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United States Genealogy

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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

American History and Genealogy Project

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Clark, Dewey, Kingsbury, Lake, Miner, Minnehaha, Pennington

South Dakota History

  • Marshall County, North Dakota History
    About the middle of the seventeenth century French explorers passed through what is now Dakota, and again in the beginning of the present century Lewis and Clark explored this region. In 1809 one of the Astor’s parties, conducted by Mr. Hunt on their way across the continent to the mouth of the Columbia River, ascended the Missouri River to the 46 degree parallel, where they procured horses from the Indians and traveled overland.
  • Life and Adventures of Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Cannary)
    My maiden name was Marthy Cannary. I was born in Princeton, Missouri, May 1st, 1852. Father and mother were natives of Ohio. I had two brothers and three sisters, I being the oldest of the children. As a child I always had a fondness for adventure and out-door exercise and especial fondness for horses which I began to ride at an early age and continued to do so until I became an expert rider being able to ride the most vicious and stubborn of horses, in fact the greater portion of my life in early times was spent in this manner.
  • South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941
    Images of G.A.R post records from the Dakota and South Dakota Departments. The collection includes membership rosters, attendance registration books of various encampments (some include Women’s Relief Corps.), post descriptive books, member deaths, adjutant reports, muster rolls, lists of officers, applications to form a post, reunion rosters, etc. The descriptive books are arranged by post name and number. Most records include item number, name, post name and number. The descriptive books may list name, age, state of birth, residence in South Dakota, occupation, date-rank-company-regiment of service and final discharge, cause of discharge, when mustered into G.A.R., status, and date of death. The collection was acquired from the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre.
  • South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970
    School records, including teacher’s term reports, school census and attendance records located at the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre. Records are generally arranged by county, year and school district number. This collection is being published as images become available.

South Dakota Land Records

  • U.S., Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1820-1908
    3,907 land management tract books containing official records of the land status and transactions involving surveyed public lands arranged by state and then by township and range. These books indicate who obtained the land, and include a physical description of the tract and where the land is located. The type of transaction is also recorded such as cash entry, credit entry, homesteads, patents (deeds) granted by the Federal Government, and other conveyances of title such as Indian allotments, internal improvement grants (to states), military bounty land warrants, private land claims, railroad grants, school grants, and swamp grants. Additional items of information included in the tract books are as follows: number of acres, date of sale, purchase price, land office, entry number, final Certificate of Purchase number, and notes on relinquishments and conversions.

South Dakota Military Records

  • Military Records
  • Dakota Territory Forts
    List of colonial forts, trading posts, named camps, redoubts, reservations, general hospitals, national cemeteries, etc., established or erected in the United States from its earliest settlement to 1902.
  • South Dakota Forts
    List of colonial forts, trading posts, named camps, redoubts, reservations, general hospitals, national cemeteries, etc., established or erected in the United States from its earliest settlement to 1902.

South Dakota Native American Tribes

South Dakotas Vital Records

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South Dakota Genealogy at Ancestry

Ancestry is the largest provider of genealogy data online. The billions of records they provide have advanced genealogy online beyond imagination just a decade ago. The following is but a small sample of what they provide for South Dakota genealogy at Ancestry. While some of these databases are free, many require a subscription. You can try a 14 day free trial and see if you can find any of your South Dakota genealogy at Ancestry! South Dakota Genealogy Databases – Subscription May be Required Ancestry Free Trial Statewide Genealogy A brief history of South Dakota Doane Robinson’s encyclopedia of South Dakota History…

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Louis Provost, Omaha

Oregon and South Dakota Indians Wounded in Action

The following Indians Wounded in Action, are listed by Name, Tribe and Location of death. The name under the photograph is the person shown.  No additional information was provided in the book. Oregon John Sampson, Cayuse-Umatilla, France Edson Chiloquin, Klamath-Modoc Roland Jackson, Klamath-Paiute LeRoy A. Moore, Klamath-Madoc Marvin J. Walker, Klamath John Jackson, Jr., Klamath South Dakota Theodore Taylor, Sioux (Flandreau), New Guinea Ralph Gullickson, Sioux (Flandreau) Aochen Warren Gullickson, Sioux (Flandreau), Leyte Woodrow Keeble, Sioux (Sisseton), North Africa Francis Adams, Sioux (Sisseton), Italy Joseph Gray, Sioux (Sisseton), Germany Leroy Heminger, Sioux (Sisseton), France Nathan Wilson, Sioux (Sisseton), Germany Floyd…

