Monday, October 30, 2017

Catch Up with the New Season of Finding Your Roots

Are you a fan of Henry Louis Gates's interesting genealogy show called Finding Your Roots? Do you know that the fourth season is in full swing? If you have missed the first few shows, you will be happy to know that you can still watch them online at, one of the many ways that public television brings quality programs to all of us.

Just go to and choose the episode you want to view on your computer. All of the first four are currently available.

The season began on Tuesday, 3 October 2017 with Larry David and Bernie Sanders. The second episode was on 10 October with Fred Armisen, Carly Simon, and Christopher Walken. Episode three, on Tuesday, 17 October, featured Ted Danson, his wife Mary Steenburgen, and William H. Macy. Episode four aired on Tuesday, 24 October, with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ava DuVernay, and Janet Mock.

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, 31 October, will focus on immigrants and stars Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, and John Turturro. Seven more episodes will round out the season, which concludes on Tuesday, 19 December. Tomorrow night's show airs on PBS, Channel 9, KETC, at 7:00 Central Time. Check your local listings if you are not in the St. Louis viewing area.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Legacy Family Tree Free Webinar: Sunday, 29 October 2017

We have received word about another free webinar that might be of interest to many of you. Legacy Family Tree, which is widely known for providing excellent quality webinars, is hosting an all-day event this Sunday sponsored by the genealogy website

The day's online classes begin at 6 a.m. (Central time) with two one-hour sessions focusing on Jewish genealogy. These are followed by two classes on autosomal DNA, one on using MyHeritage's special features, and one on preserving your genealogy (not in that order).

Each class is free but you must pre-register. You can learn more about the webinars by clicking here. which will take you to the Legacy Family Tree website. When you get there, click on any of the black "Register" buttons to read full descriptions, biographies of the presenters, and exact times for each class.

(Thanks to Phyllis Faintich and Kay Weber for alerting us to this webinar.)

Monday, October 23, 2017

National Archives To Host Virtual Free Genealogy Fair

For the fifth year in a row, the National Archives will host a live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on its YouTube channel at

Wednesday, 25 October
10 a.m. (Eastern time) until 4 p.m.

Everyone is invited to participate in their biggest genealogy event of the year! Sessions offer advice on family history research for all skill levels. Topics include federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death; recently recovered military personnel files; Japanese Americans during World War II; nineteenth century tax assessments; and a “how to” on preserving family heirlooms. Two of the sessions will feature the National Archives military records located in St. Louis. Sessions will be led by Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and records experts from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.

For the schedule, videos, handouts, and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair web page at
You can participate during the Fair while it is live-streamed on the U.S. National Archives’ YouTube channel or watch the video, which will continue to be online after the 25th, at your leisure.

Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for the event, please send an email to or call 202-357-5260 in advance.

The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census, and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. See “Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians” for much more information on how the Archives’ can help you with your research:

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Have You Got Genealogy Questions?

One of the events that has been most successful for StLGS in the past is our "Ask Your Questions Day." With that in mind, as we plan our 2018 calendar, we have decided to kick off the year with an "Ask Your Questions" open forum at our January monthly meeting. So that we can best choose our "volunteer expert" and be sure to have answers for you, we need your questions.

If you have a question that is puzzling you about genealogy, please jot it down and send it to our vice president for programs, Viki Fagyal. She will compile the questions and consult with genealogists who have expertise in your areas of concern. Please try to keep your questions fairly general such as "Where can I find divorce records in St. Louis?" rather than "I need to know when John Smith and his wife Mary divorced." The more general your questions, the more people we can help with the answers.

Please send your questions to and then plan to attend the 13 January 2018 StLGS monthly meeting to hear the answers and learn from others.

Monday, October 2, 2017

St. Louis County Library to Host Lineage Society Fair

 If your ancestors were colonists, fought in an early war, or were part of the settlement of a location, you may be eligible to join a lineage society and honor their past achievements in the here and now. The St. Louis County Library is holding a lineage society fair on Saturday, 21 October from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium of the Headquarters building, 1640 S. Lindbergh Boulevard, and everyone is invited to come and learn more about local groups.

Representatives of several societies will be on hand to discuss the work of their organizations and offer membership information to the public. This event is free and open to all. You do not need to register to attend.

Organizations scheduled to participate in the fair include:
  • Colonial Dames XVII Century, Margaret Wyatt Allyn Chapter
  • Colonial Dames of America
  • Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century
  • Daughters of the American Colonists
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, Mideast District and Olde Towne Fenton Chapter
  • Daughters of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861–1865
  • Jamestown Society
  • Magna Carta Dames and Barons
  • Missouri Society, Sons of the Revolution
  • National Society, Daughters of the Union, 1861–1865
  • National Society of New England Women
  • St. Louis Genealogical Society—First Families of St. Louis
  • United States Daughters of 1812
If you have questions, please contact the library at