Minnehaha County,
South Dakota, Queries

A NOTE ABOUT QUERIES:  Queries are for the purpose of asking limited questions and making connections with other researchers.  We cannot use complete genealogies here. In the interest of saving space, we will just assume that "any information would be greatly appreciated!"  Along these lines, I have also abbreviated and edited the queries for space.  All dates are now in the format dd MMM yyyy.  Also, I use the abbreviations "b." for born, "m." for married, "d." for died, and "bur." for buried.   I cannot post pedigrees--please have a specific question that you are trying to have answered.  If there is not a specific question, perhaps the Surname page will serve you well.  Finally, please consider your personal security when submitting queries.  I hesitate to list your personal physical addresses.  I would rather that you correspond via email and decide for yourself whether someone answering your query is "OK" or not.  UNFORTUNATELY, I GET SO MUCH JUNK EMAIL THAT "Minnehaha County" MUST BE IN YOUR SUBJECT LINE OR IT WILL BE VERY EASY TO INNOCENTLY, ACCIDENTALLY IGNORE IT, WHICH I DO NOT WANT TO DO!

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Seeking descendents of sisters and brothers of Jennie ACKER, b.1863, Norway; m. 1887, Sioux Falls.  (Larry Langer, lwlanger@gwtc.net)

Looking for my gg grandfather Iver Alstad (1822-1892).   Would like to hear from anyone with an Alstad relative.  (Sandra, schwantz@the-bridge.net)

Searching my ALVEY family that lived for many years in and around Sioux Falls. William Lewis Alvey m. Mary FERNAN ca. 1917 and had 7 children in the 1918 to 1932 timeframe.  Family came from England in 1657 to St Mary's Co., MD, then to on to KY, IN, and ca.1900 to South Dakota.  (Robert Lee "Bob" Alvey, mailto:Bobcat%20Bob@aol.com)

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Researching the family of Ira B. BABCOCK who came from WI before 1880.  Ira was listed in Wayne Twp. in 1880 with wife and children.  Two sons, Winfield Scott and William P. were listed in the 1900 census, Winfield and family in Hartford Twp. and William in Wayne.
(Brian McDevitt, angiem@ebicom.net, http://www.geocities.com/pentagon/bunker/7990)

Looking for information on Lester Phillip Jewell BAHNSON. He was b. in Inwood, IA, and d. in Huron, SD, Dec 42.
(Richard Stanley, rstanle@uswest.com)

Looking for information on Cornelius and Julia BALDWIN. What I do know is that they moved to Pipestone ca.1904. They had 10 children (Joe, Cornelius Henry, Matthias (became a judge in Mpls.),Will, Ed, John (was still in Pipestone in 1918), SisterBernadine, Mrs. Frank AHSENMACHER (not sure of her first name), Kate, and Mary. I have Julia's obituary; she d. 17 Feb. 1918.  Her obituary states that Cornelius was bur. in Garretson and was to be moved to Pipestone (of which we are not sure happened...) She was bur. at St. Leos.  Cornelius Henry is my father's grandfather. (Susan Groves, Susan.Groves@UNISYS.com)

Looking for information on the Ballard Monument Works, Sioux Falls. A family story says Ezekiel BALLARD left his infant son with his parents and went to Ohio and then to South Dakota (after 1846).  An old postcard in the possession of Mrs. Howard Ballard shows the monument works. Any information on the business and the family would be appreciated. (Diane D. Reid, ronald.reid@snet.net)


Looking for some information on my g-grandfather, Henry BARDELL.  He was b.16 Jul 1876 in SD.  His county of birth is unknown.  However, Henry's grandfather had a brother, Nicolas, who d. in Dell Rapids, SD, 1 May 1912.  Nicolas was married to a Cynthia RICHARDSON.  Henry's father was Michael BARDELL, wife's name unknown.  I am hoping to find the name of Henry's mother.  (Karen Schottenbauer, cactus@discover-net.net)

I have a relative who is supposed to buried in Sioux Falls.  He d. Apr1948. I would like to know if his wife is buried with him. His name is Milton Bartlett and his wife is Lydia.  (William Bartlett, wb12114@cedarnet.org)

Seeking information about Louis C. BENDER, m. to Andrea Marie NELSON in Sioux Falls on 19 Mar. 1925. They lived in Badger, SD. Andrea b. 11 Jul.1904. Louis d. Jan. 1932. (Traci Gann, tbgann@aol.com)


Trying to find info on my BIRD ancestors who were from around the Sioux Falls area.  I am trying to get a handle on my g-grandparents' names.    To that end, I would like to get a birth record of my grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Bird Johnson Quigley, b. 25 Jun 1891 in Langford, d. 11 Feb. 1976 in Sioux Falls.  She is bur. in the Hills of Rest Cemetery in Sioux Falls.  Seeking info on Clement Mac Bird and Lula A. (O'MALLEY or ALEXANDER) Bird who died in Sioux Falls ca. 1940-1960s.  (Pattie Dunbar, kattclawz@aol.com)

Looking for information on g-grandmother name Jessie BLAKE supposedly b. in Sioux Falls. Had a son b. in 1905 named Howard TRUNNELL. Don't know very much information. I know that Howard's last name wasn't his father's.  (arista89@aol.com)

Seeking descendants of Dr. George BLISS and his wife Lucy W. Udell. They had at least one daughter, Rowena.  (Susie Boyce, susiebb@worldnet.att.net)

Bridget BRENNAN BONN (or BOHN)--Looking for any information or an obituary on my great aunt. Bridget Brennan was b. to Patrick and Margaret (NOONAN) Brennan, 23 Sept. 1869, in Chatfield, MN. M. John Bonn (Bohn) date unknown. Lived in or near Garretson, SD. Died sometime between 6 & 13 Sept. 1912, probably in Garretson. Newspaper article in Hingham Review (Hingham, MT) said the funeral was held in Luverne, Minnesota. I have been looking for a news item on the marriage, an obituary, and further information on John Bonn (Bohn). Did Garretson have a newspaper at that time? Where would be the best place to obtain an obituary and news article? (Carole Brennan Demers,cara-mia@worldnet.att.net)

See FLEITZ.  (sewjud@aol.com)

Seeking descendants of the following family. Many lived in the Minnehaha Co. area. Christian John BRANDT, b. 1816, m. Cicilia Heinz, b. 1825. Children: Henry J., b. 1845; Marcus P.A., b.1848; John H., b.1850; Cecelia H.F., b. 1854; J.H. Jacob, b. 1862; and William J., b. 1869. The family orginated in Gluckstadt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, came to America ca. 1868 and lived in Sabula, Jackson Co., IA before arriving in Sioux Falls ca. 1885. (Odette Brandt, dobrandt@filertel.com)

Seeking family of John L. BROOKS m. Tylso "Lydia" LIFTO in Sioux Falls in 1879. Several children were born to the family while residing in SD. (Norma Brooks Neil, neil@kernscot.org)

Looking for information on William (Bill) BRUNS and Irene SULLIVAN, m. 19 July 1937 in Sioux Falls.  William Bruns b. ca. 1912, d. 26 August 1998.  (Randall J. Slater, rslater215@aol.com)

I am looking for Isaac Parrish BUELL who moved to Sioux Falls in 1889 and was last found in some Sioux Falls church records in the early 1890s and who probably d. there ca. 1892.  (Father Hiram BUELL, disappeared from New York ca. 1889, and in-laws MAIR, possibly James.)  (Brent Long, blong@med.phys.ualberta.ca)

Searching for Samuel H. BURK m. Jane E. and Ulyssess Grant BURK, possibly going by U.G.Burk.  Samuel and Jane lived (in Minnehaha Co. about 1870-1880) and had 5 children. I found them in 1880 in Burk twp. I would like to know if they are in the 1870 or 1860 census.  I am at a brick wall with them at this point.  (Theresa, tlburk@telebyte.com)

Researching my g-grandfather Nels BURSHEIM (or Burshiem) and his wife Marie NELSON. They lived in Minnehaha Co. during the 1880s and 1890s and d. there. They had at least three girls and three boys (Anna, Ida, Martha, Severt, Oliver and Pete). Severt, my grandfather, was b. 3 June 1890 in Sioux Falls. All the children were put in foundling homes for adoption. Severt Bursheim was adopted by Martin HOFSTAD in Sioux Falls. I don't have any other dates, names or places. (mailto:khdj@juno.com)

