On Monday, 11 January, the St. Louis Genealogical Society and the History and Genealogy Dept. of St. Louis County Library were featured on Living St. Louis, a local program on PBS, hosted by Ruth Ezell. Ms. Ezell's ten-minute segment focused on treasures one can find in church records and included interviews with StLGS Projects Director, Carol Whitton, and Scott Holl, manager of the H&G department at County Library Headquarters.
Carol described the process by which congregation records are being scanned and indexed at the StLGS office, and many of the office volunteers involved in the project were filmed at work. Scott was interviewed at the library. He showed an example of an Ortssippinbuch, a book written in German describing the genealogies of people living in particular communities, usually based on parish records. In addition, an introductory story line showed some Czech family letters from World War II serving as a way for two men to learn more about their families.
If you missed the show on Monday night or if you saw it and want to watch it again, you can find it online at http://ninenet.org/archives/30318/. And if it inspires you to help, we can always use more volunteers to work on the congregations project! You can scan, index, or proofread and many things can be done from home. Contact our volunteer coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can help.