Butte County, South Dakota, Genealogy
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The Tri-State Genealogical Society has compiled an index of obituaries that have appeared in the 3 long-time
newspapers in Butte County: the Belle Fourche Post and Bee (western part of the county), and the Valley Irrigator
(eastern part of the county)! These obits are available at the Belle Fourche Public Library. For lookups in the
index and for additional information, please contact Mary Buchholz or
Pat Engebretson. This is a valuable addition to our Butte County resources. Thanks,
Tri-State Genealogical Society!
The Butte County
Historical Society is on-line! Please visit their web site, and learn all about the
historical preservation projects they are pursuing, their upcoming caravan tours, and their
calendar - among other interesting tidbits!
The Tri-State Genealogical Society has moved their web page to the Rootsweb servers. Please
check out their web site! In addition to their compilation of over 5,000 Pineslope
Cemetery records, they have also added an index to the 1989 History of Butte County.
Thanks for all of your hard work, TSGS! We appreciate you!
There are several old postcards featuring various Butte
County scenes and landmarks now available in the SDGenWeb Archives. To view these postcards,
Perhaps you have some old postcards in your own collection? Instructions for
contributing pictures of your postcards are available on that web site.
About the South Dakota GenWeb Project:
- In June, 1996,
a group of genealogists organized the South Dakota Comprehensive Genealogy
Database. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties
in South Dakota, where collected databases would be stored. In addition,
the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual
were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.
At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing
to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents
of the web page. The person responsible for Butte County is
- PLEASE contact her if you have a desire to add your data
to the database.
Butte County Databases and Stories:
Be sure and visit the Butte
County Archives indexed at the USGenWeb homepage! Many of the files
below have been uploaded to that site.
1895 Map of Butte County
County in Years Gone By: Obituaries, Wills & News Items
Belle Fourche Became the County Seat, and Minnesela Became a Ghost Town"
County Post Offices
SD BLM Database for Butte Co., SD - SDGenWeb Archives
Graduates of Newell High School, 1921-2001
List of Graduates of Vale High School, 1928-1967
Nisland High School Graduates, 1941-1960
1909 and 1916 Business
Directories for Butte Co. Cities and Towns
Butte County Map, and Surrounding USGenWeb County Homepages:
Click on any of the 6 counties that surround Butte County; that will take you to that
county's USGenWeb homepage!
Butte County Courthouse, Societies, Museums, & Links:
Butte County Courthouse
The Butte County Courthouse (839 5th Avenue, Belle Fourche 57717) may have some of the
following records: The Registrar of Deeds may have some birth and death records prior to
1905. All birth and death records after 1905 are recorded at the
SD State Department of Health in Pierre. If any marriage records exist before 1905, they
would be found in the County Treasurer's Office; after 1905, the
Vital Records Division of the SD State Department of Health in Pierre has the county's
marriage and divorce records. Researcher who visit the Courthouse need a Research Card issued by the
SD Genealogy Society
or from Tri-State Genealogical Society at
the Public Library.
Divorce records before 1905 may be available from the County
Clerk of Courts. Probate records may be available from the County Clerk of Courts; probate records
from the earliest days of the county, especially those of pre-statehood (1889), are available
only at the State Archives in Pierre. County land records are kept by the Registrar of
905 5th Street
Belle Fourche, SD 57717