Friday, January 18, 2019

Once Again the Weather Closes the StLGS Office

For the second weekend in a row, the St. Louis area is under a winter weather advisory with a forecast of several inches of rain, sleet, ice, and/or snow for Saturday, 19 January. To be on the safe side, so our volunteers do not have to drive in potentially hazardous conditions, we have made the decision to keep the office closed this Saturday morning. We are sorry for the inconvenience but want to be sure everyone is out of harm's way. Stay safe, warm, and dry, and we hope to see you soon.

Monday, January 14, 2019

January Genealogy Events in St. Louis

The month of January certainly got off to a snowy start, with almost a foot falling in the St. Louis area this weekend causing the cancellation of our January monthly meeting as well as many other scheduled events. We are hoping the rest of the month goes more smoothly. Here are some meetings and classes you will want to add to your January/early February 2019 calendar.

StLGS Special Interest Group Meetings

German SIG Meeting: Wednesday, 16 January 2019
"Meyers Gazetteer and Other Finding Aids," by Carol Whitton, CG, StLGS projects director and German SIG leader; St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
Click here for more information.
 
Irish Special Interest Group Meeting: Tuesday, 22 January 2019
"And the Wall Will Come Crumbling Down," by Carol Hemmersmeier and Kay Weber, Irish SIG co-leaders; St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
Click here for more information.

Jewish Special Interest Group Meeting: Sunday, 3 February 2019
"St. Louis Stories: Jewish-Americans," film and discussion, moderated by Diane Everman, archivist, St. Louis Jewish Community Archives; Jewish Federation Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, 1:00 p.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
Click here for more information.

Upcoming Classes

StLGS Winter/Spring Class Schedule Now Online
Winter/spring 2019 classes are now up on the StLGS website. First class begins in early February and the cycle continues until late April. For the whole schedule and/or to download the flyer, click here.
StLGS Class: Saturday, 2 February 2019
"Evernote for Genealogy," by Bob Goode; StLGS Office, 1:00 p.m. Free to StLGS members; fee for non-members; pre-registration required at 314-647-8547. (More information at the link above.)

Chesterfield Parks and Recreation Classes: Tuesday, 22 and 29 January 2019
"Foundations of Genealogy," by Ilene Murray, StLGS publications director; Chesterfield City Hall, 10:00 a.m. Fee and pre-registration required.
Click here for more information and/or to register.

Upcoming Meetings

 Next StLGS Monthly Meeting: Saturday, 9 February 2019
"Putting Meat on the Bones," by Ted Steele, St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 10:00 a.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.

 Czech Genealogical Researchers Monthly Meeting: Saturday, 19 January 2019
"The Irish in Bohemia," by Mary Petersen, St. Louis County Library Headquarters East Room, 1:30 p.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
Click here for more information.







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Friday, January 11, 2019

January Monthly Meeting Cancelled Due to Snow

With up to nine inches of snow predicted in the next twenty-four hours, the board of directors of StLGS has made the decision to cancel the January monthly meeting, which was to have been held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 12 January. The safety of our volunteers and those attending our meetings is of utmost importance to us so we hope you will remain home tomorrow.

This is a good opportunity to remind everyone that it is always important to check the home page of our website for closures and important notices, as well as checking into our Facebook group and Twitter feed. Our use of social media is the number one way for us to get timely information to our members and friends.

Look for the regularly scheduled blog on Monday, where we will have lots of good information on upcoming classes and meetings, and stay warm, safe, and dry during this snowy weekend.






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Monday, January 7, 2019

StLGS News and Some January Dates to Remember

StLGS News
With the new year we welcome Michelle Pearce to her elected position of vice-president of
membership and we bid a very fond farewell to our friend Ed Dolata as he goes on to pursue other interests. An active volunteer since the early 2000s, Ed has served in every capacity at the StLGS office, from data entry to society president, treasurer, vice president for membership, and office manager. His willingness to pitch in and help out included the annual Family History Conference,  which he chaired for several years, and an active presence at just about every event the society sponsored. His generosity, level-headed thinking, and organizational skills have guided the society during the past two decades, and we will greatly miss him in the StLGS office.

Just before he left, in late December, we were able to say goodbye at a small reception in our office. Here, Ed and StLGS president, Kay Weber, stand behind the table volunteers filled with holiday goodies to munch on. The basket contained notes to Ed with remembrances and good wishes. (Photos by Ilene Murray)

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On Saturday, 5 January 2019, StLGS was honored to receive an award for historic preservation bestowed on the society by the Olde Towne Fenton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Several society members attended the ceremony. Shown here are Kay Weber receiving the plaque from Kathy Givens, the chapter's historian, and StLGS and DAR members Carol Whitton and Judy Belford. (Thanks to Donna Barnes and Viki Fagyal for the photos.)


