Sunday, July 12, 2015

StLGS Irish Sig Meeting for July

On Tuesday, 28 July, the Irish Special Interest Group of St. Louis Genealogical Society will have a special meeting to celebrate the beginning of their seventeenth year! Join the group at 7 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters in the auditorium to hear Ann Fleming, nationally-known researcher, author, and speaker, (and a long-time StLGS member) discuss "Chart the Trails Using Timelines." Ann will show you how to use timelines to organize data and better identify those elusive ancestors. Questions? Contact Kay Weber at

 Jefferson Barracks Expansion

Also, for those who live in south St. Louis County or are interested in the possible expansion of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, there are public meetings scheduled for Tuesday, 21 July, and Thursday, 23 July, at 7:00 p.m. at the Pavilion at Lemay, 305 Gregg Road, St. Louis, MO 63125. If you cannot attend the meeting but want to express an opinion, you can fill out a survey for the Parks Department online at

Friday, July 10, 2015

Jefferson Co., Missouri, Needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist in preserving the long lost Jefferson County historical Circuit Court records. Archivist Bill Glankler will spearhead the project for the Missouri State Archives (MSA). When completed, the digital copies will be placed on the MSA website for all to view. Volunteers are needed to straighten folded circuit court packages. The documents are being digitized in Hillsboro at the Jefferson County History Center at Jefferson College. The Center is located in the Jefferson College library and is a repository for historic documents from the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The project will start on Thursday, August 13th and then continue every Thursday. The hours will be from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. They are planning on working from 10–12, taking an hour lunch break, and then working again from 1–3. If someone isn't able to volunteer every week or all day, he/she can work every other week or just a morning or afternoon shift. If the project has more than four volunteers, they will plan to set up an every other week rotation schedule.

Please let Joette Klein, librarian for the Jefferson County History Center, know if you are interested.  Her e-mail is or by you can phone her at 636-481-3161.

(Thanks to Chris Merseal in Jefferson County for sending us this information.) 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Reviewers Needed

Time for putting out the word again that we need book reviewers for the StLGS Quarterly. We have a batch of interesting books that need to be read and reviewed. You do have to come into the office to pick up the book and to return it. Reviews are usually anywhere from a half to a whole page long, nothing more complicated.

Please contact Dan Kerckhoff, our archivist, at or just come by the office during business hours if you are able to help.

Here are the books currently waiting review:

The Jewish Presence in Early British Records, 1650–1850 by David Dobson

Irish Emigrants in North America, part eight, by David Dobson

Historic German Newspapers Online, compiled by Ernest Thode

Derry-Londonderry: Gateway to a New World by Brian Mitchell

The Surnames of Wales, Updated and Expanded by John and Sheila Rowlands

German Pioneers of Montgomery County, Ohio, translated and edited by Elfe Vallaster Dona

O'Sullivan: The Earliest Irish Royal Family History and Genealogy by William Randolph McCreight

The Ultimate Search Book, 2015 edition, U.S. Adoption, Genealogy & Other Search Secrets

Quick Sheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Genealogy at a Glance: Ohio Genealogy Research by Michael A. Ports

Polish Roots, second edition, by Rosemary A. Chorzempa

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