24 October 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 www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/2014/schedule.html/. 

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 http://ilgensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=444 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 amandaschneider@umsl.edu/.
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.

11 October 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.

10 October 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 www.bellefontainecemetery.org/events/.


"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 motherhousersvp@csjsl.org by Wednesday, 15 October.
For more information, go to http://togetherinfaithseries.com/2014/01/02/a-tale-of-two-histories-2/


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 www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/