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Dear Ms. Davidson,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
The Federal Government does not ordinarily create or maintain birth, death, marriage or divorce records. Such records are made and kept by State and local governments rather than the National Archives.
Therefore, we searched Ancestry and located 2 possibilities for a Bessie Wood being born in South Dakota and 168 possibilities for elsewhere. There may be a fee for using this service. Or you may view these records online at one NARA's facilities for free via ALIC. For the nearest NARA location, please consult our web page at https://www.archives.gov/locations/. Also, some of the data may be available for free on Family Search at https://www.familysearch.org/en/.
We also searched the 100-year searchable database for birth records of South Dakota Department of Health Office of Vital Records but were unable to locate a Bessie Wood whose mother is Clara Belle Wood. Perhaps she was not born in South Dakota.
We hope this information is helpful.