Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most meetings for 2021 have been held as webinars and many have been recorded. In-person meetings, which are co-sponsored by St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63131, will resume at the library when deemed safe for all concerned.

Sat., 13 June
Webinar
10:00 a.m. Monthly Meeting: Securing Your Legacy
Bob Goode
What will happen to all of your genealogy? The family photos? The stories you have researched and the histories of the ancestors you have marveled over? Have you thought about what happens to your “stuff” after you have gone?
Wed., 17 June
Webinar
7:00 p.m. German SIG Meeting: Everything You Know is Wrong!
Dan Lilienkamp
Many of our brick walls are self-constructed. A case study using a St. Louis German family shows how erroneous assumptions often prevent the identification of ancestors and their towns of origin. Ignoring the assumptions and engaging in thorough research not only identified the ancestral home in Germany but also revealed the story of a chain migration of other family members.
Sat., 27 June Summer Speaker Series
Now Closed
Recordings now expired Missouri Genealogy Gems
Featuring John Dougan, Christina Miller, and Kelsey Berryhill
Sat., 11 July

Webinar

10:00 a.m. Monthly Meeting: Finding Family Treasures on the Resale Market Laura Mackinson
Antique malls, flea markets, estate sales, and online auction sites can be surprising resources for family history research. Learn how to search and what you can find to help you learn more about your ancestors.
Sat., 8 August

Webinar

10:00 a.m. Monthly Meeting: A Trifecta of Disparate Sources: County Histories, City Directories, and Sanborn Fire Maps Bob Goode
County histories are rich in details about where your ancestors lived. City directories are a great source to use as census substitutes. Sanborn Fire Maps, from 1867–c. 1970, are potentially a wealth of information on your city-dwelling ancestors. Come find out how you can make the most of these three resources.
Sat., 12 September

Online only with no recording

10:00 a.m. Monthly Meeting: Exploring 1875 St. Louis Andrew Wanko
Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis is one of the most important maps in American history. Explore the sensations and experiences of life in St. Louis more than 140 years ago. From the city’s busy center to its outskirts, past sparkling mansions and congested tenements, surprised wait at every turn!
Wed., 16 September

Webinar

7:00 p.m. German SIG Meeting: It’s All “Dutch” to Me: A Crash-Course in the Sounds of German J. D. Smith, PhD
Because German is a highly phonetic language and did not have a regularized spelling system until the 1800s, learning its phonetics can help you navigate difficult documents and dialect issues. This workshop introduces the sounds of German and methodologies for improving genealogical document analysis.
Sat., 10 October 10:00 a.m. Monthly Meeting : Ethnic St. Louis Elizabeth Terry
As St. Louis celebrates the 250th year since its founding, Elizabeth Terry’s book, Ethnic St. Louis, highlights the many communities that make the city vibrant and multi-ethnic. Ms. Terry will talk about long-established groups of French, German, Irish, and African American immigrants as well as more recent arrivals of Vietnamese and Bosnians.
Sat., 17 October/
Sun., 18 October
1:00 p.m. Fall Speaker Series: Often Overlooked St. Louis Resources
Pre-Registration
Join us for lectures by local experts, two talks on Saturday and two on Sunday, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Central). “Orphanage Care in St. Louis,” “The Railroads of St. Louis,” “Discover Your Family’s History in the St. Louis County Library History & Genealogy Department,” and “Cemetery Use for Genealogical Purposes.”
Tue., 27 October 7:00 p.m. Irish SIG Meeting: Exploring Ireland’s History Through Maps Mike Bridwell
Maps can be an excellent way to convey information, and the History and Genealogy Department has recently added a series of historic Irish town maps to their collection. Join us as we discuss the value of this collection in helping you learn more about these towns and the history of Ireland as a whole.
Sat., 14 November 10:00 a.m. Monthly Meeting: Does That Even Make Sense? Dan Lilienkamp
Are online family trees a genealogist’s friend or foe? Learn about tools for evaluating whether the information in online trees should be accepted into your own research.
Sun., 13 December

Online only with no recording

1:00 p.m. Jewish SIG Meeting: Finding Your Ancestors at the Missouri Historical Society Library
Dennis Northcott   
The MHSLRC holds a wealth of resources that tell the stories of our St. Louis-area ancestors. Join us for an entertaining and informative look at the genealogical treasures stored at the Library and Research Center.

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