Sioux Valley Genealogical Society

About Us

We meet on the first Thursday of the month, September through May, at the Old Courthouse Museum on 6th St. The picture of it is shown above. You may contact our librarian most afternoons from 1 - 4:30 by calling 605-367-4210. 

Our membership information is as follows:
Membership in SVGS is from January 1 to December 31. Join or Renew questions should be emailed to  
Benefits of Membership:
* Receive four issues of the Pioneer Pathfinder – your choice of paper or electronic
* Notification of meetings and special events in the area
* Discounted rates on registration fees for seminars and classes sponsored by SVGS
* Voting privileges at Society meetings
* Support the organized study, research and preservation of historically and genealogically significant material
* Discounted prices on purchases from SVGS
* Access to “Members Only“ page on the SVGS website
* Opportunity to network with others interested in Family History
We have several different levels of membership: 
Membership Type
Emailed copy of Pathfinder
Mailed copy of Pathfinder
Single membership
Family Membership
Contributing Membership
Patron Membership
Foreign Membership
New Members:  You may join your membership here online OR pay by cash or check to our Treasurer. Mail your check to: 
Sioux Valley Genealogical Society
% Old Courthouse Museum
200 W. 6th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104

For Renewal membership:  When it gets close to end of December, you will observe a red banner on this site after n you log in. At that time, you will see a clickable link to renew.
This site's join or renewal process requires two steps:
1) select your membership plan and
2) payment. Please be sure to complete both steps.

Thank you!

Operating Year: January - December 2020

President: Cynthia Schultz
Vice-President: Linda Holbeck
Past President: Luci Feenstra
Treasurer: Marsha Kumlien
Recording Secretary: Wendy Stubbs
Registrar: Suzanne Folk
Corresponding Secretary: Margaret Novak
Librarian: Sue Eckert
Researcher: Donna Harr
Pathfinder Editor: Mary Kane
Meeting Committee: Linda Holbeck
Obituary Committee: Phyllis Knutson
Website Committee: Wendy Stubbs

Meeting Info

The Sioux Valley Genealogical Society, often called SVGS, meets the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Old Courthouse Museum at 6th & Main in downtown Sioux Falls. Our meeting room is on 2nd floor (there is an elevator) in the old Law Library, southeast corner. Months we meet are September through May. All members are welcome and feel free to bring a guest. We have a speaker every month except April when we have our annual banquet. 
September 5, 2019  Julie Risty - Minnehaha County Register of Deeds 
  "Using Land Records for Genealogy Research" 
October 3, 2019  Phil Schmitz - George Boom Funeral Home
  "Everything That You Wanted To Know About Planning a Funeral 
  Service, But Were Afraid To Ask"
November 7, 2019  Bill Hoskins - Museum Director of the Siouxland Heritage Museums 
  "347 Civil War Veterans of Minnehaha County" 
December 5, 2019  Amy Ellsworth - Talented Musician 
  "Christmas Music With Amy Ellsworth"  
January 2, 2020  Adam Nyhaug - Registrar of the Siouxland Heritage Museums 
  "How to Research Your Historical House" 
February 6, 2020  Lynette Trainer - SVGS Member 
  "How to use the USGenWeb" 
March 5, 2020  Bring Your Toughest Puzzle To The Group. 
  "I've Got a Problem - Genealogy Discussion" 
April 2, 2020   Erin Royer is our Banquet Speaker on DNA
April 18, 2020 SVGS Seminar - Jeff Blockman on  various Genealogy topics
  Luncheon will feature SD Genealogiy Society board meeting
May 7, 2020 Bob Black - SVGS Member
  "Organizing your Genealogy"