Searching for the descendants of Amund or "Amos" Bursheim, b. 1848, who had three children by 1876 with his first wife, including sons Olaus and Christian. He m. his second wife, Christina Nelson, in 1881 or 1882. Their children born in the 1880s were N. Peter, Martha, Oliver, Anna, Ida or Emma, and Martin. The youngest, Severt, b. 1890, was adopted by Martin & Betsy Hofstad when Amos and Christina d. leaving their children orphaned. (Martha J Hicks or Ken Hofstad, mailto:mjhicks1@juno.com))

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Seeking newspaper birth announcement for Donetta Mae CAMPBELL, b. 26 Mar. 1936, in Sioux Falls.  (Janet Kootstra, kootstra@northrim.net)

Seeking info on residence, family, etc., for William Ezra CARMAN, b. ca.1844, Ontario, Canada, and his wife Mary E.  I have them signing a legal document in Sioux Falls, SD in November 1882.  (Ian Barker, Guelph, ON, Canada, ibarker@golden.net)

Looking for g-uncle b. Randers, Denmark ca 1845. Came to US.  Became farmer in SD. Children:  Anna, Emma, and Oscar.  Family notes say this person changed his name to Peter MARTIN. I do not know if Martin became the last name or if he kept Christensen.  I think the christened name was Anders Peter CHRISTENSEN. (Deb Redfearn, redfearn@oz.net)

Researching my wife's grandfather. George A. CLARK, b. 20 Jan 1883, Sioux Falls, d. 7 Feb 1953, Eureka, MT. He m. Della Smith. His father's name George F. (?) Clark. George F. was a newpaper printer. (Charles Gardner, Firefit370@aol.com)

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Seeking info on my g-g-g-grandfather, William Henry "Harry" COOKE.  According to the inscription on his tombstone in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls, he was b. in 1839 in NY.  It also reads "VOL INFT CO H 4TH IA VOL CAV."  He m. Margaret Alice "Allie" DOCKSTADER, who is reportedly from NY.  Harry d. in Dec. 1894, probably in Sioux Falls.  (Lane Parker, sthunter@ggu.edu)

Seeking obits on these people: Orlin Corbett Jr., d. 6 Dec 1991, Sioux Falls; Orlin Corbett Sr., d. ca. 1957; Sena Corbett, d. 1959, Sioux Falls.  Orlin, Sr., and wife Sena are bur. at Mt. Pleasant cemetery in Sioux Falls.  (Russell H. Hewitt, rskillet@milwpc.com)

Trying to locate Millard COVELL, may be known as Mel. He and his parents lived in Sioux Falls in 1883. His parents Alonson Covell and Helen went to California and died there, but can find no mention of thier son, who might have stayed in South Dakota, after they left. Any thing in Dakota territory history of this family would be helpful. (Carolyn Upchurch, cupchu1040@aol.com)

Trying to locate information on William H. CROW b. 22 Oct. 1833, d. 28 May 1911 in Dell Rapids. His son James lived in this area and returned his body to Benton Co. IA. Parents of William may be listed on death record. Newspaper clippings also appreciated. (dnpcov@netins.net)

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Trying to locate descendants of Jasper Newton DALE.  Some of his descendants lived in Sioux Falls.  One researcher was named Dorthula DALE, who researched this Dale family in Kentucky.  (Fred Graham, FSBP15A@prodigy.com)

Researching and willing to exchange information concerning family of William DANIELS and Mary Eliza BENTLEY HEALY who came to Minnehaha Co. ca 1876.  They settled in Grand Meadow Twp. and later lived in Sioux Falls. Especially looking for death and burial of Arnold HEALY and descendants of Grand BENTLEY who also lived in that area.  (http://parsonstech.com/genealogy/trees/nrudolph/healy.htm  Nancy Rudolph, 72102.467@compuserve.com)

Seeking info on my grandfather Carl Otto DELLMAN.  He was in the appliance business in Sioux Falls in the 40s and 50s.  He was married to Amber Louise BEST Dellman, and they had four children:  Dorothy, Clo Detta, Juanita, and Carl Jr.  (Jim Parris, parris@centuryinter.net)

Looking for an obit (in the Sioux Falls newspaper) for an obit on Stephen A. DONAHOE, MD, b. 8 Nov 1887 and d May (I don't know the exact day) 1966 in Sioux Falls, SD.  Would like a photocopy of Obit with source written on it, name of newspaper, date of publication, page and column.  (Ellen Urness, urness@mhtc.net)

Looking for information on Wilbur Andy DOW b. 24 June 1891 in Sioux Falls.  Parents are listed as William Dow, Sr. age 21 in 1891 and Anna Johnson age 21 in 1891. William was b. in NH. Anna was b. in MN.  (Susan Dow, dow_trucking@msn.com)

I am searching for any information on my mother, Ruth Gladys DRAKE, b. in Sioux Falls, 8 May 1916. Her mother and father were Bessie Arvada BOSTWICK and William Cable Drake.  (Carlene Parker, crparker@gateway.net)

Seeking info on Jacob Nelson DUFF, b. ca. 1807 in Washington Co., VA.  Moved to Monroe Co., TN, ca. 1823, married Mahala (?) ca. 1827, and had five children in Monroe Co., TN.  Left there ca. 1838.  Is in Minnehaha Co. tax list 1880, #514, town 101, range 50.  (Bonnie Duff-Smith, MZQB11A@prodigy.com)

Looking for information on my grandfather who was a German Reform Lutheran Minister. We have information that he was in Garretson ca. 1908. One of my uncles was b. there. His name was Edgar Dyken b. 29 May 1908 to Petrus and Johanna Dyken. (Kirk Dyken, mailto:kdyken@main1.net)

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Nelson EASTMAN and Amanda Moriah/Marian SMITH/SCHMITT/SMIDT m. in Sandusky Co., OH, 1 Oct 1830.  Supposedly lived there for forty years. Moved to Minnesota then Valley Springs where Nelson d. and was bur.  Nelson son of Amos and Polly (INGALLS) EASTMAN, b. ca.1808 prob. VT, d. 1900 Valley Springs SD; Amanda b. ca.1812 NY.  Children Pernillia, Clotilda, Edward, Cilinda, Ruth, Buel, Alfred, Edwin, Francis, Marion, Emma, Charles, and Clara.  Looking for records related to death of Amanda, birth locations for Nelson and Amanda, and parents of Amanda.  (Judy Bramlage,  jbramlage@acm.org)

See HORTON.  I'm searching for a death date for Belle EBERHART, wife of (Rev.) Harry Eberhart who d. in Flandreau in 1947.  No date of death was found for Belle in Flandreau.  Their daughter, Mrs. Earl HORTON, lived in Sioux Falls in 1941.  I thought maybe she might have died there.  (George Eberhart, gmeber@e-tex.com)

Trying to trace my father Ernest EDWARDS or Ernest Lee Edwards, b. 188/9 believed in Sioux Falls. His father's name was Thomas Lee Edwards born I believe in 1842 in Canada. I  have a Marriage Certificate issued by your Dept of Health for 6 May 1912 when my father m. Ida May FELDMAN. Web searches have revealed nothing. A record of his birth would be most appreciated. I will of course re-emburse you for any certificate forthcoming. (Charles Edwards, jimbar@lineone.net)

Researching my g-grandmother, Lilian EGGERT, b. in Minnehaha Co., SD, on 8 Sept 1881, d. in Largo, FL, 21 Aug 1971. She had two sisters, Lena and Willimina. She married Fred L. Voss and lived most of her adult life in Akron, NY.  I would appreciate any information you caould fined on the family and am particularly interested in discovering the names of her parents.  (Roger Lettie, rlettie@mhec.state.md.us)

Looking for the grave of Nicholas EHLERINGER b. 1824 in Luxumborg, Germany, and spent many years in St. Joseph, IA. When his wife passed away in 1903 he moved to Dell Rapids, for an unknown reason, and died there in 1913. He is my g-g-grandfather.  (Sandy Cecere, kendra@mcione.com)


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See HELGERSON.  (Brian Gaber, hodag@t-online.de)

