27 May 2024

StLGS June Meetings and Classes

Happy Memorial Day! On this special day of remembering those who have sacrificed for our country, we also look forward to the start of summer. We hope you are ready to join us for our June monthly meeting as well as some Special Interest Group meetings and an upcoming class. Please read on for details . . .

20 May 2024

Ready to Visit the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City? Come With Us This Fall!

If you attended (or plan to watch the recordings of) this year's Family History Conference, you were lucky enough to hear FamilySearch's Chief Genealogical Officer, David Rencher, talk about the exciting changes the library has undergone in the past few years. Perhaps you didn't realize that the FamilySearch library in Salt Lake City has so much to offer: five floors of books, computers, microfilms, maps, and more. Or maybe you didn't know that St. Louis Genealogical Society leads a group tour there every autumn, and it's time to register for this year's trip! Here are all the details . . .

13 May 2024

Luck, Serendipity, and the Kindness of Strangers Work Together to Save Family Artifacts

Longtime readers of both this blog and our StLGS Quarterly journal know that people frequently contact StLGS after discovering photographs, diaries, or other family memorabilia. Although we try very hard to reunite objects with their families if there is identifying information, we aren’t always able to find matches. Recently, however, we have had some heartwarming success that we wanted to share with you as a way to encourage you to identify your photographs, write down and publish those all-important family stories, and reach out to help others when possible. Ironically, both of our success stories start with a woman called Bobbi(e)!

06 May 2024

The 2024 Livestreamed FHC is Over, but Digital Recordings are Now Available!

Thanks to everyone who made our 2024 Family History Conference such a resounding success! We are so grateful to the many volunteers who worked behind the scenes to organize the program and to those who worked all day at the conference. Many thanks go also to the archivists and librarians from local repositories who came to share information with registrants, and, of course, to our members and friends who attended both in person and via Zoom. From the early hours of the morning to late afternoon when people with smiling faces headed to their cars, tired but happy, the day was filled with great conversations, an incredible amount of new information, arms full of items purchased from the StLGS sales tables, and many promises to get online and start practicing new skills! Did you miss it? Well, here is some good news . . .

29 April 2024

May's StLGS Genealogy Meetings and Classes; Last Chance to Register for the Family History Conference!

Because of the annual Family History Conference (FHC) scheduled for Saturday, 4 May 2024, there is no regular monthly meeting. We hope you will join us in June, and we'll tell you more about that meeting later on in this post. It's not too late to register for the FHC! You can still attend in person or watch the livestreaming next Saturday. Plus, everyone who registers will have access to all eight of the recordings, which will be available for ninety days after they are posted. You won't want to miss this chance to hear David Rencher, chief genealogical officer of FamilySearch, plus four other outstanding regional speakers! Here is what is coming up this month.

22 April 2024

Missouri, St. Louis, and Irish Offerings at our Family History Conference, Saturday, 4 May 2024

Last week, we told you about the FamilySearch part of the program for our annual Family History Conference, Successfully Navigating Websites for Your Genealogy, coming up on Saturday, 4 May 2024. (Did you miss last week’s post? You can read it here.) But, in addition to the three lectures that our featured speaker, Chief Genealogical Officer for FamilySearch David Rencher is presenting on the library and its catalogs, we have five more exciting talks scheduled for the big day. You can learn more about important resources at the State Historical Society of Missouri, the brand-new Clark Family Branch library here in St. Louis County, our own StLGS website, and fantastic sources for online Irish research. PLUS, all participants will have access to the full slate of eight lectures and an electronic version of the syllabus via our website for three months after the conference. Excited? Read on for more information . . .

15 April 2024

Learn More About FamilySearch.org

Many newcomers to genealogy have yet to discover the powerful website run by the FamilySearch organization in Salt Lake City, Utah. And many who have been doing genealogy research for years may not realize how this powerhouse website has grown, especially if it's been a while since you looked at it. You probably know the Family History Library (now the FamilySearch library) is the world's largest genealogy library and that for the past few decades they have been digitizing, indexing, and uploading their millions of microfilms to their website.