Jerauld County, South Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Jerauld 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: Wessington Springs
Organized: April 17, 1883
Parent County(s): Aurora o Buffalo[1]
Neighboring Counties
Aurora  • Beadle  • Brule  • Buffalo  • Hand  • Sanborn
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County Information


It was named for James Hyde, a member of legislature in the 1870s.[2] It's county seat is Wessington Springs. It was organized 1883. It is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Jerauld County Courthouse
205 S Wallace Street
Wessington Springs, SD 57382
Phone: 605.539.1221

Register of Deeds has birth, death, and burial records from 1905, marriage records from 1890 and land records;
Clerk Courts has probate records from 1890, court records from 1889 and divorce records from 1900;
County Auditor has school census records[4]

Jerauld 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

  • 1883--Jerauld County was created 17 April 1883 fromAurora and Buffalo Counties.
  • County seat: Wessington Springs [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[5]

  • Alpena
  • Anina
  • Blaine
  • Chery
  • Crow
  • Crow Lake
  • Franklin
  • Harmony
  • Logan
  • Marlar
  • Media
  • Pleasant
  • Viola
  • Wessington Springs
Unorganized territories
  • Dale


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Jerauld 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
  • Solberg Lutheran Cemetery transcriptions by listing the name, date of death and age. The site also lists an index to the Jerauld County WPA records which list the names of deceased individuals and the cemetery where they are buried within the County. This was done in the 1930's and the 1940's and contains some errors.

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 3,605
1900 2,798 −22.4%
1910 5,120 83.0%
1920 6,338 23.8%
1930 5,816 −8.2%
1940 4,752 −18.3%
1950 4,476 −5.8%
1960 4,048 −9.6%
1970 3,310 −18.2%
1980 2,929 −11.5%
1990 2,425 −17.2%
2000 2,295 −5.4%
2010 2,071 −9.8%
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Census Records

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 Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Wessington Springs, 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 Jerauld 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 history of Jerauld County, South Dakota : from the earliest settlement to January 1st, 1909. 1910. By N. J. Dunham. Wessington Springs, South Dakota : [s.n.]. Online at: FamilySearch Books Online.
  • A history of Jerauld County, South Dakota : from the earliest settlement to January 1st, 1909. 1974. By N. J. Dunham. Tucson, Arizona : W.C. Cox. Online at: .
  • A history of Jerauld County, South Dakota, : from January 1st, 1909 to December 31st, 1961, fifty-two years of progress. 1963. By Fred N. Dunham. Wessington Springs, South Dakota : F.N. Dunham. 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 Jerauld 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, Jerauld 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. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2.,_South_Dakota accessed 1/31/2017
  3. accessed 1/31/2017
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Jerauld County, South Dakota, p.625
  5. Wikipedia contributors, " County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia accessed 5 November 2016.