Requesting a lookup in the grave records of Minnehaha County. My g-g-g-grandmother's name was Josie/Joanna FALOR. She died in 1889.  (Jeanne Butler, butler@gte.net)

Seeking info on Albert George FARRELL, b. 29 Jan. 1901, Sioux Falls.  Father was Eagle Farrell, b. SD, mother Lily WHITE, b. OK.  (John, windlite@tco.net)

Seeeking info on Erhardt FLEITZ, served in Fort Dakota then stayed in Sioux Falls, married to Lida BORST (brother William mayor of Pierre).  Children Josephine Fleitz COOK, Tennie Fleitz FULMER, Mildred Fleitz ERICKSON.  My mother was Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Erickson. There was a newspaper interview of him written around 1930.   Am also trying to find info on Lida Borst (Elizabeth Jane Borst), mother Emily Kelly Borst, father Daniel Borst.  (sewjud@aol.com)

Looking for Axel FORS, an emigrant from Sweden in the 1870s.  His two sons were Charles and Eric.  Did Axel live in SD and were he and Charles naturalized?  Eric was. Charles is bur. in Brandon.  (Jerry Gilliam, jerry@monti.net)

Looking for info on my g-grandparents: George A. FOSTER b.1864 WI, m.Veda ROGERS (b. 1868 MN). Lived at 807 S10th Ave, Sioux Falls, SD in 1928-1943.  My grandmother was Maude Irene Foster PARTRIDGE b. 1900, d. ca. 1946. (C. Partridge, Harvey1680@aol.com)

Looking for descendants of William S. and Nellie C. (Arnold) FRIEND, m. ca. 1891 in southern MN. Moved to Sioux Falls early 1900's. Possible child: Mason Friend.  (Margaret Jenstad, jenstad@pro-ns.net)

Researching my first husband's family history for our children.  My first husband's name is Jim FRISLIE.  His father's name was Emil Robert Frislie; his father's name was Thorleif Frislie.  Thorleif, according to the 1905 SD Census was 41 years old, living in Minnehaha Co., in Brandon Twp, Sec 34, Tier 182 and Range 48.  He came to SD Territory when he was 7 years old from an area near W. Salem, WI.  His father, Ole Evensen, announced he was leaving Ringsaker, Hedmark church to America in 1854.  I am trying to bridge the gap from 1854 to his arrival to WI.  I have ordered the passengers list arriving at NY for the time frame in hopes of finding this information.  I believe he would have departed from Oslo, Norway.   (Denise Ford, mailto:denisee@easystreet.com)

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Seeking Walter Grant, who was on the 1880 census, b. in New York, m. in Waukesha County, WI, and has at least two children.  His first wife, Dalinda, d. 1869 in WI, and by 1880, he probably was married again. In 1880 he would have been 43 years old, was a carpenter by trade, and two of his children were Julius - age 20 and Florence - age ?   According to the census, there is another Walter Grant in Lake County, and I had to look on the map to see how close it was to Minnehaha County. Next door.  I'm taking a guess that one of these Walters is the one I'm looking for, as after his wife died, he disappeared and I've not been able to find a trace of him until now.  (Carol Grant, gchat42@aol.com)

Information on a Jonas Baker GRAY who was a businessman in Canton, before it was named Canton.  (Rev. Dennis Gray, dgray@polaristel.net)

Want to contact anyone searching GREIWE in or around Minnehaha Co. Frederick Greiwe, Jr., resided here around 1870.  He lived in Hartford ca. 1875-1935.  He was b. in Germany.  Name may be GREIVE, GRIEVE, GREVE, GREWE, or GREIWE.  (David Miller, bjmm@juno.com  OR  dgm@iglobal.net)

Researching several families who lived in Minnehaha Co., and am finding it difficult to do from Missouri. Seeking information on the families of HOEFERT and GROENEVELD.  (Renee Groeneveld, GrAero@aol.com)

Seeking death dates, other info, for Joseph and Minnie LYDNER GROSSMAN.  Children are Charles G., John, William, Minnie, and Millie.  Found in Wall Lake Township in 1880.  Swiss immigrants.  (Chris Carlson, carlsonc@hotmail.com)

Looking for a descendant or anyone knowing anything about Myrle GROTH, b 5 June 1919 in Miner Co. His father was Albert Herman Groth and his mother was Nellie T. Rasmusson. He may have changed his name to an adopted name of ERICKSON later in life. It is known that he was living in Souix Falls on May 28, 1958, when he attended his father's funeral in Omaha, NE.  (Frank Groth, Fgrothnj@aol.com)

Looking for information on the Peter Christian GULLICKSON family.  They lived in Canton after arriving from Norway around 1885. They were sponsored.  They may have arrived with the surname THOMPSON, but changed it after arriving.  They eventually moved to Miner Co. and owned farmland there. Peter was married to Betsey OLESON. Her family may have moved to SD also.  (Dennis M. Busic, denmb@aol.com)

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Looking for any information on Squire HALL b. 24 July 1812 and his wife Elizabeth (Meadville) MCCONNELL FARRELL HALL b. 8 July 1828 in PA and d. 8 Nov. 1894 in Menlo, IA. They moved from LeClaire, IA (where Elizabeth was a resident for several years) to Dell Rapids in March of 1882. Squire was Elizabeth's third husband. I have a diary kept by Elizabeth from Jan. 1883 to the first few days of Jan. 1884.  (Ginger France, gfrance@revealed.net)

Elizabeth (Lizzy) C.(LYNCH) HALLETT, wife of John E. Hallett, d. in 1887 Valley Springs.  Sometime after her death, John then moved to Montrose, McCook Co. John E. Hallett re-m. 8 Feb 1893 in circuit court Minnehaha Co., to Ella J. WRIGHT of Fargo, ND.  John is listed as from Montrose, McCook Co. I would like to find out if they still resided in Montrose or went back to Valley Springs. Probable children still in the household when John remarried were: Chester Platt Hallett 1875 MN; Frank Tissot Hallett 1877 MN; Ethel Phillipiner Hallett 1884 Valley Springs, SD. Ethel d. in 1905 and is b. in Fargo, ND, but no sign of her father John being buried there. John d. after 1905 but do not know where or when. Need help in locating his death date and where buried. Also, if he had any children with Ella Wright.  (Pauline Hallett, pollywog@laughlin.net)

Seeking info on what type of work my g-grandfather did while living in Valley Springs.  His name was HALVER/HALVOR HALVERSEN/HALVERSON.  Several of his children resided in and around Sioux Falls, and their desendents even today.  (Sonnie Everett Nelson, SNe1651087@aol.com)

Seeking info on Leo and Catherine COLLINS HANLEY, my grandparents.  Catherine was b. and raised in Sioux Falls and attended St. Joseph's Cathedral.  (Mary Tillman, celtic21@swbell.net)

Seeking info on Jorgen HANSEN.  I am searching for a cemetery in Minnehaha county, and it must be close to Baltic somewhere. I have a death certificate from Minnehaha county, Baltic, S.D., b. 1865-67 in Norway. He was found dead on the highway.  Occupation: Farm Laborer.  Burial date: Dec.14, 1934.  Place: Stoedahl Cem. Father's name: Hans Sveobakken. Birthplace: Dovre, N. Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. Undertaker: E.A. Berven, Baltic. Filed:Dec.26 1924, Katherine Rost, Deputy Registrar. Coroner: Martin J. Petersen, Sioux Falls.  I want to know:  Where is the cemetery located?  Are there still a tombstone there with his name? (Hans Myhre, hansmyhr@online.no)

I would appreciate any info on the HAWKINS brothers and their families that moved to Sioux Falls. Brothers' names were Robert Hawkins (m. Harriet Albertson), Jacob Hawkins (m. Emma Jane Emery), and Charles Stetson Hawkins, widower.  Jacob's daughter Minnie m. Lester BROWN in Sioux Falls ca. 1890-1905. She d. there July 3, 1938, leaving one child, also Lester Brown.  Would appreciate any info on this HAWKINS and BROWN family. (ReevesBA@aol.com)

See DANIELS.  (Nancy Rudolph, 72102.467@compuserve.com)

