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==County Information==
  
=== Description ===
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===Description===
 
Aurora County is in the southeastern part of South Dakota.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_County,_South_Dakota access 1/24/2017</ref>  It was named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/aurora/ access 1/24/2017</ref>
 
Aurora County is in the southeastern part of South Dakota.<ref>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_County,_South_Dakota access 1/24/2017</ref>  It was named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn.<ref>http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/aurora/ access 1/24/2017</ref>
  
=== County Courthouse ===
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===County Courthouse===
 
{{SD Courthouse Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Courthouse Intro|Aurora}}
  
 
[https://www.courtreference.com/Aurora-County-South-Dakota-Courts.htm Aurora County Courthouse]<br>401 S Main Street<br>PO Box 366; <br>Plankinton, SD 57368<br>Phone: 605.942.7165 <br><br>Clerk Court has divorce, probate, court records from 1879; <br>Register of Deeds has birth, marriage (some as early as 1883)<ref>South Dakota Department of Health, “Aurora County Resources”, http://doh.sd.gov/records/county/aurora.aspx/ accessed 21 June 2017.</ref>, death and burial records;<br>County Assessor has land records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Aurora County, South Dakota, p.622</ref>
 
[https://www.courtreference.com/Aurora-County-South-Dakota-Courts.htm Aurora County Courthouse]<br>401 S Main Street<br>PO Box 366; <br>Plankinton, SD 57368<br>Phone: 605.942.7165 <br><br>Clerk Court has divorce, probate, court records from 1879; <br>Register of Deeds has birth, marriage (some as early as 1883)<ref>South Dakota Department of Health, “Aurora County Resources”, http://doh.sd.gov/records/county/aurora.aspx/ accessed 21 June 2017.</ref>, death and burial records;<br>County Assessor has land records<ref name="HB">''The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America'', 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Aurora County, South Dakota, p.622</ref>
  
=== Aurora County, South Dakota Record Dates ===
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===Aurora County, South Dakota Record Dates===
 
{{SD Records Intro}}
 
{{SD Records Intro}}
 
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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), Aurora County, South Dakota. Page 622 {{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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| colspan="7" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |<center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Aurora County, South Dakota. Page 622 {{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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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Aurora County, South Dakota Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| colspan="7"| <center>*State birth and death records began in 1905. <br>Compliance for recording births was 1906 and 1932 for deaths.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 671; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.</ref> </center>
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| colspan="7" |<center>*State birth and death records began in 1905. <br>Compliance for recording births was 1906 and 1932 for deaths.<ref>Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 671; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.</ref> </center>
 
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=== Record Loss ===
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===Record Loss===
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
=== Boundary Changes ===
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===Boundary Changes===
 
{{SD Boundary Changes Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Boundary Changes Intro|Aurora}}
 
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== Resources ==
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==Resources==
 
{{SD Resources Intro}}
 
{{SD Resources Intro}}
  
=== Bible Records ===
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===Bible Records===
 
{{SD Bible Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Bible Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Biographies ===
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===Biographies===
 
{{SD Biographies Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Biographies Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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===Business, Commerce, and Occupations===
 
{{SD Business Records Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Business Records Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Cemeteries ===
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===Cemeteries===
 
{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Cemeteries Intro|Aurora}}
  
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Aurora County, South Dakota''' online and in print</center>
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| width="20%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black; vertical-align:top" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave]
 
*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave]
 
*[http://sdgenweb.com/aurora/cemeteries/countymap.html SDGenWeb]
 
*[http://sdgenweb.com/aurora/cemeteries/countymap.html SDGenWeb]
* [http://usgwarchives.net/sd/aurora/aurora.html SDGenWeb Archives]
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/sd/aurora/aurora.html SDGenWeb Archives]
* [http://southdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=1 SDGravestones]
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*[http://southdakotagravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=1 SDGravestones]
* [https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves]
 
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* {{FHL|778104|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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*{{FHL|778104|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Aurora+South+Dakota&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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*[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Aurora+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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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/South-Dakota/Aurora-County?id=county_2359 Findagrave]
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/South-Dakota/Aurora-County?id=county_2359 Findagrave]
* [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
 
*[https://apps.sd.gov/dt58cemetery/ SD Cemetery Search Form]
 
