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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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Saturday, March 9
Genealogy Classes At The Rapid City Public Library  (Other Interesting Events)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Rapid City Public Library 610 Quincy St, Rapid City, SD
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.  The Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research organization will be offering a free class introducing you to the Ancestry.com website.  You will learn some basics as well as other helpful tools to assist you with your journey in finding your ancestors.   Come and learn how to access and navigate this exciting website.  You will also have the opportunity to try out the trending technology of artificial intelligence (AI) chat sites for genealogy research.  This free hands-on session will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2024, in the Hoyt room at the Rapid City Public Library 
 
*The 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, please email us at askus@rcgenealogy.com.  If you do not have a laptop, you may contact the library and reserve one. 


Thursday, March 21
Guest Speakers from Ukraine  (Monthly Program)
7:00 pm to 8:45 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
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 to tell us about their lifestyle, traditions, migration to the USA and more.  They are exuberant and excited to share their story with us.  We will have some time to talk with them after their presentation.
Guests are Welcome! 



Thursday, April 18
Rapid City Familysearch Center  (Monthly Program)
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!
 
*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.  


Saturday, April 20
Genealogy Classes At The Rapid City Public Library  (Other Interesting Events)
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St, Rapid City, SD

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 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 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024, in the Hoyt room at the Rapid City Public Library.  

 

*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, 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. 




Thursday, May 16
A History of Homesteading in Dakota  (Monthly Program)
7:00 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
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, Government Records Archivist with the State Historical Society.  She will be presenting on "A History of Homesteading in Dakota.
Guests are welcome!



Saturday, June 8
Galena Ghost Town & Cemetery Walk (Tentative)  (Other Interesting Events)
8:00 am
Galena, SD
Galena Ghost Town Walk and Cemetery (known as "Vinegar Hill Cemetery").  Our Society is planning an outing to Galena, South Dakota.  This is a ghost town and old mining camp located in the Black Hills of Lawrence County, about 11 miles southeast of Deadwood.  In 1874 gold was discovered in the Black Hills, which drew 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.  In 1882 the town built a schoolhouse that still stands today.
 
Up the road from the schoolhouse is the "Vinegar Hill Cemetery."  It is very remote and has some rather interesting tombstones and graves sites.  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.  She was the first non-native American woman in the Hills.
 
In 1947 Galena’s most famous resident appeared on the scene--Tootsie, an orphaned coyote, 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.
 


Thursday, June 20
Annual Potluck Picnic  (Monthly Program)
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 regards 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.



Thursday, July 18
Black Hills Celtic Society  (Monthly Program)
7:00 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana St, Rapid City, SD
6:30 p.m.:  Snacks and conversation;
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!



Sunday, September 8 through Sunday, September 15
Research Trip to Salt Lake City  (Special Events)
8:00 am


Thursday, September 19
The Bower Family and their Musical Accomplishments  (Monthly Program)
7:15 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
6:30 p.m.:  Snacks and conversation;
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 componet 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!
 
 


Saturday, September 21
Fall Family Intergenerational Event  (Other Interesting Events)
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Community Room at The Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy St, Rapid city, SD
More Information is coming soon



Thursday, October 17
Becoming a DAR Member  (Monthly Program)
7:15 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
6:30 pm: Snacks and conversation
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 our 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!



Thursday, November 21
1980 Federal Raid on Deadwood Brothels  (Monthly Program)
7:15 pm
Faith Lutheran Church, 17 Indiana Street, Rapid City, SD
6:30 p.m.:  Snacks and conversation;
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!