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 for online viewing.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

StLGS July Office Closures

Just a brief note to let you know that the StLGS office will be closed for several dates in July.

Saturday, 5 July for the July 4th holiday weekend


Tuesday and Thursday, 15 and 17 July, for the St. Louis Research Institute

Saturday, 26 July for the Summer Speaker Series

Although the Research Institute is full, there is still time to register for the Speaker Series. We hope you can join us to hear German genealogy expert, Roger Minert, for a full-day workshop and lunch. As always, there is more information and you can register on our website

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Coming Up in June

You are invited to the grand opening of an exhibit called "Catholic St. Louis 250"!

Help the St. Louis Archdiocese Office of Archives and Records to celebrate the 250th birthday of St. Louis and the 800th birthday of St. Louis IX, King of France and the city's namesake. Come explore the rich history of the Archdiocese of St. Louis from the early French settlers to the present. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday, 19 June, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
Rosati Museum, first floor of the Cardinal Rigali Center
20 Archbishop May Drive, Shrewsbury, MO 63119

If you can't make it to the opening, the museum will be open to visitors 
on Wednesday afternoons, from noon until 4 p.m

Caught in the Draft: Conscription Records of World War I
Saturday, 21 June, 10:30 a.m. until noon
St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive St., Training Room, 2nd floor

Join reference librarian, Tom Pearson, for this free class covering books, manuscripts, microfilm, and Internet sources for information on draft laws and records from World War I. To register, contact Tom at

Friday, May 23, 2014

Introduction to Czech (Bohemian) Genealogical Research

For those of you with Czech (Bohemian) ancestors, here is a chance to learn more about this interesting avenue of research. You are invited to a free two-hour workshop, sponsored by the Czech School Board, on Tuesday, 3 June 2014 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

The presentation will include the following topics:
  1.  Family and Home Sources
  2. The Czech Immigrant Split in America (Czech Catholic Church and Czech Freethinker Movement)
  3. Czech Language
  4. Czech Surnames
  5. Czech Language Publications (including how to find your ancestors when you don't read the language)
The workshop will take place at the American-Czech Educational Center, 4690 Lansdowne Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116. For questions, contact Marcella at

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Valhalla Cemetery Plans Remembrance Ceremony for Forgotten Veterans

On Saturday, 24 May, at 10:00 a.m., Valhalla Cemetery will transfer the remains of twenty-two
veterans who had died, been cremated, and then abandoned at the cemetery since 1924. These previously unclaimed ashes will be taken to Jefferson Barracks where they will finally be put to rest with long overdue full military honors. Everyone is invited to take part in this moving ceremony.

The South County U.S. Marine Corps League Color Guard/Rifle Team, the Boeing Concert Band and the Boeing Balladeers, and Don Gerspach, the Missouri Coordinator of the Missing in America Project, will be featured in the ceremony.

The cemetery is located at 7500 St. Charles Rock Road in St. Louis. Please bring a lawn chair for your comfort. For more information, call 314-863-3011.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Seafaring Ancestors?

If you are in the St. Louis area, Research Librarian, Tom Pearson, invites you to his class on "Old Salts: Researching Your Seafaring Ancestors" at the St. Louis Public Library on Saturday, 17 May, from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Tom will discuss books, manuscripts, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on those who served in the U.S. Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. The class will be held at the downtown library in the training room on the second floor.

Parking downtown is now metered on Saturdays but the library owns a lot at 15th and Olive, behind the Campbell House, which is a block or two away, and that lot is free to library patrons. You will need to pick up a token at one of the entrances to the library so you can exit the lot without paying.

To register or for more information, contact Tom at

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.