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.
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Family Stories by
Loretta Hill
     October is Family History Month, and RCSGR celebrated by having Loretta Hill present her McFarland (McFarlane) family history at our October program.  Loretta is a member of The Society of Black Hills Pioneers.  Her ancestors immigrated from Ireland and settled in the Black Hills area.  Loretta told family stories of her ancestors' travels to the Black Hills, their struggles as pioneer settlers, and even some stories that has made their family laugh through the years. 
     The Society of Black Hills Pioneers was formed in 1889 and continues to preserve Black Hills pioneer memories and history.  The Society's purpose was to be a benevolent literary association, and it objectives included the development of a social group, the creation of a charitable fund, collection and preservation of information on settlers and their history, and continuation of memory of settlers and their history, and continuation of the memory of settlers.  Originally, in order to be a member, a person had to have come to the Black Hills before 1877 or be a descendant of someone who had. The society is now open to people with descendants who arrived in the Black Hills prior to 1880.  For further information, you may contact Chris Maupin, Secretary of the Society of the Society of Black Hills Pioneers, Box 252, Hulett, WY  82720 or call 307-467-5260.  
     Loretta Hill with her four-generation family:

If you want to read more about pioneers in the Black Hills, check out this website:
https://deadwood.pastperfectonline.com/Archive, in the search icon type in "Black Hills Pioneers" and then scroll down and click on "Society of The Black Hills Vol. 1."  If you scroll down further, you will see various people listed.  For instance, if you click on William Emery Adams or Seth Bullock, you will find some interesting records that you can pull up and read.  


South Dakota Genealogical Society
South Dakota Historical Society Foundation
Black Hills Celtic Society (Celtic Connection)
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
‚ÄčRapid City Historic Downtown
West River History Conference
McGillycuddy House
Chapel in the Hills
House of Scandinavia
Someone's in the Kitchen
Members who donated door prizes
Congratulations to the
South Dakota Genealogy Society
on their 40th Anniversary!

Mark your calendar!
September 3 to
September 10, 2023
Click here for: 
For more information,
e-mail us at askus@rcgenealogy.com

We 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.  Once you pull a book or other publication from our Genealogical section, please return to the filing cart and the library staff will reshelve.

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.  

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 
Photo 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. 

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 for Archives page at cityofdeadwood.com/historic-preservation/page/city-deadwood-archives.
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).

January 19
Documentation and Organization
How do you document and organize your research?  Start the year out right by getting better organized.  Share with others and learn ways to better ...

February 16
Marriage Records and What You Can Learn From Them
Learn how and where you can find marriage records and what you might or might not obtain from them.

March 16
Building of the Erie Canal and the Impact on Building of America
Learn how and why methods and routes of wagon trains, railroads, canals, and other waterways impacted our ancestor's migration and the building of our country. ...

April 20
Those Records are Missing! Now What?
Learn what you might use as substitute records to help solve your genealogical problem.

May 18
Military Records
What and where to look for military records to help you with your research.  Are there substitute records?