Next Meeting Date 

Our next meeting date is Thursday, October 5 at 7 pm at the Old Courthouse Museum. Look for the invite in your email. The speaker is Cheri O-Dell from the Viborg Daneville Heritage Museum. She will speak about the Danish settlement in SD. A short business meeting will follow the speaker. All are welcome!

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We often post items of interest to other genealogists on our Facebook page at

You are also welcome to share ideas, ask questions or share in our discussion items! You do NOT need to be a SVGS member to participate in our Facebook page. 

Future Meeting Dates
& Speakers

Saturday, October 7

9:30 am—12:30 pm. Downtown Library
Wendy Stubbs on How to get started in
Bring your laptop—this will be a talk and then a work session for you.

Saturday, October 21

9:30 am—12:30 pm. Downtown library. Speaker on Downtown Library resources available for genealogy
research. You may bring your laptop and work after the talk.

Thursday, November 2

7 pm at the Old Courthouse Museum. Amanda, Register of Deeds at Minnehaha County Courthouse. She will speak on how to obtain records and what they have available. Business meeting to follow. All are welcome. 

Saturday, November 4. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the
Downtown Library. Kim Bonen, SDSL Electronic
Resources Coordinator. She will discuss features of the State Library’s database subscription, Ancestry Library
Edition. This will be an online talk given at the library. Bring your laptop. 

Benefits of our membership


Pathfinder Newsletter

This 3 times a year  publication comes to each member via email or postal mail. It is jam packed with updates, member info and national genealogy news.


9 Meetings a year

Most of these speakers provide handouts shared with members only. We provide a variety of topics for our meetings and the information is posted on our website for members only.


Resources galore

Our library, open to all, contains a vast array of research materials such as atlases, family history books, old city directories, obituaries and other society newsletters.


Collaboration with colleagues

Many of our members help one another for free when a brick wall seems impossible in research. You will meet up with folks who understand your genealogy research interest.


Sharing of resources

Our members often share notices of area meetings, state conferences, national conventions, interesting resources and research tips during our meetings.

Sioux Valley Genealogical Society
Serving southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota
and northwest Iowa
200 W. 6th St.
Old Courthouse Museum
Sioux Falls, SD, USA 57104

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit agency. 

Our research library is usually open in the afternoons.
Best to call ahead to make sure. It is staffed by volunteers. 
Research fees may apply – donations accepted. 

Old Courthouse Museum