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Aurora County, named for the Roman goddess of the dawn, was created by the South Dakota legislature on Feb. 22, 1879, and organized in 1881 when three county commissioners were appointed.  The county commission first met on Aug. 29, 1881, and named Plankinton the county seat, an act which was ratified by voters in November 1882.


County Seat: Plankinton
Year Organized: 1881
Square Miles: 708

The state vital records office has the following:

Birth, Marriage, and Death: From July 1905, and access to
some records for events which occurred prior to that date.  

Birth, Marriage, and Death: Since 1943, are available from
 the Register of Deeds in the county where the event occurred.

Vital Records, Dept of Health
600 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-2536
(605) 773-4961

Aurora County Courthouse
401 N Main
PO Box 397
Plankinton SD

(605) 942-7163

Aurora Belford
Bristol Center
Cooper Crystal Lake
Dudley Eureka
Firesteel Gales
Hopper Lake
Palatine Patten
Plankinton Pleasant Lake
PleasantValley Truro
Washington White Lake

Cities & Towns
Aurora Center Flynn
Plankinton Robey
Stickney Storla
White Lake

Brule - Charles Mix - Davison - Douglas - Jerauld - Sanborn

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