20 May 2019

The War of 1812 in Missouri AND Fan Charts: New Products for Sale!

StLGS volunteers have been very busy this spring getting more new products ready for family history researchers. We now have two new books about the War of 1812 in Missouri and the formation of the Missouri Rangers.

The War of 1812 in Missouri, Volumes One and Two

Based on the work of noted genealogist, Robert Parkin, and edited by Ann Fleming, Ruth Ann Hager, and Ilene Murray, these volumes are rich with the history of the pioneers and Native Americans who were in the Mississippi and Missouri River Valleys during the early nineteenth century. The editors have added maps, glossaries, bibliographies, and indexes filling both books with valuable information for researchers of the time period.

Book One, called Tales of the Red Head, Black Hawk, and Missouri Rangers centers on the life and times of William Clark, Black Hawk, and the intrepid men and families who settled the frontier.

Book Two, called Profiles of Missouri Rangers, contains genealogical and biographical information on many of the people mentioned in the first volume. At the end of this volume is a section with rarely-seen early maps of the state and individual counties along the rivers.

If you had ancestors in the territory that became the state of Missouri, you will want to have these books in your library. You can buy them singly or in a set at the StLGS store. Much more information about the contents of the books is on our website. You can click on the button on the StLGS home page or go directly to the books' page. (Members: Remember to log in first to get your coupon code for the store.) Questions about the books? Send an email to publications@stlgs.org.

Fan Charts

The society is now offering family tree fan charts in two sizes: seven and nine generations. Both come in full-color, and the nine-generation chart also comes in black and white. You can get your chart with or without names and dates. They are printed in our office and can be ordered in person or via email. The charts are based on GEDCOM files, which must be submitted with your order.

Complete instructions for ordering a fan chart are on the StLGS website. You can download a booklet that contains an order form and explains how to create your GEDCOM on the Fan Charts page.

Questions about fan charts should be sent to fanchart@stlgs.org.

13 May 2019

Highlights of the NGS Conference

Thanks to all who helped to make this a wonderful conference week! What an exciting, albeit exhausting time it was for everyone who attended the National Genealogical Society's (NGS) 2019 Family History Conference in St. Charles! However, it would not have been a successful conference without the help of the experienced NGS staff and the more than one hundred StLGS volunteers who worked behind the scenes to keep things moving smoothly.

As the local host society, the week began for about seventy St. Louis Genealogical Society volunteers on Monday, 6 May with preliminary instructions, a tour around the St. Charles Convention Center, and then two hours of assembly line bag filling. Each of the 2,000+ conference bags needed to have copies of several bookmarks, flyers, booklets, and a conference program inserted. Then the bags needed to be boxed and toted to the registration area. By 1 p.m., all was ready for the following day, when pre-conference events began.

Tuesday was busy with Librarians' Day, African American and Irish workshops, and three different all-day trips. Registration opened for those already on site and continued all day and into the early evening. Volunteers were on hand to help participants download and understand how to use the conference app and to set up the society's sales area in the Exhibit Hall. The Society Showcase, featuring sixteen local genealogy and history groups, took place during the afternoon.

From Wednesday until Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (and later for those attending special events), days were filled with lectures, meals, shopping in the Exhibit Hall, meeting new friends, and re-acquainting with old ones. In spite of the cool, rainy weather that dominated the end of the week, people enjoyed the food trucks that arrived each day and the chance to ride the free shuttles into the city of St. Charles to take in the shops and restaurants on Main Street.
(Thanks to Marsha Clark and Laura Mackinson for the photos.)

Special Awards for our Volunteers

St. Louis Genealogical Society was acknowledged by NGS at the Opening Session on Wednesday with an Award of Honor "in recognition of the society's dedication and sustained service in support of the 2019 NGS conference." StLGS committee chairs received Certificates of Appreciation at that time as well. Those honorees were local host co-chairs, Viki Fagyal and Kay Weber; Exhibit Hall co-chairs, Bob Cejka and Bob Goode; hospitality co-chairs Karen Goode and Rich Stanton; local publicity chair, Ann Hodges; registration co-chairs Diane Broniec and Barbara Larson; social media chair, Laura Mackinson; and volunteer chair, Marilyn Brennan.

The chair of the entire conference was long-time StLGS volunteer and former president, Ann Carter Fleming, CG, CGL, FNGS, who, very deservedly, received a special award at the NGS banquet on Friday evening. Ann, who has chaired more than six conferences for NGS and numerous events for StLGS, is the 2019 recipient of the Shirley Langdon Wilcox Award for Exemplary Volunteerism, which "recognizes a volunteer whose generosity of spirit and time has greatly benefited the National Genealogical Society and the genealogical community in general over a period of years."

