Minnehaha County, South Dakota Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki

(Difference between revisions)
(vital intro)
(Added Newspaper record repositories template)
Line 88: Line 88:
==== Military  ====
==== Military  ====
==== Newspapers ====
==== Newspapers ====
{{SD Newspaper abstracts|Minnehaha}}
==== Probate  ====
==== Probate  ====

Revision as of 21:23, 26 June 2013

United States go to South Dakota go to Minnehaha County
link=http://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/South Dakota_Online_Genealogy_Records South Dakota
Online Records

Minnehaha County, South Dakota genealogy and family history research page. Guide to genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records, newspapers, and obituaries.

Minnehaha County, South Dakota
Map of South Dakota highlighting Minnehaha County
Location in the state of South Dakota
Map of the U.S. highlighting South Dakota
Location of South Dakota in the U.S.
Founded April 5, 1862
County Seat Sioux Falls
Adopt-a-wiki page
Sdgwlogo2.gif This page adopted by:
SDGenWeb Project
who welcome you to contribute.
and its representative
Minnehaha Co. SDGenWeb
Adopt a page today


County Courthouse

Minnehaha County Courthouse
415 N Dakota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57102
Phone: 605.367.4223 

Clerk Courts has divorce, probate and court records from 1876;
Register of Deeds has marriage records from 1876, bith and death
records from 1905 and land records[1]


Parent County

1862--Minnehaha County was created 5 April 1862 from unorganized territory.
County seat: Sioux Falls [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




1905, 1915, 1925 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



First Lutheran Church, Colton

  • Records of First Lutheran Church, Colton, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

St. Olaf's Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls

  • Records of St. Olaf's Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[3]



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 Minnehaha 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.




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


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, then click Probate records.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Probate Case Records. 1876-1958 (FamilySearch Historical Records)


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

Web Sites

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


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Minnehaha County, South Dakota, p.627
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.