Meetings, lectures, inclement weather

  • Attend free lectures on genealogy topics presented the first Thursday of each month. Public is welcome.
  • Virtual time and location: 7:00 p.m. (Central). Last minute changes are posted to SCCGS Facebook.
  • 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.
First Thursday of each month 

Virtual lectures begin 7:00 pm (CST); sharing begins 6:45 pm.

With permission, presentations and handouts are posted on the SCCGS Member website. Join SCCGS!

December 1, 2022

Installation of Officers, and, “Iconography in the Cemetery.” Register in advance for this free meeting.

A featured image from one of Bellefontaine’s brochures.

The imagery used in the cemetery is never random. All choices made by individuals designing a monument for themselves or a loved one have meaning. The vocabulary of the cemetery is a lost language to many. This program will explore Bellefontaine Cemetery for examples of imagery, but the education will be helpful at all cemeteries. Ponder the meaning of a broken column, an oak leaf, or a period (.) at the end of a surname. All have sense, and all can be useful to understand better the person who has been laid to rest.

Presenter: Daniel Fuller Event and Volunteer Coordinator, Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum

Arrive early for a little socializing.

January 5, 2023

“Lewis and Clark in the Illinois Country”  Register in advance for this meeting

Did you know that Lewis and Clark spent more time in the what would become the State of Illinois than any other state on the National Historic Trail with one exception, North Dakota. Many folks do not know Illinois’ rich Lewis and Clark history, which includes the recruitment and eventual formation of the Corps of Discovery, the gathering of supplies and knowledge to prepare for their journey. Spend an evening learning about their first Winter encampment, Camp River Dubois, and the history that would play such a pivotal role in the success of their expedition.

Presenter: Brad Winn – Site Superintendent, Lewis and Clark State Historic Site and others. Adjunct Instructor of U. S. History and Humanities at Lewis and Clark Community College.

February 2, 2023 Topic with speaker suggestions are welcome!
March 2, 2023

“Gems & Junk: A Beginner’s Guide to Online Research” Register in advance for this meeting. A confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting will then arrive.

Today’s family historians have an amazing selection of online sources and resources for genealogical research. What are the best options and how do you differentiate between true “gems” and outright junk? This presentation explores the very best and the very worst of online genealogy.

Alice Hoyt Veen, CG® is a Board-certified genealogist, professional researcher, writer, and genealogical educator who believes family history success lies in truly understanding the records our ancestors created. She founded Prairie Roots Research in 2010 to foster a deeper understanding of the past by researching and reconstructing forgotten lives, assisting genealogists at every level of experience to rediscover, preserve, and share their unique family story.

Arrive early for a little socializing.

April 6, 2023

To be announced

May 4, 2023 To be announced


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