Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, meetings for 2021 will continue to be held as webinars and will be recorded when possible. All times listed are for the Central Time Zone. 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. All events require advance registration and instructions for each event will be posted on the appropriate page on this website.

Many of our meetings are now available as digital recordings.

Weds., 16 June Webinar 7:00 p.m. German SIG Meeting: German Settlement in Missouri Carol Whitton, CG
German-Americans arrived before Missouri statehood. In the nineteenth century, German immigrants poured into the state, altering the population and keeping Missouri in the Union. Explore the counties with the largest influx of German immigrants. Registration for this meeting is open on the German SIG page.
Sat., 10 July Webinar 10:00 a.m. Monthly Meeting: Past to Present: The Significance of St. Charles, Missouri Amy Haake
From French beginnings, Spanish rule, and Lewis and Clark’s last “civilized” stop before their journey of discovery, St. Charles, Missouri was a meeting place for explorers, pioneers, immigrants, and statesmen. Learn how St. Charles has distinguished itself as a “historically significant city with a small-town feel.” Registration is now open for this meeting.
Sat., 17 July & Sun., 18 July
Summer Speaker Series
Time varies each day Two-Day Conference: Navigating DNA Testing Websites
Diahan Southard and others
Noted expert on DNA, Diahan Southard, will be joined by representatives from four of the major DNA testing companies. Learn the difference between DNA tests and how each company’s website can help you interpret your results. Registration is open for this conference on the Speaker Series page.
Tues., 27 July Webinar 7:00 p.m. Irish SIG Meeting: Let’s Chat! Carol Hemmersmeier & Kay Weber
Bring some of your research problems to our group. We will explore some methods and tips to help you. Definitely bring some success stories and tell us how you accomplished your research goals. Registration for this meeting is open on the Irish SIG page.
Sat., 14 August Webinar 10:00 a.m. Monthly Meeting: Adam Lemp and the Western Brewery Chris Naffziger
Archivist researcher, Chris Naffziger, will focus on founder of the Western Brewery, Adam Lemp, one of St. Louis’s noted beer barons. Researching in the archives of the St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds, Chris was able to discover new and important aspects of the Lemp family, including new business partners and family members. In addition to telling an interesting story of a prominent St. Louis family, Chris will share details on how the Recorder of Deeds office can help with your genealogy research. Registration for this meeting will open in July.
Weds., 25 August Webinar 7:00 p.m. Jewish SIG Meeting: Techniques to Determine Ancestral Origins
Ilene Murray
Finding the shtetl or village from where your ancestors came is often challenging. The clues can sometimes be found in American records, and we will explore some options that can help in your quest. Registration for this meeting will open in July.
Sat., 11 September Webinar 10:00 a.m. Monthly Meeting: Fort Belle Fontaine: An Early Part of St. Louis’s Military History
Tom Hoff
Fort Belle Fontaine, erected by the U.S. army in 1805, was the first military installation west of the Mississippi. It served as a trading post with Native Americans and the starting and ending point for many expeditions, including that of Lewis and Clark. During the War of 1812, it was the regional army headquarters and continued to be used by the army until after Jefferson Barracks was completed in 1828. Although the fort no longer exists, this richly historical site is now open to the public as Fort Belle Fontaine Park. Join us to learn more about this fascinating part of St. Louis history. Registration for this meeting will open in August.
Weds., 15 September Webinar 7:00 p.m. German SIG Meeting: Hofgeschichten, Häusergeschichten, and Bürgerbücher: Using Local History Sources in German Genealogical Research
Scott Holl
Hofgeschichten (farm histories), Häusergeschichte (building histories), and Bürgerbücher (citizen registers) are local history publications that can provide important genealogical clues and insights into your ancestors’ lives. Discover each of these unique publications, how to use them and tips for finding them. Registration for this meeting will open in August.


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