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| founded year = 1864
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Guide to '''Buffalo 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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}} ''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] &nbsp;[[South Dakota|South Dakota]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] &nbsp;[[Buffalo_County,_South_Dakota|Buffalo County]]''  
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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized= January 6,  1864
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|county seat= Gann Valley
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|parent county= Brugier and [[Charles Mix County, South Dakota Genealogy|Charles Mix]]<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|county1= [[Brule County, South Dakota Genealogy|Brule]]
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|county2= [[Hand County, South Dakota Genealogy|Hand]]
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|county3= [[Hyde County, South Dakota Genealogy|Hyde]]
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|county4= [[Jerauld County, South Dakota Genealogy|Jerauld]]
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|county5= [[Lyman County, South Dakota Genealogy|Lyman]]</br><center>[[Buffalo County, South Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|adoption= {{Adoption SDGenWeb|<center>and its representative<br>'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sdbuffal/index.html Buffalo Co. SDGenWeb]'''</center>}}
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== County Information ==
  
[http://www.gannvalley.com/BuffaloCounty/Index.html Buffalo County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 148<br>Gann Valley, SD 57341-0148<br>Phone: 605.293.3234&nbsp;<br><br>Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, <br>burial records from 1941 and land records; County Treasurer<br>has marriage records from 1887; County Clerk has divorce<br>records from 1915, probate and court records from 1885<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Buffalo County, South Dakota, p.622</ref>
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=== Description ===
  
== History  ==
 
  
==== Parent County  ====
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Buffalo County was named after American buffalo.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_County,_South_Dakota accessed 1/30/2017</ref>It's county seat is Gann Valley. It was organized 1873. It is located in the central area of the state.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/buffalo/ accessed 1/30/2017</ref>
  
'''1864--'''Buffalo County was created 6 January 1864 from Brugier County was Eliminated 6 Jan 1864, &nbsp;and [[Charles Mix County, South Dakota|Charles Mix]] Counties, and unorganized territory. <br>'''County seat:''' Gann Valley <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{SD Courthouse Intro|Buffalo}}
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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[http://www.gannvalley.com/BuffaloCounty/Index.html Buffalo County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 148<br>Gann Valley, SD 57341-0148<br>Phone: 605.293.3234 <br><br>Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, burial records from 1941 and land records;<br>
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County Treasurer has marriage records from 1887;<br>
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County Clerk has divorce records from 1915, probate and court records from 1885<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Buffalo County, South Dakota, p.622</ref>
  
==== Record Loss ====
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=== Buffalo County, South Dakota Record Dates ===
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Buffalo County, South Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Buffalo County, South Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Buffalo County, South Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Buffalo County, South Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Buffalo County, South Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Buffalo County, South Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Buffalo County, South Dakota Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1905
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1887
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1905
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1890
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1884
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1870
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== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
==== Populated Places  ====
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{SD Boundary Changes Intro|Buffalo}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Buffalo County was created 6 January 1864 from Brugier County was Eliminated 6 Jan 1864, and [[Charles Mix County, South Dakota Genealogy|Charles Mix]] Counties, and unorganized territory. <br>
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*'''County seat:''' Gann Valley <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/southdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of North Dakota] - shows boundary changes for South Dakota Counties
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*[http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/DAKs_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm South Dakota Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]<td><tr><table>
  
==== Indian Reservation  ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Buffalo County, South Dakota," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'',https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_County%2C_South_Dakota accessed 2 November 2016.</ref>
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{{SD Populated Places Intro|Buffalo}}
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{{populated places
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*Crow Creek</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gann_Valley,_South_Dakota Gann Valley]</div>
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*Shelby</div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Thompson,_South_Dakota Fort Thompson]</div>
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'''''Indian Reservation'''''<br>
  
A portion of the [[Crow Creek Indian Reservation (South Dakota)|Crow Creek Indian Reservation]] is located in Buffalo County. The remaining part is in [[Hyde County, South Dakota|Hyde County]].  
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A portion of the [[Crow Creek Indian Reservation (South Dakota)|Crow Creek Indian Reservation]] is located in Buffalo County. The remaining part is in [[Hyde County, South Dakota Genealogy|Hyde County]].
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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== Resources ==
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{{SD Resources Intro}}
  
*[[Brule County, South Dakota|Brule]]
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=== Bible Records ===
*[[Hand County, South Dakota|Hand]]
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{{SD Bible Intro|Buffalo}}
*[[Hyde County, South Dakota|Hyde]]
 