Congratulations and many thanks from all of us to our award winners for their dedication and hard work!

06 May 2019

May Genealogy Meetings and Special Events

Upcoming Special Event

National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2019 Family History Conference
Wednesday–Saturday, 8–11 May 2019
Journey of Discovery

St. Louis Genealogical Society volunteers have spent the past two years preparing to be the local hosts at the National Genealogical Society's 2019 Family History Conference and now the event is just days away! Volunteers will be at the St. Charles Convention Center on Monday morning, 6 May 2019, to be sure that all registrants have a goodie bag filled with information, and on Tuesday, 7 May, the pre-conference activities begin. The registration area opens at noon. Volunteers will be on hand to lead those who are interested on tours of the facility and help anyone who needs assistance with the conference app.

Also in the afternoon is the Society Showcase, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on the upper level of the Convention Center. Meet representatives from fifteen Missouri and Illinois genealogical and historical societies and learn more about how they might help you with your research.

The conference officially begins bright and early on Wednesday morning, 8 May, and we can't wait to meet and greet our friends, make new ones, and welcome everyone with our famous St. Louis hospitality. Be sure you stop by to say hello at the StLGS booth, 101, in the Exhibit Hall!

Upcoming StLGS Meeting

StLGS Monthly Meeting: No meeting in May; next meeting: Saturday, 8 June 2019
"Migration from the Eastern U.S. to Mid-America," by Carol Whitton, CG, St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 10:00 a.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
More information on the StLGS website.
Upcoming Jewish Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting
  Wednesday, 29 May 2019
"Treasures Found in Legal Documents," by Mike Everman, archivist; St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. Free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
 More information on the Jewish SIG page on the StLGS website.

Upcoming Classes

Missouri History Museum: Wednesday, 15 May 2019
"Civil War Notables at Bellefontaine Cemetery," by Dan Fuller. Hear about those from both sides of the war who are buried at Bellefontaine Cemetery. Lee Auditorium, St. Louis History Museum in Forest Park, 10:30 a.m. Free but pre-registration required through St. Louis Community College at 314-984-7777.

Dan Fuller will also present this lecture at the St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive Street, on Wednesday, 29 May 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Training Room on the second floor. Free and open to the public; no registration required. More information on the library's website.

Missouri History Museum: Thursday, 16 May 2019
"Sage Chapel Cemetery," by Dorris Keeven-Franke. Learn about the history and the people buried in a small African American cemetery in O'Fallon, Missouri. Lee Auditorium, St. Louis History Museum in Forest Park, 10:30 a.m. Free but pre-registration required  through St. Louis Community College at 314-984-7777.

  More information on these events and more on the Missouri History Museum website.

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29 April 2019

So Many Things to Remember!

This week's blog is a reminder of three special genealogy events you don't want to miss. With so much going on this busy springtime, it's easy to let things slide. Pre-registration (save money!) is open now—but only for a limited time—for the following:

2019 Summer Speaker Series: Your Family Stories: What DID They Say?

Featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Saturday, 13 July 2019
Maryland Heights Community Center
 2300 McKelvey Road
8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

  • Breaking through Brick Walls: Use Your HEAD!
  • Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events: How to Build Historical Context
  • Principles of Good Writing and Storytelling 
  • Writing a Narrative Family History: The Snares and Pitfalls
Your day includes all four lectures plus lunch. Registration booklet and more details on our website.

 2019 Summer Writing Institute: Are You Ready to Write Your Family History?

Monday through Thursday, 15–18 July 2019
StLGS Office
 4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140, Maplewood, Missouri
9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. each day
  • Lectures
  • Hands-on practice
  • Advice on best practices for writing short stories, articles, and/or your family history book. 

Featuring local writers/editors Viki Fagyal, Bob Goode, Ilene Murray, and Jane Theissen, and Liz Kelley, publications manager at No Waste Publishing.
Includes morning snacks and lunch each day. All participants will also receive a notebook and USB drive of handout material.

You can learn more about the Institute and how to register on our website.

Save $15 by registering for both the Speaker Series and the Writing Institute together. Both registration booklets have the combination price and you can register online at our secure store.

2019 Salt Lake City Research Trip

Sunday, 27 October–Sunday, 3 November

  • Seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel
  • Shuttle service to and from the airport
  • Sunday dinner
  • Monday evening meeting
  • Individual assistance all week from two experienced leaders
  • Pre-trip meeting
  • Electronic mailing list for out-of-town participants 
Pre-registration ends 30 June. You save $100 and can take part in all pre-trip preparations if you register by that date. More information and a four-page registration flyer are on the StLGS website.

