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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[South Dakota Genealogy|South Dakota]]'' [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] '''Day County'''
| county = Day County
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption SDGenWeb
 
| custom_text = <center>and its representative<br>'''[http://www.rootsweb.com/~sdday Day Co. SDGenWeb]'''</center>
 
| county_map = SD-day.png
 
| state = South Dakota
 
| state_map = South_Dakota.png
 
| founded year = 1879
 
| founded date = October 1
 
| seat wl = Webster
 
}} ''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] &nbsp;[[South Dakota|South Dakota]]&nbsp; [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] &nbsp;[[Day_County,_South_Dakota|Day County]]''  
 
  
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Guide to '''Day 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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{{Infobox U.S. County 2016
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|organized=  October 1,  1879
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|county seat=  Webster
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|parent county= Greeley and Stone<ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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|variant spellings=
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|county1= [[Brown County, South Dakota Genealogy|Brown]]
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|county2= [[Clark County, South Dakota Genealogy|Clark]]
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|county3= [[Codington County, South Dakota Genealogy|Codington]]
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|county4= [[Grant County, South Dakota Genealogy|Grant]]
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|county5= [[Marshall County, South Dakota Genealogy|Marshall]]
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|county6= [[Roberts County, South Dakota Genealogy|Roberts]]
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|county7= [[Spink County, South Dakota Genealogy|Spink]]</br><center>[[Day County, South Dakota Genealogy#Maps and Gazetteers|See County Maps]]</center>
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|county courthouse= [[Image: SouthDakotaDayCourthouse.jpg|245x245px]]
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|county location in state= [[Image: SD-day.png|185x185px]]
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|adoption= {{Adoption SDGenWeb|<center>and its representative<br>'''[http://www.rootsweb.com/~sdday Day Co. SDGenWeb]'''</center>}}
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== County Courthouse  ==
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<div style="width:17%; float:left; margin-right:4em; padding:0px">__TOC__</div><br>
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== County Information ==
  
[http://day.sdcounties.org/ Day County Courthouse]<br>710 W 1st Street<br>Webster, SD 57274-1391<br>Phone: 605.345.3771&nbsp;<br><br>Register of&nbsp; Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, <br>land records from 1879 and burial records from 1930; <br>County Treasurer has marriage records from 1880; <br>Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1885 <br>and probate records from 1898<ref name="HB">The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Day County, South Dakota, p.624</ref>
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=== Description ===
  
== History ==
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The county is named after Merritt H. Day, pioneer and 1879 Dakota Territory legislator.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_County,_South_Dakota accessed 1/31/2017</ref> It's county seat is Webster. It was organized 1879. It is located in the northeastern area of the state.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/day/ accessed 1/31/2017</ref>
  
==== Parent County ====
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{SD Courthouse Intro|Day}}
  
*'''1879--'''Day County was created 1 October 1879 from Greeley, Eliminated 1 Oct. 1879,&nbsp;and Stone, Eliminated 1 Oct. 1879,&nbsp;Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Webster <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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[http://day.sdcounties.org/ Day County Courthouse]<br>710 W 1st Street<br>Webster, SD 57274-1391<br>Phone: 605.345.3771 <br><br>Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, land records from 1879 and burial records from 1930; <br>
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County Treasurer has marriage records from 1880; <br>
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Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1885 and probate records from 1898<ref name="HB">The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Day County, South Dakota, p.624</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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=== Day County, South Dakota Record Dates  ===
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{{SD Records Intro}}
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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|-
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Day County, South Dakota. Page 624 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 620.</ref></center>
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|-
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Day County, South Dakota Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Day County, South Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Day County, South Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Day County, South Dakota Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Day County, South Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Day County, South Dakota Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Day 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" |1880
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1905
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1885
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1879
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1898
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1850
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| colspan="7"| <center> </center>
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==== Record Loss ====
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=== Record Loss ===
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'''1962''' Courthouse was destroyed by fire.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{SD Boundary Changes Intro|Day}}
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*'''Parent County:''' Day County was created 1 October 1879 from Greeley, Eliminated 1 Oct. 1879, and Stone, Eliminated 1 Oct. 1879, Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Webster <ref>''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]
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</td>
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</tr>
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</table>
  
