Source Information

Ancestry.com. South Dakota, Death Index, 1879-1955 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2004.
Original data: South Dakota Department of Health. Index to South Dakota Death Records, 1905-1955. Pierre, SD, USA: South Dakota Department of Health.

About South Dakota, Death Index, 1879-1955

This database is an index to deaths that occurred in South Dakota between 1879 and 1955. The index contains the following information: death certificate number, name of deceased, county or county code, and date of death. Death records are important records for genealogists because generally they provide details about an individual's death as well as details about an individual's life. With the information gathered from this index you might be able to obtain a copy of the original death record from the South Dakota Department of Health (address listed below). It is important to use indexes to locate original records because original records often contain more information than do their indexes, and could thereby lead you to more records and further research. For more information about South Dakota death records please visit the South Dakota Department of Health's website.

Statewide vital record registration for births, deaths, and marriages began in South Dakota in July 1905. Copies of later vital records may be obtained from the Vital Records, South Dakota Department of Health, 600 E. Capitol, Pierre, South Dakota 57501. The current fee is $10. Copies of death records may also be obtained from the county in which the death occurred.

Note: When you look at the image of the index, you will see a numeric code to indicate the county of death. The county code translation table is provided below:

  • Aurora: 2
  • Beadle: 3
  • Bennett: 4
  • Bon Homme: 5
  • Brookings: 6
  • Brown: 7
  • Brule: 8
  • Buffalo: 9
  • Butte: 10
  • Campbell: 11
  • Charles Mix: 12
  • Clark: 13
  • Clay: 14
  • Codington: 15
  • Corson: 16
  • Custer: 17
  • Davison: 18
  • Day: 19
  • Deuel: 20
  • Dewey: 21
  • Douglas: 22
  • Edmunds: 23
  • Fall River: 24
  • Faulk: 25
  • Grant: 26
  • Gregory: 27
  • Haakon: 28
  • Hamlin: 29
  • Hand: 30
  • Hanson: 31
  • Harding: 32
  • Hughes: 33
  • Hutchinson: 34
  • Hyde: 35
  • Jackson: 36
  • Jerauld: 37
  • Jones: 38
  • Kingsbury: 39
  • Lake: 40
  • Lawrence: 41
  • Lincoln: 42
  • Lyman: 43
  • Marshall: 46
  • McCook: 44
  • McPherson: 45
  • Meade: 47
  • Mellette: 48
  • Miner: 49
  • Minnehaha: 1
  • Moody: 50
  • Pennington: 51
  • Perkins: 52
  • Potter: 53
  • Roberts: 54
  • Sanborn: 55
  • Shannon: 65
  • Spink: 56
  • Stanley: 57
  • Sully: 58
  • Todd: 66
  • Tripp: 59
  • Turner: 60
  • Union: 61
  • Walworth: 62
  • Washabaugh: 67
  • Yankton: 63
  • Ziebach: 64