Family stories

Do you have favorite family stories that need to be shared or preserved? Ask one of our volunteers for ideas how to do this!

Old photos need to preserved

Have you found old photos that you would like to save or share with others? One of our volunteers will give you ideas how to preserve them for future generations.

Next Meeting date

Our next meeting date is Thursday, February 3 meeting  virtually at 7 pm. Amber Oldenburg is the speaker; her topic is Using Social Media in Genealogical Research.  The business meeting will follow afterwards. Expect a link in your email before the meeting.  

Benefits of our membership

Pathfinder Newsletter

This quarterly 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.


Access to special interest groups

The Norwegian General Interest Group is one such example of a group that many of our members attend. We are willing to help sponsor other groups as well.


Sharing of resources

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

Purpose Number 1

Acquisition of research collections of books, archival materials, photographs, and similar materials which are organized and made available to the public for investigating the people and history of the area.

Purpose Number 2

Presentation of programs, which explore aspects of state and local genealogy and history.

Purpose Number 3

Publication of a quarterly Pioneer Pathfinder, which includes information on the Society and features on area history. Our library, manned by volunteers and open to the public, is rich in city, county, and family history books, obituary files, magazines, CDs, cemetery records, and maps.

Purpose of SVGS

Our purpose is to promote the discovery, collection, preservation, and interpretation of material pertaining to the local people and history of the area. The Society does that in the following fields of activity:


Contact us now!

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