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!
February 6, 2020

German Open-Air Museums. Frank Klostermann takes us on a tour of two open-air museums at Detmold and Hagen he visited in Westphalia in Northwest Germany: the Westphalia State Museum for Rural History and Culture, and the Westphalia Regional Museum for Crafts and Technology. 

Mr. Klostermann’s genealogical and historical interests were ignited during college while holding his great-grandfather’s citizenship papers and a German military record preserved by his family. His degree in accounting from SIU-Carbondale led to positions with the U.S. Army Audit Agency and Internal Revenue Service. He is active in many social groups, visited the Westphalia area several times to learn more about his ancestors, and most recently served as Second Vice-president of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society.

March 5, 2020

Introduction to DNA Testing for Genealogy. Bob McDonald provides an overview of DNA testing companies; various tests and how they can be used to solve a genealogical problem; methodology when comparing matches; ethnicity results; contacting DNA matches and privacy concerns; and sources for learning more about DNA testing.

Bob McDonald has been studying genealogy since he was a child, but has done active research on a consistent basis over the last 20 years. He’s taken DNA tests and has used the results to break through a 78-year-old brick wall. In addition to attending numerous DNA seminars, he’s read articles and books to improve his knowledge on DNA testing.

April 2, 2020

Hands-On Genealogy Attendees will examine documents and mine for nuggets of information in family research, monitored by Diane Walsh.

Ms. Walsh has lectured on several genealogical topics. She is currently the 2nd Vice President of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society. She’s the author of St. Clair County, Illinois Research and Resources: A Genealogist’s Guide, and has written two books on her ancestors.

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