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.


These are short trips usually of one-day duration that we take to surrounding areas for research or to enjoy something historical.

Winter Excursion
February 8, 2020 
Photos from Private Tour of "McGillycuddy House"
Valentine McGillycuddy was born of Irish immigrants in Racine, Wis., 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.  Below are photographs from our private tour of the McGillycuddy House.
         On February 8, 2020, we were honored to have a private
         showing by Jean and Bill Kessloff of the reconstruction phase of
         the McGillycuddy House.  
Reconstruction photos:
Vintage photos from McGillycuddy House:
           After the tour, the group enjoyed a lunch and
                 conversation at the Colonial House.  


Fall Excursion
September 6 & 7, 2019
Trip to the South Dakota State Archives in Pierre!

Members and Friends:

On Friday, September 6, 2019, we ventured to Pierre to tour the South Dakota State Historical Society on Saturday (the 7th). Virginia Hanson, the Archivist for the state, gave us a tour to remember--she showed us all the different departments that they are involved with. We got hands-on with their state-wide newspaper microfilms, library books of all sorts, their filming equipment, copies of legal documents, and much more. The people that went all said that this is a great place to expand our genealogical research. They felt that this was a worth while trip, and we should do it again sometime as there was just not enough time to gather all the information a person can acquire there.  For more information, check out their website at https://history.sd.gov.

Again, I would like to thank Virginia Hanson and the other employees for our personal tour as they did an outstanding job!

Lester Nelson, President

 Saturday, June 8, 2019
15th Annual Galena Ghost Town Walk
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
BBQ starts at 11:00 a.m.
Five of us met in Galena for their 15th Annual Galena Ghost Town Walk.  The weather was not the greatest but Galena is a beautiful little town.  Although it is a bit hilly, there are some wonderful things to see there.  We met at the schoolhouse and walked to some of the other buildings and then came back for some wonderful pulled pork, hot dogs and brats with baked beans, chips and desserts.  Sarah Campbell, the cook who came out with Custer's expedition and then stayed, is buried at the Vinegar Hill Cemetery in Galena.  Although there weren't many of us, we had a wonderful time!  


Saturday, April 27, 2019
Journey Museum
Old Rapid City Busineses and Museum
          Journey Museum Outing
    We enjoyed a morning at the Journey Museum on April 27th. 
There were 5 members that attended and 5 guests. 
After watching the short film together we began our journey through the museum. As we all found different interests, we slowly separated into our own small groups.  I had family from out of town that had never been through the Museum so we moved much slower than the rest. 

As always, every exhibit was wonderful and interesting. An enjoyable morning for all. 

March 19
Galena (SD) History (Tentative)
Jeff Jacobsen and other Galena historians will present a program on Galena History.  Guests are welcome!

April 16
"Those Old Stone Memories: Beyond Cemetery Records"
Virginia Hanson,Archivist, South Dakota State Historical Society, from Pierre will present the program.  Guests are welcome.

May 21
Genealogy Computer Programs
Some of our members will be presenting a program on various genealogy computer programs they use.  June Beason will present on Family Tree Maker, Christal Hexem ...

June 18

July 16
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) (Tentative)