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.
Serving Rapid City, the Black Hills, and the 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.

Artificial Intelligence Program  - January 2024
Some “AI CHAT” sources to investigate:
  • Andisearch.com (tells source where it generated the information from on the right panel of your screen--can scroll down for sources)
  • Bard.Google.com (Googles’ AI chatbot—have to sign into your Microsoft account)
  • Bing.com (has integrated ChatGPT into its search engine—Bingchat--in combination with the latest version of the Edge browser)
  • ChatGPT trained to follow an instruction in a prompt and provide a detailed response)
  • ChatGPT Plus - (monthly fee) (faster response and other benefits)
  • Claude.ai (need to enter email address) - can process more than 75,000 words at once--useful if you need help digesting a transcript, report, or other lengthy piece of text. You can upload a variety of files to Claude and it will summarize them or answer questions about specific data points. Claude can also analyze web pages and other files; simply copy and paste the content.
  • Gemini - Google Deepmind.
  • Perplexity.ai (similar to Andisearch.com - answers questions, generates text, writes creative content, and summarizes information)
  • You.com (similar to above)
Other sites to explore:
  • Ancestry.com
  • Familysearch.org
  • Google Deep Mind (deepmind.google/technologies/gemini) (then go to "Explore More" and “Hands On” on bottom and “click” on video to start it—wait as it starts at :19; see what it can do.)
  • Transkribus - unlock historical documents with AI for text recognition, transcription, and searching of historical documents – from any place, any time, and in any language. 
  • MyHeritage.com - make your historic photos move, blink, and smile; turn black and white photos into color, enhance photos with “Photo Enhancer,” and create imaginary AI (images) of a person as he or she may have looked in different periods (AI Time Machine – photo animation)—can take current photo of yourself and turn it into what you might look like as a Viking or king/queen.
Interesting Videos:
  • Note:  You can click on the video titles above (double click) and it will take you to that link or you can copy link and drop in your internet web address.  You will note an "ad" will come on--wait for it to play to the point where you can skip it.
For the full Program and handout:  "What's Trending-- Using Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Genealogy Research," go to:
RCSGR Website (rcgenealogy.com)
Members (left column)
Genealogy Education/Programs
Past Programs/
Powerpoints - Genealogy
(or) Handouts - Programs 2024
If not a member, comments, or have questions, ask us at:
General Inquiry: askus@rcgenealogy.com
or join online at:
Become a Member (column at left, below HOME section)

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Tracing Your
Female Ancestors
        Gena Parkhurst began our program by providing us with useful information regarding D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution).  She then introduced our speaker, Cindy Christensen, who presented an interesting program on tracing your female ancestors.  Cindy indicated that it is difficult to research our female ancestors as there is little information on women in the past.  Most states did not keep birth records until the later 19th century.  
        So where might you find information when tracing your female ancestors?  You can search for information in census records (however, men are usually listed as the head of the household), birth/death records, marriage records, guardianship records, probate and estate records, cemetery records, pioneer records/certificates, tombstones, obituaries (Newspapers.com), Find-a-Grave.com (there may be information others have provided).  States have different laws so you will need to familarize yourself with that state's laws.  You may want to search state, county, town, and township records.  Check who is living near each other in the census--this may give you clues as to family or friends as they may have lived close to each other.  Church records are very helpful as they may contain religion, birth, marriage, and death records.  In the past women were referred to as the "wife of" so you may need to search for the husband's name.  In colonial times, women had to return home where they were born to be married so you may need to search in that ancestor's hometown. 
Handout has been uploaded to the Members section under
Genealogy Education/Programs under Handouts/Programs 2023.

Tracing your "Adoptive" Family Member

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(Just click on the link below)
**Black Hills Pioneer:  First Newspaper of
Deadwood, Dakota Territory (1876-1877) (added 2/11/23)
Source:  South Dakota Historical Society Press.com
** Are these Really My Ancestors? (added 2/11/23)
The Barefoot Genealogist - Ancestry® 
** Finding and Crafting Stories - Between the Leaves -

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.  
The RCSGR collection of biographical publications are located at the Rapid City FamilySearch Center.
Address:  2822 Canyon Lake Dr Rapid City, SD 57702-8112. 
Phone:  605-343-8656 (FamilySearch Center during opening hours)

(Family History Library)
Mark your calendar!
September 8-15, 2024
Click here for details: 
 (Upcoming information will be
provided when available)
For more information,
e-mail us at askus@rcgenealogy.com

Past Programs
Looking for information regarding past programs and handouts,
see below (or go to the following--need to have Member access):
Members (left column)
Genealogy Education/Programs
Past Programs/Handouts


Quarterly Excursions
We offer short trips usually of one-day duration
that we take to surrounding areas for research
or to enjoy something historical.  
NOTE:  We are hoping to continue excursions this year.  Be on the lookout.   If you have a place you would like to go, let us know.

March 9
Genealogy Classes At The Rapid City Public Library
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - We are thrilled to announce a unique opportunity that will launch you on a fascinating journey into your past.  ...

March 21
Guest Speakers from Ukraine
6:30 pm: Snacks and conversation 7:00 pm: Short member meeting 7:15 pm: Program - Come and meet Anton and Lily from Ukraine.  They are going ...

April 18
Rapid City Familysearch Center
6:45 p.m.  Society members are invited to meet at the LDS Church Library for ancestor research assistance.  Pam Martin, one of our most knowledgeable members, will assist ...

April 20
Genealogy Classes At The Rapid City Public Library
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Is your ancestor only a name, record, or data byte?  Why not bring your heritage to life!  The Rapid ...

May 16
A History of Homesteading in Dakota
6:30 p.m:  Snack time and conversation;  7:00 p.m:  Short member meeting; and 7:15 p.m:  Program:  Come join us for an interesting presentation by Virginia Hanson, ...