Lookup Public Records in Brown CountySouth Dakota. Including Vital Birth and Death Records, Deeds, Probate, Property Records, Mortgages, Liens, Judgments, Marriage Licenses, Voter Registrar, Payroll, Military Discharges.

Brown County, South Dakota Overview

Brown County is located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. The county was formed in 1879 and named after Alfred Brown, territorial legislator. The county seat is Aberdeen. According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2016, the county has a population of approximately 39,128 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,731 square miles of which 1,713 square miles is land and 18 square miles is water. Brown County borders the following counties: Dickey County, North Dakota to the north; Sargent County, North Dakota to the northeast; Marshall County to the east; Day County to the southeast; Spink County to the south; Faulk County to the southwest; Edmunds County to the southwest and McPherson County to the northwest.Brown County has 16 zip codes. The zip codes are 57401, 57426, 57427, 57432, 57433, 57434, 57439, 57441, 57445, 57446, 57449, 57451, 57460, 57474, 57479 and 57481. The most populated zip code is 57401.

Brown County Vital Records Office Information

Only the Register of Deeds’ office is authorized to issue copies of South Dakota vital records, such as birth, death and marriage. This office also issues burial permits and maintains burial records within each respective county. According to state law, birth, death and marriage records are not open to the public; however, burial records are available. The Register of Deeds office works closely with the South Dakota Department of Health concerning vital records matters in the state of South Dakota. The Department of Health also issues copies of vital record and performs other various services important to South Dakota citizens.

South Dakota Birth records filed with the South Dakota Department of Health date back to 1905. To obtain a copy of a birth record, a person must submit a completed birth record form and provide proof of identity along with a $15.00 fee for each copy requested.

If requesting the copy by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your money order made payable to the Brown County Register of Deeds Office. The address is given below:

25 Market St,
Aberdeen, SD 57401
Phone: (605) 626-7140

Birth records that are over 100 years old may be found at the following link:

Death records for deaths occurring in South Dakota from January 1, 1960 to the present may be issued by any SD Register of Deeds office. In order to obtain a copy of a death certificate, the application for a death record form must be completed, the $15.00 fee paid and proof of identification provided.

To download the birth record request/application form, visit the following link:

To download the death record request/application form, visit the following link:

Brown County Vital Records Office Website

Brown County Clerk of Courts Office Information

The basic functions of the Clerk’s Office are:

  • Assisting with requests for information on court procedures, fees, court dates, and forms.
  • Opening, maintaining, storing and retrieving court files as needed in different types of cases.
  • Processing traffic tickets and other criminal complaints, receipting and disbursing fines, fees, costs, bond and restitution associated with same.
  • Working closely with the public, law enforcement and attorneys in maintaining judges’ calendars of court dates and assisting judges in the courtroom.
  • Summoning and qualifying jurors, assist judge in juror selection process, and authorize payment of jurors.
  • Performing magistrate functions such as setting bond, handling initial appearances, issuing warrants, entering default judgments in small claims cases and performing marriages.

    South Dakota Unified Judicial System (UJS) Record Search Information

    South Dakota has a statewide record search program. CRIMINAL cases are available, unless sealed, on the UJS system from 1989 to present. Civil cases, unless confidential or sealed, are available from 2003 to present.

    Other civil cases you will need to contact a Clerk of Court to conduct the record search. You may mail the (Record Inquiry and Search Request Form) along with a check or money order for $20 to the following Clerk of Court Office. Also indicate where you would like the results mailed back to:

    Susan Johannsen
    Sanborn County Clerk of Courts
    PO Box 56
    Woonsocket, SD 57385
    Phone: 605-796-4515
    Email: susan.johannsen@ujs.state.sd.us

    Criminal and protection order searches are available on the Public Access Record Search (PARS) system at:

    Brown County Clerk of Courts Office Website:

    The mailing address of Brown County Clerk of Courts Office is:

    P.O. Box 1087
    Aberdeen, SD 57402-1087

    The physical address of Brown County Clerk of Courts Office is:

    Brown County Clerk of Courts
    101 SE 1st Avenue
    Aberdeen, SD 57402-1087
    Email: 5thcircuit@ujs.state.sd.us
    Phone: (605) 626-2451
    Fax: (605) 626-2280
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Marla R. Zastrow is the Clerk of Court of Brown County. She can be contacted at (605) 626-2451 or emailed at 5thcircuit@ujs.state.sd.us

    Brown County Register of Deeds Office Information

    The Register of Deeds office is the primary records office of the county. Many important land records (such as plats, deeds, mortgages, covenants and restrictions, easements, satisfactions, etc.), as well as military discharge records, mechanics liens, county, state and federal tax liens, county aid liens, UCC filings, and other documents, are recorded and maintained with the Register of Deeds. In addition to document recordation, the Register of Deeds issues South Dakota birth, marriage and death certificates, as well as marriage licenses.

    For further information on recording real estate’s documents, visit the following link:

    Many of the records held at the Brown County Register of Deed’s office date back to the 1870s, or earlier, and provide a wealth of information for those persons wanting to research or trace area history. Most documents maintained at the Brown County Register of Deed’s Office are public and can be accessed online. To access Brown County documents online, visit the following link:

    The complete filing/recording fee schedule of Register of Deeds Office can be found in the following link:

    The physical address of the Brown County Register of Deeds Office is:

    Brown County Register of Deeds
    25 Market St.
    Aberdeen, SD 57401
    Phone: (605) 626-7140
    Fax: (605) 626-4010
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Carol Sherman is the Register of Deeds of Brown County. She can be contacted at (605) 626-7140.

    Brown, SD Genealogy and Ancestry Records
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
    Total Ancestries Reported 2005-200945,759
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-20091,472
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-20099
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-200931
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-2009449
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-2009483
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-2009915
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-20092,286
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-200972
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-2009768
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-2009141
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-200919,940
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-200921
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-200964
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-20093,772
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-2009176
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-200919
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-20095,580
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-2009679
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-200916
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-20092,254
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-2009446
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-2009256
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-20091,231
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-2009158
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-200931
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-2009235
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-20093,257

    Brown County Register of Deeds
    County Government Office

    Address: 25 Market St # 3, Aberdeen, SD 57401, United States
    Phone: 605-626-7140

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