Marshall County, South Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Marshall 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: Britton
Organized: May 2, 1885
Parent County(s): Day[1]
Neighboring Counties
Brown  • Day  • Richland (ND)  • Roberts  • Sargent (ND)
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County Information


County Courthouse

Marshall County Courthouse
County Courthouse;
Britton, SD 57430
Phone: 605.448.5213

Register of Deeds has births and death records from 1905, marriage records from 1887, burial and land records;
Clerk Court has divorce rec from 1888, probate records from 1889 and court records[2]

Marshall 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

  • 1885--Marshall County was created 2 May 1885 from Day County.
  • County seat: Britton [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[3]

Unincorporated communites
Census-designated places
  • Buffalo
  • Dayton
  • Dumarce
  • Eden
  • Fort
  • Hamilton
  • Hickman
  • La Belle
  • Lake
  • Lowell
  • McKinley
  • Miller
  • Newark
  • Newport
  • Nordland
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Red Iron Lake
  • Sisseton
  • Stena
  • Veblen
  • Victor
  • Waverly
  • Weston
  • White
  • Wismer

Indian Reservation

A portion of the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation is in Marshall County. The remainder of the reservation is in Roberts, Day, and Codington Counties in South Dakota and in Richland and Sargent Counties in North Dakota.


Bible Records


Business, Commerce, and Occupations


Cemeteries of Marshall 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.  %±
1890 4,544
1900 5,942 30.8%
1910 8,021 35.0%
1920 9,596 19.6%
1930 9,540 −0.6%
1940 8,880 −6.9%
1950 7,835 −11.8%
1960 6,663 −15.0%
1970 5,965 −10.5%
1980 5,404 −9.4%
1990 4,844 −10.4%
2000 4,576 −5.5%
2010 4,656 1.7%
Source: "".

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.


Falnes Lutheran Church, Langford

  • Records of Falnes Lutheran Church, Langford, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).

Lake City

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


  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Veblen, 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 Marshall 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.

My Grandfather lost his right arm in a farm accident in about 1929. He then ran the Drabek General Store in Hillhead for many years, while continuing to Farm. His name was Adolph Drabek. He and his wife, Mary Najmajstr are buried in St. Matthews Cemetary near Veblen.

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 Marshall 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, Marshall 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. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Marshall County, South Dakota, p.626
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Marshall County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, accessed 6 November 2016.