Friday, January 18, 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.

Monday, January 14, 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.
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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.
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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.
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Friday, January 11, 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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Monday, January 7, 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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