South Dakota State Census, 1905 - FamilySearch Historical Records

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South Dakota 1905 State Census Records [edit | edit source]

How To Use This Record[edit | edit source]

Census records are the best source to quickly identify a family group and residence. Use the place of residence and the birthplace for each person along with his or her age to search for other record types. The census identifies other persons in the household. The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.  

Why This Record Was Created[edit | edit source]

The state census was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes. 

Record History[edit | edit source]

In 1885 the state legislature directed that a census be taken in June of that year and every 10 years thereafter. The last state census was conducted in 1945. The completed forms were sent to the Secretary of State. 

Record Description[edit | edit source]

Population schedules are handwritten entries on preprinted cards. The cards are arranged alphabetically by surname.

Record Coverage
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This information pertains to censuses taken in the years 1905. 

The census covers approximately 90% of the population. 

Record Content[edit | edit source]

Key genealogical facts found in the South Dakota state census for the year 1905 are:

  • Name
  • Residence
  • Age
  • Birth place
  • Birth place of parents
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Years in United States and in South Dakota
  • Able to read and write
  • If blind, deaf, idiotic, or insane

Record Reliability[edit | edit source]

Censuses are usually reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may have been incorrect or deliberately falsified.