Monday, April 7, 2014

Incredible Raffle Prizes for the 2014 FHC!

Have you registered yet for the 44th annual StLGS Family History Conference? The early registration date is coming this weekend, Saturday, 12 April. Of course, you can register after that date, but why not save yourself $10 by registering now?

As if a whole day of fabulous lectures and shopping for genealogy treats isn't enough, this year's raffle table is stocked with amazing goodies. Here's what we have for you . . .

  1. Two (2) one-year world-wide subscriptions to donated by
  2. A one-year membership to the National Genealogical Society (NGS) donated by NGS
  3. Four hours of research time donated by Dan Vornberg, an expert on German and Irish research 
  4. Five films from the collection of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to be sent to Special Collections at St. Louis County Library, where they will remain on permanent loan (two lucky winners!) donated by one of our generous volunteers.
You can buy your raffle tickets in the lobby at the registration table on Saturday, 26 April, when you arrive or throughout the morning hours. Winners' names will be drawn after lunch.

Ready to register? Click here to go to our website, where you can click on the FHC button and sign yourself up. If you prefer to mail in your form, remember that Saturday, 12 April is the deadline for early registration.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Learn About Early St. Louis Fur Trading This Weekend

This Saturday, 5 April, the grounds of the Chatillon-DeMenil mansion in St. Louis will be transformed into a replica of a late-eighteenth century fur trappers' encampment complete with demonstrations, storytelling, children's activities, displays, and much more. Guests will get a chance to ask questions, interact with the re-enactors, learn about the artifacts the trappers used, and see what life was like for these intrepid early Americans. At 1:30 p.m., the newly renovated carriage house will be the location for a lecture on the history and the impact of fur trading in St. Louis. This free event begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. and will be fun for the whole family.

You can find more information about the day's activities on the Chatillon-DeMenil website Click on the link on the right that says, "April 5 Educational Event."

The house is located on the south side of St. Louis at 3352 DeMenil Place, close to Utah Street and Interstate 55. If you scroll down to the bottom left of the home page and click on the address link, it will open to a Google map.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Book Reviewers Needed

Do you like to read? Can you do it critically but fairly and with an eye towards what might be helpful to fellow genealogists? If so, we really could use you to help with book reviews for our Quarterly journal. We have a backlog of books that need reviewing right now and would like to move those books off the pile and onto the library shelves for people to use. But we can't do that until they are reviewed, so everyone knows we have them and what they contain.

Here is what is available:
  • 1804 Tax Assessment, Baltimore County, Maryland by Michael A. Ports
  • Finding Your Irish Ancestors in New York City by Joseph Buggy
  • Dictionary of Americanized French-Canadian Names: Onomastics and Genealogy by Marc Picard
  • The Cincinnati Germans after the Great War by Don Heinrich Tolzmann
  • O'Sullivan (O Suillebhain) the Earliest Irish Royal Family, History and Genealogy, 3rd edition, by William Randolph McCreight
  • Genealogy at a Glance Series: Civil War Research by Nancy Hendrickson
  • Genealogy at a Glance Series: Cherokee Genealogy Research by Myra Vanderpool Gormley
  • Genealogy at a Glance Series: Italian Genealogy Research by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
  • Genealogy at a Glance Series: Court Records by Wendy Bebout Elliott
  • The Speth/Spaeth and Braun Families by Sandra M. BrunsmannHughes
  • Ebbets: The History and Genealogy of a New York Family, revised edition, by Edward E. Steele
If you can help out, please contact our archivist, Dan Kerckhoff, at and he will give you directions on how to submit your review. You will need to come into the office to pick up and return the book, but all your writing and your submission can be done electronically. Thank you!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Good Things Come in Threes . .

And we've got three nifty things to tell you about today.

