Previous StLGS Classes

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2024 Classes
Month Class Instructor
January “Foundations of Genealogy, Part I” Ilene Murray
Whether you are just beginning or you have been working on your family history for years, sometimes you just need to rethink your strategies. We’ll look at some ways to get organized and stay that way, review basic rules of genealogy, discuss the importance of citing sources, and see how timelines can help guide your research.
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February “Foundations of Genealogy, Part II” Ilene Murray
This class is a follow-up to the first session, and you are encouraged to watch part one first. Most genealogists begin with census research, but then what? We’ll look more closely at how to analyze those census records, how to get the most from vital records, and repositories and internet sites that can help you find what you need to be a better researcher.
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March “Using DNA Testing for Your Research” Jim Brewster
You’ve heard of at-home DNA tests, but what can they actually tell you and how can they help you with genealogy? Join us as we explore the three basic types of DNA: autosomal DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and Y-DNA. We will cover testing options, how they differ, and which one might be the best for your needs.
We had problems with the recording for the Using DNA Testing for Your Research class. We are planning on repeating this class later this year. Stay tuned . . .
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May “Lineage Societies” Judy Belford
Joining a lineage society is an excellent way to honor family heritage, preserve genealogical research on your ancestors, and sometimes an interesting way to meet cousins! The process of documenting your lineage and completing a lineage society application can be challenging. We will share examples of acceptable documents that can be used as proof and provide resources for finding them.
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2023 Classes
Month Class Instructor
January “Preserving Family Documents and Photos” Ilene Murray
Where and how are you storing your family’s unique paper treasures? How do you preserve those deteriorating family documents and photos? Learn more about proper preservation of paper heirlooms so you can protect your precious family inheritance.
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February “Introduction to RootsMagic 8 (Windows and Mac)” Jim Ross
RootsMagic 8, the long-awaited rewrite of this popular genealogy software program, was released in October 2021. This hands-on introductory class will walk you through key features: creating a new tree from scratch; importing an existing tree from another program; adding and maintaining people, places, and media; and managing sources and citations. Also, you will learn how to synchronize your RootsMagic tree with both Ancestry and FamilySearch. This version of RootsMagic is very different from past versions, so everyone will benefit from this class.
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March “Got DNA?” Debbie Jeske
If you have received DNA testing results and don’t know what to do with them or are just contemplating taking a test, you will want to participate in this basic DNA class. Learn what types of DNA tests are available and how to use the results of those tests to complement traditional genealogical research.
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June “Finding an Ancestor’s Land at the the Bureau of Land Management Website and in Plat Maps” Ilene Murray
Poles, rods, chains, townships, sections, and ranges––land surveys can be very confusing! Once you’ve mastered the measurements, however, there’s a vast amount of information waiting for you to discover. We will take a look at how to understand and use the rich collection available online at the BLM website as well as how to use and interpret plat maps.
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July “Uncovering the Taeguk: How to Research Korean War Records” Thomas Richardson
Sandwiched between WWII and the ongoing wars in Indochina, the conflict in Korea is often overlooked. However, as the seventieth anniversary approaches, interest in the records the war generated is growing. Learn where to look for those records, what is online vs. what is not, and how to interpret military and government jargon found on them. Discover how to navigate NARA’s new online catalog, its websites, and its Accessible Archive Database (AAD) as well as how to request records that may have been impacted by the 1973 NPRC fire.
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August “Citations: You Hate Them, But You Need Them!” Carol Whitton
Citations can be the bane of a genealogist’s life, but without them, our work remains unfinished. Learn the pitfalls of having no citations and how you can simplify the process of creating them. We will work on strategies for preparing ahead, determining what the basic parts of a citation are, and making templates by copying and pasting. It’s a lot easier than you imagine!
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November “Finding Answers in the Census” Judy Belford
Few records shed as much light on individuals, families, and communities as census records, but the information contained in census records varies from year to year. Join us for an in-depth look at the development of the decennial federal census and the clues they provide that lead to other records.
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December “RootsMagic 9 (Windows and Mac) . . . And a Bit More on RM8 Jim Ross
Shortly after our class on RM8 (February 2023), RM9 was released. This new version adds exciting new features to RM8, such as Associations (the FAN club), enhanced color coding, searches that can be saved, filters, and more. In this next class, we’ll go back to some additional RM8 features, like exchanging data between RM, Ancestry, and FamilySearch. We will have working copies of the new program for participants in the office, but if you have your own laptop, be sure to bring it with you, if you attend in person. Prerequisite for the class: working knowledge of RM8 or 9 so you can navigate among multiple people, places, and media views.