Trying to find information on the family of Lewis S HEATER. I know that he is bur. in Hills of Rest Mem. Park, Sioux Falls. He d. Oct. 4, 1952. I know he was mar. to a woman named Maude Mary Baldwin, I believe at the time of his death. I also know that he had a son Leonard Lee. This was my grandfather, but she is not my grandmother. Due to the circumstances that took place when my grandmother passed away I never knew much about this side of my family. My dad was only eight years of age when he lost his mother. (Lee Ann Krei, lakrei@ott.net)

William HELD lived in the Sioux Falls area in the 1930s to the 1940s.  He was b. in Germantown, WI, one of 13 children. The following is the information that we have on him. He was b. 15 Aug 1875 to Heinrich Held and Maria Magdalena STEIN. He m.Alma BLUEN.  Had two children, Viola Held and Clement H. Held.  He was a g-uncle of mine. Would like information to fill in the void spaces in the genealogy. (Elmore Hubenthal, hubenthals@aol.com)

Looking for anything on the following families:  James FAIRHURST and Hilda HELGERSON of Dell Rapids.  (Hilda d. 1985.) Andrew LARSON and Hattie Helgerson. (Hilda and Hattie were sisters.)  (Brian Gaber, hodag@t-online.de)

Researching the HILLIS family. I have only a picture of a man who appears to be either a policeman or a fireman because of the badge he is wearing and the uniform. The picture was taken at "The Green Dragon Studio" 128 Phillips Ave. So. Sioux City. I am not sure of a date, but it could be around 1880-1900. (Darcy Jensen, djensen@crcwnet.com)

Seeking information on an Edward HODSON m. Ellen BALL., both b. ca. 1890. Their children's names were Hannah, Joseph, Robert, Alice, Ruth, Gladys and Dorothy. (Sheri Martelli, smartelli@home.com)

See GROENEVELD. (Renee Groeneveld, GrAero@aol.com)

See MARVIN. (Kass Woodward, woodkass@aol.com)

Seeking information on the parents and ancestry of Nicholas Homan, b. 11 Apr 1841 in Luxemborg. He died at Sioux Falls on 13 Jun. 1911, bur. St. Michael's Cemetery. He m. Susan Zigrang, b. ca. 1852, d. 8 March 1933. Also need information on her ancestry. Where were they married?  (Ruby Coleman, rcoleman@inebraska.com)

Looking for descendants of Mrs. Earl HORTON (nee EBERHART) likely b. ca 1900.  Said to have lived in Sioux Falls in 1941. (George Eberhart, gmeber@e-tex.com)

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Seeking info on Roy JACOBSON (Franklin R. Jacobson) b. ca 1911at Dell Rapids.  Parents were Mike and Sadie (WOOD) Jacobson.  Siblings were Harold, Alfred, George, and Gladys (1917-1921).  His father Mike d. 1920 and is bur. in Dell Rapids. Last known address of Roy Jacobson in 1961 was Sioux Falls. Last known address of Harold, Alfred, and George in 1961 was Hollydale, CA. (Seeking info on these three also). (Dick and Sheryl Blaikie, dblaikie@agt.net)

Seeking information about John Wales JANUARY, b. 29 Nov. 1845.   Possibly the son of James Martin January and Susan HUSTON. Married Elizabeth SPRUCE 3 Feb. 1869.  They had 7 children and lived in Dell Rapids.  Also seeking information about Alice January, b. 18 Feb. 1858, possibly the duaghter of James Martin January and Susan Huston. Married James SHREVE 2 Jan. 1881. Had 6 children and lived in Dell Rapids. (Adrienne Gallagher, gallag@bellatlantic.net)

Samuel JANUARY, b. 15 Jul. 1804 Jamestown, OH, d. 29 Dec. 1887.  He was the son of James Martin and Susan (HUSTON/HUESTON) January. He married Julia BLAINE (cousin of James G. Blaine) who died while birthing their daughter. He married next 14 Jul. 1842, Fanny THAYER-JOHNSON (a descendant of the GUELPHs, the reigning family of Great Britain) and had 3 children including Julia Ann January. The last residence of Fanny I could find was in Dell Rapids in 1900. (Adrienne Gallagher, gallag@bellatlantic.net)

Seeking info about survivors or next of kin for John R. JEDLIK, b. 28 Apr. 1915 in IA, d. Sept. 1983 in SD, and his wife Bethany Jedlik, b. 19 Sept. 1916, IA, d. Nov. 1971, SD.  I have traced them from IA in 1920, but have no idea when they moved to SD.  (Carolyn Graeser, rgraeser@ctaz.com)

Looking for relatives and ancestors of Andrew Peter JOHNSON (Anders Per Jonsson) from Ljung, O:stergo:tland, Sweden.  He and his wife Albertina had five children: Emma LONG, Carl, Ulricka Matilda BERG, Lena CARLSON, and Joseph.  Andrew had a brother Carl August who I believe had a son Albert who ran a hotel in East Sioux Falls from 1905-1911. (Diane M. Johnson, djohnson@denver.k12.ia.us)

Seeking info on my g-grandparents George and Mary LOOMIS JONES who lived in Sioux Falls when my grandmother Mary E. Jones was b., 28 Nov. 1901.  (Scott McCrosky, ssmccrosky@softcom.net)

Looking for the death date (ca. 1905) for my g-g-grandfather, Daniel W. JONES.  He came to Sioux Falls in 1879 and bought the northwest quarter of section 13 in Sioux Falls township.  At the time of his death he was 73 yrs old.  (Scott McCrosky, ssmccrosky@softcom.net)

See JOHNSON. (Diane M. Johnson, djohnson@denver.k12.ia.us)

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Want to swap info:  Donald Clarence KIDWILER 1876-1918 m.1899 at Sioux Falls to Elizabeth May NICHOLS, daughter of George Ewing Nichols and Francis Josephine OTTO. Their children, first three b. in  Sioux Falls, are: Arilla Frances m Joseph SILVA & John WHITE, Lillian May m Joseph PIROLLA, Warren Alden, Helen, Esther, Marvin Oliver m Laverne M. ROBINSON. (Joan R. Kidwiler, kidwiler@AOL.com)

Seeking information about Mary KIENI, Humboldt, in 1880s.  See also REICHELT.  (Debbie Mursch, DMursch@aol.com)

Seeking the burial sites of two of my g-g-grandmothers, Lydia Simpson Kingman (Mrs. David Kingman) and Mrs. Zadock Clarke. I have found the graves of David Kingman, in a country cemetery west of Colton, SD and Zadock Clarke in the cemetery in Chester, SD.  (Robert Fenstermann, 1710 Eastern Ave, Red Oak, IA 51566, romafens@redoak.heartland.net)


Looking for info on KNUTSON.  Myrtle Knutson b. 7 Feb 1901 in Canton, d. 12 Jan 1938 in Sioux Falls. Her father was Lewis Knutson, b. 24 Aug 1873, d. 15 Aug 1935.  His father was Ole Knutson, b. 29 Dec 1839, d. 18 Mar 1906. (Jim Swenson, jimsdm@wcenet.com)

Looking for some proof of birth for my grandfather Felix Anthony KORBLIK, also spelled KORBLEK or KORBLICK. He was b. 25 May 1893 in Corson. This place of birth is given on his daughter's birth certificate.  His parents were John Korblek and Anna KONETZKO Korblek. I do not believe they lived in SD very long as the rest of their family waere born in MN. (Kathy Fehrman, katfeh@aol.com)

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See HELGERSON.  (Brian Gaber, hodag@t-online.de)

Looking for info on the Edward LARSEN family. Edward and wife Ronnaug Olsdtr FOSSEN, owned the Larsen Hardware Store.  They lived briefly in Christiania before coming to the U.S.  They settled in Sioux Falls ca.1880 and was living there ca. 1910.  SOme of his children were Maggie, Oscar Larsen, b. 1866, Albert, b. ca. 1877, and George, b. ca. 1880.  Not all children are known.  (Sharon VanPutten, s_vp@hotmail.com)


