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

Friday, January 9, 2015

Missouri History Museum Library & Research Center Closed in January

The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center has announced that beginning today, Friday, 8 January and continuing through Friday, 30 January, they are closing their facility to researchers due to the installation of new carpeting. Although staff will be on site, they will not have access to most of the interior space. They will be unable to get to the card catalog and many of the books and maps that line the walls of the Reading Room. Telephone and e-mail requests will be handled as best as possible during this time, but expect delays. If you have any questions, please call 314-746-4500 or send a note to

Monday, December 1, 2014

NGS Conference Registration Now Open, St. Charles, MO, May 2015

Registration for the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) annual conference coming to St. Charles, Missouri, from the 13th to the 16th of May 2015, opened today, 1 December 2014. The conference week is absolutely filled with exciting events, tours, workshops, and lectures. Lecture topics cover a wide variety of subjects and are meant for every level of researcher. Well-known genealogical speakers and many familiar local speakers will be presenting lectures on migration paths, immigration, individual state research, specific ethnic groups, technology, methodology, and much more. If you have not already received a registration booklet, you can download a PDF from the NGS website so you can see the large number of available choices. Find the registration booklet at

You can register for the entire conference or individual days. On Monday and Tuesday before the conference begins, you can take tours or attend seminars. There are luncheons, banquets, and hands-on workshops during the conference. These special events can be added to your registration for additional fees.

Access the NGS website from the StLGS home page at or you can go directly to the conference registration page on the NGS website

St. Louis Genealogical Society is the local host for the conference. If you would like to volunteer to assist during the conference week, please contact us at and we will be happy to find some way for you to help out.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Events and Conference Registration

Coming this week . . . two StLGS events:

    Wednesday, 19 November at 7 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters
     Finding and Using Online Maps
Featuring Bob Goode
From Google Maps to sites that feature interactive maps, the Internet is a great source for discovering migration paths, village locations, family farms, apartment buildings, and much more. Join us for this special meeting on using maps to enhance your research.

Sunday, 23 November at 1 p.m. at the StLGS office in Maplewood
10th Annual Book Jamboree
Featuring local authors who will sell and sign books,
chat, and meet/greet attendees

This is a perfect opportunity to begin holiday shopping for those genealogy and history lovers on your list. Lots of free parking, no jostling crowds, and a wide variety of St. Louis and Missouri-based books to choose from. More information at

AND . . . 

Counting down to the National Genealogical Society's annual conference
13-16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri
Crossroads of America
The registration booklet is now available both online and at most local genealogy libraries. Click here for a direct link to the new booklet:

Although registration does not begin until 1 December, this is the time to check out the jam-packed week of lectures, hands-on learning opportunities, and special events. Plan out your days and be ready to sign up for this outstanding conference as soon as registration opens. Look for more information in your December News 'n Notes, too!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

StLGS Election Results

Thank you to all St. Louis Genealogical Society members who took the time to cast their ballot.

On Saturday, November 1, 2014, the teller committee counted the ballots and reports the following results, bearing in mind, some voters did not mark every item on the ballot.

715 ballots counted
President - Fran Behrman 613; Karen Ridgeway 94
Vice President - Kay Weber 691
Secretary - Karen Goode 691
Bylaws - Yes 661, No 30

The society thanks the teller committee for volunteering to count the ballots. Mary Berthold, Diane Broniec, Ed Dolata, James Dowd, Viki Fagyal, Ann Fleming, Margie Giblin, Carol Hemmersmeier, and Cindy Jacob. A complete accounting of the election will be in the December News 'n Notes.

Friday, October 24, 2014

More Items of Interest for You

 As previously mentioned . . . NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair
28–30 October
A bit more information:
If you live near Jefferson City, Missouri, the Missouri State Archives plans to live-stream this event in the Archives Conference Room on the first floor of the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center. Sessions are open to the public and will begin at 9 a.m. each day.
     Regardless of where you live, you can still attend online. Archivist of the U.S., David S. Ferriero, will provide opening remarks. Other speakers include experts from National Archives facilities, the historian from the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services, and representatives from Ancestry and FamilySearch. Lectures will feature tips and techniques for using federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research. For a full list of topics and presenters, visit 

Help Save the War of 1812 Pension Files!
We've written about this worthwhile effort before in News 'n Notes, but now there is a new twist. Up through 31 January 2015, the Illinois State Genealogical Society and Ancestry are making matching donations. The ISGS will match your donations dollar for dollar up to $10,000. The Federation of Genealogical Societies and Ancestry will match the total as well, so that any contribution you make in the next few months will be eight times larger than what you contribute!
     If you donate $100, your donation will pay for digitizing almost 1,800 pages of these valuable military records. There are more than 7.2 million pages that need to be preserved, and ISGS is only halfway to spending their $10,000.  Here is your chance to be a hero!
     Go to for more information and/or to make a donation online.
 And Two More Upcoming Talks . . . St. Louis Mercantile Library at UMSL
St. Louis in its Golden Age, 1840–1880 Lecture Series
Sunday, 2 November, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
"Cultures of Capital: Entrepreneurial Elites and the Art Worlds of the Gilded Age"
John Ott, art history professor at James Madison University
This lecture requires pre-registration and a fee of $10 for Mercantile Library members; $12 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served. Free parking in the West Drive Garage on campus. For tickets or information, please contact Amanda Schneider at 314-516-7248 or send her an e-mail at
St. Clair County, Illinois Monthly Meeting of the St. Clair Genealogical Society
Thursday, 6 November at 7:30 p.m.
St. Luke's Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St., Belleville
Fred Held, a librarian at the Family History Center in Hazelwood, Missouri, will discuss how different spellings for the same German surname came about and how several family members sharing the same given name can add to the confusion in researching German ancestors.