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South Dakota, Church Records, 1875-1993
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This article describes a collection of records at FamilySearch.org.
South Dakota, 
United States
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Location of South Dakota
Record Description
Record Type Church Records
Collection years 1875-1993
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Sioux Valley Genealogical Society, South Dakota


What Is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection contains Church records from various denominations in South Dakota, 1875-1993. The record content and time period varies by denomination which include the Sioux Valley Genealogical Society. These records include births, baptisms, marriages, banns, deaths, and burials. Before viewing the images, check to see if there is an index of names in alphabetic order at the beginning or end of these records. If you can find your ancestor in the index, it will tell what page number they are listed on.

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

The following information may be found in these records:

Births

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Names of parents

Baptisms

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Date of baptism
  • Names of parents
  • Residence

Marriages

  • Names of bride and groom
  • Date of Marriage
  • Birthplaces and residences of bride and groom
  • Ages of bride and groom
  • Occupation of groom

Deaths

  • Name
  • Spouse
  • Death date

 

Collection Contents[edit | edit source]

Sample Images[edit | edit source]

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

Before searching this collection, 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 on 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.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Add any new information to your records
  • Search for other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses. Witnesses were usually family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.

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 records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of South Dakota.

Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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