==== Populated Places ====
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=== Populated Places ===
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The following are locations in the county<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Day County, South Dakota," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'',https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_County%2C_South_Dakota accessed 2 November 2016.</ref>
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{{SD Populated Places Intro|Day}}
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{{populated places
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| cities-col1=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bristol,_South_Dakota Bristol]</div>
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| cities-col2=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waubay,_South_Dakota Waubay]</div>
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| cities-col3=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster,_South_Dakota Webster]</div>
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| towns-col1=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andover,_South_Dakota Andover]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butler,_South_Dakota Butler]</div>
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| towns-col2=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grenville,_South_Dakota Grenville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lily,_South_Dakota Lily]
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</div>
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| towns-col3=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierpont,_South_Dakota Pierpont]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roslyn,_South_Dakota Roslyn]</div>
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| villages-col1=
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| villages-col2=
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| villages-col3=
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| unincorp-col1=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crandall,_South_Dakota Crandall]</div>
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| unincorp-col2=<div>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holmquist,_South_Dakota Holmquist]</div>
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| unincorp-col3=<div></div>
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| census-col1=
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| census-col2=
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| census-col3=
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| townships-col1=<div>
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*Andover
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*Bristol
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*Butler
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*Central Point
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*Egeland
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*Farmington
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*Grenville
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*Highland
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*Homer
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*Independence</div>
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| townships-col2=<div>
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*Kidder
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*Kosciusko
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*Liberty
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*Lynn
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*Morton
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*Nutley
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*Oak Gulch
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*Racine
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*Raritan
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*Rusk</div>
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| townships-col3=<div>
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*Scotland
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*Troy
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*Union
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*Valley
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*Waubay
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*Webster
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*Wheatland
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*York</div>
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}}
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''Indian Reservation''<br>
  
==== Indian Reservation ====
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A portion of the [[Lake Traverse Indian Reservation (South Dakota)|Lake Traverse Indian Reservation]] is in Day County. The remainder of the reservation is in [[Marshall County, South Dakota Genealogy|Marshall]], [[Roberts County, South Dakota Genealogy|Roberts]], and [[Codington County, South Dakota Genealogy|Codington]] Counties in South Dakota and in [[Richland County, North Dakota Genealogy|Richland]] and [[Sargent County, North Dakota Genealogy|Sargent]] Counties in North Dakota.
  
A portion of the [[Lake Traverse Indian Reservation (South Dakota)|Lake Traverse Indian Reservation]] is in Day County. The remainder of the reservation is in [[Marshall County, South Dakota|Marshall]], [[Roberts County, South Dakota|Roberts]], and [[Codington County, South Dakota|Codington]] Counties in South Dakota and in [[Richland County, North Dakota|Richland]] and [[Sargent County, North Dakota|Sargent]] Counties in North Dakota.
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== Resources ==
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{{SD Resources Intro}}
  
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{SD Bible Intro|Day}}
  
*[[Brown County, South Dakota|Brown]]
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=== Biographies  ===
*[[Clark County, South Dakota|Clark]]
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{{SD Biographies Intro|Day}}
*[[Codington County, South Dakota|Codington]]
 
*[[Grant County, South Dakota|Grant]]
 
*[[Marshall County, South Dakota|Marshall]]
 
*[[Roberts County, South Dakota|Roberts]]
 
*[[Spink County, South Dakota|Spink]]<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1231219901887_124" />
 
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{SD Business Records Intro|Day}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Day}}
  
==== Census  ====
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{| style = "border:1px solid black; width:60%;  "
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Day 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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|bgcolor="#F0F0F0" valign="top" style="border:1px solid black" |
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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=2376&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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* [http://day.sdgenweb.com/ SDGenWeb]
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* [http://usgwarchives.net/sd/day/day.html SDGenWeb Archives]
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* [http://southdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=18 SD Gravestones]
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* [http://www.interment.net/us/SD/day.htm SDInterment]
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* [https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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|-
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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|362141|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery++Day+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=2376 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=Day&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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*[http://apps.sd.gov/applications/DT58Cemetery/ SD Cemetery Record Search]
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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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'''1905, 1915, 1925 State Censuses --'''Unique information could include: Ethnic Background, Maiden Name, Church Affiliation &amp; Military Service
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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/Day_County,_South_Dakota "Wikipedia.org".] 
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|1880 |97
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|1890 |9168
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|1900 |12254
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|1910 |14372
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|1920 |15194
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|1930 |14606
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|1940 |13565
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|1950 |12294
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|1960 |10516
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|1970 |8713
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|1980 |8133 
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|1990 |6978 
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|2000 |6267
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|2010 |5710
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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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{{SD Census Intro|Day}}
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==== Territory and State Census Records ====
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*'''1836''' - [http://files.usgwarchives.net/wi/territory/census/1836/1836cens.txt 1836 Wisconsin Territory Census] – index only; South Dakota was included in the 1836 Wisconsin Territory Census
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*'''1840''' - {{RecordSearch|1786457|United States Census, 1840}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1840 Iowa Territory Census
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*'''1850''' - {{RecordSearch|1401638|United States Census, 1850}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1850 Minnesota Territory Census
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*'''1860''' - {{RecordSearch|1473181|United States Census, 1860}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1860 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1870''' - {{RecordSearch|1438024|United States Census, 1870}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1870 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1880''' - {{RecordSearch|1417683|United States Census, 1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images; South Dakota was included in the 1880 Dakota Territory Census
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*'''1885''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6247 South Dakota, Territorial Census, 1885] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); index and images
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*'''1895''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6120 South Dakota, State Census, 1895] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); index and images
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*'''1905''' - {{RecordSearch|1477737|South Dakota State Census, 1905}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1915''' - {{RecordSearch|1476041|South Dakota State Census, 1915}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1925''' - {{RecordSearch|1476077|South Dakota State Census, 1925}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1935''' - {{RecordSearch|1614831|South Dakota State Census, 1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
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*'''1945''' - {{RecordSearch|1747589|South Dakota State Census, 1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch Historical Records] — index and images
  
