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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


R.L. Polk and Company, Northwestern Gazetteer: Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Montana—Gazetteer and Business Directory (St. Paul: R.L. Polk, 1914) is of great benefit to the Dakota researcher. A good gazetteer containing much local history is Black Hills Ghost Towns by Watson Parker and H.K. Lambert (Chicago: Swallow Press, 1974).

A number of county atlases have been filmed and are available on interlibrary loan from the South Dakota State Historical Society. Those accessible to the researcher include the counties of Aurora (1909), Beadle (1906 and 1913), Bon Homme (1912), Brookings (1909), Brown (1905 and 1911), Brule (1911), Campbell (1911), Charles Mix (1906 and 1912), Clark (1929), Clay (1901 and 1924), Codington (1929), Davison (1901 and 1929), Day (1909 and 1929), Deuel (1909), Douglas (1901 and 1910), Edmunds (1905), Faulk (1910), Grant (1910 and 1929), Gregory (1912), Hand (1912), Hanson (1902 and 1910), Hughes (1916), Hutchinson (1910), Hyde (1911), Jerauld (1909), Kingsbury (1909 and 1929), Lake (1911), Lincoln (1910), Lyman (1911), Marshall (1910 and 1924), McCook (1911), McPherson (1911), Miner (1917), Minnehaha (1903), Moody (1909), Potter (1911), Roberts (1910), Sanborn (1912), Spink (1909), Sully (1916), Tripp (1915), Turner (1893 and 1902), Union (1924), Walworth (1941), and Yankton (1910).

Other atlases on microfilm include Andrea’s 1884 Historical Atlas of Dakota and Peterson’s 1904 Historical Atlas of South Dakota. The Sanborn fire insurance maps (see page 5) are located at the South Dakota State Historical Society as well.

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