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You can study local histories and maps to learn about the places in [[South Dakota Genealogy|South Dakota]] where your family lived. There are two very helpful guides that will help you identify South Dakota place-names. [[Image:Sign for gazetteers page.jpg|South Dakota Sign]]
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== Online Gazetteers ==
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?focusedId=363&searchTypeaheadInputText=South%20Dakota&text=South%20Dakota FamilySearch Places]
*R. L. Polk &amp; Company. ''Northwestern Gazetteer: Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Montana Gazetteer and Business Directory''. St. Paul, Minnesota: R. L. Polk &amp; Company, 1914. (Family History Library films {{FHL|142321|title-id|disp=1321220-1.)}}
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*[https://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=138:1:::NO::P1_COUNTY,P1_COUNTY_ALONG:n, USGS US and its Territories]
*Phillips, George H. ''The Postoffices of South Dakota, 1861-1930''. Crete, Nebraska: J-B Publishing, 1975. (Family History Library book {{FHL|978.3 E8p|disp=978.3 E8p}}.)
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*[http://www.fallingrain.com/world/US/SD/ Alphabetical listing of Places in South Dakota]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSWM-493L-T?i=7&cat=502915 The Leading business men of Dakota cities : accompanying the map of Dakota territory, name and address]  The Leading Business Men of Dakota Cities : accompanying the map of Dakota territory, name and address. Microfilm of original published: Minneapolis, Minn. : Warner & Foote, 1883. [105] p
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*[https://archive.org/details/minnesotanorthso22minn/page/n3/mode/2up?q=Dakota Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Montana gazetteer and business directory 1880-81] R L Polk. Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Montana gazetteer and business directory 1880-81. Minneapolis, [etc.], R. L. Polk and Co 1879
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*[https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951d002938888&view=1up&seq=5 The National gazetteer of the United States of America. South Dakota 1989 ] U.S. Geological Survey. The National gazetteer of the United States of America. South Dakota 1989. Washington : U.S. G.P.O. ; 1989
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/sd/index.htm Interment.net South Dakota]
  
=== Online Resource<br> ===
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== Print Only Gazetteers ==  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/257637?availability=Family%20History%20Library The Post Offices of South Dakota, 1861-1930] George H Phillips. The Post Offices of South Dakota, 1861-1930. Crete, Nebraska : J-B Pub. Co., c1975
  
*[http://www.bartleby.com/69/ The Columbia Gazetteer of North America]
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== Why Use Gazetteers ==
*[http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/gazetteer U.S. Census Bureau: U.S. Gazetteer]
 
*[http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/ U.S. Geological Survey] [http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=171:1:3642350954468940056 (GNIS)]
 
*University of South Dakota: [http://www.usd.edu/library/pdf/SouthDakotaPlaceNames.PDF South Dakota Place Names] (identifies many resources)
 
*[http://www.fallingrain.com/world/US/46/ Directory of Cities and Towns in South Dakota]
 
  
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A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.
  
Photo courtesy of '''http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/outreach/articles/isntthatspatial_7_placenames.html'''. Go to this website to learn more about place names. {{South Dakota|South Dakota}}
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There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.
  
[[Category:South_Dakota, United States|Gazetteers]]
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=== Gazetteer Contents ===
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Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:
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*Different religious denominations
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*Schools, colleges, and universities
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*Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
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*The population size.
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*Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
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*Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
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*Longitude and latitude.
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*Distances and direction from other from cities.
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*Schools, colleges, and universities.
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*Denominations and number of churches.
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*Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)
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Online Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Print Only Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Why Use Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers list or describe towns and villages, parishes, states, populations, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. Within a specific geographical area, the place-names are listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. You can use a gazetteer to locate the places where your family lived and to determine the civil and religious jurisdictions over those places.

There are many places within a state with similar or identical place-names. You will need to use a gazetteer to identify the specific town where your ancestor lived, the state the town was or is in, and the jurisdictions where records about the person was kept.

Gazetteer Contents[edit | edit source]

Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:

  • Different religious denominations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Major manufacturers, canals, docks, and railroad stations
  • The population size.
  • Boundaries of civil jurisdiction.
  • Ecclesiastical jurisdiction(s)
  • Longitude and latitude.
  • Distances and direction from other from cities.
  • Schools, colleges, and universities.
  • Denominations and number of churches.
  • Historical and biographical information on some individuals (usually high-ranking or famous individuals)