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
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Board Meeting  (Board Meeting)
Thursday, April 18
6:00 pm
Family Search Center Library - 2822 Canyon Lake Dr Rapid City, SD

Rapid City Family Search Center  (Monthly Program)
Thursday, April 18
6:45 pm
LDS Library - 2822 Canyon Lake Dr Rapid City, SD
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 us in using the Family History Center computers and resources.  Be sure to bring information regarding your ancestors that you want to research (i.e. names, where they livedbirth and death records, etc.)  As this is a research library, no snacks or drinks are allowed.  Come and join us and see what information you can find about your ancestors!
*  Enter double doors to Church that face Canyon Lake Drive.
*  Ring door bell to gain entrance to Church.
*  FSC has available 7 computers, large work area (3 large tables), and access to 6+ outlets.
*  WIFI connection available, so you may bring your own laptop and flash drive to use at Center.
*  To use Family Search you will need to have an account with Family Search.  This should be done at home before coming to Center (but can be done at the Center)  Go to FamilySearch.org and click on create an account.
*  Once your account is set up – bring “user name” and “pass word” to Center.
*  Librarian on duty will assist you turning computer on and getting on the Portal.
Again, please note that we will not be meeting at Faith Lutheran Church in April but will be at the LDS Church Library for our program.  

Genealogy Classes At The Rapid City Public Library  (Other Interesting Events)
Saturday, April 20
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St, Rapid City, SD

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Is your ancestor only a name, record, or data byte?  Why not bring your heritage to life!  The Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research is offering a free class on exploring various websites to help you locate your ancestors and find a paper trail to their past.  You will learn what is available on Familysearch.org, how to search for your ancestors, and some fun things to try on the website.  You will also have the opportunity to explore other websites to find newspapers and other records that will open a window into the social, economic, and cultural realities that shaped the experiences of your ancestors so that you can gain an authentic sense of life in the places where your ancestors called “home.”  It will be like stepping into a time capsule filled with records and stories waiting to be rediscovered.  You may even reveal hidden stories and forgotten connections.  We hope you will embark on this remarkable journey of self-discovery through the various websites.  This free hands-on session will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024, in the Community Room at the Rapid City Public Library.  Guests are welcome!


*The above session is a hands-on event, so be sure to bring your own laptop as well as names of your ancestors, dates of birth, and other pertinent information, or any genealogy questions you may have, so that you can get a head start on your fascinating ancestorial journey and to bring your heritage to life.  To register for this class so we can get a head count, please email the Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research at askus@rcgenealogy.com.  If you do not have a laptop, you may contact the library and reserve one. 

A History of Homesteading in Dakota  (Monthly Program)
Thursday, May 16
7:00 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
6:30 p.m:  Snack time and mix and mingle;
7:00 p.m:  Short member meeting; and
7:15 p.m:  Program:  Come join us for an interesting presentation by Virginia Hanson, Government Records Archivist with the State Historical Society.  She will be presenting "A History of Homesteading in Dakota."
Guests are welcome!

Galena Ghost Town & Cemetery Walk (Tentative)  (Other Interesting Events)
Saturday, June 8
8:00 am
Galena, SD
Tours:  Galena Ghost Town Walk and Galena Cemetery (known as "Vinegar Hill Cemetery").  Our Society is planning an outing to Galena, South Dakota, a quiet and beautiful historic area in the Black Hills.  As this event gets closer, specific times, carpooling, and other information will become available.  See details below.
Galena is a ghost town and old mining camp located in the Black Hills of Lawrence County, about 11 miles southeast of Deadwood, off of U.S. Highway 385, on Galena Road.  In 1874 gold was discovered in the Black Hills, drawing prospectors to the region.  By 1875 several miners were looking for gold near Bear Butte Creek.  But instead of gold, they found veins of galena, a natural mineral found in lead and silver.  Ultimately, a mining camp sprang up which was called "Galena."  To meet growing demands for lumber, a sawmill was built behind one of the town's stores. In 1882 the town built a schoolhouse which still stands today.  Inside the schoolhouse you will get a sense of what was like as a student back then.  The school closed in 1942, but still remaining and left as they were are the old desks, books, blackboards, and pictures of past presidents, as well as the piano and organ.  Also interesting are the strict rules that teachers had to adhere to while teaching at the school.  As you wander around the ghost town, you will also find old buildings or remaining structures from Galena's past.  At its peak, about 2,000 residents lived in Galena.
Up the road from the schoolhouse is the "Vinegar Hill Cemetery."  It is very remote and has some rather interesting tombstones and graves sites that you will want to explore.  Some of the tombstones date back to the 1800s.  Sarah Campbell, also known as Aunt Sally, is also buried there.  She was an African American woman who came to the Black Hills with the Custer Expedition in 1874 and served as a cook.  She returned to the Hills in 1876 and most likely was the first non-native American woman in the Hills.
While at the cemetery, you will be able to learn about grave dowsing, also known as “grave witching.”  You may have heard of people “witching” for water.  This is technically the same idea, however, a “grave witcher” is a person who is searching for the location of buried remains using forked stick, rods, bent wires, or a pendulum.  Some investigators have used this method for searching for bodies that have been concealed or a significant amount of time has passed since death.  You won't want to miss out on this part of the tour.
Along the way, you will also learn about another most famous resident who appeared on the scene in about 1947--Tootsie, an orphaned coyote, who was adopted by Fred and Esther Borsch. Fred taught Tootsie how to howl along to songs, howl greetings and goodbyes to humans, and was in parades and other celebrations.
There is so much to see and learn.  You will want to mark your calendar for this exciting event.

