South Dakota Death Records

Enter a first and/or last name to search South Dakota death records. This website was created to provide genealogists with access to the South Dakota death records from a single place. Additional information on how to obtain South Dakota death certificates is available below.

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South Dakota death records

Death records contain information about a person's death, including the date of death, place of death, sometimes the names of the mother and father, and even the physician who attended the death. Death certificates issued by state and local governments will often include the place of residence, and the mother's maiden name.

This webpage gives you access to all of the online databases containing South Dakota death records, South Dakota death ceritificates, South Dakota death notices, South Dakota death indexes, and other related South Dakota genealogy records.

Death records have long been used to help with genealogy research. They are considered to be "primary source" records, because the information is recorded by an eye witness, at the time the death takes place. The Internet has allowed people to store death records into various online archives. This has brought access to online death records much more easier for genealogy researchers.

Newspapers frequently publish notices of deaths, and in addition to death certificates, are a popular source of research by genealogists.

On this page you will find the most comprehensive databases containing death records of South Dakota. We also suggest searching for "South Dakota death records" using, which will yield all such databases.

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How to Obtain South Dakota Death Certificates

Statewide vital record registration for births, deaths, and marriages began in South Dakota in July 1905. Some earlier marriage records may be found in the office of the register of deeds of a particular county.

For birth, marriage, and death records from 1 July 1905, write:

State Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
445 E. Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-3185

For prior records, write to the clerk of the county in question.

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