South Dakota Land Records

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This entry was originally written by Laura Hall Heuermann and Marsha Hoffman Rising, CG, FUGA, FASG for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

This article is part of
the South Dakota Family History Research series.
History of South Dakota
South Dakota Vital Records
Census Records for South Dakota
Background Sources for South Dakota
South Dakota Maps
South Dakota Land Records
South Dakota Probate Records
South Dakota Court Records
South Dakota Tax Records
South Dakota Cemetery Records
South Dakota Church Records
South Dakota Military Records
South Dakota Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscript Collections
South Dakota Archives, Libraries, and Societies
South Dakota Naturalizations
Native Americans of South Dakota
South Dakota County Resources
Map of South Dakota


South Dakota is a Public-Domain State

The original patents and copies of tract books and township plats are at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), 222 N. 32nd St., Box 30157, Billings, MT 59107. The United States General Land Office (GLO) unapproved homestead files (1905–20) are housed at the South Dakota State Historical Society as are tract books for land claims (1864–1915). Once granted by the federal government, later land transactions were filed with the county register of deeds.

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