Kingsbury

Lake

Lawrence

Lincoln

Lyman

Marshall

McCook

McPherson

Meade

Mellette

Miner

Minnehaha

Moody

Pennington

Perkins

Potter

Roberts

Sanborn

Shannon

Spink

Stanley

Sully

Todd

Tripp

Turner

Union

Walworth

Yankton

Ziebach

 

 

County Research

(General)

 

Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

 

 

 

 

Aurora County

Beadle County

Bennett County

Bon Homme County

Brookings County

Brown County

Brule County

Buffalo County

Butte County

Campbell County

Charles Mix County

Clark County

Clay County

Codington County

Corson County

Custer County

Davison County

Day County

Deuel County

Dewey County

Douglas County

Edmunds County

Fall River County

Faulk County

Grant County

Gregory County

Haakon County

Hamlin County

Hand County

Hanson County

Harding County

Hughes County

Hutchinson County

Hyde County

Jackson County

Jerauld County

Jones County

Kingsbury County

Lake County

Lawrence County

Lincoln County

Lyman County

Marshall County

McCook County

McPherson County

Meade County

Mellette County

Miner County

Minnehaha County

Moody County

Pennington County

Perkins County

Potter County

Roberts County

Sanborn County

Shannon County

Spink County

Stanley County

Sully County

Todd County

Tripp County

Turner County

Union County

Walworth County

Yankton County

Ziebach County

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internet
Resources

 

 

 

The Google search engine

 button  and following web

sites    may     provide    you

with additional information

to assist with your research

about   this   U. S.   State. 

 

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

 

 

·           Website & Webpages We Like

·           Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·           Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·           Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA

·           Genealogy Gateway

·           Ancestry.com (Reference Materials & Finding Aids)

·           Ancestry.com - Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

·           GenealogyLinks.net

·        Cyndi's List - United States Index

·        IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles & North America

·        Libweb - Libraries on the Web

·        50states.com - States and Capitals

·        RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·        USA Resources at RootsWeb

·        StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

·        The USGenWeb Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOCATION SPECIFIC RESOURCES

·South Dakota - Wikipedia

·South Dakota (Linkpendium)

·South Dakota Information (50 States.com)

·Cyndi’s List (South Dakota)

·South Dakota (historical societies)

·South Dakota GenWeb Project

 

 

 

 

OUR GENEALOGY REFERENCE LIBRARY

 

 

The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.

 

U.S.A. Locations Library - States, Counties, & Localities

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

 

 

 

Email

Snail Mail:

Fred
889 Dante Ct.
Mantua, NJ 08051

USA

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Pony Express:

Tom
27 Christopher Dr.
Burton, NB E2V3H4
Canada