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.

 Saturday, June 2020
16th Annual Galena Ghost Town Walk
Annual Galena Ghost Town Walk.  Galena is a beautiful little town.  Although it is a bit hilly, there are some wonderful things to see there.  We meet at the schoolhouse and walk to some of the sites in Galena. 
You will not want to miss a visit to the old cemetery as well.  Sarah Campbell, the cook who came out with Custer's expedition and then stayed, is buried at the Vinegar Hill Cemetery in Galena.  


Past 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.  



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 at 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 the following Historic Deadwood New Experiential Tours:
• Tea and Tour of the Historic Adams House
• Archaeological Collections of Deadwood:  An Ethnic Oasis
• Miner's Morning
• Eureka!  Go for the Gold!
• Behind the Scenes Tour at the Days of '76 Museum
• Lawman's Patrol:  Guided Walking Tour
For more information:  www.ExperienceDeadwood.com or call 1-800-999-1876 or eamil dawn@deadwood.org

April 16
(POSTPONDED DUE TO COVID-19 VIRUS) "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)

August 20
Training video (tentative)