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

Union County, South Dakota Overview

Union County is located in the U.S. state of South Dakota. The county was formed in 1862 and named after the union of the American states. The county seat is Elk Point. According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2016, the county has a population of approximately 14,399 people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 467 square miles of which 461 square miles is land and 6.6 square miles is water. Union County borders the following counties: Lincoln County, South Dakota to the north; Sioux County, Iowa to the northeast; Plymouth County, Iowa to the east; Woodbury County, Iowa to the southeast; Dakota County, Nebraska to the south; Dixon County, Nebraska to the southwest; and Clay County, South Dakota to the west. Union County has nine zip codes. The zip codes are 51001, 57001, 57004, 57010, 57025, 51023, 57034, 57038, and 57049. The most populated zip code is 57049.

Union County Clerk of Courts Office Information

The primary administrative responsibilities of the County Clerk of Courts Office are as follows:

  • Assisting with requests for information on court procedures, fees, court dates, and forms.
  • Processing passports, assessing and receipting fees.
  • 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:

    Union County Clerk of Courts Office Website:

    The mailing address of the Union County Clerk of Courts Office is:

    209 East Main Street, Suite 230
    Elk Point, SD, 57025

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

    209 East Main Street, Suite 230
    Elk Point, SD, 57025
    Phone: (605) 356-2132
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5.00 PM

    Union County Register of Deeds Office Staffs:

    Melissa Larsen, Clerk Magistrate
    Laurie Buum, Deputy Magistrate
    Jackie Rubida, Deputy Magistrate
    Shannon Steckelberg, Deputy

    Union County Register of Deeds Office Information

    The Register of Deeds is the official county record keeper. The Register of Deeds of the county issues and/or files marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, burial permits, real estate transactions (including deeds, mortgages and mortgage transfers), federal and state tax liens, military discharge records, and business name registrations. In addition, the Register of Deeds is also charged for recording mechanics liens, military discharges, county indigent liens, sheriff’s levies, burials, farm leases, corner records, and bill of sales. Union County Register of Deeds Office has land records that date back to 1864 to present. Birth and death records are from 1905 to present. Marriages are statewide from 1950 to present.

    The fee to record deeds, contracts, mortgages, easements, satisfaction, bill of sales, mechanics liens, and leases is $30 per document for the 1st 50 pages then $2.00 a page after 50 pages.

    To purchase a copy of any recorded document the fee is $1.00 per page. Certified copies of any of these documents are also provided. The cost of these are $5.00 for the first page and $1.00 each additional page.

    The cost to purchase certified legal copies of the above vital records are $15 for each copy. Online requests are processed through Vital Check. An additional fee is charged by Vital Check for this service. The link is below:

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

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

    Union County Register of Deeds Office Website:

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

    209 E Main St,
    Suite 210,
    Elk Point, SD, 57025
    Phone: (605) 356-2191
    Fax: (605) 356-3047Email: ucrod@unioncountysd.org
    Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5.00 PM

    Jana Foltz is the Register of Deeds of Union County. She can be contacted at (605) 356-2191 or emailed at ucrod@unioncountysd.org

    Union County Register of Deeds Office Staff:

    Colleen Mead, Deputy Register of Deeds
    Email: ucrod2@unioncountysd.org

    Bonnie Pojunos, Register of Deeds Clerk

    Union, SD Genealogy and Ancestry Records
    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, USA Counties Data File Downloads
    Total Ancestries Reported 2005-200918,776
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - United States or American - 2005-2009412
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Arab - 2005-200947
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - British - 2005-200922
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Czech - 2005-2009167
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Danish - 2005-2009482
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Dutch - 2005-2009660
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - English - 2005-20091,202
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - European - 2005-200980
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French (except Basque) - 2005-2009806
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - French Canadian - 2005-2009197
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - German - 2005-20095,806
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Greek - 2005-200914
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Hungarian - 2005-200921
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Irish - 2005-20092,658
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Italian - 2005-2009208
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Lithuanian - 2005-20092
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Norwegian - 2005-20092,499
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Polish - 2005-2009120
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Portuguese - 2005-20099
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Russian - 2005-200960
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scotch-Irish - 2005-2009166
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Scottish - 2005-2009329
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Slovak - 2005-20094
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Subsaharan African - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swedish - 2005-20091,016
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Swiss - 2005-200947
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Ukrainian - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Welsh - 2005-200937
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups) - 2005-20090
    Persons Reporting Total Ancestry As - Other Groups - 2005-20091,485

    Union County Register of Deeds Office
    County Government Office

    Address: 209 E Main St #210, Elk Point, SD 57025, United States
    Phone: 605-356-2191

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