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.)


Restoring and Digitalizing Old Family Photos

Did you know you can restore old family photographs that may have been damaged?  Kenny Putnam was the speaker at our July meeting, and he provided very informative information on this topic as well as other tips on preserving your old family photographs. 
Some things to think about when preserving and restoring old photographs:
* Be sure to store old photographs in a cool, dry place.
* Placing photographs in locations in the sun will fade your photographs.
* Areas with grease or smoke in the air can contaminate photographs.
* Newsprint and cardboard have gases.  Newspaper print will cause it to turn yellow.
* Photographs on old cardboard is not good--it will destroy the photograph.
* If a photograph is stuck to the glass of a frame, capture the photograph digitally by scanning.
* Tears or scratches on an old photograph can be restored.
* You can scan and save your old photographs onto a website.
* If old photographs are yellow, capture digitally.  When digitally restoring the photograph, you can restore the eye color or clothing to the natural color using Photoshop or other software program.
* If you are doing your own scanning of photographs, Kenny recommends the Epson Perfection V 600 scanner.
* Scan with full color even if the photograph is in black and white.
* If you have a negative, you can digitally scan and then invert the negative and turn it into a photo.
* Have small photographs?  You can scan and fix digitally.
* If enlarging to print a photograph, use 3200 dpi--for storing, use 360 dpi.
* You can also preserve old photographs by taking a photo with your cell phone--fill the screen with the image.  You may want to step back and zoom in a little.  You can then email the image to your computer using the largest resolution, as a small resolution will be fuzzy.
* Storage options:
   - Jump drive.
   - Cloud.
   - Dropbox - can upload at full resolution and then send the link.
If you have any questions on restoring or preserving old photographs, please give Kenny Putnam a call at the above number.  

RCSGR Used Book Sale
& Library Collection
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.  

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).

October 22
AAUW Used Book Sale
Check out the used genealogy books being sold by the Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research as well as other used books gathered by the ...

November 18
"HOW DID I GET HERE?" - Immigration, Emigration, and Foreign Historical Records
Speaker:  To be determined