Reminders . . .

January Monthly Meeting
Our first monthly meeting of the new year will take place on Saturday, 12 January, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at the Headquarters building of the St. Louis County Library, 1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard. We'll start the year with a panel discussion where you can "Ask Louie." We hope to see you there.

Trivia Night

This popular fundraiser will take place on Saturday, 2 March, at the Maplewood/Richmond Heights Community Center. Always a fun-filled occasion, this evening event has rounds of interesting questions, a fabulous silent auction, and bonus rounds with excellent prizes. Registration is now open, and we do hope you will invite friends or just come by yourself and make new ones. Click here for more information and/or to register on our website.


Finding Your Roots, Season Five, Begins Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Those of you who are fans of Henry Louis Gates's genealogy series, Finding Your Roots, will be glad to know that the new season begins Tuesday evening, 8 January, at 7 p.m. Central Time on PBS (locally channel 9). The opening show of the season will feature comedian Andy Samberg and author of the Game of Thrones novels, George R. R. Martin. Should be a great show! To watch a preview and/or learn more about the upcoming season, click here.






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Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

(Thanks to former StLGS president, Fran Behrman, for contributing to this week's blog.)

Welcome to StlGS. How can it be that another year has passed? Time really does fly when there is so much to do and discoveries to make. I hope that 2018 was a successful year for each of you as genealogists. Looking back, what was your major breakthrough? Are you starting to write the story of your family's history? How about contributing a biography or two to the society's St. Louis City/County Biographies Project? Always more to do and accomplish.

We have some upcoming programs and events to assist you in 2019 that we hope will give you more insight, beginning in January with our popular Ask Louie panel discussion. Here's an opportunity to ask a question or two and get the expertise of StLGS volunteers in helping with answers.

In February, StLGS past-president, Ted Steele, is spotlighted at our monthly meeting and will be talking about “Putting Meat on the Bones.” Ted has authored numerous family histories and the depth that he brings to each subject is informative and thorough. Putting meat, so to speak, behind the story of a person brings life and interest. So be there!

Our programs director has done her work in scheduling and the technology team has been busy updating the website with all the flyers and information you need to begin planning for next year's genealogy meetings.

To obtain flyers and updated information on the monthly meetings, special events, and Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings for 2019, here are some links to the society's website:

Click here to go to the Calendar of Events page.

Click here for the German SIG meetings for 2019.

Click here for the Irish SIG meetings for 2019.

Click here for the Jewish SIG meetings for 2019.

You know we have doing this for fifty-plus years, and it is always amazing that there is something new to learn and apply to our research. We hope you will plan ahead and attend all our upcoming events.

May your year ahead be filled with great discovery. And let us take a cup of kindness for Auld Lang Syne.
Fran

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Classes for winter/spring are in the planning stage and will be ready to go online shortly after the new year. We'll have more on them and other January/early February meetings next week.




 

From all of us at StLGS, a very Healthy and Happy New Year!

 

 




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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Irish Seminar and Happy Holidays!

Irish Seminar

NGS Annual Conference Pre-Conference Event

Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Begins at 8:15 a.m.; five lectures and lunch
Fee ($110) and pre-registration required



As part of the annual National Genealogical Society Conference to be held in St. Charles, Missouri, St. Louis Genealogical Society, the local host, is happy to announce this exciting all-day event for those doing Irish research. This unique seminar brings five specialists in Irish research to St. Louis for a variety of classes, a special syllabus, and a chance to network throughout the day.

Lectures include:
  • "What is an Irish Surname," by John Grenham (One of the foremost experts in Irish research, Mr. Grenham is an author and internationally-known lecturer. He is a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society and the Genealogical Society of Ireland.)
  • "Irish Reverse Genealogy," by John Grenham
  • "Introduction to Irish Law Libraries and their Records," by David E. Rencher (Mr. Rencher is currently the director of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the chief genealogical officer of FamilySearch. He is past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and a specialist in Irish research. He is both a certified and an accredited genealogist, a fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society and the Utah Genealogical Association.)
  • "Irish Immigration to the Port of New Orleans: Old Irish, New Irish, and Those Who Travelled to the Interior," by Beth Stahr (Ms. Stahr has a Master's in Library Science and is a certified genealogist. She is a librarian, an instructor and a nationally-known lecturer.)
  • "Irish Records of Anglo Irish," by John Grenham

In addition:
  • Yes, you can register for this intensive day of learning without attending the conference.
  • You should plan to arrive at the location no later than 8:00 a.m. to check in and get seated.
  • There is free parking at the St. Charles Convention Center, just blocks from Interstate 70 and minutes from the St. Louis airport. Click here for a Google map showing the exact location.
Ready to register or to learn more? Click here to go to the NGS pre-conference page.


