20 March 2023

Standards for Sound Genealogical Research from the National Genealogical Society

A cold, blustery, winter day was the perfect time to tackle a pile of old genealogy magazines before relegating them to the recycling bin. It would have been perfectly logical to just pop them into the gaping blue hole, but what if there were something valuable still to be learned in one of those twenty-five-year-old journals? And, of course, there was!

13 March 2023

On St. Patrick's Day We Can All be a Little Irish!

Even if you haven't a single drop of Irish ancestry, March 17th, St. Patrick's Day, has become a holiday for everyone to feel Irish. So for at least a day, you can put on something green, eat corned beef and cabbage, drink green beer, and watch or participate in a merry parade. If you are in a big city, perhaps the streets are repainted with green stripes or fountains (or even the Chicago River) are dyed green. But maybe, as genealogists, we should take a minute to determine exactly what really came from Ireland and what has been made more recently in America!

06 March 2023

March StLGS Genealogy Meetings and Our 2023 Annual Family History Conference

Our genealogy year is off to a wonderful start! We have been excited to welcome many of you back as our meetings return to in-person. And we are incredibly pleased that many of you are participating in our events virtually when you can't be with us on-site. Thank you all! March is a busy month, as we have begun planning for our 51st annual Family History Conference and for more classes and events later in the year. Here is what is coming up soon . . .

27 February 2023

Action Needed from Genealogists to Prevent Unreasonable Fee Hike!

Did you know the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), formerly known as the Immigration and Naturalization Service, has a genealogy records program? This program gives the public access to copies of immigration and naturalization records dating from the beginning of federal immigration records in 1893 into the 1950s. However, the program has not been supported adequately, and now, because of a proposed hike in fees, these valuable documents may become far less available to genealogists. Read on for more information and how you can help to save access to these records.

20 February 2023

Ready to Volunteer? StLGS Needs You!

Have you ever thought about volunteering for your local genealogical or historical society? There are so many different volunteer opportunities available, and right now at StLGS we are actively looking for new volunteers. Do you have IT or Windows Server experience? Do you have writing, editing, or graphics and layout publishing skills? Do you have experience working with printing or copying? Do you have the knowledge and expertise to teach a class on a specific topic or topics? Would you enjoy indexing church or synagogue, funeral home, or cemetery records? Are you willing and able to translate Spanish, French, or German?

13 February 2023

Registration Open for the 2023 StLGS Annual Family History Conference!

 51st Annual Family History Conference!

Explore Unique Pathways to Smash Brick Walls!

Saturday, 6 May 2023

Featuring Judy Russell, JD, The Legal Genealogist®

Also: Jen Baldwin, John Dougan, Greg Hilton, and Christina Miller

Maryland Heights Community Center, 2300 McKelvey Road, St. Louis, MO 63043

This will be held as a hybrid event. Join us for a full day of lectures, exhibitors, and a chance to chat over morning coffee or lunch. If you can't attend in person, join us via Zoom. All the lectures will be recorded, and everyone will have access to all eight lectures after the conference. For those coming to the Maryland Heights Community Center, a box lunch can be purchased for an optional fee.

Saturday's Program (All times are Central Time Zone)
9:30 a.m.: Doors open
9:50 a.m.: Opening Remarks 
10:00 a.m.: "Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War," by Judy Russell
AND "Documents to Databases: Using the Missouri State Archives' Newest Resource," by John Dougan
11:15 a.m.: "Advertising the Law: The Gems in the Legal Notices," by Judy Russell 
AND "Documents to Databases: Using the Missouri State Archives' Land and Judicial Databases" by Christina Miller
1:15 p.m.: "Of Delinquents and Common Scolds: Women, Children, and Criminal Justice," 
by Judy Russell AND "Findmypast: Your Source for British and Irish Research," by Jen Baldwin
2:30 p.m.: "After the Courthouse Burns: Rekindling Family History Through DNA," by
Judy Russell AND "Why You Should Care Where Your Family Bible Is," by Greg Hilton

Complete details of each lecture and speaker bios are on our website. When you go to the conference page, be sure to click on the links to the Lectures and Speakers pages. (Those links are in the upper right-hand corner of the page.)

Registration for the Conference

Registration for the 2023 Family History Conference is now open. The cost is $60 for StLGS members and $70 for non-members. All of the information you need to register is on our website

Once you have registered, you will receive an invitation to the FHC via the email address you provide. (Note: The email will come to you during the week before the conference.) Those attending in person will receive a paper syllabus. Everyone will have access to the syllabus as a downloadable PDF from a link on our website as well as all eight digital recordings.

Questions? Send an email to programs@stlgs.org and the vice-president for programs will get back to you. 

We can't wait to help you "Explore Unique Pathways to Smash Brick Walls!"

06 February 2023

StLGS Trading Post Offers Atlases and Maps for Genealogists

Do you know where your family lived in relation to other family members or to the people who signed as witnesses on baptisms, deeds, wills or other documents? Maps help provide answers to where a family lived. And historic maps may include the names of landowners in a place and time. These maps may even help you locate the exact plot of ground where your family lived, so you can stand at their old homestead or even find a family burial ground.