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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[South Dakota]] were the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist Episcopal, and Congregational churches. The Family History Library has very few church records from South Dakota, but it has histories for some denominations.  
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== Missions  ==
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in [[South Dakota]] were the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist Episcopal, and Congregational churches.<ref>William Chamberlin Hunt and United States Bureau of the Census, ''Religious Bodies: 1906'' (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1910), Vol. 1:353. Digital version at [http://books.google.com/books?id=Z6ZdiZWeStAC Google Books].</ref> The Family History Library has very few church records from South Dakota, but it has histories for some denominations.
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=== Missions  ===
  
 
St. Francis  
 
St. Francis  
  
 
Many denominations have collected their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:  
 
Many denominations have collected their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:  
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=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
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'''Early, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for South Dakota'''&nbsp;Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog]. Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.
  
 
=== Congregational  ===
 
=== Congregational  ===
  
Congregational Library<br>14 Beacon Street<br>Boston, MA 02108<br>Telephone: 617-523-0470<br>Fax: 617-523-0470<br>E-mail: '''[mailto:jsteytler@14beacon.org jsteytler@14beacon.org]'''<br>Internet: '''http://www.14beacon.org/'''<br>
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[http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/History/ELCA-Archives.aspx Congregational Library]<br>14 Beacon Street<br>Boston, MA 02108<br>Phone: (617) 523-0470<br>Fax: (617) 523-0470<br>E-mail: [mailto:jsteytler@14beacon.org jsteytler@14beacon.org]<br>  
  
 
=== Lutheran  ===
 
=== Lutheran  ===
  
Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA Archives)<br>8765 West Higgins Road<br>Chicago, IL 60631-4198<br>Telephone: 773-380-2818<br>E-mail: '''[http://www.elca.org/mailto.asp?to=info@elca.org info@elca.org]'''<br>Internet: '''http://www.elca.org/archives/'''<br>
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[http://www.elca.org/Who-We-Are/History/ELCA-Archives.aspx Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA Archives)]<br>8765 West Higgins Road<br>Chicago, IL 60631-4198<br>Phone: (773) 380-2818<br>E-mail: [http://www.elca.org/mailto.asp?to=info@elca.org info@elca.org]<br>Many of their records can be borrowed for a small fee. For a list of the church records in their collection, see {{FHL|269930|item}} fiche 6330690-93.  
 
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Many of their records can be borrowed for a small fee. For a list of the church records in their collection, see Family History Library fiche [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=269930&disp=ALC+congregations+on+microfilm%20%20&columns=*,0,0 6330690]-93.  
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[http://www.odessa3.org/collections/churches/ Odessa3.org] - This site contains German-Russian emigrant ancestry in pocket settlements in mid-west states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska . Contains transcribed minutes of meetings, membership lists (some with parentage listed), birth, deaths, and marriages.]  
 
[http://www.odessa3.org/collections/churches/ Odessa3.org] - This site contains German-Russian emigrant ancestry in pocket settlements in mid-west states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska . Contains transcribed minutes of meetings, membership lists (some with parentage listed), birth, deaths, and marriages.]  
  
 
=== Methodist  ===
 
=== Methodist  ===
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[[Image:South dakota churches.png|thumb|right|500px|South dakota churches.png]] Archives and History Library<br>Dakotas Conference<br>United Methodist Church<br>1331 West University Boulevard<br>Mitchell, SD 57301<br>Phone: (605) 996-6552<br>Fax: (605) 996-1766<br>Mailing Address:<br>P.O. Box 460<br>Mitchell, SD 57301<br>
  
Archives and History Library<br>Dakotas Conference<br>
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=== Episcopal  ===
  
United Methodist Church<br>1331 West University Boulevard<br>Mitchell, SD 57301<br>Telephone: 605-996-6552<br>Fax: 605-996-1766<br>Mailing Address:<br>P.O. Box 460<br>Mitchell, SD 57301<br>Internet: '''[http://www.santel.net/~dumcc/ http://www.santel.net/~dumcc/]'''<br>Episcopal
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[http://www.diocesesd.org/ The Diocese of South Dakota ]<br>500 South Main Avenue <br>Sioux Falls, South Dakota <br>57104-6814 <br>Phone: (605) 338-9751 <br>Fax: (605) 336-6243 <br>  
 
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The Diocese of South Dakota <br>500 South Main Avenue <br>Sioux Falls, South Dakota <br>57104-6814 <br>Phone: (605) 338-9751 <br>Fax: (605) 336-6243 <br>
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=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
  
