2021 Family History Conference Featured Speakers

Patti Hobbs, CG

Patti HobbsPatti Lee Hobbs is proud of her deep Missouri roots back to territorial days beginning with ancestors first living just south of St. Louis in 1804 and extending to her maternal grandfather born in 1911 in Thayer. Her own family ties to Missouri and research for others has led Patti into many Missouri repositories including libraries, archives, and courthouses. She finds genealogy particularly interesting when learning how ancestors’ lives intersected with broader historical events.

Patti became a Certified Genealogist® in 2014. Her article, “DNA Identifies a Father for Rachel Lee of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania,” was published in the March 2017 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and she is a contributing author of Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies. She serves on the editorial board for the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and is trustee for both the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) and the BCG Education Fund. Patti is the coordinator for the week-long courses “Genetics for Genealogists: Beginning DNA” at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) and “DNA Fundamentals for Genealogy” at the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR).

Patti is also a lifetime member and current president of the Ozarks Genealogical Society. She has been actively involved by serving in the positions of webmaster, treasurer, and Education Committee chair.

Jacob “Jake” Eubanks

Jake Eubanks is assistant manager of the History & Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library where he assists researchers in developing strategies to resolve their complex genealogical queries. He is an expert in westward U.S. migration and regularly lectures on using sources including maps, deeds, probate, court, and church records.

Carol Hemmersmeier

Carol Hemmersmeier is a St. Louis Genealogical Society board member, co-leader of the StLGS Irish SIG, and currently heads the StLGS Ask Louie program. Her volunteer work with StLGS started after she retired from her position as a Special Education educator and principal in 2005. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and the keeper of all her family’s genealogy and family lore. She believes that patience, persistence, and a consistent approach provide success whether you are teaching or researching.


Sara Hodge

Sara Hodge is the curator of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library at the St. Louis Mercantile Library. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Missouri State University and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of San Francisco. Sara has been privileged to work with outstanding collections from cultural institutions around the country. She has a passion for preserving history and making it accessible to broad audiences. Recently she has been developing a virtual outreach program that teaches K–12 students about primary source research. She hopes to share her love of river history with new generations of learners.


Mikall “Mike” Venso

Mike Venso was born and raised in Kansas and has lived in Idaho, Utah, and Missouri. He earned a B.A. in print journalism at Kansas State University and an M.A. in history and museum studies certification at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is currently the Military & Firearms Curator for the Missouri Historical Society and the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis. Previously, he served as museum curator for St. Louis County Parks at Jefferson Barracks, the Gen. Daniel Bissell House, and Fort Belle Fontaine; as a consultant for City Arch River 2015 Foundation and the National Park Service developing content for the renovated Museum of Westward Expansion at the Gateway Arch National Park. He also held positions at Laumeier Sculpture Park and the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (Washington University in St. Louis). Prior to his museum career, Mike was a photojournalist and worked in publishing digital technology.


Kay Weber

Kay Weber has been an active member in StLGS since 1997. After she retired as a dietician, Kay grabbed the opportunity to volunteer at the StLGS office. She began by learning the many tasks involved in producing a genealogical database—data entry, proofreading, and building an index—by working on the funeral homes and Parkin projects. She has assisted many genealogists as a research helper in the office Reference Room and during our numerous “Ask a Genealogist” events. Kay has been on the Trivia Night committee for many years and is the co-leader of the Irish Special Interest Group. She has served the society as vice president of both membership and programs and for the past four years, she was the society president. Kay has been researching her family for more than thirty years and still manages to find new facts!

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