Annual Potluck Picnic  (Monthly Program)
Thursday, June 20
6:30 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
6:30 p.m. Potluck begins.  Join us for our annual Potluck Picnic and enjoy conversation with friends while you eat.  The Society will supply the Meat and some door prizes.  We would love it if you would bring something in regard to your ancestors, or a historical item to share with us.  Even sharing a story about your family is fun for us all to hear.  We are all looking forward to gather as friends and enjoy the evening together.

Black Hills Celtic Society  (Monthly Program)
Thursday, July 18
7:00 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana St, Rapid City, SD
6:30 p.m.:  Snacks; mix and mingle;
7:00 p.m.:  Short member meeting; and
7:15 p.m.:  Program - The Black Hills Celtic Society will be here to discuss their families Celtic Migration.  This is a joyful group!  As you watch a short video, you will learn about the different ways they migrated.  I am pleased that our knoweledgable presentor will expand on this with additional rich information. Our Celtic blood will be flowing with excitement.  Please feel free to ask questions or bring your Celtic ancestors with.  Guests are always welcome!

Exploring DNA With David Boyles  (Monthly Program)
Thursday, August 15
7:00 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
6:30 p.m:  Snack time and mix and mingle;
7:00 p.m:  Short member meeting; and
7:15 p.m:  Program: Guest Speaker, David Boyles will be addressing your questions on DNA and how we can use it for our Genealogical research.   David is very interesting and knowledgeable about DNA, so you will really enjoy his presentation!  You will want to have your DNA results available.  If wish to get a DNA test, you will want to do this as soon as possible so you will get your results in time.  Guests are always welcome!

Research Trip to Salt Lake City  (Special Events)
Sunday, September 8 through Sunday, September 15
8:00 am
Interested in traveling to Salt Lake City to do research regarding your ancestors?  June Beason is leading a group that will be doing genealogy research at the Family History Library.  This library has a vast collection of genealogical information as well as translators available to assist you.  See information sheet below.  Deadline to register for hotel rooms is August 8, 2024.

The Bower Family and their Musical Accomplishments  (Monthly Program)
Thursday, September 19
7:15 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
6:30 p.m.:  Snacks; mix and mingle;
7:00 p.m.:  Short member meeting; and
7:15 p.m.:  Program - We are so thrilled to have Frank and James from the Bower Family with us!  They will be adding a musical component to their Genealogical family story for us.  You may be familiar with their family band, The Bower Family.  Frank is a professor at the School of Mines and James, his brother, is an accomplished musician and Geneaologist for their family.  I love the idea of music and geneaology!   You do not want to miss this amazing event!  Guests are welcome!

Fall Family Intergenerational Event  (Other Interesting Events)
Saturday, September 21
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Community Room at The Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St, Rapid city, SD
Our Society is hosting an open house.  We have invited local Societies to be available so we can learn more about who they are and how they can help us in our genealogy research.  Please join us for this special Rapid City Public Library event.

Becoming a DAR Member  (Monthly Program)
Thursday, October 17
7:15 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
6:30 pm: Snacks; mix and mingle;
7:00 pm: Short member meeting
7:15 pm: Program - Are you a descendant of a Revolutionary War Ancestor?  You will want to come and meet our guest speaker this month:  Margie from their State Society, (DAR) Daughters of the American Revolution, will share with us the types of documentation you need to qualify for membership and more.  Come find out how your ancestor is a Patriot who helped contribute to securing the independence of the United States of America.
Guests are Welcome!

1980 Federal Raid on Deadwood Brothels  (Monthly Program)
Thursday, November 21
7:15 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
6:30 p.m.:  Snacks; mix and mingle;
7:00 p.m.:  Short member meeting; and
7:15 p.m.:  Program -  This is a must see video from the Journey Mueseum featuring Judge Jeff Viken.  He is so interesting as he tells us about his part in the end of the Deadwood Brothels.  He is very engaging and has detailed historical information about our Brothels, Deadwood, and how he got involved. Guests are always Welcome!