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How to Find United States Deaths South Dakota Deaths
Statewide recording of deaths in South Dakota began in 1905.
Next Step: When did the death occur?
Deaths before 1905
Before 1905, no deaths were recorded by the state. In some instances however, county officers have records filed prior to 1905. These exceptions are listed on each county page.
A few earlier death records for Native American tribes exist as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs records. Some of these records have been microfilmed and are available through FamilySearch Centers and Libraries. Find your local FamilySearch Center.
If you know the approximate date and county where the death took place, use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.
Deaths from 1905 to the present
Statewide registration of deaths began in South Dakota in 1905. The State and County offices have death records that were filed after 1905. It is standard for each county to have a copy of death records for deaths that occurred in their county while the Department of Health has the original records of all events that occurred in the State after 1905.
STEP ONE: Find Death Information
Counties are allowed to make available an index of death certificates to conduct genealogical research provided that you are a member of the South Dakota Genealogical Society. Please contact Anna Duncan at (605) 997-2786.
Because the State’s indexing system is more complex and requires technical assistance in order to successfully search for a record, the State performs all searches for the record for a fee of $15.
You must search substitute records to locate your ancestor’s death date and place.
STEP TWO: Obtain the Certificate
You can order a copy of the death record for a fee from the South Dakota Department of Health.
If you do not want to order the death record, you can search other records with death information.
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