The new kid on the block, FootNote is known for digitizing historical
documents... many of which are genealogical gems. With naturalizations,
city directories, war records, newspapers, town records, etc... this new
kid is quickly being recognized as an alternative to Ancestry.
While we know our northern friends may not feel it, in the South, Spring is
here. So we thought we'd share a few of our gardening sites appropriate
for this time of the year. Along with gardening, there's grilling, and getting
ready to diet so that you can fit back into that bathing suit this summer!
as their name suggests, are connected with central life
events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil
authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical
information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are
available only for relatively recent periods. These records,
despite their recent creation in the United States, are
critically important in genealogical research, often
supplying details on family members well back into the
The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy,
by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.
Dakota Birth Records Database This site contains information from birth records with
birth dates of over 100 years of age as required by South Dakota Codified
Law 34-25-8. At this time this site contains 99,461 records
South Dakota State Database
A large collection of databases of births, deaths, marriages, census,
obituaries, directories, estate records, and service records.
Make check or money order payable to South Dakota Department of
$10.00 Since July 1905
The State Office has access to other records for some events that occurred
before 1905. If the records are not available at the State office, they
should be available from the Register of Deeds in the county where the
event occurred. Fees vary.