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June 6, 2024, 6:30 p.m. (Central)

“Virtual Tour of the Midwest Genealogy Center”

Register here for this virtual program. Begins at 6:30 p.m.

Learn from Emily Wildhaber, Assistant Manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC), as she guides us on a virtual tour of one of the United States’ preeminent facilities for family history, providing access to almost three-quarters of a million on-site materials.

MGC’s collections (www.mymcpl.org/) offer resources for genealogy research that span the United States and countries around the world, a uniquely expansive circulating collection, and almost completely open stacks. In addition to on-site access to databases you will find digitization stations, oral history recording kits, and microfilm reader scanners. MGC is located in Independence, Missouri.

Ms. Wildhaber heads the oral history program at MGS’s “Tell Me a Story.” She graduated summa cum laude from Truman State University with degrees in Anthropology, Creative Writing, and Folklore; her capstone project involved conducting an intimate oral history of her own family’s role as generational proprietors of the local general store. She is passionate about preserving and sharing stories of historically overlooked communities, particularly in the rural Midwest.

 

June 27, 2024,
12:00 p.m. (Central)

 

Last month’s topics and suggestions.

“Let’s Talk Genealogy”

Join us for this session of “Let’s Talk Genealogy,” an in-person discussion group gathering at theFive people gather to discuss genealogy topics; Image courtesy of Pexels.com : 20 Jan 2024. Belleville Public Library (BPL), 121 East Washington St., Belleville, Illinois. Kindly call the BPL to hold your spot (618) 234-0441.

Sponsored by the St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS), please bring questions or documents for discussion on topics such as census data, deeds, immigration, methodology, naturalization, occupations, military, and vital records. Suggestions on how to avoid pitfalls or break through an ancestral brick wall may ensue. Please email sccgsoffice@stclair-ilgs.org if you have specific questions or to propose a different day or time.

 

July 4, 2024

No meeting

July 25, 2024,
12:00 p.m. (Central)

 

Last month’s topics and suggestions.

“Let’s Talk Genealogy”

Please join us for this session of “Let’s Talk Genealogy,” an in-person discussion group gathering at

4 people collaborating near cork board

the Belleville Public Library (BPL), 121 East Washington St., Belleville, Illinois. Kindly call the BPL to hold your spot (618) 234-0441.

Sponsored by the St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS), please bring questions or documents for discussion on topics such as census data, deeds, immigration, methodology, naturalization, occupations, military, and vital records. Suggestions on how to avoid pitfalls or break through an ancestral brick wall may ensue. Please email sccgsoffice@stclair-ilgs.org if you have specific questions or to propose a different day or time.

 

August 1, 2024,
7:00 p.m. (Central)

“The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology”

Register early at this link! This session will NOT be recorded. Limited to 100 guests and members.

It’s a new decade, so if you think you know how to Google, think again! Technology changes rapidly and keeping our search skills updated and sharp is key to search success. Come learn the latestLisa Louise Cooke (headshot) Google Search Methodology for Genealogy. You’ll hear about the latest and best search innovations, and learn the process that will dramatically improve your genealogical search results. These skills can be used with all associated Google tools.

Presenter: Lisa Louise Cooke is the author of several books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, 3rd edition, and is a columnist for Family Tree Magazine. She produces and hosts two podcasts and the Genealogy Gems YouTube channel. See her website for more information (https://lisalouisecooke.com).

 

August 22, 2024,
12:00 p.m.

 

Last month’s topics and suggestions.

“Let’s Talk Genealogy”

Come one, come all to this session of “Let’s Talk Genealogy,” an in-person discussion groupCollaborating around a table taken from above gathering at the Belleville Public Library (BPL), 121 East Washington St., Belleville, Illinois. Kindly call the BPL to hold your spot (618) 234-0441.

Sponsored by the St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS), please bring questions or documents for discussion on topics such as census data, deeds, immigration, methodology, naturalization, occupations, military, and vital records. Suggestions on how to avoid pitfalls or break through an ancestral brick wall may ensue. Please email sccgsoffice@stclair-ilgs.org if you have specific questions or to propose a different day or time.

 

September 5, 2024,
7:00 p.m. (Central)

“Following An Ancestor with a German Farm Name (Hofname)”

Register at this link for this meeting
Prior to the mid-1800s, parts of Germany had farm names or Hofname. Learn what a Hofname is and Carolyn Whitton where in Germany to expect to find them. Identifying an ancestor with a Hofname requires recognizing the clues in the records and then carefully and thoroughly following them.

Featured Speaker: Carol Whitton, StLGS projects director and German SIG leader

September 26, 2024, 12:00 p.m. (Central)

Last month’s topics and suggestions.

“Let’s Talk Genealogy”

Come one, come all to this session of “Let’s Talk Genealogy,” an in-person discussion group gathering

Hands-in collaboration

courtesy of pexels.com

at the Belleville Public Library (BPL), 121 East Washington St., Belleville, Illinois. Kindly call the BPL to hold your spot (618) 234-0441.

Sponsored by the St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS), please bring questions or documents for discussion on topics such as census data, deeds, immigration, methodology, naturalization, occupations, military, and vital records. Suggestions on how to avoid pitfalls or break through an ancestral brick wall may ensue. Please email sccgsoffice@stclair-ilgs.org if you have specific questions or to propose a different day or time.

 
October 3, 2024,
7:00 p.m. (Central)

“Researching Oregon Trail Ancestors”

Register for this lecture at this link. The Oregon Trail extended approximately 2,000 miles from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, County map of Oregon Oregon, from 1840 to 1869. More than 50,000 people traveled to Oregon and a great number died on the journey. This talk will cover resources for conducting research on people and their lives along the trail.

Our featured speaker, Dawn Carlile, is a native Oregonian with a 30-year genealogy career that began when her dad asked if she had ever thought about researching their family history. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild, and national, state, and regional historical and genealogical societies. Dawn teaches classes for the Oregon Genealogical Society and lectures at local libraries, societies, and cultural events. She enjoys teaching others how to research as much as she does doing research herself. She graduated from Bushnell University with a B.A. degree in management.

 

October 24, 2024,
12:00 p.m. (Central)

 

Last month’s topics and suggestions.

“Let’s Talk Genealogy”

Come one, come all to this session of “Let’s Talk Genealogy,” an in-person discussion group gathering

collaborate - people holding hands

Photo courtesy of rawpixel.com

at the Belleville Public Library (BPL), 121 East Washington St., Belleville, Illinois. Kindly call the BPL to hold your spot (618) 234-0441.

Sponsored by the St. Clair County Genealogical Society (SCCGS), please bring questions or documents for discussion on topics such as census data, deeds, immigration, methodology, naturalization, occupations, military, and vital records. Suggestions on how to avoid pitfalls or break through an ancestral brick wall may ensue. Please email sccgsoffice@stclair-ilgs.org if you have specific questions or to propose a different day or time.

 
November  7, 2024,
7:00 p.m. (Central)
Annual meeting, voting, and round table sharing.
December 5, 2024,
7:00 p.m. (Central)

“The Founders’ Collection”

Christina DeBoer, Supervisor of Archives and Reference at the Belleville Public Library, will tell us what The Founders’ Collection contains and how it came about. This is a look at Belleville’s early literary pursuits. (Link coming)

 

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