Union County, South Dakota Genealogy

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Guide to Union 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: Elk Point
Organized: April 10, 1862
Parent County(s): unorganized territory[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clay  • Dakota (NE)  • Dixon (NE)  • Lincoln  • Plymouth (IA)  • Sioux (IA)  • Woodbury (IA)
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County Information

Description

County Courthouse

Union County Courthouse
PO Box 757
Elk Point, SD 57025-0757
Phone: 605.356.2132

Register of Deeds has birth records from 1866, marriage records from 1886, death records from 1905, burial records from 1961, land records from 1863 and military discharge records from 1919;
Clerk Court has probate records from 1875, court records from 1890 and divorce records[2]

Union County, South Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1870

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

  • 1862--Union County was created 10 April 1862 from unorganized territory.
  • County seat: Elk Point [1]

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[3]

Cities
Unincorporated communites
  • Garryowen
  • Nora
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Alcester
  • Big Sioux
  • Big Springs
  • Brule
  • Civil Bend
  • Elk Point
  • Emmet
  • Jefferson
  • Prairie
  • Quincy
  • Sioux Valley
  • Spink
  • Virginia
Unorganized territories
  • Richland
Ghost towns
  • Hill Side
  • Texas
  • Morganfield


Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Union 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.  %±
1870 3,507
1880 6,813 94.3%
1890 9,130 34.0%
1900 11,153 22.2%
1910 10,676 −4.3%
1920 11,099 4.0%
1930 11,480 3.4%
1940 11,675 1.7%
1950 10,792 −7.6%
1960 10,197 −5.5%
1970 9,643 −5.4%
1980 10,938 13.4%
1990 10,189 −6.8%
2000 12,584 23.5%
2010 14,399 14.4%
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.

Lutheran

Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Beresford

  • Records of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Beresford, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

St. Paul's Lutheran Church

  • Records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Union County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Union 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

Migration

Military Records

Civil War

World War I


Naturalization and Citizenship

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 Union 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, Union 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

Union County Historical Society
PO Box 552
124 East Main Street
Elk Point SD 57025-0552
Telephone: 605-356-3433 or 356-2507
E-mail:www.acsnet.com/~jkjar
Website

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. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Union County, South Dakota, p.628
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Union County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_County%2C_South_Dakota accessed 7 November 2016.