Friday, August 30, 2013

Two Exciting Upcoming Events

National Archives Will Host a Virtual Genealogy Fair: 3 and 4 September

The National Archives in Washington, D.C. is hosting its first-ever Virtual Genealogy Fair with live lectures and chat via the website UStream and a call-in genealogy help line. The two-day program, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, 3 and 4 September 2013, will focus on using federal records at the National Archives and is intended for all levels of researchers. If you miss the live sessions, they will be recorded and available online after the event.

The Genealogy Help Line will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on both days at this toll-free number: 1-855-309-8404. You can also e-mail your queries to <inquire@nara.gov>.

For all the details, including the exact times and topics of each talk, go to the National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair web page: <http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair>. Instructions for how to attend the live sessions as well as links to handout material are on the page too.

Reception in St. Charles for German Producers of Utopia: Revisiting a German State in the USA

Preparatory to a worldwide tour, the men behind a bold, exciting traveling exhibition focusing on a German Utopia that was established by immigrants to Missouri in 1834 will be in St. Charles for a reception on Tuesday, 10 September, from 5 to 7 p.m. The reception will be held at the St. Charles County Heritage Park, 1630 Heritage Landing, near the intersection of Highway 364 (the Page Extension) and Highway 94. For more information on the reception, contact Dorris Keeven Franke at  <dorris@keeven-franke.com>.

For more information on the exhibit, go to the English version of the website: <http://www.aufbruch-in-die-utopie.net/en/index.html>. The actual exhibit will begin its journey in Giessen, Germany, on 1 November. The exhibit will then travel to Bremen before arriving in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2014. It will arrive in St. Louis at the Missouri History Museum in November 2014 and will be here until the end of March 2015.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Our Own Television Celebrity!

Have you been following our Facebook, Twitter, and News 'n Notes tidbits on the new incarnation of the popular television series Who Do You Think You Are? If so, you know that the series was dropped by NBC but picked up by TLC for this season. You also know that you can access any episodes you missed by going online to www.tlc.com, where you can watch without a cable subscription.

You will definitely want to catch the latest show, when you discover that our own Dennis Northcott, associate archivist at the Missouri History Museum's Library and Research Center, was the first of several professionals featured last night, as actor Chris O'Donnell learned about his father's family. Chris's paternal family was from St. Louis. Dennis helped Chris discover how his ancestors lived through the famous cholera epidemic in the mid-nineteenth century and pointed him in the right direction to learn more about this ancestor's military career. The beautiful interior of the Mo. Hist. Library was gleaming, and, of course, Dennis did brilliantly in his on-screen time. Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Want to Join Us in Salt Lake City?

We have had a cancellation for the Salt Lake City research trip and now have one single room available. If you wanted to join us on this year's trip but couldn't make the cutoff date, here is your chance to grab a room. We will be happy to honor the early registration price, too!

The dates again are 3-10 November and our planning meeting is set for Saturday, 17 August, at the office from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Please send an e-mail to <slctrip@stlgs.org> or call into the office on Thursday or Saturday during business hours and ask for Ilene or Bob, if you are interested.