We can usually provide information on ordained Evangelical Association/Evangelical/ United Evangelical; Evangelical United  Brethren, Methodist Episcopal/Methodist/United Methodist, and  United Brethren pastors who served in the Dakotas as full members  of the conferences, but it is very unlikely that we have much  information, if any, on local pastors or evangelists who worked  in the conference area.

Church records must be accessed by state, town and date; there is no master list of members who appear in the various church record books. Without the town and approximate date, we cannot search broadly for information.

The collection of church records is far from complete. If we don't have records from a particular church, we try to locate an existing church that might have records of earlier or nearby churches.

Conference records will list each active church each year, with the pastor appointed and membership statistics, but not individual member names. Note that church records for baptism only list parents for an infant baptism, not for adult baptisms, and almost never list godparents.

Additionally, marriage records do not contain information on the parents  of the bride and groom, nor are names of witnesses commonly included.


Research Services

When sending a query for genealogical research, please provide a name, place and approximate date. After the first 30 minutes of assessing resources for a query, there is a research fee of $20 per hour, plus the cost of photocopies.  Please contact Laurie for more information.


Guidelines for Retaining Church Records


Laurie Langland, Archivist
McGovern Library, DWU
1200 W. University Ave.
Mitchell, SD 57301-4398

Phone: (605) 995-2134
Fax: (605) 995-2893

Hours: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Other times by appointment.