Hutchinson County, South Dakota Genealogy

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


County Facts
County seat: Olivet
Organized: May 8, 1862
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bon Homme  • Charles Mix  • Davison  • Douglas  • Hanson  • McCook  • Turner  • Yankton
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County Information


County Courthouse

Hutchinson County Courthouse
140 Euclid Street
Olivet, SD 57052
Phone: 605.587.2838

Register of Deeds has land records from 1876, marriage records from 1887, birth and death records from 1905 and burial records from 1914;
Clerk Courts has divorce and court records from 1883 and probate records from 1899;
County Auditor has school records from 1924[2]

Hutchinson 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

1862--Hutchinson County was created 8 May 1862 from unorganized territory.
County seat: Olivet [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[3]

Census-designated places
  • Capital
  • Clayton
  • Cross Plains
  • Fair
  • Foster
  • German
  • Grandview
  • Kassel
  • Kaylor
  • Kulm
  • Liberty
  • Mittown
  • Molan
  • Oak Hollow
  • Pleasant
  • Sharon
  • Silver Lake
  • Starr
  • Susquehanna
  • Sweet
  • Valley
  • Wittenberg
  • Wolf Creek


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Hutchinson 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

Various Hutchinson County Cemeteries transcriptions listing names, date of death and age at date of death.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1870 37
1880 5,573 14962.2%
1890 10,469 87.9%
1900 11,897 13.6%
1910 12,319 3.5%
1920 13,475 9.4%
1930 13,904 3.2%
1940 12,668 −8.9%
1950 11,423 −9.8%
1960 11,085 −3.0%
1970 10,379 −6.4%
1980 9,350 −9.9%
1990 8,262 −11.6%
2000 8,075 −2.3%
2010 7,343 −9.1%
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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.

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 Hutchinson 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.

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 Hutchinson 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, Hutchinson 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.



Heritage Hall Museum and Archives of Freeman
748 South Main Street
Freeman, SD 57209
Telephone Number:605-925-4237
E-mail: or


Menno Historical Society
Menno Heritage Museum
150 Poplar
Menno, SD 57045
Telephone: 605-387-2867


Research Guides


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Hutchison County, South Dakota, p.625
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Hutchinson County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 4 November 2016.