Seeking info on Adam (Andreas) LINK / LINCK, b. ca. 1837, Hess-Darmstadt, Germany.  Parents: possibly Andreas and Agnes Specht Link.  Believed to have immigrated on ship Genessee to port of New York, 1856 or later.  Settled Originally: Saukville/Fredonia, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin--census indicates a child "Andreas."  Military: 1862-1863, Wisconsin 10th bat., Light Artil.--not confirmed.  M.supposedly to Mary KNUESE, year unknown; she was formerly married and had a 14-yo son at time of marriage to Adam; this stepson retired to Milwaukee, WI, but I have not located grave/records.  Also in household for a period of time: William Link, his nephew, who also formally changed his name to Linck.  Absolute time period he was known to be in Sioux Falls:1890-1900; we know he was there earlier, but that's also the time William lived with him.  About his stepson: also assumed the name LINCK; he became a lawyer or a doctor.  Supposed to have been bur. in Sioux Falls.  (Melissa Link, MLWisc@aol.com)

Searching for information on Franklin LOOKER, b 1850 Licking Co. OH; d. 25 Oct 1936, not known where. M. Mary Catherine Dailey 7 Sep 1873 in Minnehaha Co. The couple apparently moved around a lot. Who are Mary Catherine's parents/siblings, her birthdate & place? Know of 3 children: Flora Mae, b. 22 June 1874, Lincoln Co.; Mark, b. July 1875, place unknown; and John J., b. 26 Feb 1884, Licking Co. In 1933 Franklin & Mary Catherine were living in Kirksville, Adair Co., MO. Were there other children? Did they return to SD in later years? Rumor has it that Franklin died "out west".  (Shirley Looker, slooker@erinet.com)


See HALLETT.  (Pauline Hallett, pollywog@laughlin.net)

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Looking for information on Bryan Mahoney, d.1899-1900 in Minnehaha County. Worked for the railroad. (khansen@soltec.net)

I have acquired a Memorial Record from the Miller Funeral Home for a Mrs. Marie (Bunte) MANN who was born in LeMars, IA 12 Apr. 1884 and d. in Sioux Falls on 3 Jan. 1958. I found this in a used book I purchased either in Michigan or Ohio. My husband and I are are in the process of researching our family ancestors and would be happy to find something like this about a member of our family. I just hate to throw it away, but would like to find someone who would be interested in having it. Any suggestions as to how I can find a member of her family who might want it. Her husband's name Adolph H. Mann. (MJS, maria72771@triton.net)

See CHRISTENSEN. (Deb Redfearn, redfearn@oz.net)

Seeking info on my g-grandfather Fererick W. MARTIN.  My grandfather was Wayne Craig FOSTER, b. in the late 1800s or early 1900s. He married Fererick's daughter, Ester.  (Jeanne Foster-Edwards, Adremr@aol.com)

John T. MARTIN - Trying to determine if my g-g-grandfather d. in Sioux Falls after 1880. He moved from New York state around 1870 to Elk Point, S.D. but is listed as living in Sioux Falls in the 1880 Federal Census. He would have been 62 years old in 1880 , b. April 18, 1818 in England. I know he had d. by 1896, as his wife (Catherine Swayze Martin - from whom he was separated) was listed as a widow in an 1896 directory. (Laura Lewis, mailto:llewis1@micron.net)

Looking for family members or anyone who might have some information concerning our father, Paul Edward MARTIN, b. May 28, 1916, in Sioux Falls.  Records state his parents died and he was sent to White Lake, SD, by the time he was two (1918).  Someone cared for him until the age of 14, but we cannot find any information regarding his birth, his parents' death, or who raised him.  (Diane Smith, diane.m.smith@worldnet.att.net)

Looking for the family of Frank A. MARVIN and his wife Anna. They were living in Sioux Falls in 1900 (census).  Their daughter Ellen Helen (b. 1875) m. Jens Henry HOFF (b. 1875) in Sioux Falls in 1902. Believe the Marvin family was from Austria. Jens H. Hoff was from Norway. At least his parents were.  Need info. on this family or any of the siblings. (Kass Woodward, woodkass@aol.com)

Looking for any trace of the McKASKI family which was in Minnehaha Co. in the early 1920s, having emigrated from Whitewood, Saskatchewan, Canada. Mr. McKASKI's name is unknown, but his wife's name was Lillian Marquette McKASKI. She was hospitalized in McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls for a time during 1923-1925. While there, one of her sons named Virdell McKaski was temporarily cared for at one of the children's homes in Sioux Falls.  (mgobluemom@aol.com)

Trying to trace my lineage. I have gotten to Joseph W. McMAHON b. 1874 in Decorah, IA.  In 1881, he moved to Sioux Falls with his family and married Ida Olsen, b. Brandon, SD. I do not know a date of the marriage, but it was between 1881 and Feb 1907.  I believe he was Roman Catholic. (Mark McMahon, mmcmahon@cmcvax.mckenna.edu)

I am searching for the descendants of my great grandparents, Michael DAILEY and Mary MINIHONE who died in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha Co. in the 1930s. Their children were John, Patrick, Mike, Charles, Harry V., Mary E., Mrs. James ROBERTS (Sarah?), and Ellen T. (Nellie) who married Michael Henry WALLACE of Vienna, Clark County. The family came to Carthage, Miner Co. ca.1880 from County Cork, Ireland. (Jean Wallace Copeland, jean39@eriecoast.com)

Would like information concerning my Great Grandfather, George MOORE, and his wife Jane Ann SUTTON MOORE.  They lived in Split Rock Twp in 1910 and he ran for County Commission in Rowena.  We have a political office picture indicating that he was running for Commissioner but no time frame indicated on the picture.  They moved from Washta, IA to SD after 1895.  Did George and Ann own land?  Do you know if plat maps are available for that region and time period?  Are there voting records or school records available for this time period? (Sandy, crostover@aol.com)

Am looking for information on C.E. MUCHOW, b. 24 Dec. 1844, at Gohren, Mecklenburg, Germany. He m. Louisa Muchow, daughter of Christian Muchow who lived in Hartford area. She was b. 19 Mar. 1847. They had four children: C.C. Muchow, Sophia Muchow,William Muchow and August Muchow. I think he could be my g-g-grandfather`s brother. I have census from IA, Clayton Co., Grandmeadow Twp. 1870 and SD, Minnehaha Co. 1880 census that correlate. I also have an e-mail from a genealogist from Germany that lists corresponding material. I do have older Muchow reunion book which has helped a lot. (Karen Muchow, sami@prtel.com)

Seeking information about  brothers who immigrated from Denmark: Anton Peter MYHRE, Jens Sigfred Peter MYHRE, and Yanus Peter MYHRE.  James Peter MYHRE was married to Ara Nola Brown.  Six of their 9 children were born in Sioux Falls, between 1879 and 897. Through SDGENWEB, I learned James & Anton acquired land in this county. Later, James moved to WY. He had 3 more children there. I am trying to find out if he came back. Did he die in Minnehaha county? Did his brother Anton stayed? Did Anton die in Minnehaha? I am also tyring to learn if Anton married & had a family. Also, what became of the other 2 brothers?  (Teri Lindsay, raltal81@bscn.com)

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Seeking info on Lars Torbjorn NELSON (changed his name from TORGILSTVEIT to Nelson.  He m. Enger (Inger) PETERSEN 24 May 1919.  Her parents are Anton Martin Julius Petersen and Berta Garinne EILESTAN, all of them born in Norway.  Lars and Enger lived in Paullina and in 1920 they had a daughter, Agnes Bertine Nelson.  There were 2 older children by Lar's first wife. They are Esther B. Nelson and Leslie Nelson.  Lars and Enter d. in Paullina, but have not been able to find any record. (Cidney Engberg, eng110@aol.com)

Inga Marie NELSON ,b. Nov. 14 1896. She m. first Niles George BROWN and second Elmer HANSEN. Inga and Elmer both d. in Sioux Falls. I would like to contact any relatives.  (Becki Watters, beray@sirius.com)

See KIDWILER. (Joan R. Kidwiler, kidwiler@AOL.com)

Seeking info. on a James Nisbet listed in the Quarterly Index Vol 4 Issue 4 Page 147 SD Geneology Society. Also a W.C. Nisbet listed in the 1909 Business Directory of Dell Rapids. Would appreciate any information available on these two individuals.  (mpo@montana.com)

Interested in any info on Stener Jacobson NITTEBERG, b.1828 Norway, d. 1901 Garretson, m. Maren GULBRANSDATTER in Norway. His son, Hans Stenerson Nitteberg, b.1853 Norway, d.1944 Garretson. Homesteaded near Garretson in 1872. Came to USA 1869. Married Marit SIMENSON in Valley Springs. (Nancy Dunn, dunn@rconnect.com)