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Waldron Frazier, Sioux

South Dakota Indian Honored War Dead

The following Honored War Dead, are listed by Name, Tribe and Location of death. The name under the photograph is the person shown.  No additional information was provided in the book. Guy L. Archambeau, Sioux (Yankton, USA Daniel L. Quickbear, Sioux (Rosebud), Africa Joseph Running Horse, Sioux (Rosebud), Peleliu Raymond Lodge Skin, Sioux (Rosebud), Germany Warren C. Bonnin, Sioux (Yankton), Guam Floyd Bear Saves Life, Sioux (Pine Ridge), France Philip G. Atkinson, Sioux (Rosebud), France Ruben E. Redfeather, Sioux (Rosebud), France Stanley C. Rogers, Sioux (Rosebud), Luzon Ole J. Johnson, Sioux (Sisseton), Germany James L. Janis, Sioux (Pine Ridge), Luxembourg…

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Cahill, Joseph Earl – Obituary

Funeral services for Joseph Earl Cahill, who died early Saturday morning at his home in Sturgis, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home with Rev. Clayton Berry officiating. Burial will be in the Bear Butte Cemetery under the direction of the F. O. Jolley Funeral Home. Cahill was born on October 2, 1897, at Chicago, Ill., to Simon and Ida Cahill. At the age of 17 he came to a ranch on Flint Rock Creek north of Red Elm. On Oct. 30, 1926 he married Alice V. Boers at Dupree, and in 1943…

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South Dakota World War 2 NMCG Casualty List

Inclusion of names in this South Dakota World War II Casualty List has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment. Casualties listed represent only those on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties in the United States…

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MacDonald McDonald Family Records

THE M(a)cDonald Family is among the forty-nine “best families” selected by the American Historical-Genealogical Society for whom the Society has published family histories during the past few years. The M(a)cDonald family has been prominent in the British Empire and in the United States; its members having played important roles in war and in peace. Family pride is a commendable trait and should be cultivated. All M(a)cDonald have just cause to be proud of their family history and traditions. In reference No. 14 we find the following regarding the origin and meaning of the name MacDonald: The surname, MacDonald, means the…

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South Dakota County Courthouse Addresses

South Dakota State Vital Records Office Vital Records, Dept of Health 600 East Capitol Pierre, SD 57501-2536 (605) 773-4961 Email: Aurora County Courthouse Plankinton, SD 57368 (605) 942-7161 Hyde County P.O. Box 306 Highmore, SD 57345-0306 (605) 852-2512 Beadle County Courthouse Huron, SD 57350 (605) 353-7165 Jackson County Courthouse Kadoka, SD 57543 (605) 837-2420 Bennett County Main Street Martin, SD 57551 (605) 685-6969 Jerauld County Courthouse Wessington Springs, SD 57382 (605) 539-1221 Bon Homme County Courthouse Tyndall, SD 57066 (605) 589-3382 Jones County Courthouse Murdo, SD 57559 (605) 669-2361 Brookings County 314 Sixth Avenue Brookings, SD 57006-2041 (605) 692-6284…

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South Dakota Vital Records

Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking. South Dakota Birth Records DatabaseThis site contains information from birth records with birth dates of over 100 years of age…

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Treaty of February 19, 1867

Whereas it is understood that a portion of the Sissiton and Warpeton bands of Santee Sioux Indians, numbering from twelve hundred to fifteen hundred persons, not only preserved their obligations to the Government of the United States, during and since the outbreak of the Medewakantons and other bands of Sioux in 1862, but freely periled their lives during that outbreak to rescue the residents on the Sioux reservation, and to obtain possession of white women and children made captives by the hostile bands; and that another portion of said Sissiton and Warpeton bands, numbering from one thousand to twelve hundred…

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