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South Dakota History & Genealogy

This group is dedicated to discussing and preserving South Dakota history - all counties!

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Latest Activity: Oct 1, 2018

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Rapid City Family History Expo June 18, 2011

Started by Holly T. Hansen Jun 1, 2011.

Miner County

Started by Karen S. Jul 20, 2010.

Potter County

Started by Karen S. Jul 20, 2010.

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Comment by Karen S. on January 21, 2010 at 12:00am
Genealogy Trails South Dakota state website updated - added WWII casualties from the Marines, Navy and Coast Guard (; also deaths by county (for all of Dakota Territory) from the Great Blizzard of 1888
Comment by T.J.Bud Schaffer on September 27, 2009 at 7:48pm
I have a list of everyone buried in the Garden City, SD cem., if any one is interested Also have information on the first murder in McPherson County, or Dakota Terr. at the time, It later became the first murder trail in Brown Co., S.D.A man by the name of William G. Austin shot and killed William Ball.
Comment by T.J.Bud Schaffer on September 21, 2009 at 12:18pm
Hello all.....Just feeling my way around on this new area, I'm from McPherson, Brown Co. and my wife is from Clark Co. all is SD Cities of Leola, Aberdeen, Garden City and Clark. Her maidian name is Harding, and mine is Schaffer..Help and be helped is my motto......
Comment by Karen S. on July 26, 2009 at 8:48pm
New items -
Articles on Brookings county, and the cities of Brookings, Elkton, Fountain, Medary, & Volga
1913 Brookings county map
Listing of Brookings county newspapers (1885)
Sketch of the Agricultural College building in Brookings; photo of harvesting in Brookings county
2 full length biographies and ~70 biographical "snippets"
A handful of newspaper items
Obituary of Charles Mitchell
Comment by Micki Boyer on July 22, 2009 at 10:00pm
Hi everyone...
I'm searching Engh, Manuel/Manwell and Harney surnames from Lawrence County.
Comment by Terry Wages on July 22, 2009 at 9:43pm
Interested in Boudrou, Bailey, Dent of Chamberlain, Brule County, SD. as well as a few other counties. Lower Brule Indian Reservation - too.
Comment by Liz Loveland on July 19, 2009 at 10:19am
Hi all, Like Tracy below, I am researching primarily in Clark and Codington Counties. My ancestors in this area came there primarily in the 1880s and 1890s. I am researching the Philp, Brown, Veeder, Evans, Lenz, Karpinske, and associated families. If anyone is researching some of the same families or in the same area/time (regardless of which surnames), I'd love to talk more with you.
Comment by Karen S. on July 13, 2009 at 9:40pm
New data uploaded so far in July - Beadle and Minnehaha Counties


Hatfield Cemtery - photo and cemetery inventory
St. John's Cemetery - photo
Burials added for Altoona, Restlawn Memory Gardens, St. John's, St. Martin's, Riverside, and Broadland
An 1885 article on Beadle County History
1905 listing of rural Sand Creek Township residents
Listing of Churches in Huron, 1907
Obits - Mrs. Anna Hofer, Mrs. Belle Schroder
News - Sick List, Parties and Celebrations, Community New Items, Court News


Town histories for Valley Springs, Sioux Falls, and Dell Rapids.
An article on Minnehaha County from 1885
Early Minnehaha County Newspapers
Early Businesses in Sioux Falls and Dell Rapids
Mills in Minnehaha County (from the 1880's)
Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association article
Early Churches in Sioux Falls
1881 article on Sioux Falls township
~150 biographies/biographical "snippets"
A newspaper article referencing Jimmy Barnett's orchestra, of Sioux Falls
1913 Minnehaha County map
Story of when John Dillinger and his gang robbed the Securities National Bank & Trust in Sioux Falls - special thanks to Linda Beasley for sharing her grandmother's memories of this incident.
Comment by Karen S. on July 10, 2009 at 4:46pm
I'm researching surnames Hammer, Graves, Kluthe, Schlechter, Evers, Seeman & Knutz from eastern South Dakota - in the counties of Beadle, Hand, Kingsbury, Miner, Faulk, and Spink.
Comment by Tracy Glatz on July 9, 2009 at 9:18pm
My maternal lines are all connected to South Dakota, particularly Clark and Codington counties but also Moody and Lake counties. Surnames include Harmon, Arthur, Myers, Struble, Hiby or Hoiby, Hanson. The Harmons came to Clark area in the 1880s, the Arthurs, Myers and Strubles to Moody in the 1880s, and the Hiby and Hansons to Clark by 1900.

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