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2022 Classes
Month Class Instructor
February “Using PowerPoint for Genealogy” Ilene Murray
You’ve seen dozens of lectures presented using this software, but have you thought of how you might use it for your genealogy? Learn the basics of creating PowerPoint presentations so you can share family photos, memories of trips, family stories, research documents, and so much more.
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March “Intermediate Irish Research” Carol Hemmersmeier & Kay Weber
So what if most of the Irish census records were destroyed in 1922. There are still many records available to help you find that coveted townland, as well as other fascinating facts about your ancestors. This class explores what you can find in Irish records and where to look.
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June “Researching Your Catholic Ancestors” Rena Schergen
Archivist, Rena Schergen, will discuss researching Catholic records within the Archdiocese of St. Louis, which encompasses the counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Perry, St. Charles, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Warren, and Washington. She will briefly cover records regarding parishes, schools, orphanages, priests, cemeteries, religious orders, newspapers, and more.
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August “Finding Grandma: Researching the Women in Your Family” Judy Belford
Researching female ancestors is difficult due to name changes and lack of records, especially when you consider women had few legal rights throughout much of history. AThe majority of records are in the man’s name and women were silent partners.
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2021 Classes
Month Class Instructor
January “Advanced Legacy Family Tree” Cathy Amen
This is a follow-up to Legacy Family Tree 101, a Windows-only genealogy software program. If you have been using Legacy Family Tree software and want to learn more about its special features, this class is for you. Topics will include advanced reports, using hashtags and tags, advanced searching, and special tools. A brief overview of Legacy’s basic capabilities will be included. If you missed the first class, be sure to watch the digital recording (November 2020; see below) before attending this one.
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March “Beginning Irish Research” Carol Hemmersmeier & Kay Weber
Learn the basics of Irish genealogy. Explore ways to find parishes and townlands using available records.
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March “Leaving Home and Becoming an American: Part I: Leaving Home: Emigration/Immigration” Ilene Murray
Our ancestors endured the hardships of leaving their homelands to ensure better lives for themselves and, ultimately, for us. Learn the basic principles of immigration research, how and why your ancestors left their homes, and how to track them, if possible.
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April “Leaving Home and Becoming an American: Part II: Becoming an American: Naturalization” Ilene Murray
If your ancestors became American citizens, they followed a process that kept changing over time. We will look at some of the naturalization laws in effect since early in U.S. history, see some sample records, and discover what you may or may not find on naturalization forms.
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May Reunion 13 for the Mac” (Genealogy software, Mac only) Bob Goode
Reunion is the most popular genealogical application for the Mac and version 13 is the latest update. This class was for those who are already familiar with previous versions of Reunion and want to learn about the new features. However, some of the basic features of Reunion were demonstrated.
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September Lineage Societies” Judy Belford
At the present time, there are approximately 250 lineage societies in the United States. Joining a lineage society is an excellent way to honor family heritage and preserve genealogical research on your ancestors. The process of documenting your lineage and completing a lineage society application can be challenging. We will share examples of acceptable documents that can be used as proof and provide resources for finding them.
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2020 Classes
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July “St. Louis Resources for Genealogy Online” Ilene Murray
Learn how you can research your St. Louis-area ancestors from the comfort of your home. Explore websites from several St. Louis-area repositories, including StLGS, St. Louis County Library, St. Louis Public Library, Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center, Mercantile Library, the Missouri State Archives and MORE!
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August “Using FamilySearch Online” Bob Goode
This class will go over the main sections of FamilySearch.org, one of the largest websites for free genealogy. The focus will not be on digital images but rather the various sections of this constantly changing website.
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October “Orphanage Care in St. Louis” Viki Fagyal
There have always been orphans in every society, although how orphans have been cared for varies. The first orphanage in St. Louis can be traced to about 1828. Learn about the history of orphans and orphanages in St. Louis. (This lecture was part of the StLGS 2020 Fall Speaker Series and is one-hour long.)
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November “Legacy Family Tree” (Genealogy software for Windows only) Cathy Amen
This course is designed for beginners or those relatively new to Legacy Family Tree. Course content includes understanding the toolbar and personal options, documenting sources, data entry, simple reports, and tips and tricks.
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