Register of Deeds
This office is a storage facility for a host of local documents. From land title transfers to birth, marriage, and death records, this office has a wealth of information about the local population from the beginning of Beadle County to the present. Although these are only a few of the documents found in this office they remain some of the most widely requested by the general public.
The Register of Deeds only accepts original documents for recording. Photo copes are not accepted. Whiteout anywhere on the document is not accepted and will not be recorded and will be returned.
According to the Department of Health, Customers will not be given direct access to birth records. This includes all paper copies of birth records and indexes, computerized or other, containing information from birth records.
Information contained on birth records will only be issued in the form of a certified copy. According to SDCL 34-25-8, certified copies of birth records shall be available to any person who can identify the birth record by providing the name on record, the date of birth, and the mother's maiden name.
The fee for the search of a birth record is $15 customers will be charged the fee whether a record is found or not. Searches that do not yield a record will be forwarded to the department of health for a more extensive search.
Birth records with birth dates of over 100 years can now be found on the internet a the South Dakota Department of Health site.