'''&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 the state of South Dakota starting in 1890, although only one page survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. 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|Day}}
  
'''&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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''Lutheran''<br>
  
'''&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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''Bergen Lutheran Church, Bristol''
  
==== Church ====
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*Records of Bergen Lutheran Church, Bristol, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ('''$''').
  
==== Court  ====
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''St. John's Lutheran Church''
  
==== Land  ====
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*Records of St. John's Lutheran Church, Day County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ('''$''').
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Court Records ===
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{{SD Court Intro|Day}}
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Directories ===
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{{SD Directories Intro|Day}}
  
==== Military ====
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=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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{{SD Emigration Intro}}
  
==== Newspapers  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{SD Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
==== Probate ====
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=== Funeral Homes ===
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{{SD Funeral Homes Intro|Day}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{SD Genealogies Intro|Day}}
  
==== Vital Records  ====
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=== Guardianship ===
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{{SD Guardianship Intro|Day}}
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{SD Land Intro|Day}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{SD Land}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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''Online Land Records''
  
== Web Sites  ==
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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://search.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
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
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=== Local Histories ===
*{{FHL|South+Dakota%2C+Day|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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{{SD Histories Intro|Day}}
  
== References  ==
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{{SD History Intro}}
  
<references />{{South Dakota|South Dakota}}
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*''Day County history.'' 1981. By Day County Historical Research Committee. Webster, South Dakota : Day County Historical Research Committee. Online at:; {{WorldCat|8111682|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}.
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*''History of Day County : from 1873 to 1926.'' 1926. By L.G. Ochsenreiter. Webster, South Dakota : L.G. Ochsenreiter. Online at:.
  
[[Category:Day_County,_South_Dakota]]
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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
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=== Migration ===
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{{SD Migration Intro}}
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=== Military Records ===
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{{SD Military Intro}}
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==== Online Collections ====
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These collections are unique to South Dakota. You will find nationwide databases for military records on [[United States Military Online Genealogy Records|U.S. Military Online Genealogy Records]] and [[South Dakota Military Records|South Dakota Military Records]].<br>
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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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*'''1885''' [http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/civilwar/default.aspx Civil War Veteran's 1885 Census in South Dakota] - Index only, Union and Confederate included<br>
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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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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/sd/military/ww1/alpha.txt South Dakota WWI Honor Roll by SDGenWeb] - Alphabetical index; List by [http://files.usgwarchives.net/sd/military/ww1/county.txt County]<br>
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''World War II''<br>
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*[https://www.archives.gov/research/military/ww2/army-casualties/south-dakota.html WWII Army and Army Air Force Casualties for South Dakota] - Index only<br>
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For further information see [[South Dakota Military Records]].
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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://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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*1865 - 1972 {{RecordSearch|2078640|South Dakota County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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*[http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/Naturalization/FirstPapersSearch.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:First Papers] — index
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*[http://history.sd.gov/Archives/Data/Naturalization/SecondPapersSearch.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:Second Papers] — index
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*[http://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/finding-aids/naturalization-south-dakota.html Name Index to Naturalization Records from Dakota Territory and South Dakota] at National Archives, Kansas City — index
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=== Newspapers ===
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{{SD Newspapers Intro|Day}}
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'' South Dakota Newspapers Online''
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*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/south-dakota GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of South Dakota newspapers
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*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/south-dakota/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of South Dakota newspapers
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some South Dakota newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
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*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''South Dakota Newspaper Catalogs''
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*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/titles/ U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present] on Chronicling America - contains a list of all known newspapers and the dates they cover; once you locate a newspaper name, contact the local library to see if they have copies of the newspaper.
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{{SD Newspaper abstracts|Day}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{SD Obituaries Intro|Day}}
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=== Other Records ===
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{{SD Other Records Intro}}
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{SD Periodicals Intro|Day}}
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{SD Probate Intro|Day}}
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'''Online Records
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*'''1800 – 1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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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://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — images
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{SD Tax Intro|Day}}
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{SD Vital Intro|Day}}
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==== Birth ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Birth Intro|Day}}
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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{{{1}}}
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*1856 - 1950  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6996 South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1915] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry]  — index ($)
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*[http://apps.sd.gov/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.aspx Birth Record Search Site For South Dakota Birth Records With Birth Dates Over 100 Years] — index
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==== Marriage ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Marriage Intro|Day}}
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*1950 - 2014 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-014}}  — index
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*1905 - 2013 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8561 South Dakota, Marriages, 1905-2013] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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==== Death ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Death Intro|Day}}
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*1879 - 1955 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8659&path= South Dakota, Death Index, 1879-1955] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index($)
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==== Divorce ====
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{{SD Vital Records - Divorce Intro|Day}}
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{SD Research Facilities Intro|Day}}
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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|Day}}
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=== Museums ===
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{{SD Museums Intro}}
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== Societies ==
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{{SD Societies Intro|Day}}
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== Websites ==
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{{SD Websites Intro|Day}}
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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 Day|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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[[Category:Day_County,_South_Dakota]][[Category:South Dakota_Counties]]

