Meetings, lectures, inclement weather

  • Attend free lectures on genealogy topics presented the first Thursday of each month. Open to the public. We invite you to join our efforts to preserve ancestral data.  Contact SCCGS Board members who conduct business every other month, six times per year.
  • Virtual time and location: 7:00 p.m. (Central) 
  • Inclement Weather Policy: Meetings in person are canceled if District 118 Schools are closed on meeting day. Check local TV and radio stations for those updates.
  • Last minute changes are posted to SCCGS Facebook.

Lectures – 7:00 pm (Central) online, free.

With permission, lectures and slides are posted on the SCCGS Member website for about two months.

July 7, 2022

“The Society’s Public Website – Are You Finding All You Can?” Register in advance at this link. Statistics for the SCCGS website show very limited searches are performed by visitors. SCCGS’s public website has grown to 495 pages and documents since 1999. A little time and a few tricks may help you find that elusive ancestor.

About the presenter: Diane Walsh, SCCGS webmaster since 1999, is the Parliamentarian and past President of the Society. She is the author of St. Clair County Research and Resources: A Genealogist’s Guide, two books on her ancestors, and Research in Illinois, one text in the National Genealogical Society’s Research in the States series


August 4, 2022

City of the Sun – Cahokia Mounds  Register in advance for this meeting. Join us as Justin Smock, Conservation Education Representative at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, discusses the ancient City of Cahokia, a site located in present-day Illinois which was inhabited by Native Americans from about 700 to 1400. An ancient metropolis, it was an artistic, cultural power center during the Mississippian period, and its inhabitants created the largest earthworks in North America.

Cahokia Mounds as it was. Who built the mounds? How did Monks Mound get its name? What was found at Mound 72? Learn this and more through a presentation that takes audiences on a journey through time.

Justin Smock is the current Conservation Education Representative at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. He is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Springfield, with a Master of Arts in History. Justin has worked at Cahokia Mounds in various positions from intern to seasonal interpreter, to working for the Museum Society and is proud to be back once again telling the history of this United States National Historic Landmark.

September 8, 2022 Open
October 6, 2022

Valid and Unsound Assumptions: What Was She Thinking?

The search for the deceased husband of Elizabeth Larzalere enumerated in 1820 with four young children leads to unexpected results and to new questions. Presented by Jeanne Bloom.

November 3, 2022

“Hassloch emigrants to Mascoutah and St. Clair County environs.” Register in advance for this meeting.  More than forty families came to Mascoutah, some as early as the 1830s. Others followed, settling in the fertile lands of St. Clair and contiguous counties.

Presented by Christine Smith, a native of Hassloch, and David Braswell, German language instructor, historian, and manager of Corner George Inn in Maeystown, Illinois.

Tonight’s meeting also covers the Society’s election of Officers for the 2023 and 2024 term.

December 1, 2022 Installation of Officers. Presentation TBA


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