30 October 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 PBS.org, one of the many ways that public television brings quality programs to all of us.

Just go to http://www.pbs.org/weta/finding-your-roots/home/ 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.

25 October 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 MyHeritage.com/.

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.)

07 October 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 programs@stlgs.org and then plan to attend the 13 January 2018 StLGS monthly meeting to hear the answers and learn from others.

02 October 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 genealogy@slcl.org.