South Dakota Probate 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


Wills and intestate proceedings originate at the county in which the deceased lived, usually at the county clerk of the court’s office. Some have been transferred to the state archives at the Cultural Heritage Center, cataloged under Unified Judicial System, Circuit Courts, Division of [County name] County (see South Dakota Court Records).

Many probate records for Indian agencies have been microfilmed and are available through The Family History Library (FHL). Those that have not will be available through the National Archives (see Native Americans of South Dakota).

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