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.
(As of May 13, 2021, the CDC has now dropped “required masks”
for inside and outside regardless of crowd size and only recommends
masks for those who have not been vaccinated.  
RCSGR will be observing the CDC guidelines.)


Eva Woolley and Christal Hexem were recently awarded lifetime
memberships in the Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research for 
their dedication, contribution, and commitment to the members
and Society to enhance and further genealogical research. 
Thank you for your service!


RCSGR Used Book Sale
The RCSGS is holding a used book sale.  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.  The price includes sales tax.  No shipping is available at this time.  For more information, email us at rcgeneology.com.
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).

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 ...

September 16
"WHAT THE HECK DOES THAT SAY?" - Deciphering Handwriting
They do not teach cursive writing in school anymore, but here is your opportunity (or ours) to learn more about old-time handwriting.  Cathy Druckrey & ...

October 2
RCSGR Used Book Sale (postponed to October - exact day and time to be determined)
Do not miss this opportunity!  We are selling some of our used books from our genealogy collection.  This is in conjunction with the AAUW book sale.   ...

October 21
We are celebrating Family History month!  Join us in making sense of census records.  The 1950 Federal census is due for release in 2022!  Cathy ...