22 April 2019

Newly Revised Genealogy Publications Now Available

One of the most important goals of St. Louis Genealogical Society is to educate people about genealogy. To that end, we teach classes, hold monthly meetings, and host special genealogy events throughout the year. We also publish our Quarterly journal, some CDs, and a series of booklets and monographs. As we prepare for the upcoming National Genealogical Society's annual conference in May, we have been revising some of our publications and they are now available on our website and in our store.

Are you an StLGS member? One of your benefits of membership is free PDFs of monographs written on a variety of topics. Recently revised editions of three of our most popular monographs are just a click away. "Understanding GEDCOM and Posting Family History" answers many questions about what GEDCOM files are, why they are important to your genealogy research, and how to create them. "Genetic Genealogy and DNA Testing" is meant for those just starting out and explains some of the basics of DNA.

At the April StLGS meeting, many people were extremely interested in archivist Diane Everman's excellent suggestions on how to preserve paper documents and photos. If you are looking for more help on that topic, try "How to Protect Valuable Family Treasures: Papers, Books, and Photographs" for pages of solid advice on keeping your precious items safe.

To download your free PDF, log into the StLGS website with your member number and your password. Then, on the home page, click in the gold button that says "Member Benefits." Scroll down to the "Monographs for Members" link and check out the selection.

Not a member? You can still purchase paper copies of most of the monographs in our store, and, of course, we will have them with us at our booth at the NGS conference in a few weeks.

Monographs in the Store

  • 1940 Census and Its People: $5.00
  • The Diary of Theodore Proske from Silesia to St. Louis: $5.00
  • How to Protect Valuable Family Treasures: Papers, Books, and Photographs: $4.00
  • Understanding GEDCOM: $4.00
  • Genetic Genealogy and DNA Testing: $4.00

15 April 2019

Missouri Soldiers Database: 1812 through WWI

Did you know that the Missouri State Archives has a massive database on their website holding information on Missouri soldiers who fought from the nineteenth into the beginning of the twentieth century? Called The Soldiers Database: War of 1812–World War I, it contains information, according to the website, on more than 576,000 Missourians "who served in the military from territorial times through World War I. . . . The records primarily consist of individual service cards, but the extensive collection also includes muster rolls, special orders, reports, and more."

The service cards were originally created "to collect historical and statistical information about the men and women who served in the military." The information on them was abstracted from original records and maintained by the Missouri Adjutant General's office until they were transferred to the Missouri State Archives. The original cards contain a wide variety of information, including description of wounds, dates of enlistment, service, and discharge, and, of course, personal data.

The Soldiers Database includes entries for twelve wars and military engagements, from the well-known, such as the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I, to the "battles that were peculiarly Missourian, including the Heatherly War of 1836, the Mormon War of 1838, and the Iowa (Honey) War of 1839. The bulk of the service cards, more than 380,000 of them, record the fractured history of Missouri during the bloodiest of all American wars—the Civil War." There are descriptions of all the wars on the site.

The database can be searched by soldier's name or unit. Digital images of original service records are linked for many of the soldiers; however, not all.

Begin your search by placing either a surname or last name, first name into the search box. You will get a list from which to choose that gives you names, wars, and some description. Next, click on a person of interest and you will get a screen like the one below. If there is a button at the bottom next to "Image" so you can view the record, click on the button. A PDF will download to your computer. In this case, notice the interesting information on the soldier's Civil War record on the white card below.


Ready to search? Here is the URL:

08 April 2019

Honor Your Ancestors: First Families of St. Louis

Have you heard of the St. Louis Genealogical Society's First Families program? Most genealogists are familiar with lineage organizations such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Mayflower Society, but what if your ancestors arrived in America after the Revolutionary War? What if your people were among the hardy pioneers that migrated west during the days of the Louisiana Purchase or the War of 1812? What if they came to St. Louis during the Irish potato famine, the European wars of the mid-nineteenth century, or the American Civil War? How do we honor those brave and daring settlers to our region?

The First Families program of the St. Louis Genealogical Society offers you the opportunity to identify, recognize, and archive the lineage of your early St. Louis ancestors. If you descend from one of these families, the First Families program is a way to preserve and honor your family's longevity and the intrepid spirit of those who explored and settled this vibrant city.

The First Families program is open to members of the St. Louis Genealogical Society whose ancestors arrived in St. Louis between these dates:
  • Founding Families, between 1765 to 1804
  • Pioneer Families, between 1805 to 1821
  • Immigrant Families, between 1822 and 1865
To qualify for the First Families program, you need to provide appropriate documentation that proves your family's descent from a founding, pioneer, or immigrant ancestor.

Ready to find out more? Information about the program (including a PDF of the informational booklet), the documentation required, and a step-by-step guide through the application process is
on the StLGS website.

Questions? Send a note to firstfamilies@stlgs.org or call the StLGS office at 314-647-8547 during our regular business hours (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9 a.m. until noon, Central Time) and ask for Diane.

