Grant County, South Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Grant 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

Grant County Courthouse
210 E 5th Ave; PO Box 509
Milbank, SD 57252-2433
Phone: 605.432.5482

Clerk Court has birth and death records from 1905, marriage records from 1890, divorce, probate, and court records from 1897 and newspapers from 1880;
Register of Deeds has land records [1]

Grant County, South Dakota Record Dates

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

Record Loss

1881 Courthouse was destroyed by fire.

Boundary Changes

8 January 1873: Grant County was created from Deuel, and Hanson Counties. [2]
17 June 1878: Government functions began after months of inactivity, after a petition to the Governor asking for the organization. Seat was at Inkpa City.
1881: County seat was moved to Milbank after November 1881 election, the case was appealed to court. Milbank won over 2 other towns.
County seat: Milbank

Populated Places


  • Big Stone City
  • Milbank


  • La Bolt
  • Marvin
  • Revillo
  • Stockholm
  • Strandburg
  • Twin Brooks


  • Adams
  • Alban
  • Big Stone
  • Blooming Valley
  • Farmington
  • Georgia
  • Grant Center
  • Kilborn
  • Lura
  • Madison
  • Mazeppa
  • Melrose
  • Osceola
  • Stockholm
  • Troy
  • Twin Brooks
  • Vernon

County Facts
Organized: January 8, 1873
County seat: Milbank
Parent County(s): Deuel, and Hanson [2]
Variant Spellings:
Neighboring Counties
Codington  • Day  • Deuel  • Roberts  • Big Stone (MN)  • Lac qui Parle (MN)
See County Maps
Location Map
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History Timeline


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Grant 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

1905, 1915, 1925, 1935, and 1945 censuses may include unique information: Ethnic Background, Maiden Name, Church Affiliation and Military Service

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.

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Grant 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.

  • 100 years in Grant County, South Dakota 1878-1978. 1979. By Grant County Historical Society. South Dakota : Grant County Historical Society (South Dakota). Online at: ; At various libraries (WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers


Military Records

Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Grant 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, Grant 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.


Grant County Library
207 East Park Ave
Milbank, SD



Grant County History Society
211 S. 3rd St
PO Box 201
Milbank, SD 57252
Telephone: 605-432-2351


Research Guides


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Grant County, South Dakota, p.624
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).