Sunday, March 29, 2015

NGS Annual Conference News

Just a reminder that the early bird registration for the upcoming National Genealogical Society conference, to be held in St. Charles, Missouri, from 13–16 May, will end tomorrow, 30 March. By registering today or tomorrow, you will save $35, which is a substantial discount.

You can register by going to the StLGS website and clicking on the conference button on the home page or you can go directly to the NGS website at http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/.

Although some events are already sold out, there is still room at the NGS banquet, most of the luncheons, and on Tuesday's tours. You can pay for those special events when you register, if you want to add them.

We also want to announce that St. Louis Genealogical Society will be one of the official media representatives for the conference. We will have an active presence on Twitter, Facebook, and in our blog. We are looking forward to sharing lots of news about this exciting conference during the week in May.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Activities for Your Upcoming Weekend, 7 & 8 March 2015

Saturday, 7 March 2015
Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center
225 S. Skinker Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Workshop on House History featuring associate archivist Dennis Northcott

9:30 a.m.
$10 ($5 for MHM members); pre-registration required
Call 314-361-9017 to reserve a space.
More information at http://www.mohistory.org/node/10579


Saturday, 7 March 2015
Oak Grove Cemetery
7800 St. Charles Rock Road
Bel-Nor, MO

Cemetery Clean-Up Day!

9:00 a.m.
Volunteers needed to help with trimming around stones, raking leaves, trimming bushes, moving fill dirt, and picking up tree limbs. Please bring your own trimmers, rakes, yard waste bags, and saws.

Contact Susan Ing at susaning61@yahoo.com for more information.


Sunday, 8 March 2015
TLC (cable television station), 9:00 p.m. (Central)/10:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Who Do You Think You Are?


New season features eight new celebrities: Julie Chen: 8 March; Josh Groban: 15 March; Angie Harmon: 22 March; Sean Hayes: 29 March; Tony Goldwyn: 5 April; America Ferrera: 12 April; Bill Paxton: 19 April; and Melissa Etheridge: 26 April.

More information at www.TLC.com/WDYTYA

Friday, February 27, 2015

Trivia Night Coming, Friday, 6 March


The sixth annual StLGS Trivia Night is one week from today, Friday, 6 March 2015. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the fun begins at 7. This year, we are at a new, convenient, and central location: the Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Avenue, just one block southeast of I-64/40 and Hanley Road.


This is always such a fun-filled night! In addition to thought-provoking trivia questions, there are extra games, snacks and soft drinks, and a fabulous silent auction. The Trivia Night committee has been working for weeks to create gorgeous baskets of goodies for you to bid on, and thanks to the generosity of so many people, we know you will be thrilled to see what they have assembled. Here are two of about a dozen baskets and you can see how creatively they have been composed.


Trivia Night is our primary fundraiser this year, so we hope you will join us for the evening. You are welcome to bring additional food and beverages but PLEASE, do not bring any GLASS into the facility, as they have rules against glass containers.

Registration is so easy. Just go to www.stlgs.org and click on the Trivia Night button. A table of eight is $120 but we welcome individuals at $15 each and will happily find you space at a table. Directions and a map are also on the website. Questions? Please call the office at 314-647-8547 on Saturday, Tuesday, or Thursday between 9 a.m. and noon or send a note to our Trivia Night chair at volunteers@stlgs.org/.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fun Friday Lunch

If you are in St. Louis this Friday, the 20th of February, you might like to spend your lunch hour learning about some archaeological discoveries in the city. Our friends at Landmarks Association are hosting archaeologist Joe Harl for a brown bag luncheon lecture from noon to about 1:15 p.m. at the Landmarks office, 911 Washington Ave., Suite 170, St. Louis, MO 63101.

Mr. Harl will present an overview of some of the sites he has investigated during his long career. His talk will focus on the archaeology of St. Louis from the late eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries and will cover diverse sites in the city, such as the nineteenth-century bordello of Eliza Haycraft, the remains of nineteenth-century tenements beneath the Cochran Gardens housing complex, the rectory of the original St. Ferdinand Church in Florissant, the second Catholic cemetery on Jefferson Avenue, and more.

Reservations are NOT required and the talk is free to all. Seating is limited, however, so come early, bring your lunch, if you like, and be prepared for an informative, interesting hour or two. More information at 314-421-6474 or www.landmarks-stl.org/.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Some Genealogy News

The St. Clair County (Illinois) Genealogical Society's February meeting will be held Thursday night, 5 February, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St. in Belleville. This month's topic is "Do's and Don'ts of Cemetery Preservation." Dawn Cobb, Human Skeletal Remains Protection Act Coordinator for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and Hal Hassan, an archaeologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, will discuss cemetery preservation efforts, including proper maintenance and repair of headstones and monuments. The meeting is free and open to all. More information on the SCCGS website www.stclair-ilgs.org/.

Those of you on our Facebook page already know this interesting news, but for those of you who don't . . . Google Earth Pro is now being offered as a free download instead of a $399 application! It is available for both Mac and PC and seems to have many more features than it did before. Go to https://geoauth.google.com/gev0/free_trial.html/. You will need to fill out the boxes and then Google will send you an e-mail with the registration keys for unlocking Google Earth Pro. You can read more about the program at https://www.google.com/work/mapsearth/products/earthpro.html/. Try it and see how valuable a tool this can be for genealogy mapping.

Anyone interested in writing book reviews for our Quarterly journal? We have a new batch of books to review and always are looking for people to read and write. There are some new QuickSheets, some books on Maryland and Delaware, Irish, German, Polish, and Jewish-related books, and even a new book on adoption and donor conception! Please contact Dan Kerckhoff, our archivist, if you are interested. You can reach him at archivist@stlgs.org/. Thank you!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Heads up on StLGS office closure: Saturday, 31 January 2015

Our office complex will be undergoing maintenance on the electrical transformers on Saturday, 31 January. We have been notified by management that the electricity to our part of the complex will be shut off that day and all our devices have to be shut down, just in case. Hence, we will not be in the office, as no lights and no computers and no heat mean that we can't get much accomplished. If you were planning to come to the office on the 31st, we hope to see you on an alternate day. Thanks for your understanding.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Genealogy Road Show, Season Two, Begins Tuesday

If you enjoyed the first season of Genealogy Road Show on PBS, you will want to get ready for season two, which begins this Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. (Central Time; check your local listings for day/time/PBS station).

In addition to the fun of watching professionals Kenyatta Berry, Josh Taylor, and Mary Tedesco work on challenging puzzles, this six-part season features St. Louis in two episodes. (New Orleans and Philadelphia were the other two cities where the Road Show set up shop.)

According to the show's executive producer, more than 7,000 people applied to be on the show. In St. Louis, the producers chose twelve people for the major stories and twelve with smaller mysteries. Many local genealogists spent part of a weekend meeting the crew and watching the action at St. Louis Public Library and Union Station last August, when the filming was in progress.

Look for St. Louis stories to be featured on the 20 January and 10 February episodes. All of the episodes will air locally on Channel 9, PBS, at 7:00 p.m. and be repeated on Thursdays at 1:00 a.m. (Usually they are also placed online, so if you miss an episode, check out http://www.pbs.org/genealogy-roadshow/home/.)