(Thanks to Diane Broniec and Viki Fagyal for their help in writing today's blog.)

01 April 2019

April StLGS Meetings and Events

Happy spring! We hope you will take advantage of the longer days and warming weather to attend some of our interesting April genealogy meetings and events.

Upcoming Meetings

StLGS Monthly Meeting: Saturday, 13 April 2019
"Help Your Documents and Photographs Last Longer: Archival Advice on Preserving Your Material," by Diane Everman, St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 10:00 a.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
More information on the StLGS website.
Czech Genealogical Researchers Monthly Meeting: Saturday, 27 April 2019
"Czech Immigrants in U.S. Naturalization Records," by Larry Franke, St. Louis County Library Headquarters East Room, 1:30 p.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
More information on the group's website.
Upcoming Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting: Irish SIG
  Tuesday, 23 April 2019
"Irish Emigration: Post-Famine to the Early 1900s," by Gabrielle Woeltje; St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. Free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.

Upcoming Classes

StLGS Class: Sunday, 7 April 2019
"Reading Handwritten German Church Records," by Carol Whitton, CG; StLGS Office, 1:00 p.m. Free to StLGS members; fee for non-members; pre-registration required at 314-647-8547.

StLGS Class: Sunday, 14 April 2019
"Basics of Scandinavian Genealogy" by Karen Van Berkel; StLGS Office, 1:00 p.m. Free to StLGS members; fee for non-members; pre-registration required at 314-647-8547.

StLGS Class: Saturday, 20 April 2019
"Advanced Roots Magic" by Ted Steele; StLGS Office, 1:00 p.m. Free to StLGS members; fee for non-members; pre-registration required at 314-647-8547.

StLGS Class: Saturday, 27 April 2019
"Legacy Family Tree 101" by Cathy Amen; StLGS Office, 1:00 p.m. Free to StLGS members; fee for non-members; pre-registration required at 314-647-8547.

  More information on all of these classes on the StLGS website.
Upcoming Special Event

National Genealogical Society (NGS) Annual Conference
Wednesday–Saturday, 8–11 May 2019
Journey of Discovery
Special seminars on Tuesday, 7 May on Irish and African American research
You can get more information and link to the conference registration on the StLGS website.


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25 March 2019

Registration Now Open for the StLGS Annual Research Trip to Salt Lake City

Time to Register for the 2019 Salt Lake City Research Trip!

Registration for the St. Louis Genealogical Society's annual genealogy research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, is now open. This year's adventure begins on Sunday, 27 October and ends the following Sunday, 3 November.

This is the society's twenty-sixth annual trip to the world's largest library devoted just to genealogy. For one full week, you can enjoy non-stop, uninterrupted working time in this huge genealogy playground!

The trip includes seven nights at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, right next door to the library and across the street from Temple Square, shuttle service to and from the airport, a Sunday dinner, Monday evening meeting, and individual assistance all week long from two experienced leaders. A pre-trip meeting and an electronic mailing list ensure that all your questions are answered and give participants a chance to get to know each other a bit before traveling.

18 March 2019

Announcing Two Exciting Upcoming Events!

 2019 Summer Speaker Series

Your Family Stories: What DID They Say?

Featuring John Philip Colletta, Ph.D.

Ready for that little push you might need to take your family research to the next step? Wish you could learn more about how to capture some of your interesting family stories either in an article, a short story or two, or in a book? StLGS has got you covered!

How about spending a week in July listening to and learning from published writers and editors who can get you started and/or move you along on your way to writing? You can begin your adventure by joining us on Saturday, 13 July 2019, when nationally known writer, instructor, and lecturer, John Philip Colletta, Ph.D., comes to St. Louis as our featured guest at the 2019 Summer Speaker Series.

11 March 2019

Volunteers, Please! And a Lesson to Be Learned . . .

NGS Conference Volunteers Needed

Are you going to the National Genealogical Society Conference from the 8th to the 11th of May 2019? Would you like to be a room monitor? Your assignment will be a session of your interest so you won't miss anything. Room monitors do need to be registered for the conference, but if you think you might enjoy helping out, please send an email with a preferred telephone number to Marilyn Brennan at volunteers@stlgs.org and she will get back to you with instructions. We need many volunteers for a successful conference and we will be most appreciative of your assistance. (If you have already signed up at a previous meeting, you don't need to email again. Marilyn will be in touch with you as soon as she knows where people will be needed.)

04 March 2019

Trivia Night Success and Upcoming March Events

Well, it does seem like March has come in like a lion, doesn't it? That has not, however, dampened our genealogical spirits! Many of us gathered on Saturday night, the 2nd of March, for the tenth annual St. Louis Genealogical Society Trivia Night and had an amazing time! One of our largest fundraisers, Trivia Night never disappoints, and as you can see in the photos below, a good time was had by all.