*[[Jerauld County, South Dakota|Jerauld]]
 
*[[Lyman County, South Dakota|Lyman]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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=== Biographies ===
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{{SD Biographies Intro|Buffalo}}
  
==== Cemeteries  ====
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{SD Business Records Intro|Buffalo}}
  
==== Census  ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Buffalo}}
  
'''1905, 1915, 1925 State Censuses --'''Unique information could include: Ethnic Background, Maiden Name, Church Affiliation &amp; Military Service
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Buffalo County, South Dakota''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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* [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=44&GScnty=2366&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sdbuffal/wpa.html SDGenWeb]
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* [http://southdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=8 SD Gravestones]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' ([[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |Often more complete]])</center>
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* {{FHL|721462|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Buffalo+South+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=44&CScnty=2366 Findagrave.com]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=South%20Dakota&county=Buffalo&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[http://apps.sd.gov/applications/DT58Cemetery/ SD Cemetery Search Form]
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>See '''[[South Dakota Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
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'''&nbsp;&nbsp; 1905''' state census with images can be viewed free at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1477737 FamilySearch Record Search]  
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|heading = Census
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_County,_South_Dakota "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1870 | 246 
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|1880 |  63
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|1890 | 993
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|1900 |1790
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|1910 |1589
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|1920 |1715
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|1930 |1931
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|1940 |1853
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|1950 |1615
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|1960 |1547
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|1970 |1739 
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|1980 |1795 
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|1990 |1759 
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|2000 |2032
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|2010 |1912
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{{SD Census Intro|Buffalo}}
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====State Census Records====
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*1885 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6247 South Dakota, Territorial Census, 1885] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*1895 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6120 South Dakota, State Census, 1895] at [http://Ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
  
'''&nbsp;&nbsp; 1915''' state census with images can be viewed free at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1476041 FamilySearch Record Search]
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====Federal Census Records====
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Federal Censuses were taken for South Dakota starting in 1910. For links to Federal census indexes, see [[South Dakota Census]].
  
'''&nbsp;&nbsp; 1925 '''state census with images can be viewed free at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1476077 FamilySearch Record Search]<br>
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=== Church Records ===
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{{SD Church Intro|Buffalo}}
  
'''&nbsp;&nbsp; 1935 '''state census with images can be viewed free at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1614831 FamilySearch Record Search]<br>
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=== Court Records ===
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{{SD Court Intro|Buffalo}}
  
'''&nbsp;&nbsp; 1945 '''state census with images can be viewed free at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1747589 FamilySearch Record Search]<br>
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=== Directories ===
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{{SD Directories Intro|Buffalo}}
  
==== Church ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{SD Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Court  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{SD Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{SD Funeral Homes Intro|Buffalo}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{SD Genealogies Intro|Buffalo}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{SD Guardianship Intro|Buffalo}}
  
==== Military  ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{SD Land Intro|Buffalo}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{SD Land}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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''Online Land Records''
  
==== Taxation  ====
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*[http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/ Land Patent Search] - index to federal patents and homesteads on the [http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/default.aspx Bureau of Land Management] website, some images available
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*'''1796 - 1907''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1246 U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] - index, info taken from Bureau of Land Management website<br>
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*'''1861 - 1936''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1861-1936] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{SD Histories Intro|Buffalo}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{SD History Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*''Of rails and trails, a centennial journey, 1889-1989.'' 1989. By Barbara Speck. Dallas, Texas : Curtis Media. Online at:; {{WorldCat|20021405|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{SD Maps Intro}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/southdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of South Dakota] - shows boundary changes for South Dakota Counties
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/South+Dakota/ Historical Maps and Atlases of South Dakota] - maps and atlases of South Dakota
  
== Web Sites  ==
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=== Migration ===
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{{SD Migration Intro}}
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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=== Military Records ===
*{{FHL|South+Dakota%2C+Buffalo|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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{{SD Military Intro}}
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*1861 - 1941 [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2239227 South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941] at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]
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''Civil War''
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*'''1861 -1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch].
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''World War I''
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*'''1917 - 1918''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=31404 Roster of the men and women who served in the army or naval service (including the Marine Corps) of the United States or its allies from the state of North Dakota in the World War, 1917-1918, Vols. 1-4] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] ($)
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*For further information see [[North Dakota Military Records]].
  
