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

The daily life and crafts of immigrants from the region of Westphalia, Germany, will be presented by Frank Klostermann from trips to that area’s open-air museums at Detmold and Hagen.

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 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 Beginner’s Corner: Document analysis. Small groups will study a select set of documents and the information each contains.
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