Campbell County, South Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Campbell County, South Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Information


County Courthouse

Campbell County Courthouse
PO Box 146
Mound City, SD 57646
Phone: 605.955.3536

Register of Deeds has birth, marriage, cemetery from late 1800’s, death records from 1905, land records from 1884 and military discharge records from 1921;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1890, probate records from 1891 and naturalization records from 1884;
County Auditor has school census records from early 1900’s[1]

Campbell County, South Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

  • 1873--Campbell County was created 8 January 1873 from Buffalo County.

County seat: Mound City [2]

Populated Places

County Facts
Organized: January 8, 1873
County seat: Mound City
Parent County(s): Buffalo [2]
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
Corson  • Emmons (ND)  • McIntosh (ND)  • McPherson  • Walworth
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Location Map
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History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Campbell County, South Dakota online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See South Dakota Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 50
1890 3,510 6920.0%
1900 4,527 29.0%
1910 5,244 15.8%
1920 5,305 1.2%
1930 5,629 6.1%
1940 5,033 −10.6%
1950 4,046 −19.6%
1960 3,531 −12.7%
1970 2,866 −18.8%
1980 2,243 −21.7%
1990 1,965 −12.4%
2000 1,782 −9.3%
2010 1,466 −17.7%
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State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for South Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see South Dakota Census.

Church Records

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.


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Herreid, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Court Records


Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes



Land and Property Records

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.

Online Land Records

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Campbell 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.

  • A comprehensive index to "The early history of Campbell County", SD by Bob Dale. 1996. By Sandra L. Petersen. Centralia, Washington : S.L. Petersen. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • Historical information on South Dakota counties of Campbell, McPherson, Walworth, Edmunds, Potter and Faulk. 1993?. By Maurice & Florence Krueger. [Mina, South Dakota] : North Central Genealogical Society. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers


Military Records

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship


South Dakota Newspapers Online

South Dakota Newspaper Catalogs

  • U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper.

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


Other Records


Probate Records

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, Campbell then click Probate records.

Online Records

School Records

Tax 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.





Research Facilities


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.





Research Guides


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Campbell County, South Dakota, p.623
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).