Diocese of Rapid City<br>Chancery Office<br>606 Cathedral Drive<br>Rapid City, SD 57709<br>Telephone: 605-343-3541<br>Fax: 605-348-7985<br>Mailing Address:<br>P.O. Box 678<br>Rapid City, SD 57709<br>Internet: [http://www.rapidcitydiocese.org/Home/HomePage.htm '''http://www.rapidcitydiocese.org/Home/HomePage.htm''']<br>
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[http://www.rapidcitydiocese.org/Home/HomePage.htm Diocese of Rapid City]<br>606 Cathedral Drive<br>Rapid City, SD 57709<br>Phone: (605) 343-3541  
  
Diocese of Sioux Falls<br>Chancery Office<br>3100 West 41st Street<br>Sioux Falls, SD 57105<br>Telephone: 605-334-9861<br>Fax: 605-333-3346<br>Internet: [http://www.diocese-of-sioux-falls.org/ '''http://www.diocese-of-sioux-falls.org/''']<br>
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Bennett County, South Dakota|Bennett]], [[Butte County, South Dakota|Butte]], [[Corson County, South Dakota|Corson]], [[Custer County, South Dakota|Custer]], [[Dewey County, South Dakota|Dewey]], [[Fall River County, South Dakota|Fall River]], [[Gregory County, South Dakota|Gregory]], [[Haakon County, South Dakota|Haakon]], [[Harding County, South Dakota|Harding]], [[Jackson County, South Dakota|Jackson]], [[Jones County, South Dakota|Jones]], [[Lawrence County, South Dakota|Lawrence]], [[Lyman County, South Dakota|Lyman]], [[Meade County, South Dakota|Meade]], [[Mellette County, South Dakota|Mellette]], [[Pennington County, South Dakota|Pennington]], [[Perkins County, South Dakota|Perkins]], [[Shannon County, South Dakota|Shannon]], [[Stanley County, South Dakota|Stanley]], [[Todd County, South Dakota|Todd]], [[Tripp County, South Dakota|Tripp]] and [[Ziebach County, South Dakota|Ziebach]]  
  
A dissertation about the history of the Catholic Church is Mary Claudia Duratschek, ''The Beginnings of Catholicism in South Dakota'' (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1943; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=197613&disp=The+beginnings+of+Catholicism+in+South+D%20%20&columns=*,0,0 book 978.3 K2d; Film 1036266 item 4]).
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[http://www.diocese-of-sioux-falls.org/Default.aspx Diocese of Sioux Falls]<br>523 N. Duluth Ave.<br>Sioux Falls, SD 57105<br>Phone: (605) 334-9861
  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Aurora County, South Dakota|Aurora]], [[Beadle County, South Dakota|Beadle]], [[Bon Homme County, South Dakota|Bon Homme]], [[Brookings County, South Dakota|Brookings]], [[Brown County, South Dakota|Brown]], [[Brule County, South Dakota|Brule]], [[Buffalo County, South Dakota|Buffalo]], [[Campbell County, South Dakota|Campbell]], [[Charles Mix County, South Dakota|Charles Mix]], [[Clark County, South Dakota|Clark]], [[Clay County, South Dakota|Clay]], [[Codington County, South Dakota|Codington]], [[Davison County, South Dakota|Davison]], [[Day County, South Dakota|Day]], [[Deuel County, South Dakota|Deuel]], [[Douglas County, South Dakota|Douglas]], [[Edmunds County, South Dakota|Edmunds]], [[Faulk County, South Dakota|Faulk]], [[Grant County, South Dakota|Grant]], [[Hamlin County, South Dakota|Hamlin]], [[Hand County, South Dakota|Hand]], [[Hanson County, South Dakota|Hanson]], [[Hughes County, South Dakota|Hughes]], [[Hutchinson County, South Dakota|Hutchinson]], [[Hyde County, South Dakota|Hyde]], [[Jerauld County, South Dakota|Jerauld]], [[Kingsbury County, South Dakota|Kingsbury]], [[Lake County, South Dakota|Lake]], [[Lincoln County, South Dakota|Lincoln]], [[Marshall County, South Dakota|Marshall]] , [[McCook County, South Dakota|McCook]], [[McPherson County, South Dakota|McPherson]], [[Miner County, South Dakota|Miner]], [[Minnehaha County, South Dakota|Minnehaha]], [[Moody County, South Dakota|Moody]], [[Potter County, South Dakota|Potter]], [[Roberts County, South Dakota|Roberts]], [[Sanborn County, South Dakota|Sanborn]], [[Spink County, South Dakota|Spink]], [[Sully County, South Dakota|Sully]], [[Turner County, South Dakota|Turner]] [[Union County, South Dakota|Union]], [[Walworth County, South Dakota|Walworth]] and [[Yankton County, South Dakota|Yankton]]
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A dissertation about the history of the Catholic Church is Mary Claudia Duratschek, ''The Beginnings of Catholicism in South Dakota'' (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1943; {{FHL|197613|item|disp=FHL book 978.3 K2d}}and {{FHL|197613|item|disp=FHL film 1036266 item 4}}
  