Kudos, as always, to Trivia chairperson, Karen Goode, and her committee of hard-working volunteers for orchestrating a wonderful evening. Our moderator, Judi Donahue, had ten rounds of challenging questions for us, and the silent auction baskets, filled with donations solicited by Karen's committee and beautifully wrapped by them, were, as always, a huge hit. Thanks to the generosity of our members and our community, we raised much-needed money, had a chance to socialize, eat and drink together, and provide some nice cash prizes for our game winners. By the way, congratulations go to the St. Louis County Library table for being the night's reigning champions!

25 February 2019

Videos, Tutorials, and More on FamilySearch.org

One of the best places to get free genealogy help online is FamilySearch.org, the powerful website run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. St. Louis Genealogical Society frequently offers classes on using this popular, free site, so keep an eye open for the next class, but in the meantime, here are some parts of the site you might want to explore on your own.

Like many websites, there is much behind the scenes here, including millions of digital records and family trees, but an under-utilized area of the website that has great value to researchers is hidden under the Help tab at the top right of the home screen.

18 February 2019

StLGS 10th Annual Trivia Night Coming Soon

St. Louis Genealogical Society’s tenth annual Trivia Night is now just two weeks away, and we hope you can join us for a few hours of brain teasers and good cheer on Saturday, 2 March 2019 at the Maplewood/Richmond Heights Community Center. StLGS relies on this annual event as one of our major fundraisers. Trivia Night is an event that is fun for all of us! It is an evening filled with friendly competition and a lot of laughs.

One of the highlights of this special evening is our silent auction, a win-win situation for both you and the St. Louis Genealogical Society. Each year, the Trivia Night committee fashions beautiful baskets filled with donations from individual members and generous local businesses. The society benefits from these gifts and you win if you make a lucky bid and get some treasure at a bargain rate.

This year's donations are truly exciting. Here are just a few examples:

St. Louis Cardinals Baskets and Tickets

If you are a sports fan, we've got you covered! Pictured here is one of two baskets containing Cardinals collectables, including Molina garden gnomes, Busch Stadium replicas, bobbleheads, and more.

If baskets aren't enough, there are two sets of Cardinals tickets in prime locations, donated by Kris Fleming and Mary Berthold, with a value of $500 for each set.

In addition to Cardinals gear, we've got an enhanced 3D painting of the Busch Stadium exterior done by Steven Walden and valued at $1200, twelve Sky Suite St. Louis Blues Tickets for the 2019–2020 season and a hockey puck signed by #10, Brayden Schenn.

Welsch's Heating and Cooling

Lifetime StLGS member, Carol Welsch, and her family continue their tradition of donating to StLGS with a $100 gift certificate, the focal point of this lovely basket. Enjoy a delicious glass of wine, some chocolates, and other delights in your warm, cozy house during this chilly, wet winter.

Sweet Treats

Wouldn't this lovely ceramic biscotti container make a nice addition to your kitchen? Filled with delicious Italian cookies to get you started, this is one of two biscotti ceramic baskets that will be available. Why not partner this with one of the spa baskets, or perhaps one filled with wine and whiskey?

There are also hand crafted items by members Mary Lee Chivetta, Kathy Dickey, and Jean Marie Meyer to keep you warm and fashionable. Or you can enjoy a night out to the Rep with two tickets to The Play that Goes Wrong or thanks to the Washington University Department of Music for two tickets to a concert with Katia and Marielle Labeque or two tickets to Gil Shaham and Akira Eguchi.

Trivia Night Information

Are you excited yet? Trivia Night is Saturday, 2 March, at the Richmond Heights Community Center, a half block south of Highway 40/Interstate 64, just east of Hanley at 8001 Dale Avenue. There are still tables and individual seats available. You can register online on our website and get driving directions on the site, too. Go to https://stlgs.org/events/trivia-night for everything you need to get you there. We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your continued support.

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11 February 2019

St. Louis City Streets Now and Then

Queries about St. Louis streets, their locations, old and new names, and numbering, pop up often in our StLGS Facebook group because of their importance to genealogists, so this week, we have put together a few resources to guide you in finding your way through that part of St. Louis's history.

St. Louis City Streets: Numbering

StLGS treasurer, Viki Fagyal, found the following information describing the way the streets in St. Louis were numbered:

“The present system of numbering the houses in the city was adopted by an ordinance of the Common Council, and approved December 18th, 1866. The numbering of all houses fronting on public streets in the city of St. Louis shall be in conformity to the following rules, to wit: the odd numbers apply to the north and west sides of the streets, the even numbers to the south and east sides. Market street is the dividing line north and south, at which line numbering begins and increases at the rate of one hundred for each block.

