BAGS Organization

The Brookings Area Genealogical Society (BAGS) was founded in 1977 and continues to serve the genealogical research and documentation needs of our members and community with ties to Brookings County, South Dakota  and the surrounding area.

The purpose of this Society is educational; namely to trace and preserve family history, carry out projects of a genealogical nature, and provide educational benefits for members and the general public.


  • To Promote and stimulate knowledge and interest in the study of genealogy
  • To provide for exchange of information among members and assist members in their genealogical research
  • To assist members and non-members in educational programs and workshops in genealogy and family history
  • To enhance and increase the indexing and collection of Brookings area genealogical material.

The society is an affiliate of the South Dakota Genealogical Society.


Meetings are generally held the third Monday of the month in the Brookings Public Library, 515 Third Street, Brookings, SD, at 7:00 p.m. General meetings are not held in August or December.  Programs are of a genealogical or historical nature and the public is invited to attend all meetings.


BAGS is a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation and funded entirely by our membership.

Where to Find Us

Brookings Area Genealogical Society

515 Third Street

Brookings, South Dakota 57006