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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