Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June StLGS Events

Now that the 2015 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference is history, StLGS is back on track with some fun summer activities planned for our members.


First, tomorrow, 11 June 2015, a group of volunteers will be in the office all day (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) working on scanning the thousands of pages of notebook material we have on hand. Our goal is to reduce the amount of paper we keep in the office and to provide additional space in our large classroom for more activities. If you have some time during the day, we invite you to stop in for an hour or two to help out. We will need people to scan, to proofread, and/or to enter data. We especially need people from noon to six. If you have questions, drop an e-mail to Karen Goode, volunteer coordintaor, at or call the office tomorrow (314-647-8547).


German SIG Open House

Next week, on Wednesday, 17 June, we invite you to an Open House for the German Special Interest Group, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the StLGS office. During that time, we will have volunteers leading office tours, volunteers with expertise in translating old German script, and volunteers who can help you with immigration research on hand to assist. Drop in for the whole time or just for a brief visit. Questions? Send a note to Carol Whitton, German SIG coordinator, at or call the office and ask for Carol.


Classes and Salt Lake City Research Trip

And a reminder that we have summer classes open for registration and a few more rooms still available for our annual research trip to Salt Lake City in late October. Go to the home page of our website and click on the appropriate buttons for lots more information on both topics.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Few May Genealogy Events

Here are a few genealogy events you might like to add to your calendar for this month (other than the NGS Family History Conference coming up next week!):

Dedication Ceremony/Father Dickson Cemetery

Saturday, 9 May 2015
845 Sappington Road, Crestwood, MO 63126
Noon/No fee/Open to all

This historic African-American cemetery will be dedicated as a stop on the Missouri state-wide Civil War driving trail (known as the U.S. Grant Trail) at a ceremony tomorrow. A two-foot by three-foot interpretive panel describing the historical significance of the cemetery and its namesake, Moses Dickson, will be set in place by several representatives from preservation and Civil War groups. The cemetery is the final resting place of more than 12,000 people, including veterans of all American wars. For more information on the cemetery, including driving directions, go to For more information on Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation, go to

Curators' Map Colloquium/Mercantile Library

"Going Off On Tangents: Maps, Railroads, and the Shortest Distance Between Two Points"
Lecture by Nick Fry, Curator of the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library
Saturday, 23 May 2015
St. Louis Mercantile Library at UMSL, in the Thomas Jefferson Library
1:00–3:00 p.m./Fee and pre-registration required

For more information on this talk, including fees and how to register, go to or call 314-516-7248.

Civil War Walking Tour/Bellefontaine Cemetery

"Homecoming: The Sesquicentennial: The End of the Civil War"
All-day event
Saturday, 30 May 2015
Bellefontaine Cemetery, 4947 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63115
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m./Free, but pre-registration required

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. This beautiful cemetery, filled with Civil War-era tombstones, is hosting an all-day event to celebrate this historic milestone. There will be Civil War reenactors, living history volunteers, and vendors on hand throughout the day. Participants can walk a two-mile path or, for a small fee, take a bus tour through the cemetery. For more information on this special day, including how to register, go to or call Daniel Fuller at 314-381-0750.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

StLGS GenChat Coming on Friday

Join StLGS on Twitter for a #genchat this Friday

This Friday, 24 April, from 9:00–10:00 p.m. (CST), StLGS will be live on Twitter, participating in a #genchat about genealogical research in St. Louis. A #genchat is a free genealogy discussion you can join on Twitter. This is a great way to learn more about St. Louis-area records and repositories, and, if you’re attending the NGS conference in St. Charles next month, it’s a great way to prepare for your visit.
To participate in the #genchat, you will need a free Twitter account and must search for the #genchat hashtag and include it in all your tweets during the event. For help in setting up a new, free Twitter account, visit (To see a schedule of upcoming #genchats, go to There are also tips on how to participate at that website.) If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow the society at @StLGS.

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.