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.
Thursdays 7:00 pm (Central)  unless noted otherwise.


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

January 6, 2022

The Google Earth of the Last Century: Fire Insurance Maps.

Curious what your ancestor’s living or work situation might have been like? Fire insurance maps offer a glimpse of the urban built environment in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Case studies will show how to use them to solve different research problems. Presented by Daniel Lilienkamp, a reference specialist with the St. Louis County Library’s History and Genealogy Department.

Register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting (please save).

February 3, 2022

Share Your Story of a Famous or Infamous Ancestor.

Members and non-members in the audience will be asked to share an ancestor’s accomplishments or antics in this friendly, informal competition. Ancestors must have lived in St. Clair County, Illinois, at some point of their life.

Prize: One year’s membership in SCCGS with digital periodicals and Member site access. Winner will be chosen by a group of five (5) SCCGS Board members.

Attendees are asked to include the time period and location their ancestor lived. Records consulted which filled in details about the ancestor might spark research ideas for viewers – a “win-win” for all.

If you plan to present your famous or infamous ancestor, please send us an email at by January 25, 2022.
Register in advance here

March 3, 2022

From Obscurity to Greatness: Illinois and Lincoln, 1830–1861

Kevin Wood, an Illinois Humanities Road Scholar since 2015, will present a first-person portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in period dress speaking on how both he and Illinois rose from obscurity to greatness between the years 1830 to 1861.

Major themes and topics include: the Northwest Ordinance and Territory; Statehood; the Lincoln family arrives in Illinois; the “Sucker State”; the New Salem years; the Black Hawk War; settling and taming the prairie, invention of the steel plow; moving of the capital; A. Lincoln, attorney-at-law; the move to Springfield; the Illinois & Michigan Canal, railroads and other “internal improvements”; the Todd family; marriage; hard times; the Eighth Judicial Circuit; the slavery question; abolitionists; the Dred Scott decision; the “House Divided” speech; the Lincoln-Douglas debates; the rise of Chicago; the election of 1860; secession; the Lincoln family’s farewell to Illinois.

Register in advance here.

Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA)], as well
as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.




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