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Dakota Territory was created in 1861. In 1887 it was divided into two territories North and South Dakota. In 1889 South Dakota became a state.

Finding South Dakota Marriage Records

  • 1862 Dakota Territorial Legislature declared all marriages prior to 1862 as legal if they had been performed by a minister, justices of the peace or judges.
  • 1890, the clerk of the circuit court or register of deed kept the records
  • In July 1905 South Dakota adopted a uniform vital statistics law
  • 1920 marriage records from the county were transferred to the State Board of Health
  • South Dakota marriage records are not restricted and can be ordered by anyone during any time period


Next Step: When did the marriage occur?

Marriage Records
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Learn more about U.S. Marriage Records


Marriages Before 1862

  • Before 18--, no marriages were recorded by the county or state
  • 18-- to 18-- very few records exist


If you cannot locate your ancestor in the databases below, try searching for marriage information in other records.

1. Look first in 2. Then search
 Church Records

Newspapers
Military Records
Obituaries

 Census Records

Cemetery Records
Death Records
Bible Records


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Marriages 1862 to 1890

South Dakota Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try:


Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Other records with marriage information

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use theFamily History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
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Marriages 1890 to 1905

South Dakaota Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
RecordSearch

Free; most counties 18-- - 19--: Free name index with images online at FamilySearch.

Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.

Try 2nd:

Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Other records with marriage information

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
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Marriages 1905 to 1920

South Dakota Marriage Database - Includes Index and Digital Images
Try 1st:
Ancestry Database: Ancestry.com ($) South Dakota, County Marriages,1905-1949 Free at FamilySearch Centers and Libraries; Find your local FamilySearch Center



South Dakota, County Marriages, 1905-1949 - use your own Ancestry subscription $, To obtain a subscription to Ancestry; Ancestry is often available for free through your local public library


Try 2nd:
South Dakota County Clerk If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record. Contact the South Dakota county clerk where you think the marriage took place. It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.
Try 3rd:
South Dakota Department of Health If you do not find your ancestor in the marriage index you may order a marriage record.Contact the South Dakota Department of  Health.

It is usually less expensive to order a marriage record from the county clerk, so begin your search with the county clerk.

Can't find your ancestor in the online index? Tips for searching online indexes
No marriage record for your ancestor?

Search for Gretna Greens-- locations away from the home county where marriage laws were less restrictive.

Other records with marriage information

Marriage Records on Microfilm
Some county marriage records may be available on microfilm at your local Family Search Center. If you know the approximate date and county where the marriage took place, use the Family History Library Catalog (FHLC) to see what is available.

  • Search the FHLC by county.
  • Select the topic Vital Records. Look for records authored by the county clerk.
  • For a small fee, order the microfilm to view at a local Family Search Center.
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Marriages 1920 to Present

Marriage licenses may be found in the county records where the marriage occurred.

STEP ONE: Find Marriage Information

To Order Marriage Certificates
From County where Marriage occurred From SD Dept. of Health State 
Pros Cons Pros Cons
May be less expensive and faster than ordering from the state County websites can be more difficult to use Offers a search of the state index for an additional fee May be more expensive than ordering from the county

Ask for the marriage license or the marriage register, not the marriage certificate. The license or register usually contains more information.

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Wiki Articles


American Indian Agency Marriage Records

References

Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records in South Dakota. By the South Dakota Historical Records Survey, Division of Community Service Programs, Work Projects Administration. FHL Book 978.3 V23s. FHL film 1,597,561 Item 2. FHL microfiche 6,010,865. FHL film 1597561


 

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