Saturday, November 21, 2015

StLGS Thanksgiving Hours

The StLGS office will be closed on Thursday, 26 November and Saturday, 28 November so our volunteers can spend Thanksgiving weekend with their families and friends. The office will reopen on Tuesday, 1 December. All of us at StLGS wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

StLGS Annual Book Jamboree Coming Up Soon!

Another week and it will be Thanksgiving! Once the turkey is eaten and the kitchen is clean, it's time to think about some serious shopping for holiday gift-giving and what better place to start than with books?

Would you like to meet some local authors and get their take on a variety of topics? St. Louis Genealogical Society will host more than fifteen authors and publishers at the annual Book Jamboree on Sunday, 6 December from 1 to 3 p.m. 
Bring your holiday shopping list for your family and friends. The event is free and open to the public at the society’s offices, 4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140, in Maplewood, south of Manchester and west of Big Bend Blvd.

Chat with authors and get their take on regional topics, from the Cardinals to the 252 St. Louis birthday cakes, from historic horse racing to the twelve days of Christmas, St. Louis style. Books and publications cover new histories of the region, popular St. Louis institutions, ethnic St. Louis, and more.

You won’t want to miss:
Matthew Nolan: 250 Years – 252 Cakes: The Definitive St. Louis 250th Anniversary Cake Book

Ryan Nusbickel: The St. Louis 12 Days of Christmas and Who Moved My Gooey Butter Cake

Dr. John Oldani: St. Lou-ism’s: Lingo, Lore, and the Lighter Side of Life in the Gateway City

Johnny Rabbit         

Carol Ferring Shepley: St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline

Elizabeth Terry: Ethnic St. Louis

Also featured are:
Vicki Erwin/Justine Riggs: Guidebook to St. Charles

Dr. J. Frederick Fausz: Historic St. Louis: 250 Years Exploring New Frontiers

NiNi Harris: Downtown St. Louis

Kenneth Johnson: Moonlight Serenade to City Lights: Rare Images of Bands and Orchestras from the Dance Hall Era in Missouri

Dorris Keeven-Franke: Utopia: A German State in America and Warren County (Images of America series)

And some more fascinating topics:
Gary W. Abbott: The Lost Decade: Players of the 1970s Cardinals

Marilynne Bradley: Once Upon a Time in St. Louis: An Illustrated Trip Through the Past

Nancy Carver: Making Tracks: The Untold Story of Horse Racing in St. Louis, 1767–1905

Ross Malone: The Book of Real Missouri Records: Show Me the First, Last, Smallest, Fastest, Strangest, Weirdest and Funniest

Jeffrey Smith, Lindenwood University: Confluence Magazine and Seeking a Newer World

 For more information, click on the link on our home page at We hope to see you on 6 December!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Some October Events for Your Genealogy Calendar

 Remember that the StLGS October monthly meeting is this coming Saturday, 10 October, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters in the auditorium. Rena Schergen, the director of the Catholic Archdiocese archives in St. Louis, will discuss the Catholic records that are available to genealogists and how to access them.

For those of you with roots in northern Illinois, the Tazewell County Genealogical and Historical Society announces their conference, “Harvest Time for Genealogists,” on Saturday, 24 October 2015. The day's featured speaker will be Lin Strong, current president of the Ostfriesen Genealogical Society of America. Lin has led many tours to Ostfriesland (Germany), the Netherlands and Belgium. More information is on the society's website:

The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is sponsoring three upcoming free genealogy webinars. On 13 October, “Polish Genealogy: Four Steps to Successful Research;” on 10 November “In-laws and Outlaws: The Bylaws of Talking About the Family Skeletons,” and on 8 December, “The US Federal Census: Good, Bad, and Ugly for Genealogists.” These webinars are available to all as they are presented. Once they are archived, they will only be available to members of ISGS. Learn more about these webinars and how to register, if you are interested, at

Sunday, July 12, 2015

StLGS Irish Sig Meeting for July

On Tuesday, 28 July, the Irish Special Interest Group of St. Louis Genealogical Society will have a special meeting to celebrate the beginning of their seventeenth year! Join the group at 7 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters in the auditorium to hear Ann Fleming, nationally-known researcher, author, and speaker, (and a long-time StLGS member) discuss "Chart the Trails Using Timelines." Ann will show you how to use timelines to organize data and better identify those elusive ancestors. Questions? Contact Kay Weber at

