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 www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/2014/schedule.html/. 

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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 http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=444 for more information and/or to make a donation online.
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 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 amandaschneider@umsl.edu/.
 
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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.



Saturday, October 11, 2014

StLGS Speaker Series Information: Saturday, 18 October

The Fall Speaker Series on Saturday, 18 October, has been changed from Orlando Gardens to the StLGS office. The day will still include four interesting lectures from Dr. David McDonald, CG, as well as morning coffee and a box lunch.

The StLGS office is located in the Sunnen business complex, two stoplights south of Manchester on Big Bend at 4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140, St. Louis, 63143.

Because of the special event, the office will be closed to non-registered participants on Saturday. Please call the office (314-647-8547) during our regular office hours (9 a.m. till noon) on Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, if you have any questions.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Three Interesting Upcoming Events in October

Civil War Walking Tour
Bellefontaine Cemetery
  • Sunday, 19 October 2014
  • 9 a.m. until noon
  • Free, but reservations are required. Call 314-381-0750 to register by Sunday, 12 October. Approximate length: three miles.
For more information about free walking tours, bus tours, and other special events at beautiful Bellefontaine Cemetery, go to www.bellefontainecemetery.org/events/.

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"A Tale of Two Histories"
Sister Joan Whittemore
Hear about Sister Joan's ancestors, who arrived with Pierre Laclede and Auguste Chouteau to establish St. Louis in February 1764 and their connections to the history of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
  • Also featuring StLGS president, Fran Behrman, and SLCL reference librarian, Larry Franke, who can answer your questions about genealogy.
  • Wednesday, 22 October, 6 p.m.
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, 63111
  • Free, but registration is required. Call 314-481-8800 or send an e-mail to motherhousersvp@csjsl.org by Wednesday, 15 October.
For more information, go to http://togetherinfaithseries.com/2014/01/02/a-tale-of-two-histories-2/

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2014 NARA Virtual Genealogy Fair

  • Tuesday through Thursday, 28–30 October
  • Beginning at 9 a.m. (Central Time)
  • Free and open to anyone with an Internet connection
  • Live streaming lectures featuring experts from around the country
  • Video and question/answer opportunities with NARA personnel
  • Download the complete schedule as a PDF on the NARA website.
For more information, go to www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/





Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Genealogy TV

Tuesday night, 23 September 2014, KETC, Channel 9, began airing the new season of Dr. Henry Louis Gates's fascinating series, Finding Your Roots. The episode featured actress Gloria Reuben, actor Courtney Vance, and author Stephen King, and Dr. Gates was able to reveal information to all of them about their origins. Of particular note was Gloria Reuben, whose Jamaican slave ancestry was traceable directly to Africa, something rarely accomplished in African-American genealogical searches.

If you missed this first episode, you can still watch it online. Go to http://www.pbs.org/wnet/finding-your-roots/ to watch the show in its entirety.

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The new season of Who Do You Think You Are has been playing out on TLC, a cable channel. In the past, their website has offered the series for free, but this year, they seem mostly to have short clips. However, the full episodes have been uploaded to YouTube, where they can be enjoyed by all. If you have not been able to watch on your television, you can still find the series on your computer. Go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=who+do+you+think+you+are+season+5 to find all of this season's shows. You can also find the British and Australian versions of the show, so you can indulge your curiosity about such international stars as J. K. Rowling and Jeremy Irons.

Friday, September 19, 2014

St. Louis County Library Obtains Rare Swiss Genealogy Records

The following is a news release from St. Louis County Library . . .

St. Louis County Library is excited to announce the recent acquisition of church and other records from Canton Bern, Switzerland. The German and French records, on 847 rolls of high-quality microfilm, feature birth, marriage, and death information from the 16th to 19th centuries. The microfilm can be viewed in the History and Genealogy Department at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters located at 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The original records, held by the State Archives of Bern, offer information difficult to obtain in the U.S. Researchers are free to view the records and print copies as needed. The History and Genealogy department also offers a knowledgeable staff that can assist researchers in using the microfilm set. Microfilm rolls and their contents are listed in the St. Louis County Library catalog. A finding aid to the collection is available in the History and Genealogy Department.

Purchase of the microfilm set was made possible with funds from the William C. E. and Bessie K. Becker Collection, established in 2014. Mr. Becker, a civil engineer, is remembered for designing the Jewel Box in Forest Park. The couple's surviving children and grandchildren made the donation specifically to enhance the library's genealogical holdings. The Swiss microfilms join other Becker Collection sources for researching German and Irish ancestry.

For more information, contact the St. Louis County Library History and Genealogy Department at 314-994-3300, ext. 2070, by email at genealogy@slcl.org, or see the library's website at www.slcl.org.

StLGS German Special Interest Group Announces 2015 Schedule

The St. Louis Genealogical Society's German Special Interest Group, with Carol Whitton, CG, as its new coordinator, has an exciting schedule planned for next year. All meetings will be held at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, in the auditorium, from 7 p.m. until 8:45. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Grab that new 2015 calendar and mark the following dates for G-SIG meetings, as you won't want to miss any of them.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015: "What's New in the German Collection at St. Louis County Library?" featuring Scott Holl, manager of the History and Genealogy Department

Wednesday, 18 March 2015: "European Migration Patterns" featuring Ilene Murray, StLGS publications director

Wednesday, 17 June 2015: Open House at the StLGS Office; visit the office and get help with your roadblocks and translations.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015: "Get Organized: Find Your Missing Germans," featuring Carol Whitton, StLGS research projects director and G-SIG coordinator

More information on these programs will be posted on the StLGS website and on the G-SIG flyer now available at the office and at monthly meetings.

Monday, July 21, 2014

"Who Do You Think You Are?" with a Missouri Connection Debuts Wednesday

In the last issue of News 'n Notes, we mentioned that the new season of Who Do You Think You Are? starts on Wednesday, 23 July on TLC. What we did not know at the time is this season debut also features the Missouri State Archives and actress Cynthia Nixon's connection to Missouri.

In a press release last week, the Archives shared, "The Friends of the Missouri State Archives are excited to announce the Archives’ involvement in the season premiere of TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? The episode features Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in Sex in the City, as she 'meets an ancestor forced to use the most extreme measures to stay alive.' Archives staff helped gather historic records and provided a venue for the episode’s filming."


You can watch this hour-long look into Ms. Nixon's ancestry on TLC, Wednesday, 23 July, from 8 to 9 p.m. Or check out http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/who-do-you-think-you-are for online viewing.