German Special Interest Group Meeting: Wednesday, 21 March 2018The second German SIG meeting of 2018 is coming up this week on Wednesday, 21 March at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at St. Louis County Library Headquarters on Lindbergh Boulevard across from Plaza Frontenac. German SIG leader, Carol Whitton, CG, will discuss "Using Compgen (genealogy.net) Effectively." Much new information has recently been added to this important website for German research. Carol will introduce you to the new features, explain where things are located on the site, and show you how to use the website effectively. StLGS Special Interest Group meetings are free and open to the public. You do not need a reservation.
Early Registration for the Family History Conference Ends SaturdayThis coming Saturday, the 24th of March, is the last day for early registration for the StLGS 2018 Family History Conference, Genealogy . . . Finding Your Way Online. Registering early means you save some money and you ensure we have a place for you. For those who want to purchase a lunch, it also guarantees you your choice of meal, especially important if you have gluten-free or dairy-free requirements.
Nationally-known speaker, Pam Sayre, CG, FUGA, our keynote speaker, will provide guidance as you navigate popular websites Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org. Missouri State Archivist, John Dougan, will talk about some of the wonderful material on the Missouri State Archives' website. Author and lecturer, Ann Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS, will present a wealth of material about understanding and using DNA testing results, and StLGS projects director, Carol Whitton, CG, will show you how to organize those results using spreadsheets. St. Louis County Library research librarian, Mike Bridwell, will help you with Findmypast, and his colleague, Dan Lilienkamp, will discuss how to effectively use online family trees. Finally, from StLGS publications director, Ilene Murray, you'll learn how to access free books online for your genealogy research.
Now doesn't that sound like the perfect way to spend a spring day? The 2018 Family History Conference is Saturday, 7 April, at the Orlando Gardens Conference Center in Maryland Heights. You can get all the details and/or register on our website. Click here to go to the conference page.
Two More Events for Early April
1. The Cherokee Trail of Tears in Illinois
The Missouri History Museum in Forest Park hosts Mary McCorvie, from the Shawnee National Forest, and Mark J. Wagner, from the Center for Archaeological Investigations, on Wednesday, 4 April, at 7:00 p.m. in the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room, for a talk describing the work being done to locate the original segments of the Trail of Tears used by the Cherokee people as they were forced to leave their homes in 1838. This is a free talk and does not require pre-registration.
2. GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
The Jewish Federation of St. Louis is partnering with the Nine Network for a preview screening and panel discussion of a new film about the half million Jewish men and women who served during World War II. The ninety-minute documentary will air on Channel Nine on 11 April at 9:00 p.m., but if you would like to see the film ahead of time, you are invited to attend the preview at Channel Nine's Monsanto studio (3655 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63108) on Sunday, 8 April at 2:00 p.m. This is a free screening, but registration (and a ticket) must be completed online, as space is limited.
If you would like more information, click here. To register online, click here. (Look for the green "Register" button in the upper right side of the screen.)