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Aurora County, South Dakota
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Founded October 1, 1879
County Seat Plankinton
Courthouse
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Contents

County Courthouse

Aurora County Courthouse
401 S Main Street
PO Box 366;
Plankinton, SD 57368
Phone: 605.942.7165

Clerk Court has divorce, probate, court records from 1879;
Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, death and burial records;
County Assessor has land records[1]

History

Parent County

  • 1879--Aurora County was created 1 October 1879 from Cragin. Cragin eliminated 1 Oct. 1879.
    County seat: Plankinton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Aurora Center

Flynn (historical)

Plankinton

Stickney

Storla

White Lake

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Aurora Center Cemetery

Crystal Lake Cemetery

Dudley Cemetery

Knutson Cemetery

Mizpah Cemetery

Old St. Paul Cemetery

Plankinton Cemetery

Quaker Cemetery

Robey Cemetery

St. John's Cemetery

St. John's Lutheran Cemetery

St. Mary Cemetery

St. Paul Cemetery

Silver Ridge Cemetery

Trinity Cemetery

Underwood Cemetery

Census

1905, 1915, 1925, 1935 and 1945 State Censuses --Unique information could include: Ethnic Background, Maiden Name, Church Affiliation & Military Service

1905 state census with images can be viewed free at FamilySearch Record Search

1915 state census with images can be viewed free at FamilySearch Record Search

1925 state census with images can be viewed free at FamilySearch Record Search

1935 state census with images can be viewed free at FamilySearch Record Search

1945 state census with images can be viewed free at FamilySearch Record Search

Church

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about South Dakota denominations, view the South Dakota Church Records wiki page.

Court

Land

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See South Dakota Land and Property for additional information about early South Dakota land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy. County and town histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section South Dakota Local Histories.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate

In most counties in South Dakota, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for South Dakota, Aurora then click Probate records.

Taxation

South Dakota tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Aurora County, South Dakota, p.622
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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