Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research, Inc.
Rapid City, South Dakota
Mount Rushmore - South Dakota
Serving the Rapid City, Black Hills and Western South Dakota Genealogical Community

Welcome to the Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research, Inc. (RCSGR)
Serving the Rapid City, Black Hills and Western South Dakota genealogical community by providing a learning and sharing environment and by providing genealogy materials and assistance to its members and the public.
(Starting March 18, 2021, we will be holding our monthly meetings in person. 
Due to COVID-19, however, we will be observing CDC guidelines,
requiring masks and social distancing.)


   What:    RCSGR Used Book Sale
   When:   Saturday, April 24, 2021
                8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
   Where:  Faith Lutheran Church
                 17 Indiana Street
                Rapid City, SD
The RCSGS is holding a used book sale in conjunction with the Faith Lutheran Church rummage sale on April 24.  We have a diverse inventory of books relating to genealogy that were previously housed at the Rapid City Public Library.  You do not need to be a member to purchase the used books, however, members will receive a 20% discount off the total price until April 30, 2021.  The price includes sales tax.  No shipping is available at this time.  
Please note - we still host and have a large diverse collection available in the Genealogy Section at the Rapid City Public Library.  We strongly encourage you to visit and utilize the collection.  

August 29 - September 5, 2021
June Beason is once again coordinating
a trip to Salt Lake City for a week of research.
Hotel reservations need to be made by 29 July 2021.
For more information, e-mail us at askus@rcgenealogy.com

We offer short trips usually of one-day duration
that we take to surrounding areas for research
or to enjoy something historical.  
NOTE:  Due to the COVID-19 virus,
these excursions have been put on hold.


Winter Excursion February 8, 2020 
Photos from Private Tour of "McGillycuddy House"
Valentine McGillycuddy was born of Irish immigrants in Racine,
Wisconsin, on Valentine's Day, Feb 14, 1849.  McGillycuddy's nearly
90 years of adventure and accomplishments include:  doctor, educator, explorer, topographer, surgeon, government  agent, Indian advocate,
bank president and politician. 
       Reconstruction photos:
Vintage photos from McGillycuddy House:

Past Program - February 20, 2020
Deadwood City Archives
Michael Runge, Deadwood City Archivist, presented
a program regarding Deadwood archives.  Various books, documents, and other materials are being scanned from their archives and will be put on the Archives online website perhaps as early as this summer.  Click on Deadwood's website at CityofDeadwood.com.  Or click on the Archives page:  https://www.cityofdeadwood.com/index.asp?SEC=01D4DE42-AE8D-42C2-890D-67BA82A6C055&Type=B_BASIC
Michael Runge has published a book entitled Deadwood’s Mount Moriah Cemetery, which was researched, written, and in some cases, photographed by archivist Runge. "Deadwood’s Mount Moriah Cemetery" is a combination of  historic and contemporary photographs chronicling the history of the cemetery and  the stories of the individuals, both colorful and illustrious, who helped carve Deadwood into the annals of the American West.   
Archivist Runge also recommended Historic Deadwood Experiential Tours (www.ExperienceDeadwood.com or
call 1-800-999-1876 or eamil dawn@deadwood.org).

May 20
Begin researching for your family history using DNA and Genetic Research.  Dave Boyle, retired professor from the South Dakota School of Mines will get us started ...

June 17
MEMBER PICNIC - Program: "Bring a Thing!"
More details regarding menu coming soon!  Do you have a fun and special item (and the story behind it) that you have from your faorite ...

July 15
Learn how to restore and digitalize your old family photos.  Learn how to identify the era of the photo.  Kenny Putnam of Image-Up will be ...

August 19
Learn about using cemeteries and related records for genealogy research.  Virginia Hanson, Archivist from the South Dakota State Archives, will show uncommon records connected to ...

August 29
RESEARCH TRIP to Salt Lake City (exact departure times to be determined
Join us for a research trip to the Salt Lake City Family History Library.  What better way to learn more about genealogy research and immerse ...