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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research, South Dakota

Rapid City, located in southwestern South Dakota, is the county seat of Pennington County. The Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research has made a number of resources available on its website in PDF format. Click the Records tab to access them.

Mortuary Records Index
Behrens' Mortuary records cover 1879 to 1971 (early records contain more information than later ones). The data fields are last name, first name, death date, age, where buried, and number. Additional data, drawn from the 1880 census, 1890 reconstructed census, the 1900 census, and Eka Parkinson's newspaper readings (1879 to 1923), are provided.

Pennington County, South Dakota Residents and Land Owners, 1890
The Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research searched local land records, tax lists, school records, mining records, newspapers, and a number of other sources to attempt to reconstruct the 1890 U.S. Federal Census for Pennington County. The results of their research were published in a book titled Pennington County Residents and Landowners--1890, indexed in this database.

Obituary Indexes
The obituaries in this alphabetical index are drawn from The Rapid City Journal from 1968 through 2012. The data fields include name, age, death, location, cemetery, and obituary date. The society will look up obituaries for individuals whose names appear in the database.

Cemetery Readings
This section of the website contains burial databases for seventeen cemeteries in various counties in South Dakota, including Pennington County. One cemetery is located in North Dakota.

Deceased Rapid City Classmates--1962
This database of students from the Rapid City High School class of 1962 who died between graduation and 2012 is compiled from a book titled Deceased Classmates, Rapid City High School Class of 1962 Cobblers, Gone But Not Forgotten. The data fields include name, date of birth, and date of death.


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