*[https://apps.sd.gov/dt58cemetery/ SD Cemetery Search Form]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393239&reqParentsLabel=Aurora%2C%20South%20Dakota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393239&reqParentsLabel=Aurora%2C%20South%20Dakota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
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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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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>See '''[[South Dakota Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
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=== Census Records ===
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===Census Records===
 
{{Historical populations
 
{{Historical populations
 
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{{SD Census Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Census Intro|Aurora}}
==== Federal Census Records ====
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====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. 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.<ref>’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,'' 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 617.  {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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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. 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.<ref>’'Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,'' 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 617.  {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.''</ref>
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*[[South Dakota Census|Federal Census links]]
 
*[[South Dakota Census|Federal Census links]]
  
==== Territory and State Census Records ====
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====Territory and State Census Records====
 
State censuses were taken at the state-level and territorial censuses were taken by the federal government. See [[South Dakota Census]] for more information about censuses taken in South Dakota.<br><br>
 
State censuses were taken at the state-level and territorial censuses were taken by the federal government. See [[South Dakota Census]] for more information about censuses taken in South Dakota.<br><br>
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|at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/6247/ Ancestry] ($)
 
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|select counties, all household members
 
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|1905
 
|1905
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|list of the state's inhabitants on index cards
 
|list of the state's inhabitants on index cards
 
|at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1477737 FamilySearch]
 
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|list of the state's inhabitants on index cards
 
|list of the state's inhabitants on index cards
 
|at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1476041 FamilySearch]
 
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|1925
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|list of the state's inhabitants on index cards
 
|list of the state's inhabitants on index cards
 
|at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1476077 FamilySearch]
 
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|State  
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|list of the state's inhabitants on index cards
 
|list of the state's inhabitants on index cards
 
|at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1614831 FamilySearch]
 
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|1945
 
|1945
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|list of the state's inhabitants on index cards
 
|list of the state's inhabitants on index cards
 
|at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1747589 FamilySearch]
 
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=== Church Records ===
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===Church Records===
 
{{SD Church Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Church Intro|Aurora}}
  
 
'''Online Church Records'''<br>
 
'''Online Church Records'''<br>
 
''Dutch Reformed Church''<br>
 
''Dutch Reformed Church''<br>
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*'''1915-1948''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60767 U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Membership Records, 1856-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Pleasant Valley Christian Reformed Church Baptism Records; 1915-1948<br>
 
*'''1915-1948''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60767 U.S., Dutch Christian Reformed Church Membership Records, 1856-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Pleasant Valley Christian Reformed Church Baptism Records; 1915-1948<br>
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''Lutheran Church''<br>
 
''Lutheran Church''<br>
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*'''1875-1940''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60722 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
 
*'''1875-1940''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60722 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
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''Presbyterian Church''<br>
 
''Presbyterian Church''<br>
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*'''1701-1970''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1701-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
 
*'''1701-1970''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61048 U.S., Presbyterian Records, 1701-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — ($); Index and images; Dates vary for each county<br>
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<br>
 
<br>
 
'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
 
'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393239&reqParentsLabel=Aurora%2C%20South%20Dakota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
 
*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393239&reqParentsLabel=Aurora%2C%20South%20Dakota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
  
=== Court Records ===
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===Court Records===
 
{{SD Court Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Court Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Directories ===
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===Directories===
 
{{SD Directories Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Directories Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Emigration and Immigration ===
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===Emigration and Immigration===
 
{{SD Emigration Intro}}
 
{{SD Emigration Intro}}
  
=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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===Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups===
 
{{SD Ethnic Groups Intro}}
 
{{SD Ethnic Groups Intro}}
  
=== Funeral Homes ===
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===Funeral Homes===
 
{{SD Funeral Homes Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Funeral Homes Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Genealogies ===
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===Genealogies===
 
{{SD Genealogies Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Genealogies Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Guardianship ===
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===Guardianship===
 
{{SD Guardianship Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Guardianship Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Land and Property Records ===
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===Land and Property Records===
 
{{SD Land Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Land Intro|Aurora}}
  
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*'''1863 - 1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
 
*'''1863 - 1908''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60593 U.S. Homestead Records 1863-1908] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] - ($), index and images
  
