Events

Meetings, lectures, inclement weather

  • Attend free lectures on genealogy topics presented the first Thursday of each month. Open to the public (list below). If you have a topic of interest to share with fellow researchers please send us an email via Contact. Our Board members conduct business every other month, six times per year.
  • Time and location: 7:00 p.m., St. Luke Parish Center, North Church and East “C” Sts., Belleville, Illinois (cross-corner from church).  Map
  • Inclement Weather Policy: Meeting is 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.
  Come ask vexing research questions or share your latest discovery at our regularly scheduled meetings, visitors always welcome. Keep the conversation going!
DATE
TOPIC and SPEAKER
September 5, 2019

Sarah Cato talks about research strategies used in readily available resources while tracing her Freeman ancestors in St. Clair County.

Nominating committee selected. Members who would like to serve on the Board should contact SCCGS.

October 3, 2019

Candidates for elected positions presented.

Finding Family at the O’Fallon History Museum. O’Fallon Historical Society President Brian Keller talks about the wide variety of materials available at the O’Fallon History Museum that can help in your research on family that lived in the O’Fallon/Shiloh area.

A life-long resident of O’Fallon, Brian is a co-founder (in 1988) and current president of the O’Fallon Historical Society. For the past 20 years he has written a local history column for the O’Fallon Progress and since 2015 “A View of the Past” for the O’Fallon Weekly. He is a member of the O’Fallon Historic Preservation Commission, O’Fallon Veterans’ Memorial Association and Downtown District Committee of the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce. He’s also a life member of the SCCGS and was a past newsletter editor.

November 7, 2019

Election of Officers for 2020.

Finding Your Ancestors in German Church Records. German church records can be the principle source for learning about your German ancestors. Daniel Lilienkamp gives some ideas on how to find your ancestral town in Europe and the types of information you might find in these records, then how to use them to trace your family.

Daniel R. Lilienkamp, J.D., earned a BA in history from Texas Lutheran University and a J.D. from Tulane University. He has been researching his own family for more than 20 years. He is the Reference Specialist at History & Genealogy at the St. Louis County Library, where he has worked for the past 11 years. He regularly speaks at local, regional and national conferences where he uses expertise in African American, German, Swiss, Alsace and Lorraine, French Canadian (Quebec), Appalachian and Ohio Valley genealogy to demonstrate sound research practices and the use of complex resources.

 

December 5, 2019 Installation of Officers and holiday party. Please bring a treat and a story to share about your family search.
January 2, 2020  
February 6, 2020  
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May 7, 2020  
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July 2, 2020  
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