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Looking for info on parents of Ida Rosanna OLSON b. 28 May 1887 Elk Point, SD, d. 1951, Custer; m. in Elk Point to Francis Leander KESTER. I was told her father homesteaded in Elk Point and that her mother came from Burgan, Norway. May have had a sister named Christina. I also need their marriage date or any family "stories." (Jo, scott@csnsys.com)

Andrew and Isabelle OLSON lived in Sioux Falls ca.1900-1940.  Searching for their two children and descendants: daughter Luella, b. 1891, and son Obert b. 1898.  (Scott Bruner, scottbru@execpc.com)

Seeking birth name of a son b. to Oscar E. OLSON and Ingeborg "Belle" KLUKSDAHL on 19 Jan 1914 in Sioux Falls. The father d. 5 Nov 1914, and the mother changed the son's name to Oscar E. Olson. The son lived in the area and graduated from high school (Washington?) in Sioux Falls ca. 1932, then went on to college at SD State College in Brookings.  (Harris Kluksdahl, harkluks@pacbell.net)

Looking for info on William Ory, who was connected to Dell Rapids in the late 1890s. His daughter, Mary Berneice Ory DeGraff, b. 27/9/1896 in Dell Rapids.  Mother of Mary Berneice was Elvina Christina JENSEN.  Later married a DeGRAFF. (Probably did not marry William Ory.)  (Matt Wilson, WilsonHULL@aol.com)

Looking for any info on the ancestors and descendents of the O'TOOLE brothers and sisters, who were Earl L. O'Toole, John L. O'Toole, Larry H. O'Toole, Sam C. O'Toole, Mable O'Toole SEARS, Clarence O'Toole, Nell O'Toole WELLS, Edward J. O'Toole and Louise O'Toole. They were born in the late 1800s and maybe early 1900s, some or all born in Sioux Falls. Only information I have is Earl L. O'Toole b. 17 Jan1893, d. Sep 1963 Sioux Falls and wife Agnes NICKALSON b. 31 Oct 1896, d. April 1978 Waterton who was the daughter of Tom Nickalson. (Betsy O'Toole, terbet1@aol.com)

See KIDWILER. (Joan R. Kidwiler, kidwiler@AOL.com)

Is anyone searching William H. OVERFIELD and wife Gertrude B. LOWELL? They may have had a son named Clarence. According to obituary of their Uncle J. A. BAILEY in 1921, they were living at Sioux Falls. Need death dates & children. (Sue, sdeddy@discover-net.net)

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Looking to correspond with anyone researching or belonging to the family of Herbert Eugene PARKER who lived in Sioux Falls 1880-1907. (Cheryl Villigan, villigan@sprintmail.com)

Looking for information on the Dane Andrew Paulsen (Anders Povlsen) , b.1850, emigrated 1866, d. 1923 in Denmark.   4 children in Viborg or Centerville, wife unknown. (Mikael Christensen, mailto:boom@post6.tele.dk)

Seeking researchers or descendants of Margaret POWER and sons who came with the BERDHAL party from Fillmore Co., MN, to Edison twp. in 1873.  (Mike Keppen, mkeppen@aol.com)

See REED. (Lisa, sparrow1@aol.com)

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Looking for info on my ggg-grandmother Elizabeth Loomis. I t appears she re-m. ca. 1902 William Robert Quincy.  I would like to know when they married, and any other info. I know that Mr Quincy had a feed barn in Sioux Falls around 1908 but not too much else. (Scott in CA, ssmccrosky@softcom.net)

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Looking for the parents of John Wesley REED, b.in Ohio 1858. He lived in Sioux Falls for approximately 7 years and was div. from May Emily PROPER Reed in 1903.  They were m. in O'Brien Co., IA. (Lisa, sparrow1@aol.com)

Seeking information about Benjamin REICHELT, Humboldt, in 1880s.  See also KIENI.  (Debbie Mursch, DMursch)

Looking for information on Charles (Chas.) H. Rehling, b. 1861 WI?, m. Katherine (Kate) Unknown. Lived in West Point, Minnehaha Co.  Charles and Katherine had 10 children: I names for only 5:  1. Lucile Rehling b. 1906, 2. Marie Rehling, 3. Martha Rehing, 4. Mae Rehling, 5. Frank Rehling.  (Shirley Lee, JWife59918@aol.com

Searching for info on L.G. RICHEY, m. Cora CARR, in IA, 1891.  They moved to Dell Rapids in 1891 or 1892. They had a daughter Sept. 23, 1899, there. They later returned to IA. (John Owen, rojored@aol.com)

Seeking information on descendants of Hans K. RISE, b. ca. 1861 in Norway, and Mary JOHNSON.  They had three sons- Knute RISE b. 1881 in Lincoln Co., Carl H. RISE b. 1888 in Lincoln Co., John Manfred RISE b. 1898 in Lincoln Co. I assume that they had other children because of the large gaps in their sons ages. I found all three boys birth certificates under the 100 year old birth certificates link. Knute K. Rise m. Regina (Gina) FYILLING in Minnehaha Co. They had five children- Roy K., Dolly, Isabelle, Howard (Harry), Mable. (Mandy Brickner, mdrise@bellatlantic.net)

Seeking a city directory lookup for Simeon S. RISINGER (S.S. Risinger) around 1925. Need the year he was last listed. He worked for Manchester Biscuit Company and was probably in Sioux Falls in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. He was b. ca. 1865, d."before" 1954, and is bur. in Sioux Falls (date unknown). His wife was Lena. (Cecilia Combs, ccombs@eskimo.com)


Seeking info about James T. ROBINSON, b. 27 Mar 1873, Vernon, MO, d. 16 Mar. 1932, Sioux Falls.  He m. Clara Ethel VINCENT in Sioux Falls.  She was b. 10 Sept 1882 in IA, d. 25 Dec. 1956, Sioux Falls. (Russ Robinson, russr@ptinet.net)

I am attempting to find more on my relative Elmer E. RODABAUGH, he was a lawyer in Sioux Falls until ca. 1911. He was b. 1862 in PA  and d. 1932 in CA. He was m. to Lydia BAILEY then Evelyn MARTIN. Does anyone recognize this name and is there any information relating to his law practice and Sioux Falls? Elmer was my g-grandfather's brother. (Tim Rodabaugh, Jeffred@prodigy.net)

George Washington ROGERS, b. 1846 CT, m. Alice E. RICHARDSON, b. ca. 1855 IN.  Children Ira b. 1882, CO; Bertha, b. 1886, SD; Ruby b. 1888, SD, Claude Aaron, b. 1891, Codington Co.  Lived Sioux Falls 1900.  May have been newspaper editor. Wife Alice E., d. 1904, Lake Co. (Terrie, mccteri@dmi.net)

Looking for information on the marriage of Marilyn A. ROLAND to Rohn Peterson. Listed on the "Marriage Cert." is a book, 1974 North American Baptist Directory Page 39. Can anybody tell me what this book is? If anybody has access to this book, what information is listed in it for this marriage or who to contact for the information on page 39 of that book? (Randall J. Slater, RSlater215@aol.com)

Seeking any info on Laurence Edward RYAN b. 13 Jan 1899 Sioux Falls, d.06 Jun 1966 Missoula MT.  Seeking especially his parents' names, brothers/sisters, where they lived, what they did, where they came from.  (Tony Ostheimer, sti4125@montana.com)

Researching information on my grandmother Kari Maria RYDO aka Carrie Marie YOUNG b. 28 Oct. 1882 in Beaver Valley, Minnehaha, Dakota and d. 26 May 1964 in Portland, OR. Her parents were Charley Rydo b. 18 Dec. 1835 and d. 6 Mar. 1915 and Sigrid Larsen Rydo aka Sarah b. 6 Nov. 1849 and d. 12 Nov. 1921. I have a birth and baptism certificate for Kari stating she was born in Beaver Valley Minnehaha Co. Dakota from the Swedish Evangical Lutheran Mission Church in Swedona, Dakota.   (Lois Chapin, loneddys@cs.com)

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Looking for Emma SCHOENMAN, 1910. She had been m.to John APPLEDORN who died in the flu epidemic of 1918.  They had a daughter, Genevieve APPLEDORN, of whom I know nothing more. (C. Robert Appledorn, appldorn@foyt.indyrad.iupui.edu)