=== Local Histories ===
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===Local Histories===
 
{{SD Histories Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Histories Intro|Aurora}}
  
 
{{SD History Intro}}
 
{{SD History Intro}}
  
=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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===Maps and Gazetteers===
 
{{SD Maps Intro}}
 
{{SD Maps Intro}}
 
{{CO Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{SD Aurora County}}}}
 
{{CO Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{SD Aurora County}}}}
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393239&reqParentsLabel=Aurora%2C%20South%20Dakota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=393239&reqParentsLabel=Aurora%2C%20South%20Dakota%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/southdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of South Dakota] - shows boundary changes for South Dakota Counties
 
*[http://www.mapofus.org/southdakota/ Interactive Formation Boundary Map of South Dakota] - shows boundary changes for South Dakota Counties
 
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/South+Dakota/ Historical Maps and Atlases of South Dakota] - maps and atlases of South Dakota
 
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Browse/United_States/South+Dakota/ Historical Maps and Atlases of South Dakota] - maps and atlases of South Dakota
  
=== Migration ===
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===Migration===
 
{{SD Migration Intro}}
 
{{SD Migration Intro}}
  
=== Military Records ===
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===Military Records===
 
{{SD Military Intro}}
 
{{SD Military Intro}}
==== Online Collections ====
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====Online Collections====
 
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]].
 
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]].
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*'''1861 - 1941''' {{RecordSearch|2239227|South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1861 - 1941''' {{RecordSearch|2239227|South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1941}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[South Dakota, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1940 - 1941''' {{RecordSearch|3246420|South Dakota, Veteran Graves Registration Records, 1940-1941}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[South Dakota, Veteran Graves Registration Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*'''1940 - 1941''' {{RecordSearch|3246420|South Dakota, Veteran Graves Registration Records, 1940-1941}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images - [[South Dakota, Veteran Graves Registration Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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''Civil War''
 
''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] - [[Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]].
 
*'''1861 - 1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932393|Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Dakota Territory Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]].
 
*'''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>
 
*'''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>
*'''1890''' {{RecordSearch|1877095| United States Census of Union Veterans and Widows of the Civil War, 1890}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[United States Census, 1890 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]].  
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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] - [[United States Census, 1890 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]].
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''World War I''
 
''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>
 
*[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>
 
''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>
 
*[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]].
 
For further information see [[South Dakota Military Records]].
  
=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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===Naturalization and Citizenship===
 
{{SD Naturalization Intro}}
 
{{SD Naturalization Intro}}
* 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 ($)
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*1865 - 1972 {{RecordSearch|2078640|South Dakota County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[South Dakota, County Naturalization Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]  
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*1904 - 1928 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61209 South Dakota, Federal Naturalization Records, 1904-1928] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index and images ($)
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*1865 - 1972 {{RecordSearch|2078640|South Dakota County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[South Dakota, County Naturalization Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*[https://history.sd.gov/archives/data/naturalization/firstpapers.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:First Papers] — index
 
*[https://history.sd.gov/archives/data/naturalization/firstpapers.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:First Papers] — index
 
*[https://history.sd.gov/archives/data/naturalization/secondpapers.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:Second Papers] — index
 
*[https://history.sd.gov/archives/data/naturalization/secondpapers.aspx South Dakota Naturalization Records Index:Second Papers] — index
 
*[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
 
*[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
  
=== Newspapers ===
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===Newspapers===
 
{{SD Newspapers Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Newspapers Intro|Aurora}}
 
'' South Dakota Newspapers Online''
 
'' 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
 
*[http://www.genealogybank.com/explore/newspapers/all/usa/south-dakota GenealogyBank] - ($), contains images of South Dakota newspapers
 
*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/south-dakota/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of South Dakota newspapers
 
*[http://newspaperarchive.com/us/south-dakota/ Newspaper Archive] - ($), contains images of South Dakota newspapers
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some South Dakota newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
 
*[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ Chronicling America] - contains images of some South Dakota newspapers; [http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/help/#basic_searching searching tips]
 
*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
 
*[http://elephind.com/ Elephind] - Free; search engine that retrieves newspaper images from other free newspaper websites
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''South Dakota Newspaper Catalogs''
 
''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.
 
*[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.
  
