Right before South Dakota County and city governments compiled vital records, many people recorded crucial dates, events, and names in their family Bible. Family Bibles are invaluable research tools. Even though the dates can’t be guaranteed, Family Bibles are a tangible link with past generations.
Most of the state’s records from its various churches are still privately held. Several county funeral home and church records have been placed on microfilm by the Sioux Valley Genealogical Society, thanks to DAR grants. The South Dakota State Historical Society has a copy of those records on file. Several South Dakota records are also being cataloged by the USGenWeb project.
South Dakota Church and Bible Links
- South Dakota Church Books (amazon.com)
- Early Churches and Towns in South Dakota, by Donald D. Parker (Brookings, S.Dak.: the author, ca. 1964)
- Mission in Sioux Falls: The First Baptist Church, 1875-1975 by Ralph and Kathleen Tingley (Sioux, Falls, S.Dak.: First Baptist Church, 1975)
- South Dakota Bible Books (amazon.com)