Monday, April 20, 2015

StLGS Conference News: Live Streaming Options

Can't make it to the NGS Annual Conference in St. Charles in May? Or do you have so many choices already earmarked that you don't know which talks to attend and which you might have to sacrifice? Not only are some talks being recorded as audio CDs and MP3s, but NGS is offering the opportunity for you to see and hear certain speakers in two live-streaming packages on 14 and 15 May (and three months afterward).

Track One offers five lectures on immigration and naturalization. Track Two offers five lectures on methodology. Both tracks feature some of the conference's most well-known speakers. The cost of one track is $65 for NGS members ($80 for non-members); a bundle of both tracks costs $115 for NGS members ($145 for non-members). Once you are registered, you will receive special instructions for viewing the lectures.

The deadline to register for the two live-streaming options is just a week away, Wednesday, 29 April. Read more about the lectures and register on the NGS website

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For Those with Missouri-German Ties

This is the final weekend for the fascinating exhibit, "Utopia," that has been at the Missouri History Museum. If you haven't seen it yet, you will certainly want to visit, and if you have been to see it already, you may want to catch one more look before the artifacts return to their home in Germany.

For details of the closing events, go to, where you will find a schedule that includes special tours, music, lectures, a movie, and even a winery visit.

Also, the exhibit's local curator, Dorris Keeven-Franke, is now editing an e-journal called Der Anzeiger, a quarterly publication of the Missouri Germans Consortium. You can learn more about this group and the journal at

Monday, April 13, 2015

Upcoming Genealogy Events

Civil War Eyewitnesses

Thursday, 16 April
Maplewood Public Library
7550 Lohmeyer
6:30 p.m.

Join Dennis Northcott, associate archivist at the Missouri History Museum's Library and Research Center, for a look at the Civil War through the eyes of those who witnessed it first hand. Dennis will tell stories of the battlefield and the home front derived from letters, diaries, and other documents from the museum's collection. Free and open to all.

 Moving Targets: The Challenge of Mapping America's Rivers

Saturday, 18 April
Mercantile Library
UMSL-St. Louis, in the Jefferson Library building
1:00 p.m.

Sean Visintainer, curator of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library, will describe the difficulties early mapmakers faced as they attempted to understand the geography of the new country. Sean has access to many rare original maps that he will display and discuss during his talk.

Pre-registration is suggested for this talk, which costs $10 for Mercantile Library members and $12 for non-members. Call 314-516-7248 to register or for more information.

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

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

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 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

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 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

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