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Pierre/Fort Pierre Genealogical Society


The Pierre-Fort Pierre Genealogical Society meets each month on the third Tuesday, 7pm at the LDS Church (506 N. Jefferson, Pierre), unless otherwise listed. Visitors are welcome.

  • September meeting will be a half-day seminar on Saturday the 12th starting at 1:00 pm instead of our regular Tuesday evening. Virginia Hanson will be the first presenter. Her part of the program will be entitled "Those Old Stone Memories: Using Cemeteries and Related Unique Records for Genealogy Research"
    Virginia is a Government Records Archivist at the South Dakota State Archives. A professional genealogist for 20 plus years and working on personal genealogy for over 45 years, she has a BS in K-12 Music Education, History, Language Arts; teaching experience in Foreign Language & Library Science.
    Virginia tells us of a friend who says she "likes to get her ancestors buried". In other words, she likes to be able to find their resting place, but finding that spot may not be as easy as we would like.
    Her presentation will show uncommon records connected to an ancestor's death and the life they created. We will learn about coroners' records, wills and probate records, memorial cards, clues in photos, death notices and or obituaries. Also discussed will be finding the cause of death, transportation records, understanding the artwork on stones, and especially, how to find those stones.
    Linda Lowe will be the concluding presenter. She has been the director of the local Family History Center for the past 10 years. She will tell of the resources (books, microfilms, etc.) available for free at the center which is located in the LDS Church where the seminar is to be held. FamilySearch has also arranged for several premium online research services to be available at Family History Centers, which Linda will explain. She also gives free how-to classes on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Go to for the latest information.
    Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of FamilySearch and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their goal is to provide resources to assist in the research and study of genealogy and family history by giving personal one-on-one assistance to patrons and providing access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program. There is no cost to visit a Family History Center and they are open to anyone with an interest in genealogical research. They are operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • October 20th meeting will be a presentation by Ronette Rumpca with the SD State Museum entitled "Hands On!South Dakota Immigrants through Objects and Archival Materials"

  • November 17th meeting will be our annual election of officers for the next year.