=== Obituaries ===
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===Obituaries===
 
{{SD Obituaries Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Obituaries Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Other Records ===
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===Other Records===
 
{{SD Other Records Intro}}
 
{{SD Other Records Intro}}
  
=== Periodicals ===
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===Periodicals===
 
{{SD Periodicals Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Periodicals Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Probate Records ===
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===Probate Records===
 
{{SD Probate Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Probate Intro|Aurora}}
  
 
''Online Records''
 
''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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
 
*'''1800 – 1985''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9081 North Dakota and South Dakota Wills and Probate Records 1800-1985] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
  
=== School Records ===
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===School Records===
 
{{SD Schools Intro}}
 
{{SD Schools Intro}}
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*1879 - 1970 {{RecordSearch|1389778|South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[South Dakota, School Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]  - [[South Dakota, School Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*1879 - 1970 {{RecordSearch|1389778|South Dakota, School Records, 1879-1970}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[South Dakota, School Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]  - [[South Dakota, School Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*1879 - 1970 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60158 South Dakota, School Records,1879-1970] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — images
 
*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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===Social Security Records===
 
===Social Security Records===
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*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
 
*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
 
*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
 
*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
  
=== Tax Records ===
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===Tax Records===
 
{{SD Tax Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Tax Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Vital Records ===
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===Vital Records===
 
{{SD Vital Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Vital Intro|Aurora}}
  
==== Birth ====
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====Birth====
 
{{SD Birth Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Birth Intro|Aurora}}
*1843 - 1914 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2016}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[South Dakota, Department of Health, Birth and Marriage Indexes - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]  
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*1843 - 1914 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2016}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[South Dakota, Department of Health, Birth and Marriage Indexes - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*1856 - 1950 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6996 South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1915] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index ($)
 
*1856 - 1950 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6996 South Dakota, Birth Index, 1856-1915] at [http://search.ancestry.com Ancestry] — index ($)
 
*[http://apps.sd.gov/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.aspx Birth Record Search Site For South Dakota Birth Records With Birth Dates Over 100 Years] — index
 
*[http://apps.sd.gov/PH14Over100BirthRec/index.aspx Birth Record Search Site For South Dakota Birth Records With Birth Dates Over 100 Years] — index
  
==== Marriage ====
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====Marriage====
 
{{SD Marriage Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Marriage Intro|Aurora}}
*1950 - 2016 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2016}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[South Dakota, Department of Health, Birth and Marriage Indexes - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]  
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*1950 - 2016 {{RecordSearch|2549807|South Dakota, Department of Health, Index to Births 1843-1914 and Marriages 1950-2016}} at [http://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[South Dakota, Department of Health, Birth and Marriage Indexes - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
 
*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 ($)
 
*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 ($)
  
==== Death ====
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====Death====
 
{{SD Death Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Death Intro|Aurora}}
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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($)
 
*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($)
  
==== Divorce ====
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====Divorce====
 
{{SD Divorce Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Divorce Intro|Aurora}}
  
== Research Facilities ==
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==Research Facilities==
 
{{SD Research Facilities Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Research Facilities Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Archives ===
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===Archives===
 
{{SD Archives Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Archives Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Family History Centers ===
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===Family History Centers===
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
 
{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
=== Libraries ===
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===Libraries===
 
{{SD Libraries Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Libraries Intro|Aurora}}
  
=== Museums ===
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===Museums===
 
{{SD Museums Intro}}
 
{{SD Museums Intro}}
  
== Societies ==
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==Societies==
 
{{SD Societies Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Societies Intro|Aurora}}
  
 
'''Aurora County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 632<br>Plankinton, SD 57368<br>E-mail:[mailto:lodgesd@aol.com lodgesd@aol.com]<br>[http://history.sd.gov/Aboutus/organizations/aurora.aspx Website]<br>
 
'''Aurora County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 632<br>Plankinton, SD 57368<br>E-mail:[mailto:lodgesd@aol.com lodgesd@aol.com]<br>[http://history.sd.gov/Aboutus/organizations/aurora.aspx Website]<br>
  
== Websites ==
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==Websites==
 
{{SD Websites Intro|Aurora}}
 
{{SD Websites Intro|Aurora}}
  
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*{{FHL|South Dakota Aurora|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
== Research Guides ==
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==Research Guides==
 