From all of us at St. Louis Genealogical Society to all our members and friends, we hope you are having the most joyful of holidays, surrounded by family and friends, warmth and peace. Because of your blogger's holiday schedule, we wish you a belated but sincere Happy Chanukah and Merry Christmas!

 



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Monday, December 17, 2018

African American Seminar in May and More News

African American Seminar

NGS Annual Conference Pre-Conference Event

Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Begins at 8:15 a.m.; five lectures and lunch
Fee ($110) and pre-registration required


As part of the annual National Genealogical Society Conference to be held in St. Charles, Missouri, St. Louis Genealogical Society, the local host, is happy to announce this exciting all-day event for those doing African American research. This unique seminar brings five specialists in African American research to St. Louis for a variety of classes, a special syllabus, and a chance to network throughout the day.

Lectures include:
  • "Cluster Research: Finding Your Lost Ancestors" by Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D. (Dr. Abbott is an instructor in several national genealogy programs, a trustee for the Ohio Genealogical Society, a board member of the Federation of Genealogy Societies, and a specialist in manuscript collections and methodology.)
  • "Researching African American Ancestors in Federal Records," by LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, J.D.) Dr. Garrett-Nelson, who holds both a Master's and Doctorate in law, is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, a lecturer and author, especially about African Americans in the South.)
  • "African American Magazines, Serials, and Other Publications," by Timothy N. Pinnick (Mr. Pinnick is an author, lecturer, and an associate instructor in the Researching African American Ancestors course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, University of Georgia.)
  • "Separate but Unequal: Slave Laws and their Records," by Judy G. Russell, J.D. (Dr. Russell has both a degree in law and certification as a professional genealogist and lecturer; she specializes in guiding researchers through "the murky territory where law, history, and genealogy come together," and writes a blog called The Legal Genealogist.
  • "Slave Narratives," by Ari Wilkins (Ms. Wilkins works at the Dallas Public Library and specializes in African American research.)
In addition:
  • Yes, you can register for this intensive day of learning without attending the conference.
  • You should plan to arrive at the location no later than 8:00 a.m. to check in and get seated.
  • There is free parking at the St. Charles Convention Center, just blocks from Interstate 70 and minutes from the St. Louis airport. Click here for a Google map showing the exact location.
Ready to register or to learn more? Click here to go to the NGS pre-conference page.

Thank you!

To all who responded to our request for donations, thank you so much! We are so appreciative of your support and your willingness to be part of the success of StLGS. If you haven't yet had a chance to send in your donation, please do so. Every dollar you donate goes directly to providing you with classes, programs, and special events; adding databases and continuously updating the website, and ensuring valuable records are digitized, indexed, and shared with genealogists. If you would like to make a donation using our online store, click here.

Please Note: We are dropping our post office box.

We know that many of our members like to keep old booklets and envelopes and reuse them. We are heartily in favor of recycling; however, we are closing our post office box in Maplewood as of the first of the new year, so anything you have with that address will no longer reach us.

Our correct mailing address is #4 Sunnen Court, Suite 140, St. Louis, MO 63143.

In Memoriam: Mildred Sharp

We recently learned that our society's oldest member, Mildred Sharp, passed away in late November at the age of 108! Mrs. Sharp, who lived in Kirkwood, was born in Brooklyn, New York, to German immigrants. She grew up in New York and New Jersey, coming to St. Louis in the 1930s when she married. She was a teacher in the Kirkwood and Rockwood School Districts. After her husband
retired, they traveled extensively, and after his death, she was active in a number of crafts and church organizations. She was a member of the German Club of St. Louis and remained a member of StLGS for many years. When she called into the society at age 104 to say she couldn't remember when her dues were due, we gave her a life membership, which, we are happy to report, she was able to use for her remaining years. We extend our condolences to her son John and his wife, her daughters-in-law, and her grand and great-grandchildren. (Photo of Mildred Sharp and information about her from Bopp Chapel, www.boppchapel.com, and used with permission.)



 



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