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Several types of maps are useful for genealogists. Some give historical background of the area or show migration routes, such as roads, rivers, and railroads.
'''''''Topographical maps show physical and man-made features, such as creeks, hills, roads, cemeteries, and churches.
University Libraries in South Dakota
University libraries in South Dakota have some of the best collections of maps for the state. Some of these resources may be accessed through Interlibrary Loan.
Family History Library Resources
The Family History Library has a few maps of the Dakota Territory published in the mid-1860s. Other maps of South Dakota from territorial status to statehood and later are available at the FHL.
United State Geological Survey, South Dakota: Index to topographic and other map coverage. Reston, Virginia: U.S.G.S., 1983?. (FHL Book 978.3 A1 no. 54.) This book includes an index of the many maps available by the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as a guide to assist users in selecting and purchasing maps.
Mitchell, Samuel Augustus. County and Township Map of Dakota. Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1988. (FHL Microfilm 1320720, Item 11.) This is a film of maps at a scale of about 1 inch to 40 miles.
Johnson and Ward. Johnson's Minnesota and Dakota.Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1975. (FHL Microfilm 940022, Item 11; FHL Map Case 973 E7jm.) This map shows the Dakotas as unsurveyed land at a scale of about 1:[2,534,400] or (1" to 2,534,400 miles).
Map of the state of South Dakota: Compiled from the official records of the General Land Office and other sources.Washington, District of Columbia: A.B. Graham Photo Litho., 1901. (FHL Map Case 978.3 E7ug 1901.) This map is displayed on a scale of 1:760,320 (1" to 760,320 miles).
United States: Department of Interior. Maps. Washington, District of Columbia: National Archives, Central Plains Region, 1976. (FHL Microfilm 1012663, Item 6.) This is a collection of maps on microfilm. The following maps specific to South Dakota are: South Dakota, 1910; Part of the United States west of the Mississippi River, 1926; Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, South Dakota, 1911; Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, 1914.
DeLorme Mapping Company. South Dakota Atlas and Gazetteer.Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme, c2004. (FHL Large Q Book 978.3 E7s.)
Maps are listed in the Locality Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:
- SOUTH DAKOTA - MAPS
- SOUTH DAKOTA, [COUNTY] - MAPS
- SOUTH DAKOTA, [COUNTY], [CITY] - MAPS
- South Dakota Digital Map Library
- South Dakota State Map Collection
- WorldAtlas.com: 'South Dakota: Maps''''
- United States Universities (by state): '''''''
- The State Department of Tourismwill send you a large map (45"x 18") for free.
- Merriam-Webster's Atlas: South Dakota
Printable maps are also available from the National Atlas of the United States -- http://nationalatlas.gov/printable.html