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The restructured StLGS Irish- SIG programs for the 2015 calendar year.

 

Previously scheduled 2014 Irish SIG meetings held at SLCL headquarters and co-sponsored by the St. Louis County Library will be held!

See the calendar below for details.

The Irish in St. Louis

By 1850, forty-three percent of all St. Louisans were born in either Ireland or Germany. Irish immigrants often brought limited skill levels, putting them into direct competition with free blacks in cities for lower level jobs. In this case, economics drove politics; Irish immigrants in cities tended to be strongly pro-slavery, out of fear that liberating African-American slaves would create a glut of unskilled labor, driving wages even lower.

Irish immigrants in St. Louis congregated in two areas. Some lived in the “Kerry Patch” area on the near north side—a violent, dangerous, and impoverished neighborhood. Others lived around Cheltenham, centered around the intersection of present-day Hampton and Manchester. After rail connections to St. Louis opened in 1852, the clay and fire brick industry grew quickly. Irish immigrants worked in local clay mines. The first priests at St. James the Greater Parish, in today’s Dogtown neighborhood, were Irish when it was founded in 1861. Later in the decade, the Archdiocese commissioned St. Alphonsus Liguori Church (the “Rock” Church on North Grand) for the growing number of Irish immigrants.

When working with Irish surnames, consider variations of each name. For example, if you are looking for a Riley, also check alternative spellings such as Reilly and O’Reilly. Follow up on these clues by using city directories and other local resources.

[Information taken from] http://stlouis.missouri.org/government/heritage/history/immigrant.htm

Click here for more information on Irish in Saint Louis.

Meetings

Meetings, sponsored by the St. Louis Genealogical Society and co-sponsored by the St. Louis County Library, are held at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters. Meetings are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the East Room on the main floor.

 

More Irish SIG Info

Upcoming Irish-SIG Meetings



Tue Jan 27, 2015 @ 7:00PM - 08:45PM
Irish SIG Meeting - auditorium
Date: Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Location
Auditorium at St. Louis County Library Headquarters
Topics

Putting Meat on the Bones: Using Digitized Newspapers to

Add Persona to Birth, Marriage, and Death

Speaker Viki Fagyal, Publicity Chair, St. Louis Genealogical Society


Tue Apr 28, 2015 @ 7:00PM - 08:45PM
Irish SIG Meeting - auditorium
Date: Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m
Location
Auditorium at St. Louis County Library Headquarters
Topics Irish Immigration in the 1800s
Speaker: Gabrielle Woeltje, author and lecturer


Tue Jul 28, 2015 @ 7:00PM - 08:45PM
Irish SIG Meeting - auditorium
Date: Tuesday, 28 July 2015
Meeting Time: 07:00 p.m – 08:45 p.m.
Location Auditorium at St. Louis County Library Headquarters
Topic Chart the Trails Using Timelines
Speaker: Ann Fleming, CG, CGL, FUGA


Tue Oct 27, 2015 @ 7:00PM - 08:45PM
Irish SIG Meeting - auditorium
Date: Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Location St. Louis County Library Headquarters, auditorium
Topic: Irish Treasures in the St. Louis Co. Library Collection
Speakers: Mike Bridewell,  St.Louis Co. Library librarian

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