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Guide to Day 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: Webster
Organized: October 1, 1879
Parent County(s): Greeley and Stone[1]
Neighboring Counties
Brown  • Clark  • Codington  • Grant  • Marshall  • Roberts  • Spink
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

The county is named after Merritt H. Day, pioneer and 1879 Dakota Territory legislator.[2] It's county seat is Webster. It was organized 1879. It is located in the northeastern area of the state.[3]

County Courthouse

Day County Courthouse
710 W 1st Street
Webster, SD 57274-1391
Phone: 605.345.3771

Register of Deeds has birth and death records from 1905, land records from 1879 and burial records from 1930;
County Treasurer has marriage records from 1880;
Clerk Court has divorce and court records from 1885 and probate records from 1898[4]

Day County, South Dakota Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major Records[5]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1905 1880 1905 1885 1879 1898 1850

Record Loss

1962 Courthouse was destroyed by fire.

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

The following are locations in the county[7]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communites
Townships
  • Andover
  • Bristol
  • Butler
  • Central Point
  • Egeland
  • Farmington
  • Grenville
  • Highland
  • Homer
  • Independence
  • Kidder
  • Kosciusko
  • Liberty
  • Lynn
  • Morton
  • Nutley
  • Oak Gulch
  • Racine
  • Raritan
  • Rusk
  • Scotland
  • Troy
  • Union
  • Valley
  • Waubay
  • Webster
  • Wheatland
  • York

Indian Reservation

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

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Day 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.  %±
1880 97
1890 9,168 9351.5%
1900 12,254 33.7%
1910 14,372 17.3%
1920 15,194 5.7%
1930 14,606 −3.9%
1940 13,565 −7.1%
1950 12,294 −9.4%
1960 10,516 −14.5%
1970 8,713 −17.1%
1980 8,133 −6.7%
1990 6,978 −14.2%
2000 6,267 −10.2%
2010 5,710 −8.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Before South Dakota was a state in 1889, parts of South Dakota were included in the 1836 Iowa Territory census (also known as Wisconsin Territory), 1840 Iowa Territory census, 1850 Minnesota Territory census, and the 1860-1880 Dakota Territory censuses.[8] See links listed below.

Territory and State Census Records

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for the state of South Dakota starting in 1890, although only one page survived. The 1900 Census is the next Federal Census available. 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

Bergen Lutheran Church, Bristol

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

St. John's Lutheran Church

  • Records of St. John's Lutheran Church, Day 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 Day 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.

  • Day County history. 1981. By Day County Historical Research Committee. Webster, South Dakota : Day County Historical Research Committee. Online at:; At various libraries (WorldCat).
  • History of Day County : from 1873 to 1926. 1926. By L.G. Ochsenreiter. Webster, South Dakota : L.G. Ochsenreiter. Online at:.

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 Day 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, Day 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

Websites

Research Guides

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_County,_South_Dakota accessed 1/31/2017
  3. http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/day/ accessed 1/31/2017
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Day County, South Dakota, p.624
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Day County, South Dakota. Page 624 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 620.
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Day County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_County%2C_South_Dakota accessed 2 November 2016.
  8. ’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 617. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.