On all streets running in a westerly direction from the river, numbering begins at the wharf in like manner of one hundred to each block. The general rule being that one hundred numbers shall represent each block going west from the river, also the same north or south from Market Street."

Above from: Henry Tanner and John B. Lee, compilers, St. Louis City Guide and Business Directory, Being a Full and Comprehensive Guide to the Public Buildings, Churches, Places of Amusement, Halls, Parks, Hotels, Railroads, and Objects of Interest in and Around the City, also a Classified Business Directory of the Leading Wholesale and Retail Business Houses, Manufactories, etc., St. Louis: St. Louis Book and News Co., 1868, 26.

St. Louis City Streets: Neighborhoods

The City of St. Louis has historically been made up of neighborhoods. In 1978, Norbury L. Wayman published a series of neighborhood histories for the St. Louis Community Development Agency, and the text is now online. Twenty-seven historic neighborhoods are located on a map of St. Louis and each link to the left of the map is live. You can click here to go to the website. Be sure to explore each link in each neighborhood for the wealth of information contained there.

St. Louis City Streets: Street Names

As with most cities, over time the names of streets have changed. For a comprehensive guide to the changes in St. Louis, you will want to look at the two columns on the website created by genealogist Steve Morse. This is a bare-bones list of old and new names that may help unlock a few mystery streets for you. Click here to go to the site.

For modern street names connected to maps, try this website run by Geographic.org that includes streets in St. Louis City and County. Each link goes to a Google map, many of which are satellite views. Once you have pinpointed your location, you can get directions via Google maps or save the map. Click here to go to the site.

St. Louis City Streets: Maps

Finally, having old maps at hand while you are searching is especially valuable. Washington University has a page of maps from various time periods that might be helpful; you can find it by clicking here.

One of the very best places online for maps in general is the exciting collection accumulated by noted cartographer David Rumsey. A recent search yielded ninety-two maps of St. Louis. The website is easy to navigate and filled with treasures. Click here to access the home page. Once you are there, use the "Search the Collection" field in the upper right corner to narrow your search. Have fun!

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04 February 2019

February Genealogy Meetings and Events

Ready to jump into your genealogy research? We are all keeping our fingers crossed that the heavy snows and sub-freezing temperatures of December and January will give way to a milder, less treacherous February. Barring unforeseen weather events, here are some upcoming meetings, classes, and events . . .

Upcoming Meetings

StLGS Monthly Meeting: Saturday, 9 February 2019
"Putting Meat on the Bones," by Ted Steele, St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 10:00 a.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
Click here for more information.
Czech Genealogical Researchers Monthly Meeting: Saturday, 16 February 2019
"Czech Research Time," general discussion, St. Louis County Library Headquarters East Room, 1:30 p.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
Click here for more information.
Upcoming Classes

 StLGS Class: Sunday, 17 and Sunday, 24 February 2019
"Foundations of Genealogy, Parts I and II," by Ilene Murray; StLGS Office, 1:00 p.m. Free to StLGS members; fee for non-members; pre-registration required at 314-647-8547.

StLGS Class: Sunday, 3 March 2019
"DNA, You Have Your Results–What's Next?" by Carol Whitton, CG; StLGS Office, 1:00 p.m. Free to StLGS members; fee for non-members; pre-registration required at 314-647-8547.
  Click here for more information on these and more StLGS classes.

St. Louis County Library: Friday, 15 February 2019
"Facebook for Beginners," by library staff, SLCL Headquarters, East Room, 10:00 a.m. Free but pre-registration required.
Click here for more information and/or to register.

Chesterfield Parks and Recreation Classes: Tuesday, 26 February 2019
"Family Search," by Bob Goode, StLGS InfoSystems director; Chesterfield City Hall, 10:00 a.m. Fee and pre-registration required.
Click here for more information and/or to register.
Upcoming Special Events

Author Event at SLCL Headquarters: Wednesday, 6 February 2019
"Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love," by Dani Shapiro
St. Louis County Library Headquarters auditorium, sponsored by the History and Genealogy Department, 7:00 p.m. Free; no pre-registration required.
Click here for more information.

StLGS Trivia Night: Saturday, 2 March 2019
Richmond Heights Community Center, 8001 Dale Avenue (just south of I-64 between Hanley and Big Bend); doors open at 6:15 p.m.; questions begin at 7:00 p.m.
Questions on all topics. We'll provide snacks, fun, and an awesome silent auction!
Click here for more information and/or to register.

