US, South Dakota—School Records, 1879–1970

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About this Project

  • This project is a collection of school records located at the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre, South Dakota. The records cover the years 1879 to 1970. The records include:
    • Teacher's Term Reports
    • School Census
    • Attendance
    • Ransom Permanent Record Leaves
    • Teacher's Preliminary Classification Report
    • Recapitulation
  • The records are generally arranged by county, year, and school district number.
  • The listing of school-aged children is a common practice throughout the United States. The records are usually compiled on a yearly basis.
  • School records helped local governments determine funding needs for individual schools.
  • The information is usually reliable, although the ages are sometimes off by a year, and legal guardians may be confused with parents.
  • For some records, the only information to be index is the pupil's given names and surname.

How to Help with This Project

  • If you have not already done so, you must register as an indexing volunteer. To register and to download and install the indexing program, click here  for the indexing home page. Click Get Started, and follow the instructions on the page.
  • After you register and install the program, locate the FamilySearch indexing icon on your desktop, double-click the icon to open the program, and sign in to the indexing program with your username and password. Then click the Download Batch button, and select this project name from the list. To see the project name on the list, you may need to select Show all projects at the top of the Download Batch window.

Skill Level: Intermediate

  • This project is recommended for volunteers who are familiar with the indexing process and are comfortable using various system features.

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Characteristics and Description

  • These documents consist of a variety of school records.
  • The records are handwritten or typed on preprinted forms.
  • There is one image per batch, with up to 50 names on each image.

Records Access

  • The completed index and links to digital images will be freely accessible online to the general public when the collection is published.

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