The Library has many resources for historical and genealogical research. There are lots of materials on Belle Fourche and Butte County history, including information about the establishment and growth of the county and town.  Besides Butte County histories, the library also has county histories from all around the state.  The South Dakota Room at the library includes the genealogical section.   This section has many resources from around the country.  It contains several Sanborn maps which show the streets and locations in Belle Fourche in 1913, 1923, and 1931.  These maps would help you find the exact location where your ancestor lived.

Among the many other resources available for research are the newspapers from Butte County, including the Belle Fourche newspapers from 1896 and the Newell Valley Irrigator from 1910 to 1962.  There is an index to the obituaries from the Belle Fourche newspapers which is completed and the index for the Newell paper has begun and is a work in progress.  Obituaries from these papers may be requested in person, by telephone, by mail or email.  City directories from 1911 through the 1950s will help you pinpoint where your ancestor lived and worked.  The high school annuals are available from 1940. These are found at the front desk.

The library has on microfilm all of the South Dakota census records which are available for the state from 1860 to 1930.

There are many books available to help you get started on your genealogical research.  These tell you how to get started and how to use records.  The resources available at the library will help you find answers to many questions about your Butte County ancestors.


Wanda Nelson,

Assistant Librarian
Betty Casper


The Library Board meets the 1st Tuesday of the month at 5:00 pm at the Library.