{{SD Research Guides Intro}}
 
{{SD Research Guides Intro}}
  
== References ==
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Revision as of 08:47, 14 April 2021

Guide to Aurora County, South Dakota ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Plankinton
Organized: October 1, 1879
Parent County(s): Cragin [1]
Neighboring Counties
Brule  • Charles Mix  • Davison  • Douglas  • Jerauld  • Sanborn
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Aurora County is in the southeastern part of South Dakota.[2] It was named for Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn.[3]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Aurora County Courthouse
401 S Main Street
PO Box 366;
Plankinton, SD 57368
Phone: 605.942.7165

Clerk Court has divorce, probate, court records from 1879;
Register of Deeds has birth, marriage (some as early as 1883)[4], death and burial records;
County Assessor has land records[5]

Aurora County, South Dakota Record Dates[edit | edit source]

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[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1905 1883 1905 1879 1882 1879 1850
*State birth and death records began in 1905.
Compliance for recording births was 1906 and 1932 for deaths.[7]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[9]

Cities
Towns
Census-designated places
Townships
  • Aurora
  • Belford
  • Bristol
  • Center
  • Cooper
  • Crystal Lake
  • Dudley
  • Eureka
  • Firesteel
  • Gales
  • Hopper
  • Lake
  • Palatine
  • Patten
  • Plankinton
  • Pleasant Lake
  • Plasant Valley
  • Truro
  • Washington
  • White Lake


Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Aurora 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[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 69
1890 5,045 7211.6%
1900 4,011 −20.5%
1910 6,143 53.2%
1920 7,246 18.0%
1930 7,139 −1.5%
1940 5,387 −24.5%
1950 5,020 −6.8%
1960 4,749 −5.4%
1970 4,183 −11.9%
1980 3,628 −13.3%
1990 3,136 −13.6%
2000 3,058 −2.5%
2010 2,710 −11.4%
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.[10] See links listed below.

Federal Census Records[edit | edit source]

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. 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.[11]

Territory and State Census Records[edit | edit source]

State censuses were taken at the state-level and territorial censuses were taken by the federal government. See South Dakota Census for more information about censuses taken in South Dakota.

Year Type of Census About the Census Website Links
1885 Territorial select counties, all household members at Ancestry ($)
1895 State select counties, all household members at Ancestry ($)
1905 State list of the state's inhabitants on index cards at FamilySearch at Ancestry ($) at Find My Past ($) at My Heritage ($)
1915 State list of the state's inhabitants on index cards at FamilySearch at Ancestry ($) at Find My Past ($) at My Heritage ($)
1925 State list of the state's inhabitants on index cards at FamilySearch at Ancestry ($) at Find My Past ($) at My Heritage ($)
1935 State list of the state's inhabitants on index cards at FamilySearch at Ancestry ($) at My Heritage ($)
1945 State list of the state's inhabitants on index cards at FamilySearch at Ancestry ($)
at My Heritage ($)

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Online Church Records
Dutch Reformed Church

Lutheran Church

Presbyterian Church


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Aurora 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[edit | edit source]

Jerauld CountySanborn CountyDavison CountyDouglas CountyCharles Mix CountyBrule CountySD AURORA.JPG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources



Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Online Collections[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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, Aurora then click Probate records.

Online Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Aurora County. For state-wide archival repositories, see South Dakota Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Aurora County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see South Dakota Societies.

Aurora County Historical Society
PO Box 632
Plankinton, SD 57368
E-mail:lodgesd@aol.com
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_County,_South_Dakota access 1/24/2017
  3. http://genealogytrails.com/sdak/aurora/ access 1/24/2017
  4. South Dakota Department of Health, “Aurora County Resources”, http://doh.sd.gov/records/county/aurora.aspx/ accessed 21 June 2017.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed., (Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002)Aurora County, South Dakota, p.622
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Aurora County, South Dakota. Page 622 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.
  7. Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Rev. ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 1992), 671; Alice M. Hetzel, U.S. Vital Statistics System: Major Activities and Developments, 1950-95 (Hyattsville, Md.: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, [1997]), 58.
  8. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Aurora County, South Dakota," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_County,_South_Dakota accessed 2 January 2021.
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