Wednesday, April 22, 2015

StLGS GenChat Coming on Friday


Join StLGS on Twitter for a #genchat this Friday


This Friday, 24 April, from 9:00–10:00 p.m. (CST), StLGS will be live on Twitter, participating in a #genchat about genealogical research in St. Louis. A #genchat is a free genealogy discussion you can join on Twitter. This is a great way to learn more about St. Louis-area records and repositories, and, if you’re attending the NGS conference in St. Charles next month, it’s a great way to prepare for your visit.
To participate in the #genchat, you will need a free Twitter account and must search for the #genchat hashtag and include it in all your tweets during the event. For help in setting up a new, free Twitter account, visit https://support.twitter.com/. (To see a schedule of upcoming #genchats, go to www.genealogygenchat.com/. There are also tips on how to participate at that website.) If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow the society at @StLGS.

Monday, April 20, 2015

StLGS Conference News: Live Streaming Options

Can't make it to the NGS Annual Conference in St. Charles in May? Or do you have so many choices already earmarked that you don't know which talks to attend and which you might have to sacrifice? Not only are some talks being recorded as audio CDs and MP3s, but NGS is offering the opportunity for you to see and hear certain speakers in two live-streaming packages on 14 and 15 May (and three months afterward).

Track One offers five lectures on immigration and naturalization. Track Two offers five lectures on methodology. Both tracks feature some of the conference's most well-known speakers. The cost of one track is $65 for NGS members ($80 for non-members); a bundle of both tracks costs $115 for NGS members ($145 for non-members). Once you are registered, you will receive special instructions for viewing the lectures.

The deadline to register for the two live-streaming options is just a week away, Wednesday, 29 April. Read more about the lectures and register on the NGS website http://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/attend/live-streaming/.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

For Those with Missouri-German Ties

This is the final weekend for the fascinating exhibit, "Utopia," that has been at the Missouri History Museum. If you haven't seen it yet, you will certainly want to visit, and if you have been to see it already, you may want to catch one more look before the artifacts return to their home in Germany.

For details of the closing events, go to http://mo-germans.com/closing-weekend/, where you will find a schedule that includes special tours, music, lectures, a movie, and even a winery visit.

Also, the exhibit's local curator, Dorris Keeven-Franke, is now editing an e-journal called Der Anzeiger, a quarterly publication of the Missouri Germans Consortium. You can learn more about this group and the journal at http://mo-germans.com/.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Upcoming Genealogy Events

Civil War Eyewitnesses

Thursday, 16 April
Maplewood Public Library
7550 Lohmeyer
6:30 p.m.

Join Dennis Northcott, associate archivist at the Missouri History Museum's Library and Research Center, for a look at the Civil War through the eyes of those who witnessed it first hand. Dennis will tell stories of the battlefield and the home front derived from letters, diaries, and other documents from the museum's collection. Free and open to all.


 Moving Targets: The Challenge of Mapping America's Rivers

Saturday, 18 April
Mercantile Library
UMSL-St. Louis, in the Jefferson Library building
1:00 p.m.

Sean Visintainer, curator of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library, will describe the difficulties early mapmakers faced as they attempted to understand the geography of the new country. Sean has access to many rare original maps that he will display and discuss during his talk.

Pre-registration is suggested for this talk, which costs $10 for Mercantile Library members and $12 for non-members. Call 314-516-7248 to register or for more information.