South Dakota, State Census, 1945 (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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- 1 What is in the Collection?
- 2 Collection Content
- 3 How Do I Search the Collection?
- 4 What Do I Do Next?
- 5 What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- 6 Related Web Sites
- 7 Related Wiki Articles
- 8 How You Can Contribute
- 9 Citing this Collection
What is in the Collection?
The collection consists of an index to population schedules of the census of South Dakota taken by that state in 1945. This 1945 South Dakota State Census is an every-name list of the state's inhabitants as of 1945. The records are handwritten on printed cards and are arranged alphabetically by surname. People enumerated in the census are recorded individually; the census records do not show individuals in family groups. The census was filmed at the South Dakota State Historical Society.
|You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for South Dakota, State Census, 1945.|
Records found in the 1945 census may contain any of the following:
- Name, age, and gender of individual
- County and town of residence or city and ward
- Occupation, race, and marital status
- Birthplace and ancestry
- Parents' birthplace(s)
- Spouse's maiden name if married and year married
- Military service in Spanish War or World War I or World War II
- State, company, regiment and division of service
- Literate or illiterate
- Extent of education
- Physical impairments (blind, deaf, insane)
- A naturalized citizen?
- Number of years in U.S.
- Number of years in South Dakota
- Church affiliation
How Do I Search the Collection?
To begin your search it is helpful to know
- Other identifying information such as where they lived or their birthplace
Search the Collection
To search the collection by name:
Fill in your ancestor’s name in the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about those in the list to what you already know about your own ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person.
To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this sereis of links:
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the "Film" category which takes you to the images
Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.
With either search keep in mind:
- There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
- You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
- Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.
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What Do I Do Next?
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details such as a title, an occupation, or land ownership. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:
- Use the age listed to determine an approximate birth date. This date along with the place of birth can help you find a birth record. Birth records often list biographical and marital details about the parents and close relatives other than the immediate family.
- Use the race information to find records related to that ethnicity such as records of the Freedman’s Bureau or Indian censuses.
- Use the naturalization information to find their naturalization papers in the county court records. It can also help you locate immigration records such as a passenger list which would usually be kept records at the port of entry into the United States.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Birth places can tell you former residences and can help to establish a migration pattern for the family.
- If they are subject to military service they may have military files in the State or National Archives.
- Occupations listed can lead you to employment records or other types of records such as school records; children’s occupations are often listed as “at school.”
- It is often helpful to extract the information on all families with the same surname in the same general area. If the surname is uncommon, it is likely that those living in the same area were related.
- Be sure to extract all families before you look at other records. The relationships given will help you to organize family groups. The family groupings will help you identify related families when you discover additional information in other records.
- Married family members may have lived nearby but in a separate household so you may want to search an entire town, neighboring towns, or even an county.
- You may be able to identify an earlier generation if elderly parents were living with or close by a married child.
- You may be able to identify a younger generation if a young married couple still lived with one of their sets of parents.
- Additional searches may be needed to locate all members of a particular family in the census.
- The census may identify persons for whom other records do not exist.
What If I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby states.
- Try alternative search methods such as only filling in the surname search box (or the given name search box) on the landing page leaving the other box empty and then click on search. This should return a list of everyone with that particular name. You could then browse the list for individuals with the same family number.
- There is also the possibility that a family was missed in the census.
|Don't overlook FHL Keyword South Dakota, State Census Records items in the FamilySearch Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see the wiki article South Dakota Archives and Libraries. For additional information about this state see the wiki article South Dakota Genealogy.|
General Information About These Records
In 1885 the South Dakota State Legislature mandated that a census be taken in June of that year and every 10 years thereafter. The last census was taken in 1945. The completed cards were then sent to the Secretary of State. The census covers approximately 90% of the population.
The state census was taken in order to enumerate the population for representation purposes. Censuses are generally reliable, depending on the knowledge of the informant and the care of the census enumerator. Information may have been given to a census taker by any member of the family or by a neighbor. Some information may therefore be incorrect.
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- South Dakota Censuses Existing and Lost
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Citing this Collection
Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.
- "South Dakota, State Census, 1945." Database with Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Assessor. State Historical Society, Pierre.
Record Citation (or citation for the index entry):
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