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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** Finding and Crafting Stories - Between the Leaves -

Mark your calendar!
September 3 to
September 10, 2023
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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.

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!

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

January 2023 Program: Writing About an Ancestor

May be an image of text that says 'molly Barari Barari Writing, Marketing & Public Relations is our guest on January 19, 2023. We will be crafting our own Genealogical Story Please jorn us at our January Members Meeting RAPID to nominate our 2023 Board SOCIETY Rapid City Society for Genealogica Research January 19, 2023 at 7:00 pm Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana St. Rapid City SD *'
   Dr. Molly Barari, South Dakota Humanities Council, presented a program on "Writing About an Ancestor."  Main topics included:
*  What is an Ancestor?
*  Your favorite research methods?
* Writing the Story - know your audience.
* Writing the Story (Techniques) - timeline, personality, physical characteristics, newspaper quotes, etc.
* Bring your own Ancestor to life.
For a detailed handout, go to the following (need to have Member access):
       Members (left column)
       Online Genealogical Education
       Past Programs/Handouts

October 2022: Celebrating Family History Month

Family Stories by
Loretta Hill
     October was 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.  


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. 

February 16
Membership Night - all welcome!
We are all very excited to begin a brand new year! We value the input of all our members, so come and share with us ...