== References  ==
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{SD Naturalization Intro}}
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*1904 - 1928 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61209 South Dakota, Federal Naturalization Records, 1904-1928] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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*1865 - 1972 {{RecordSearch|2078640|South Dakota County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*[http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/Naturalization/FirstPapersSearch.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:First Papers] — index
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*[http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/Naturalization/SecondPapersSearch.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:Second Papers] — index
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*[http://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/finding-aids/naturalization-south-dakota.html Name Index to Naturalization Records from Dakota Territory and South Dakota] at National Archives, Kansas City — index
  
<references />{{South Dakota|South Dakota}}  
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{SD Newspapers Intro|Buffalo}}
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'' South Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/south-dakota GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of South Dakota newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/south-dakota/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of South Dakota newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some South Dakota newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''South Dakota Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ 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.
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{{SD Newspaper abstracts|Buffalo}}
  
[[Category:Buffalo_County,_South_Dakota]]
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{SD Obituaries Intro|Buffalo}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{SD Other Records Intro}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{SD Periodicals Intro|Buffalo}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{SD Probate Intro|Buffalo}}
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'''Online Records
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*'''1800 – 1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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=== School Records ===
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{{SD Schools Intro}}
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*1879 - 1970 {{RecordSearch|1389778|South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*1879 - 1970 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60158 South Dakota, School Records,1879-1970] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — images
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{SD Tax Intro|Buffalo}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{SD Vital Intro|Buffalo}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Birth Intro|Buffalo}}
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*1843 - 1914 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2014}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*1856 - 1950 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6996 South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1915] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index ($)
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*[http://apps.sd.gov/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.aspx Birth Record Search Site For South Dakota Birth Records With Birth Dates Over 100 Years]
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— index
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==== Marriage ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Buffalo}}
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*1950 - 2014 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-014}} — index
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*1905 - 2013 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8561 South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2013] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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==== Death ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Death Intro|Buffalo}}
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*1879 - 1955 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8659&path= South Dakota, Death Index, 1879-1955] at [http://ancestry.com Ancestry] — index($)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Buffalo}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{SD Research Facilities Intro|Buffalo}}
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=== Archives ===
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{{SD Archives Intro}}
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
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=== Libraries ===
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{{SD Libraries Intro|Buffalo}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{SD Museums Intro}}
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== Societies ==
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{{SD Societies Intro|Buffalo}}
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== Websites ==
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{{SD Websites Intro|Buffalo}}
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*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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*{{FHL|South Dakota Buffalo|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
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== Research Guides ==
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{{SD Research Guides Intro}}
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== References ==
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<references />
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Latest revision as of 22:57, 23 March 2017

United States
South Dakota


Buffalo County

Guide to Buffalo 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: Gann Valley
Organized: January 6, 1864
Parent County(s): Brugier and Charles Mix[1]
Neighboring Counties
Brule  • Hand  • Hyde  • Jerauld  • Lyman
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County Information

Description

Buffalo County was named after American buffalo.[2]It's county seat is Gann Valley. It was organized 1873. It is located in the central area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Buffalo County Courthouse
PO Box 148
Gann Valley, SD 57341-0148
Phone: 605.293.3234

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, burial records from 1941 and land records;
County Treasurer has marriage records from 1887;
County Clerk has divorce records from 1915, probate and court records from 1885[4]

Buffalo County, South Dakota Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1905 1887 1905 1890 1885 1884 1870

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]

Unincorporated communites
  • Crow Creek
  • Shelby
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Elvira

Indian Reservation

A portion of the Crow Creek Indian Reservation is located in Buffalo County. The remaining part is in Hyde County.

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Buffalo 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 246
1880 63 −74.4%
1890 993 1476.2%
1900 1,790 80.3%
1910 1,589 −11.2%
1920 1,715 7.9%
1930 1,931 12.6%
1940 1,853 −4.0%
1950 1,615 −12.8%
1960 1,547 −4.2%
1970 1,739 12.4%
1980 1,795 3.2%
1990 1,759 −2.0%
2000 2,032 15.5%
2010 1,912 −5.9%
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 Buffalo 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

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Buffalo 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, Buffalo 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

— index

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

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/Buffalo_County,_South_Dakota accessed 1/30/2017
  3. http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/buffalo/ accessed 1/30/2017
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Buffalo County, South Dakota, p.622
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Buffalo County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_County%2C_South_Dakota accessed 2 November 2016.
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