Sara Andreasdatter Schølberg (b. 18-Jul-1833, d. 20-Mar-1913) m. Peder Torsteinssøn Sørkilmo(plass) (b. 19-Jan-1833, d. 07-Nov-1896). She was my g-g-grandmother. Need information on her partents. Have information on their children and can trace back from Peder to 1670. (Kathy Stoneberg, k11m17s@aol.com)

Looking for b,d, and any info on wives of Christian P. Schrotke.  Schrotke lived in Minnehaha Co. .in the 1880s. Married Augusta Cordes in Sept. 1885, was m. prior to Amelia Geban. Looking for dates on b., d. (told stuck by lighting). Listed as m. Schrotke in Wright Co., MN ca. 1880-5.  My father, Reinhold, b.1895, lived in Hartford, Sioux Falls area. I was told that Christian also married a Rose (?).  Uncles Charley and Julius are shown owning farm land in Minnehaha Co. (Ronald Schrotke, mailto:hagar@teleport.com)

My grandfather Ferdinand SCHUSTER had a brother Martin SCHUSTER who in 1942 was living in Dell Rapids. Their parents were Martin SCHUSTER and Agnes Madeline ROEINSTEIN. Both men were born in Germany and came to the US with their father. I would like to learn more about Martin.  (M. Proctor, WPro8388@aol.com)

Searching for info descendents of Sever SEVERSON, b. ca. 1830, and wife Guro Severson b. ca. 1840. Children Eli b. ca.1870, Anna b. ca.1872, Josie b. ca. 1874 and Stewart b. ca. 1877. 1880 Census in Lyon Twp. Believe Anna to be g-g-grandmother of my husband.  (Marilyn Gronseth Moen, mmoen@prtel.com)

I am looking for the obituary or death record of my g-g-grandmother Mary SIMMONS who probably died in the early part of the century in Sioux Falls, S.D.  I would appreciate it if anyone could provide me with the names, addresses, etc. of sources in that area that could give me some hints, or the names of local papers that may have been published in that era.  Is there a genealogical or history society for the area, or place that has the historical archives for the area or state? (mbraun@inetnebr.com)

Seeking death, burial, and any other info on Elizabeth SKINNER, b. 1835 England, a widow living at 122 N. Duluth Ave. in Sioux Falls in 1906.  Also: Nettie Skinner, b. 1861-2 IA.  In the 1915 census, Nettie is listed in Utica as insane.  Also: Edward B. Skinner, b. 1867-8 IA, a lawyer like his father, living in Sioux Falls in 1906, m. Mary BURNHAM in 1907.  Also:  William Nixon Skinner, b. 1870, m. 1893 Madella WELLS.  They had four daughters:  Hazel, Patience, Musette, and Jeanne.  He was a county attorney and a circuit judge.  (Teri Cleaveland, pastor751@greenapple.com)

Looking for information on E.W. SKINNER of Sioux Falls, who attended his sister's funeral 7 Dec 1920 in Mitchell, SD. Sister was b. 1882, NE and m. George E. BESANCON and was survived by husband, daughter, Irene,14, and son Ralph,12. Did Irene marry? Ralph marry? Where did they reside? (jaygar@hilconet.com)

Seeking information about the death of Walter STALEY, sometime btw. 1896 (date of their marriage in Rock Island, IL), and 1910. His wife, Elizabeth (nee VANDRUFF), was a resident of Sioux Falls at the time of her mother's death in Rock Island, IL, in 1903. She moved back to Rock Island County before the 1910 Census, widowed. They had no children. Perhaps he is buried in a local cemetery?  (Gerald D. Hobson, gdhobgen@aol.com)

Researching the children of John Nelson STANSBURY b. 1846, IN; m. Anna E. BISHOP, 1869, Clarke Co., IA; d. 1914; bur. Sioux Falls, SD. Chn. - William D., Samuel A., James M., John E., Mary A., Charles M., Alva J., Earl N., Lillie M., Carl B. (m. Gertrude STREIFF), Roy H., Effie (m. Roy T. KRAFT), and Everett A. Some of these chn. lived and possibly married in Minnehaha Co. Please email for quickest reply.  (Bob & Jerri Saunders, saundersrj@earthlink.net)

Seeking information on my g-grandfather. The last info I have is that he lived in Canastota before his death. His name was William STEWART. He married Frances McINTOSH. She d. in Union County and was bur, at Richland Cemetery in 1912. I haven't been able to find any information on William. I would have guessed that he was bur. in Richland too, but there is no record of him in Union Co. He died sometime after Frances. The only info I have is that he was b. in 1837, prob.in Canada.  (Linda Glorfield, steveg@pionet.net)

I am researchinb my g-grandfather Benjamin H. STONE.  I have reason to believe he was in South Dakota and possibly around the Sioux Falls area in the 1880 census time period.  My grandfather talked of a childhood in SD and also mentioned Sioux Falls. (Jacqueline, mailto:war%20jacq@aol.com)

Seeking the whereabouts of my g-grandmother, Lucretia Maynard STONER and her daughter Sadie STONER . The last mention of Lucretia is in 1903, and the last I know of Sadie is in the Sioux Falls City Directory of 1905. She was 16. Lucretia was born 8 Feb 1851 in IA and is listed in the 1900 Federal Census of Minnehaha County as a widow. (Anne Benson, ABenson341@aol.com)

I am looking for any info on Helmer STORMO b. ca. 1886 Minnehaha Co., or maybe Hamlin. I have posted a query in the Hamlin cty, but no results yet. I have just learned that he was my grandfather, so am very anxious to receive any info of any kind about him. (Doreen, cstone@sunshinecable.com)

See BRUNS. (Randall J. Slater, rslater215@aol.com)

Need info on William Robert SWARTZ, b. 1887, believed to have d. 1978 in Sioux Falls.  William was the son of Orlando and Marjorie Swartz, grandson of Elias Swartz, g-grandson of Jacob Swartz, g-g-grandson of George Swartz (1770-1829).  (TJSwartz@aol.com)

Searching for information about William P. SWARTZ and his wife Alice E. (FRY) SWARTZ. They had lived in Pueblo, CO for many years, but when they died, they were shipped to Sioux Falls for burial. I am searching for their link to Sioux Falls. Why were they buried there???  William P. Swartz b. 8/21/1846 Centre, PA, d. 11/15/1915 Pueblo, CO, bur.Sioux Falls. Alice E. FRY Swartz d. 1/21/1940 Pueblo, CO, bur. Sioux Falls. Alice was the daughter of Joel Fry and his wife Elizabeth Forrey. Alice's brother was Gilmore Grant Fry who also d. in Pueblo, CO. (tjswartz@aol.com)

Trying to determine the d. dates of my g-grandfather Ole Stuart SWENSON and his family. The last mention of Ole I've found is in the Sioux Falls business directory for 1909, so he or his wife may have died in or near that city.  His wife's name was Elizabeth Ranney Swenson with children William L. and Norma. (Chris Coffield, chriscoff@aol.com)

Need info on Carl Edward SWENSON, b. 15 Sep 1875 in Garretson; m. 14 Mar 1901 in Redrock Twp. to Sarah Christine LARSON. He d. 20 Oct 1957 and is bur. at Swedona Cemetery. (leis@gateway.net)

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I would like a copy of an obit of Ole TEIGEN, b. 23 Oct 1889, d. May 1972 at Garretson, SD.  (Duan Thompson, duanlind@frontiernet.net)

I would like to find the married name for Lula B. TERRY, b. 1870 AL and d. 1945 Sioux Falls. I am also seeking information on her family and that of William Martin Terry, b. 1885 AL and d. 1950 Sioux Falls.  (Betty Hollowell, holwel@flash.net)

Looking for information on John Wesley THOMAS. He married my g-grandmother Anna Otelia WEBSTER on 21 Dec 1921 in Humboldt.  He left her less than two years later and they were divorced, possibly in Humboldt. They had a son named Frederick Orlan Thomas b. 7 Jul 1923 in Humboldt. I have a copy of their marriage certificate which unfortunately doesn't give dates of birth. However, he was 20 years old when they got married so he would have been b. either Dec 1900 or sometime in 1901, possibly in Philadelphia, PA. Their marriage was officiated by a minister named Harry P Eberhart; he might have kept records with more information.  (Lionman0@aol.com)

