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Lyman County, South Dakota

Lyman County

Lyman County was established on January 08, 1873 (organized in 1893) from Unorganized territory. The county was named in honor of W.P. Lyman, territorial legislator.

Currently the Lyman County Seat is located in Kennebec and the county government website is

Locations adjacent to Lyman County are Hughes County (north), Hyde County (northeast), Buffalo County (northeast), Brule County (east), Gregory County (south), Tripp County (south), Mellette County (southeast), Jones County (west), Stanley County (northwest).

Cities and towns found in Lyman County consists of Kennebec, Lower Brule, Oacoma, Presho, Reliance, Vivian, Iona.

Lyman County has Federal Census Schedules to help in researching your family tree. Federal government Population Schedules are present for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Lyman Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. Lyman Co. Industry and Agriculture Schedules can be found for 1880. Lyman Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. There are free down-loadable not to mention printable census forms to help with your research.

Lyman County Society and Family History Resources

A list of Lyman County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Lyman County Courthouse and Government Records

Genealogist often overlook the benefits of Lyman County court, probate, and land files as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy details. Hidden away in South Dakota courthouses and archives just about everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of the many South Dakota residents.

The odds are very good that your potential forefathers have left a comprehensive record of at least quite a few elements of their lives in the Lyman County court records. Even if your forefathers is not referred to in a Court case, take into consideration all of the other procedures which could have lead to him or her to appear in court records.

Please make sure to contact the clerk's department to determine hours, mailing address, fees and other details in advance of visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact details. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are available to interested parties, barring private issues. The majority of staff will guide individuals in finding the resources, but it's up to the individual to perform the research.

The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Lyman county. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, voter registration, court records, and so forth. The state archives holds records (1904—1968).

  • Haakon County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: Main St, Kennebec, SD 57544
    • Phone: (605) 869-2277
  • Lyman County Register of Deeds is the primary record-keeping and archival repository for county land records and for the recording & maintaining of records pertaining to that real estate, plats, deeds, mortgages & many miscellaneous documents. This office is the keeper of birth, death & marriage records, military discharge records, fictitious name filings, and various types of liens, including mechanic’s liens, state and federal tax liens.
    • Marriage Records: 1893 
    • Land Records: 1873?
  • Lyman County Clerk of Court.
    • Probate Records: 1873?
    • Court Records: 1873? 
  • South Dakota Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in South Dakota for current fees and application process. Birth, marriage, and death records are connected with central life events.

Lyman County Links

The following are web links to Family history and genealogy, Records and Resources relating to Lyman County. Each of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment. This is simply a directory which has been gathered or submitted. I do not recommend or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to furnish your own most liked Lyman County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Lyman Co. SD Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lyman Co. SD Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Lyman Co. SD Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Lyman Co. SD Census Records

Lyman Co. SD Cemeteries & Church Records

Lyman Co. SD Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lyman Co. SD General and History Websites

Lyman Co. SD Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lyman Co. SD Military Records

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