 Jefferson Barracks Expansion

Also, for those who live in south St. Louis County or are interested in the possible expansion of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, there are public meetings scheduled for Tuesday, 21 July, and Thursday, 23 July, at 7:00 p.m. at the Pavilion at Lemay, 305 Gregg Road, St. Louis, MO 63125. If you cannot attend the meeting but want to express an opinion, you can fill out a survey for the Parks Department online at

Friday, July 10, 2015

Jefferson Co., Missouri, Needs Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist in preserving the long lost Jefferson County historical Circuit Court records. Archivist Bill Glankler will spearhead the project for the Missouri State Archives (MSA). When completed, the digital copies will be placed on the MSA website for all to view. Volunteers are needed to straighten folded circuit court packages. The documents are being digitized in Hillsboro at the Jefferson County History Center at Jefferson College. The Center is located in the Jefferson College library and is a repository for historic documents from the Jefferson County Courthouse.

The project will start on Thursday, August 13th and then continue every Thursday. The hours will be from 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. They are planning on working from 10–12, taking an hour lunch break, and then working again from 1–3. If someone isn't able to volunteer every week or all day, he/she can work every other week or just a morning or afternoon shift. If the project has more than four volunteers, they will plan to set up an every other week rotation schedule.

Please let Joette Klein, librarian for the Jefferson County History Center, know if you are interested.  Her e-mail is or by you can phone her at 636-481-3161.

(Thanks to Chris Merseal in Jefferson County for sending us this information.) 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Book Reviewers Needed

Time for putting out the word again that we need book reviewers for the StLGS Quarterly. We have a batch of interesting books that need to be read and reviewed. You do have to come into the office to pick up the book and to return it. Reviews are usually anywhere from a half to a whole page long, nothing more complicated.

Please contact Dan Kerckhoff, our archivist, at or just come by the office during business hours if you are able to help.

Here are the books currently waiting review:

The Jewish Presence in Early British Records, 1650–1850 by David Dobson

Irish Emigrants in North America, part eight, by David Dobson

Historic German Newspapers Online, compiled by Ernest Thode

Derry-Londonderry: Gateway to a New World by Brian Mitchell

The Surnames of Wales, Updated and Expanded by John and Sheila Rowlands

German Pioneers of Montgomery County, Ohio, translated and edited by Elfe Vallaster Dona

O'Sullivan: The Earliest Irish Royal Family History and Genealogy by William Randolph McCreight

The Ultimate Search Book, 2015 edition, U.S. Adoption, Genealogy & Other Search Secrets

Quick Sheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research by Elizabeth Shown Mills

Genealogy at a Glance: Ohio Genealogy Research by Michael A. Ports

Polish Roots, second edition, by Rosemary A. Chorzempa

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

June StLGS Events

Now that the 2015 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference is history, StLGS is back on track with some fun summer activities planned for our members.


First, tomorrow, 11 June 2015, a group of volunteers will be in the office all day (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) working on scanning the thousands of pages of notebook material we have on hand. Our goal is to reduce the amount of paper we keep in the office and to provide additional space in our large classroom for more activities. If you have some time during the day, we invite you to stop in for an hour or two to help out. We will need people to scan, to proofread, and/or to enter data. We especially need people from noon to six. If you have questions, drop an e-mail to Karen Goode, volunteer coordintaor, at or call the office tomorrow (314-647-8547).


German SIG Open House

Next week, on Wednesday, 17 June, we invite you to an Open House for the German Special Interest Group, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the StLGS office. During that time, we will have volunteers leading office tours, volunteers with expertise in translating old German script, and volunteers who can help you with immigration research on hand to assist. Drop in for the whole time or just for a brief visit. Questions? Send a note to Carol Whitton, German SIG coordinator, at or call the office and ask for Carol.


Classes and Salt Lake City Research Trip

And a reminder that we have summer classes open for registration and a few more rooms still available for our annual research trip to Salt Lake City in late October. Go to the home page of our website and click on the appropriate buttons for lots more information on both topics.