Looking for any information on my g-grandfather Daniel E. THOMAS in or around Humbolt. He was born in Red Oak, IA, m. Grace May Washburn. I am not sure when they moved to the Humbolt area but my grandfather Howard Edward Thomas was born there on 7 Jul. 1901 Grace d. shortly after that and Daniel remarried. I don't know her name, but they had 6 or 7 children. The 6 names  I have are, Albert William, Lloyd Edward, Raymond Lee Roy, Danny Bernard, Ruth Fern and Billy Lyle. Daniel had 2 brothers Wike who lived in Hand Co. and David who moved to northern ID. Grace's mother's name was Marian or Marion Washburn/ Webster she lived in Seibert CO.  (Peggy Thomas Smith, mailto:bear-n-sweetie@msn.com)

Looking for information on Clyde THOMAS and his wife Emma who lived in Sioux Falls in the early 1920s. Clyde's family was from Ohio and he had a brother John who lived in SD at about the same time. Any information on his family would be appreciated. (Stacy Moorhead, smoorhea@usd.edu or stacyjomoorhead@hotmail.com)

See GULLICKSON. (Dennis M. Busic, denmb@aol.com)

Seekinginformation on a bank president, named William Issac THOMPSON who left SD for CA about 1924.  He was my g-grandfather.  I heard the town ran him out. (yody9@aol.com)

Interested in  a copy of an obituary or other information for Charles Franklin Tisher who died in the county on 4 Sep 1960. (Ken MacAllister, umbrella@openix.com)

Is it possible to find out somewhere the address of my parents when they first moved to Sioux Falls in early l948? I have pictures from my infancy and I'm trying to retrace the family history. Both parents died in l999. Names : Archie and Muriel TWITO.  (MaFreakin@aol.com)

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Seeking descendants of John T. and Cordelia Hockney UDELL. They were living in Sioux Falls in 1880 with two daughters, Lucy E. and Georgia. Lucy E. married George W. BLISS.  (Susie Boyce, susiebb@worldnet.att.net)

Trying to find out where in Germany these people came from:  Christian URBAN, b. 1813, d. 1895; Jacob Urban, b. 1851, d. 1929; Henry Urban, b. 1866; Moritz Urban, b. 1849, d. 1902.  They are buried in St. George's cemetery in Hartford.  (DaveZero@aol.com)

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See REED. (Lisa, sparrow1@aol.com)

Trying to locate Lillian Josephine VAN DAM, who was b. ca. 1921 in SD, possibly in Minnehaha county. She is the third of fifteen Van Dam children. She m., was widowed, and m. probably in the early to mid-1950s to a man named Breck (?). She has at least one daughter who would probably be approaching 50 years of age at present. (Ann Schaefer Abel, Ann.Abel@entex.com)

I was b. and raised in Jackson county but am searching for lineage to Sioux Falls. My father was b. in Sioux Falls and I believe his father d. there.  Could you give me any guidance as how to check into this.  My father was b. in 1903 and the only records I have been able to to find start in 1905.  Not sure when his father d. (Bill Vaughan, bvaughan@n-link.com)

Looking for information on William H. Vaughan. I have been told he spent the last few months of his life in ... Yankton and d. there sometime in 1942.  Would like to obtain a copy of death certificate. (Jerry Vaughan, bugman@bmd.clis.com)

Seeking information on the parents of Marten J VINGINESSingness (as spelled on his tombstone), b. 11 Aug 1874, possibly in Minnehaha County, confirmed 1890 - Willow Creek Lutheran Church, SD; m 31 oct 1898 - Annie Temilia Kittelson, Willow Creek Lutheran Church.  Worked at Dell Rapids Implement Company, Baltic Branch House.  D. 1 Sep 1907, bur. Willow Creek.  I have seen his name spelled VIGNESS and WINGNESS.  He signed his certificate of marriage as Martin J Vingness. I believe he had 2 or 3 sisters:  Gertrude - who married Alfred ESTENSON (Eistenson?), Tina (?) who married GG LOKKEN (Loken?), and maybe Julia J???  (Susan Swanson, sswanson@netcom.ca)

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Looking for the family of Daniel (or David) WALKER, his wife Mary, and their daughter Nettie May, particularly in the 1870 census, probably Red Rock Twp. (Myrna Blumberg, myrnab@cedar.alberni.net)


Looking for information on the family of Christopher & Mary S. (BENNETT) (b.1828) WALTERS who moved from Bedford County, PA, to Dell Rapids (no dates). At least two children lived in SD with or near them: William S. WALTERS, (b.1869) who lived in Dell Rapids. John H. WALTERS (b.1875) lived in Chester.Christopher & Mary S. (BENNETT) WALTERS are supposed to be buried in/near Dell Rapids. (Jerry, Tanker06@aol.com)

Seek info on fam of Luther Willis WARREN (b 13 Sep 1864 MI, s/o Doran WARREN & Maria PAYNE.) and Jessie Belle PROCTOR who res in Sioux Falls. Fam story says that Luther d in Loma Linda, CA. Thanks.  (Karen Mohr, mohr@buffnet.net, http://www.angelfire.com/ny/earthstar/warrenbible.html)

Looking for information on the WENZEL/ WENZLE family consisting of father Ben Wenzel; mother, Rose Baker Wenzel; daughter Emma Belle Wenzel, b. 1891 or 1894 in Parkston, SD; and another daughter, Netty (Netti) Wenzel, who probably d. in the San Diego, CA, area in the late 1960s.  Family may have moved to the Sioux Falls area in early 1900s.  Ben Wenzel was my maternal g-grandfather trying to find family roots and other data.  (Montgomery, MONTGOMERP@isecfdeo-emh1.army.mil)

Looking for the burial location for Guy R. WERTS.  He lived in Sioux Falls and was m.ca 1917, so I am assuming he would have d. between 1960 and 1970.  His son Stanley Werts was b. 16 Mar 1919, was m. to Marion SNELL, and d. 12 Feb 1988 in Houston, TX. (Peggy Ramer, pramer@flash.net)

I am looking for family of my grandparents and step-grandpa. There names would be Iona Whittaker she was married twice, with the married names Barber and Salthe. I am also looking for any body who knows anything about Ross Barber or Karl Salthe. They all lived and died in Souix Falls area my email to reply to is (Lynda Webster, lurky77@yahoo.com)

Looking for info on the WICKRE family in and around Lyons. My grandfather was Henry Wickre and g-grandfather was Knut Eliassen Wikre (?) from Karmoy, Rogoland, Norway.  My father was Vernon L. Wickre who had lots of brothers.  Just found out that another possibility might be Pa Vikre i skudesnaes (1868)  in Webster might be related (?). (Terry Wickre, twickre@theworksonline.com)

Seeking info on Fred WILLIAMS, b. ca. 1898.  Worked for Waterworks in Sioux Falls in 1933.  His birthplace was listed as Strausburg.  (Deb Bjerke, rbjerke@btigate.com)

My g-grandfather, Frederick A. WILLMAN's last church was the Ebenezer Congregational Church in Sioux Falls, according to his obit. Has anyone ever heard of the church? Does it still exist? I am trying to locate more info on his movements around the U.S. and various assignments from the German Congregational Church. (Janet Hueners, jhueners@mindspring.com)


Seeking info on Sarah WOOD who was living in Sioux Falls in 1923. Her daughter, Grace Wood SPRAGUE d. June 1923 in Martin Co., MN. The family may have originated from Minnehaha Co. Grace, b. ca. 1884 in MN, had a sister Bessie Wood, brother C.F. Wood and sister Mrs. George FAULDS, all of Sioux Falls in 1923. (Ruby Coleman, rcoleman@inebraska.com)

Seeking descendents of Eli G.WRIGHT, Milton Wright, Cassandra Wright (wife of Edward BARR), Ida Wright, Laura Wright (wife of James SIMPSON), all of Sioux Falls.  Many were associated with the Deaf and Dumb Institution in the 1880s.  They were b. in Des Moines Co., IA, to John and Mary BRIDGES Wright.  My direct ancestors are their grandparents, John, b. 1762, and Charlotte, b. 1767, Wright of NY and PA.  (APTurner@aol.com)

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