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28 January 2019

News from Libraries Close to Home and Overseas

This has been an exciting week for our local libraries and we are delighted to help them share their news. We also have a message to pass on to you from a library in Israel seeking family history books.
First, an announcement from Scott Holl, manager of the History and Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library Headquarters: Those who hold active library cards from the County Library can now access Newspapers.com from home! This is the library edition but still contains many options for those searching for newspaper articles about their ancestors.

Newspapers.com joins a long list of databases on the library's website you can use from the comfort of your own computer. Go to www.slcl.org/genealogy and click where it says "Online Research." Then scroll down to see the collection of databases to which the library subscribes. Start with "Read More" and in the next window, just click on the link to the website. You will be prompted for your library card number and, if you created one, your pin number. Then, have fun!

At long last, the Special Collections department at St. Louis Public Library has an updated and easy-to-find page on the library's website. Special Collections consists of the genealogy department, the local history room, and rare books and manuscripts, all located on the third floor of the downtown branch of the library. Now easily visible are links to their archival and digital collections, local history index, yearbooks, the genealogy blog, and the very popular St. Louis Post-Dispatch obituary index.

You can reach the new page at https://www.slpl.org/special-collections/.  Large buttons and bright colors make the page very attractive, and, for the first time, seeing exactly what is available is possible. A few of the buttons only launch a PDF; for instance, if you click on "Yearbooks" or "St. Louis Streets," you may not see anything on your screen, but you will get a downloaded file. This new page is a wonderful addition to the library's website. Enjoy!

We have been contacted by the National Library of Israel, which is seeking to expand its collection of family history books for those doing Jewish research. Their librarian says that "the library serves as a resource for people researching their Jewish family origins and ancestry, and we have started an initiative to expand our collection of books in this important and growing field." They are looking for family histories of Jewish interest, especially those that are "self-published and not commercially available."

If you or someone you know has written and published a book that might be of interest to Jewish researchers using the library in Jerusalem, please contact StLGS at publications@stlgs.org so we can try to get copies of books of interest to them, if they don't already have those books in their collection.

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21 January 2019

StLGS Trading Post Needs Your Books!

Perhaps the past two weekends of cold and snow have had you thinking about spring cleaning, downsizing, or coming to grips with those overflowing bookshelves.

Have you got:
  • Too much clutter?
  • A newer edition or a digital version? 
  • Duplicate books bought by accident? 
Or perhaps you have:
  • Decided to go paperless? 
  • Begun to take the advice of Netflix guru, Marie Kondo, to tidy up your home?
Please consider donating those history and genealogy books to St. Louis Genealogical Society. For the past fifty years, the society has maintained a book sales area called the Trading Post, stocked with gently used history and genealogy books donated by generous members and friends. You may be finished with a particular book, but there is most likely another genealogist who will be absolutely delighted to find it. The books in the Trading Post are for sale at a discounted price all year round in our lobby sales area, where you are always welcome to come browse for bargains. All proceeds from the Trading Post help the society in carrying on its mission.

We are happy to accept new or used books (in good condition) on all aspects of genealogy, history, and local interest. We accept books about all states in the Trading Post, not just Missouri, as many of our members are researching in other locations. We also will accept journals from states east of the Mississippi, as well as from Missouri, Arkansas, and Iowa. We do NOT, however, accept national journals, newsletters, or magazines, nor do we need or want any copies of our own StLGS Quarterly. (We have a full printed set and every issue has been digitized.)

For more information on the Trading Post, including a set of donation guidelines, click here.

To make a donation, you can stop by the StLGS office during regular office hours: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, 9 a.m. until noon.

Questions? You can call the office at 314-647-8547 or send an email to sales@stlgs.org.

Thank you!

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18 January 2019

Once Again the Weather Closes the StLGS Office

For the second weekend in a row, the St. Louis area is under a winter weather advisory with a forecast of several inches of rain, sleet, ice, and/or snow for Saturday, 19 January. To be on the safe side, so our volunteers do not have to drive in potentially hazardous conditions, we have made the decision to keep the office closed this Saturday morning. We are sorry for the inconvenience but want to be sure everyone is out of harm's way. Stay safe, warm, and dry, and we hope to see you soon.

14 January 2019

January Genealogy Events in St. Louis

The month of January certainly got off to a snowy start, with almost a foot falling in the St. Louis area this weekend causing the cancellation of our January monthly meeting as well as many other scheduled events. We are hoping the rest of the month goes more smoothly. Here are some meetings and classes you will want to add to your January/early February 2019 calendar.

StLGS Special Interest Group Meetings

German SIG Meeting: Wednesday, 16 January 2019
"Meyers Gazetteer and Other Finding Aids," by Carol Whitton, CG, StLGS projects director and German SIG leader; St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
Click here for more information.
Irish Special Interest Group Meeting: Tuesday, 22 January 2019
"And the Wall Will Come Crumbling Down," by Carol Hemmersmeier and Kay Weber, Irish SIG co-leaders; St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
Click here for more information.

