Mitchell Area Genealogical Society - South Dakota Pioneer Certificates
How deep are your South Dakota Roots? If your ancestor resided in Dakota Territory before statehood (November 2. 1889), you are eligible for a Pioneer Certificate. If they resided in South Dakota during it's first twenty years of statehood (Nov 2, 1889 - Nov 2, 1909), you are eligible for an Early Settler Certificate. And if your ancestor resided in the state at least one hundred years ago, you are eligible for an Early Settler Certificate.