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.


Upcoming Seminar
Registration form - Genealogy seminar 
The Basics of Genealogy Research
Friday evening, September 30 and
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Lecture Hall, Classroom Building
South Dakota Mines
501 E. St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD  57701
 Sessions to be held:
 Friday evening:
     DNA Basics: An Introduction to DNA and Genealogy   
      Introduction to Genealogy  
     Gems and Junk:  A Beginner’s Guide to Online Research
     Timelines:  Your Ancestor’s Lifeline! 
     The Bred, the Wed, the Dead:  An Introduction to US Vital Records  
     DNA: I’ve Tested, Now What?
     Celebrate the South Dakota Genealogy Society - 40th Anniversary
     Forgotten Wives, Mothers, and Old Maids:  Tracing Women in US Research 
See Schedule of Events and Registration Form above.
Be sure to mark your calendar for this interesting and educational seminar!
* Sponsored by Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research,
in cooperation with the South Dakota Mines - Devereaux Library

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.

   President Cathy Druckery presented a program on rebooting your interest in genealogy.     Here are some of the tips she presented:
1.  Go through the records you have and double check your logs.  Are you missing any information for that person such as death, obituary, funeral, or marriage records?  Are there any errors or omissions?
2.  Optional spellings - maybe their name is transposed such as Turner Joe or Joe Turner. 
3.  Create a timeline for that person's life, including parents names, when born, christened, married, any children, and death.  Why a timeline?  Why not?
4.  Check for new records that may have been added to a website.  It may give you further clues.
5.  Travel to where that person lived.  Check out the cemetery, courthouse, genealogy society in that area.
6.  Photographs.  Look for clues in old photographs.  What were they from or what is going on?
7.  Occupation.  What did they do for a job.  May provide clues.
8.  Organizations.  Did they belong to any organizations?  If so, there may be records there.
9.  Favorite food.  Did they have any favorite recipes?  Check with relatives.  Start a cookbook.
10.  Talk to others.  Great source of information and can lead to other clues.
11.  If you find something, call a family member or friend.  Share that information.
12.  Consider going on the Salt Lake trip.  There are consultants there that will assist you with your search.  There a many foreign records, and the consultants can assist you with translation of those documents.


Mark your calendar!
September 4 - September 11, 2022
For more information, e-mail us at askus@rcgenealogy.com

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).

August 18
Researching your Revolutionary War Ancestor's Records
Program:  "Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor's Records" presented by Gena Parkhurst. Ms. Parkhurst is the Registrar of the Black Hills Chapter of the Daughter's of ...

September 4
What better way to learn more about genealogy research and immerse yourself in records that are at your fingertips than with a group of individuals ...

September 30
Genealogy Seminar
Program:  The RCSGR will host an evening program and a full-day seminar with main topics and break-out sessions.  See Schedule of Events and Registration Form ...

October 20
Celebrating Family History Month
Program to be determined!

November 17
Document! Document! Document!
What do I do with all of the documents that are in my files?  Learn why it is important to document your research and how ...