Monday, December 1, 2014

NGS Conference Registration Now Open, St. Charles, MO, May 2015

Registration for the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) annual conference coming to St. Charles, Missouri, from the 13th to the 16th of May 2015, opened today, 1 December 2014. The conference week is absolutely filled with exciting events, tours, workshops, and lectures. Lecture topics cover a wide variety of subjects and are meant for every level of researcher. Well-known genealogical speakers and many familiar local speakers will be presenting lectures on migration paths, immigration, individual state research, specific ethnic groups, technology, methodology, and much more. If you have not already received a registration booklet, you can download a PDF from the NGS website so you can see the large number of available choices. Find the registration booklet at

You can register for the entire conference or individual days. On Monday and Tuesday before the conference begins, you can take tours or attend seminars. There are luncheons, banquets, and hands-on workshops during the conference. These special events can be added to your registration for additional fees.

Access the NGS website from the StLGS home page at or you can go directly to the conference registration page on the NGS website

St. Louis Genealogical Society is the local host for the conference. If you would like to volunteer to assist during the conference week, please contact us at and we will be happy to find some way for you to help out.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Events and Conference Registration

Coming this week . . . two StLGS events:

    Wednesday, 19 November at 7 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters
     Finding and Using Online Maps
Featuring Bob Goode
From Google Maps to sites that feature interactive maps, the Internet is a great source for discovering migration paths, village locations, family farms, apartment buildings, and much more. Join us for this special meeting on using maps to enhance your research.

Sunday, 23 November at 1 p.m. at the StLGS office in Maplewood
10th Annual Book Jamboree
Featuring local authors who will sell and sign books,
chat, and meet/greet attendees

This is a perfect opportunity to begin holiday shopping for those genealogy and history lovers on your list. Lots of free parking, no jostling crowds, and a wide variety of St. Louis and Missouri-based books to choose from. More information at

AND . . . 

Counting down to the National Genealogical Society's annual conference
13-16 May 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri
Crossroads of America
The registration booklet is now available both online and at most local genealogy libraries. Click here for a direct link to the new booklet:

Although registration does not begin until 1 December, this is the time to check out the jam-packed week of lectures, hands-on learning opportunities, and special events. Plan out your days and be ready to sign up for this outstanding conference as soon as registration opens. Look for more information in your December News 'n Notes, too!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

StLGS Election Results

Thank you to all St. Louis Genealogical Society members who took the time to cast their ballot.

On Saturday, November 1, 2014, the teller committee counted the ballots and reports the following results, bearing in mind, some voters did not mark every item on the ballot.

715 ballots counted
President - Fran Behrman 613; Karen Ridgeway 94
Vice President - Kay Weber 691
Secretary - Karen Goode 691
Bylaws - Yes 661, No 30

The society thanks the teller committee for volunteering to count the ballots. Mary Berthold, Diane Broniec, Ed Dolata, James Dowd, Viki Fagyal, Ann Fleming, Margie Giblin, Carol Hemmersmeier, and Cindy Jacob. A complete accounting of the election will be in the December News 'n Notes.

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 

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 for more information and/or to make a donation online.
 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
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


"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 by Wednesday, 15 October.
For more information, go to


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

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 to watch the show in its entirety.


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 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.