Potter County, South Dakota Genealogy

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United States
South Dakota
Potter County

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

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County Facts
County seat: Gettysburg
Organized: January 8, 1873
Parent County(s): Buffalo[1]
Neighboring Counties
Dewey  • Edmunds  • Faulk  • Hyde  • Sully  • Walworth
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County Information

Description

The county was named after Joel A. Potter.[2] It's county seat is Gettysburg. It was organized 1883. It is located in the Central section of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Potter County Courthouse
201 S Exene Street
Gettysburg, SD 57442
Phone: 605.765.9472

Clerk Courts has birth and death records from 1885, court records from 1884 and adoption records from 1941;
Register of Deeds has land records[4]

Potter County, South Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1890

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[5]

Cities
Towns
Unorganized territories
  • Central Potter
  • East Potter
  • West Potter


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Potter 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 2,910
1900 2,988 2.7%
1910 4,466 49.5%
1920 4,382 −1.9%
1930 5,762 31.5%
1940 4,614 −19.9%
1950 4,688 1.6%
1960 4,926 5.1%
1970 4,449 −9.7%
1980 3,674 −17.4%
1990 3,190 −13.2%
2000 2,693 −15.6%
2010 2,329 −13.5%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


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

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

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 Potter 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.

  • 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).
  • Potter County : people, pictures and progress, 1883-1983. 1983. By Potter County Historical Association. Gettysburg, South Dakota? : Potter County Historical Association. Online at: ; At various libraries (WorldCat).

Maps and Gazetteers

Migration

Military Records

Online Collections

These collections are unique to South Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records and South Dakota Military Records.

Civil War

World War I

World War II

For further information see South Dakota Military Records.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

For more information see South Dakota Newspapers. 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 Potter County, South Dakota Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

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, Potter 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.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

Potter County Historical Association
205 W Commercial Ave, STE 104
Gettysburg, SD 57442
Telephoner: 605-765-9480
E-mail:dakotasunset@sbtc.net
Website

Potter County Historical Society
PO Box 1
Gettysburg, SD 57442
Telephone: 605-765-5691

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potter_County,_South_Dakota accessed 2/1/2017
  3. http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/perkins/ accessed 2/1/2017
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Potter County, South Dakota, p.627
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Potter County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Potter_County%2C_South_Dakota accessed 7 November 2016.