 
=== Additional Online Resource:  ===
 
=== Additional Online Resource:  ===
  
 
*South Dakota Churches - '''[http://www.churchangel.com/southdak.htm http://www.churchangel.com/southdak.htm]''''''[http://www.churchangel.com/southdak.htm]'''<br>This website is a great one in that you simply click on the town that your are looking for church records in, and a list will come up with the current churches in that city (including contact information: address, phone number, etc. In many towns there were churches that our ancestors might have attended, which are no longer "active" churches, but by contacting the churches that are currently functioning, we might be able to find information on where those records might be. You might also find it helpful to check the neighboring towns for churches that your ancestors might have attended. It is likely that if a church of their faith was not held in their town, they might have traveled a little to the next town, if the distance was not too far. Finding the church your ancestors attended might very well help in finding their cemetery records as many church members were buried in their church's cemetery.<br>
 
*South Dakota Churches - '''[http://www.churchangel.com/southdak.htm http://www.churchangel.com/southdak.htm]''''''[http://www.churchangel.com/southdak.htm]'''<br>This website is a great one in that you simply click on the town that your are looking for church records in, and a list will come up with the current churches in that city (including contact information: address, phone number, etc. In many towns there were churches that our ancestors might have attended, which are no longer "active" churches, but by contacting the churches that are currently functioning, we might be able to find information on where those records might be. You might also find it helpful to check the neighboring towns for churches that your ancestors might have attended. It is likely that if a church of their faith was not held in their town, they might have traveled a little to the next town, if the distance was not too far. Finding the church your ancestors attended might very well help in finding their cemetery records as many church members were buried in their church's cemetery.<br>
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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in South Dakota were the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist Episcopal, and Congregational churches.[1] The Family History Library has very few church records from South Dakota, but it has histories for some denominations.

Contents

Missions

St. Francis

Many denominations have collected their records in central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church records for South Dakota Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the Family History Library Catalog. Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. (FHL book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Congregational

Congregational Library
14 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 523-0470
Fax: (617) 523-0470
E-mail: jsteytler@14beacon.org

Lutheran

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA Archives)
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL 60631-4198
Phone: (773) 380-2818
E-mail: info@elca.org
Many of their records can be borrowed for a small fee. For a list of the church records in their collection, see FHL Collection fiche 6330690-93.

Odessa3.org - This site contains German-Russian emigrant ancestry in pocket settlements in mid-west states of North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska . Contains transcribed minutes of meetings, membership lists (some with parentage listed), birth, deaths, and marriages.]

Methodist

South dakota churches.png
Archives and History Library
Dakotas Conference
United Methodist Church
1331 West University Boulevard
Mitchell, SD 57301
Phone: (605) 996-6552
Fax: (605) 996-1766
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 460
Mitchell, SD 57301

Episcopal

The Diocese of South Dakota
500 South Main Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
57104-6814
Phone: (605) 338-9751
Fax: (605) 336-6243

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Rapid City
606 Cathedral Drive
Rapid City, SD 57709
Phone: (605) 343-3541

The diocese includes the counties of: Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Gregory, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Jones, Lawrence, Lyman, Meade, Mellette, Pennington, Perkins, Shannon, Stanley, Todd, Tripp and Ziebach

Diocese of Sioux Falls
523 N. Duluth Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: (605) 334-9861

The diocese includes the counties of: Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Marshall , McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Sully, Turner Union, Walworth and Yankton

A dissertation about the history of the Catholic Church is Mary Claudia Duratschek, The Beginnings of Catholicism in South Dakota (Washington DC: Catholic University of America Press, 1943; FHL book 978.3 K2dand FHL film 1036266 item 4

Additional Online Resource:

  • South Dakota Churches - http://www.churchangel.com/southdak.htm'[1]'
    This website is a great one in that you simply click on the town that your are looking for church records in, and a list will come up with the current churches in that city (including contact information: address, phone number, etc. In many towns there were churches that our ancestors might have attended, which are no longer "active" churches, but by contacting the churches that are currently functioning, we might be able to find information on where those records might be. You might also find it helpful to check the neighboring towns for churches that your ancestors might have attended. It is likely that if a church of their faith was not held in their town, they might have traveled a little to the next town, if the distance was not too far. Finding the church your ancestors attended might very well help in finding their cemetery records as many church members were buried in their church's cemetery.

References

  1. William Chamberlin Hunt and United States Bureau of the Census, Religious Bodies: 1906 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1910), Vol. 1:353. Digital version at Google Books.