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Perkins County, South Dakota was created in 1908 from Harding and Butte Counties.  It was organized in 1909. 

The county was named for Henry E. Perkins, a native of Vermont, who was a lawyer and State Senator from Sturgis from 1903-1911. Perkins was instrumental in securing the passage of the act that created the county.

The county seat is Bison.

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Assist. State Coordinator: Linda Ziemann **This website has a large number of earlier county history files (some with photos) that need updating & maintenance!

Last updated Feb. 28, 2023

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County Courthouse
P.O. Box 126
Bison, SD 57620-0126
Phone: (605)244-5624

Perkins County offices address:
P.O. Box 27
Bison, SD. 57620-0230

Register of Deeds has birth, death, burial records from 1909.

Treasurer has marriage records from 1909.

Clerk Court has probate, civ. ct., naturalization records from 1907.

For earlier records look in 
Harding and Butte Counties.


SD Digital Map Library

SD Family Group Sheet Project

SD  Marriage Project

USGenWeb Archives - Perkins County

Adams County, ND (north) Butte County, SD (southwest) Corson County, SD (east)
Harding County, SD (west) Meade County, SD (south) Ziebach County, SD (south)

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SDGenWeb - 2023
“A Proud Part of the USGenWeb”

State Coordinator, Joy Fisher
Assistant State Coordinator, Linda Ziemann 

All files on this site are copyrighted by their creator. They may be linked to but may not be reproduced electronically or otherwise without specific permission from the county host and/or the contributor. Although public information is not in and of itself copyrightable, the format in which they are presented, the notes and comments, etc., are. It is however, quite permissible to print or save the files to a personal computer for personal use ONLY.

Banner photo thanks to Library of Congress American Memory Project
Sod House near Meadow, Perkins County, SD ca. 1910.