Jewish Special Interest Group Meeting: Sunday, 3 February 2019
"St. Louis Stories: Jewish-Americans," film and discussion, moderated by Diane Everman, archivist, St. Louis Jewish Community Archives; Jewish Federation Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, 1:00 p.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
Click here for more information.

Upcoming Classes

StLGS Winter/Spring Class Schedule Now Online
Winter/spring 2019 classes are now up on the StLGS website. First class begins in early February and the cycle continues until late April. For the whole schedule and/or to download the flyer, click here.
StLGS Class: Saturday, 2 February 2019
"Evernote for Genealogy," by Bob Goode; StLGS Office, 1:00 p.m. Free to StLGS members; fee for non-members; pre-registration required at 314-647-8547. (More information at the link above.)

Chesterfield Parks and Recreation Classes: Tuesday, 22 and 29 January 2019
"Foundations of Genealogy," by Ilene Murray, StLGS publications director; Chesterfield City Hall, 10:00 a.m. Fee and pre-registration required.
Click here for more information and/or to register.

Upcoming Meetings

 Next StLGS Monthly Meeting: Saturday, 9 February 2019
"Putting Meat on the Bones," by Ted Steele, St. Louis County Library Headquarters Auditorium, 10:00 a.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.

 Czech Genealogical Researchers Monthly Meeting: Saturday, 19 January 2019
"The Irish in Bohemia," by Mary Petersen, St. Louis County Library Headquarters East Room, 1:30 p.m.; free, open to all, no pre-registration needed.
Click here for more information.

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11 January 2019

January Monthly Meeting Cancelled Due to Snow

With up to nine inches of snow predicted in the next twenty-four hours, the board of directors of StLGS has made the decision to cancel the January monthly meeting, which was to have been held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 12 January. The safety of our volunteers and those attending our meetings is of utmost importance to us so we hope you will remain home tomorrow.

This is a good opportunity to remind everyone that it is always important to check the home page of our website for closures and important notices, as well as checking into our Facebook group and Twitter feed. Our use of social media is the number one way for us to get timely information to our members and friends.

Look for the regularly scheduled blog on Monday, where we will have lots of good information on upcoming classes and meetings, and stay warm, safe, and dry during this snowy weekend.

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07 January 2019

StLGS News and Some January Dates to Remember

StLGS News
With the new year we welcome Michelle Pearce to her elected position of vice-president of
membership and we bid a very fond farewell to our friend Ed Dolata as he goes on to pursue other interests. An active volunteer since the early 2000s, Ed has served in every capacity at the StLGS office, from data entry to society president, treasurer, vice president for membership, and office manager. His willingness to pitch in and help out included the annual Family History Conference,  which he chaired for several years, and an active presence at just about every event the society sponsored. His generosity, level-headed thinking, and organizational skills have guided the society during the past two decades, and we will greatly miss him in the StLGS office.

Just before he left, in late December, we were able to say goodbye at a small reception in our office. Here, Ed and StLGS president, Kay Weber, stand behind the table volunteers filled with holiday goodies to munch on. The basket contained notes to Ed with remembrances and good wishes. (Photos by Ilene Murray)


On Saturday, 5 January 2019, StLGS was honored to receive an award for historic preservation bestowed on the society by the Olde Towne Fenton chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Several society members attended the ceremony. Shown here are Kay Weber receiving the plaque from Kathy Givens, the chapter's historian, and StLGS and DAR members Carol Whitton and Judy Belford. (Thanks to Donna Barnes and Viki Fagyal for the photos.)

Reminders . . .

January Monthly Meeting
Our first monthly meeting of the new year will take place on Saturday, 12 January, at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at the Headquarters building of the St. Louis County Library, 1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard. We'll start the year with a panel discussion where you can "Ask Louie." We hope to see you there.

Trivia Night

This popular fundraiser will take place on Saturday, 2 March, at the Maplewood/Richmond Heights Community Center. Always a fun-filled occasion, this evening event has rounds of interesting questions, a fabulous silent auction, and bonus rounds with excellent prizes. Registration is now open, and we do hope you will invite friends or just come by yourself and make new ones. Click here for more information and/or to register on our website.

Finding Your Roots, Season Five, Begins Tuesday, 8 January 2019
Those of you who are fans of Henry Louis Gates's genealogy series, Finding Your Roots, will be glad to know that the new season begins Tuesday evening, 8 January, at 7 p.m. Central Time on PBS (locally channel 9). The opening show of the season will feature comedian Andy Samberg and author of the Game of Thrones novels, George R. R. Martin. Should be a great show! To watch a preview and/or learn more about the upcoming season, click here.

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