First, Saturday was the inaugural of the St. Louis Ancestor Treasure Hunt at our StLGS office. We had a full house, and thanks to the many enthusiastic volunteers on hand to help (and to VP-Programs Ken Webb for organizing everything), it was a great experience for everyone. Being able to sit with an experienced researcher for more than an hour and work on getting started or overcoming a brick wall seemed to be just what most people needed. We hope it stimulated more interest in StLGS and in genealogy in general, and we look forward to the next session.
     Did you miss out? Not a problem, as we have three more Saturdays scheduled. You can register for Saturday, 14 June, Saturday, 12 July, or Saturday, 9 August from 10 a.m. until 11:30 or 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. You can sign up directly from our website Just click on the "Treasure Hunt" button, download a flyer, and send it in.
Second, are you a "mature adult" who happens to be a member of AARP? If so, they recently announced a very nice discount on subscriptions to for AARP members. If you are interested, you can save 30% on a World Explorer membership for one year. Existing Ancestry subscriptions can be extended with the discount for one year. If you are interested, go to for all the details.
Finally, if you are looking for ways to preserve your genealogy and live in the vicinity of Belleville, Illinois, you may want to attend the St. Clair County Genealogical Society meeting on Thursday, 3 April at 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Parish Hall, 226 N. Church Street, in Belleville. Featured speaker, Larry Darnell, will present "Publishing for Posterity: Saving Your Research for Future Generations," with lots of tips on how to preserve your countless hours of family research. This meeting is free and open to everyone. More information on the society's website

Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day and the StLGS FHC

Céad mile fáilte!

This traditional Irish greeting, meaning a hundred thousand welcomes, seems a good way to wish you all a happy St. Patrick's Day. Did you know that according to the U.S. census bureau, there are more than 34 million Americans who claim Irish ancestry? That number is more than seven times the population of Ireland, which only has 4.6 million inhabitants! Want to see a map with current U.S. Irish population statistics? Try this:

This seems like a particularly good time to remind everyone of our upcoming Family History Conference featuring David Rencher, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch and an expert in Irish genealogy. In addition to presenting two talks on technology in the morning, David will talk about online resources for doing Irish research in two talks in the afternoon. Joining David will be an impressive array of speakers from repositories and local societies speaking on a variety of topics from "Getting Genealogical Websites to Work for You" to "Let Your Computer Help Organize Your Data." Of course, there will be vendors, raffles, and door prizes! You can buy a delicious box lunch for $10 or visit one of the many restaurants in the area for lunch. You may want to stay around, however, to meet Charlie Brennan, local author and radio personality, as he presents a special treat during the noon hour.

This year's conference is at the Maryland Heights Centre on Saturday, 26 April. You can register online and download a copy of the conference program on the StLGS website Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

StLGS Trivia Night Coming Soon!

One of the highlights of our late winter schedule is always the annual Trivia Night, coming this year on Friday, 7 March, at the Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road. This is such a fun-filled event, a chance to eat, drink, and show off your knowledge of all things weird and wonderful. You don't have to be an expert on anything, just have lots of odd facts stored in your head, as most of us do.

The night begins at 6:15, when early arriving folks set up their trays filled with nibblies, their mood lighting, their libations, their good luck charms and table mascots, and then sit back to chat with others before the action begins. There is always time, too, to check out the tables filled with awesome silent auction items, usually beautifully decorated baskets filled with outstanding goodies

At 7 p.m., the night officially begins, and that's when the juices start flowing and the real fun begins. Whether you are a die-hard trivia fan or have just come to have a good time, you will not be disappointed as the competition heats up. In addition to the rounds of trivia questions, we feature 50/50, Heads or Tails, and Dead or Alive games, and your registration fee includes soft drinks and snacks as well. And did we mention lots of cash prizes for our winners?

You can register for a full table of eight people or you can come in ones, twos, or more and we will seat you with some new friends. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to support St. Louis Genealogical Society while you have an enjoyable evening (and maybe win some great prizes for yourself)! We hope to see you there.

To register for the 2014 Trivia Night, go to or send in the order form from the registration booklet you received in your January News 'n Notes.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Missouri State Archives Releases 1963 Death Certificates

With the help of many volunteers throughout the state, who flocked to help when the call for indexers went out, the Missouri State Archives has released the images of state death certificates from 1963, all newly indexed and ready for you to find your loved ones. What a lovely treat for this Valentine's Day weekend! Have fun searching!