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Norine Riis - Register of Deeds

104 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre, SD  57501
phone: (605) 773-7495
fax: (605) 773-7479

For South Dakota Birth, Death, & Marriage Records - contact this office - 605-773-7495 or email norine.riis@co.hughes.sd.us. We can process requests paid with a credit card.

 To locate and obtain UK (England & Wales, Scotland and Norther Ireland) birth, death, marriage or death certificates check out this genealogy resource.

At web page, click on the "forms" tab under the main logo, and then choose "Property Tax Forms".  You can complete the form on the web site and then print it out, or print it out and then complete it.

Your county register of deeds office can most appropriately be thought of as a library of local records. This office is a storage facility for a host of local documents. From land title transfers to birth, marriage, and death records, this office has a wealth of information about the local population. Although these are only a few of the documents recorded in this office, they remain some of the most widely requested by the general public. One reason the public may visit this office is to access documents for research known as genealogy. Genealogy is the study of ones ancestry, or more simply, tracing one's family heritage. The register of deeds office is a vital resource for people trying to discover their family tree. (If you're looking, also check the South Dakota Genealogy Web site at


Documents brought to the register of deeds are recorded, which is an official method for documenting time and date a legal instrument is placed in to the public record. This is necessary because not only does this office record all instruments brought to them including property deeds, but everything else that affects that property. Instruments affecting property deeds, such as a lien on a house or a mortgage, must be recorded with date, hour, and minute of the recording so as to give notice to the public that another party has an interest in that property. This vital function helps maintain an orderly transfer of title to property. In addition to recording deeds, the register of deeds also records each mortgage, plat, and lease which provides a record when doing a thorough title search. Without this local central office to record and maintain these records, society as well as real estate professionals would face an unreliable system for buying and selling property. In this function, the register of deeds office is essential to bankers, abstract companies, real estate agents, land developers, and the public in providing an orderly method for documenting changes in property.

This office also records such documents as marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, and burial permits. Other documents include mining claims, and county poor liens, mechanics liens, federal tax liens, and hospital liens.