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24 - 24 October 2020 Virtual Genealogy and Local History Fair Indianapolis, Indiana
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The Indiana State Library is hosting the Genealogy and Local History Fair virtually in 2020! Registration is free and required. This year's theme is "The Women in Your Family Tree," examining techniques for researching women as well as looking at women's suffrage and other 19th-century social movements.

This event will be held via Zoom. When you register, you will receive an email confirming your registration. Links to the Zoom sessions will be sent closer to the event.

Highly acclaimed speakers Gena Philibert-Ortega and Katherine Willson will present.

Presentations

Gena Philibert-Ortega will speak on “25 Tips for Researching Your Female Ancestors,” providing information to help identify, trace, and discover more about your female ancestors. Gena will also present “Fabric, Cigars, and Murder,” presenting her research on a community of Hoosier women who worked on a 1930s-era quilt top she discovered in California.

Katherine Willson will present “Social Reform Movements of the 19th Century, examining the beginnings of the women’s suffrage movement and other social reforms such as free public education, prison reform, and temperance. She will discuss where records pertaining to these movements can be found. Katherine will also hold a Question and Answer session to answer questions provided by Fair attendees.

17 - 18 October 2020 StLGS Fall Speaker Series: Often Overlooked St. Louis Resources Virtual
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Often Overlooked St. Louis Resources
St. Louis Genealogical Society -- Virtual Fall Speaker Series
Saturday, 17 October and Sunday, 18 October 2020
1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Central) each day

Four lectures over two days:

Orphanage Care in St. Louis (Viki Fagyal, author and StLGS treasurer): There have always been orphans in every society, although how orphans have been cared for varies. The first orphanage in St. Louis can be traced to about 1828. Learn about the history of orphans and orphanages in St. Louis.

The Railroads of St. Louis (Nicholas Fry, curator, John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library): St. Louis built its livelihood on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. With the coming of the railroad, the city’s economic engine would be split between the rivers and the rails, changing the region forever. This talk will cover the arrival and development of railroads in the region and the transformations they caused.

Discover Your Family’s History in the St. Louis County Library History & Genealogy Department (Scott Holl, manager, History & Genealogy Department, St. Louis County Library): History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library is a nationally recognized genealogical research destination and home to several major collections. Learn about what is in the department and how you can access information remotely.

Cemetery Use for Genealogical Purposes (Becky DiFilippo, Dan Fuller, Dorris Keeven-Franke, and Michele Thomas, Bellefontaine Cemetery staff and volunteers): Beautiful, peaceful, and overflowing with genealogical information, Bellefontaine Cemetery is one of the finest examples of what was known as a rural cemetery. Our speakers, dedicated staff and volunteers, will give us a glimpse of the treasures to be found in this and similar cemeteries.

All four lectures will be live-streamed and digitally recorded. You can watch them live and be able to ask questions, and/or you can watch the recordings, which will be posted online for an additional ninety days.

Registration for the Fall Speaker Series is open in our online store: store.stlgs.org/events
$35 for StLGS members
$45 for non-members
PLEASE NOTE: Registration for the live-streamed webinars will close on Wednesday, 14 October. However, you may register to watch the digital recordings until Monday, 11 January 2021.

Registrants will receive an email with a link to a page on our website containing links to the handouts and links to view the digital recordings. A separate email will contain an invitation to the live-streaming presentations.

More information: stlgs.org/events/fall-speaker-series
Questions: programs@stlgs.org

14 - 14 October 2020 Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Using Maps to Understand Our Ancestor's Journeys Zoom
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Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: Using Maps to Understand Our Ancestors' Journeys Terrain and topography; roads and bridges; walking, riding on horseback, taking a train, or going by boat; and, of course, the distance between locations. Each variable determines how far our ancestors were likely to travel to socialize, shop, and worship. Discover how using Google Maps can expand our understanding of our ancestors' lives, and how those same maps can help us determine if we are tracing the wrong person in our quest to extend our family tree. Register here. $10 for RVGS members, $20 for non-members.

Kate Eakman holds an M.A in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has more than 20 years of genealogical experience as well as traditional historical research and writing. Today, Kate is a Senior Researcher and General Research Team Lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists. Her genealogical specialties include Civil War era, African-American, Native American, and general U.S. genealogy as well as Irish, Scottish, English, Canadian, and Italian genealogy. Kate loves the challenge of brick walls and excels at outside-the-box thinking for breaking them down. Kate lives with her husband and his horse in Portland, Oregon. 

03 - 03 October 2020 StLGS Class: Foundations of Genealogy, Part II Virtual
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StLGS Class:  Foundations of Genealogy, Part II

Date & Time:  Sat., 3 October 2020, at 1:00 p.m. (Central)

Instructor:  Ilene Murray

(This class is a follow-up to the first session, and, if possible, you are encouraged to sign up for both. If you can’t make the livestreaming, be sure to watch the recording first.) Most genealogists begin with census research, but then what? We’ll look more closely at how to analyze those census records, how to get the most from vital records, and repositories and Internet sites that can help you find what you need to do better research.

Online classes are free and available only to members of the St. Louis Genealogical Society. If you are not already a member and want to attend a live-streamed class or view a recording, visit http://store.stlgs.org/membership to join the society.

REGISTRATION BY EMAIL:  Members who want to attend the live-streamed class must email programs@stlgs.org by Weds., 30 September 2020. Instructions for attending the class class will be emailed to you several days before the class is scheduled. No registration is required to view a recorded class.

26 - 26 September 2020 Foundations of Genealogy, Part I Virtual
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StLGS Class:  Foundations of Genealogy, Part I

Date & Time:  Sat., 26 September 2020, at 1:00 p.m. (Central)

Instructor:  Ilene Murray

Whether you are just beginning, or you have been working on your family history for years, sometimes you just need to rethink your strategies. We’ll look at some ways to get organized and stay that way, review basic rules of genealogy, look at the importance of citing sources, and see how timelines can help guide your research.

Online classes are free and available only to members of the St. Louis Genealogical Society. If you are not already a member and want to attend a live-streamed class or view a recording, visit http://store.stlgs.org/membership to join the society.

REGISTRATION BY EMAIL:  Members who want to attend the live-streamed class must email programs@stlgs.org by Weds., 23 September 2020. Instructions for attending the class class will be emailed to you several days before the class is scheduled. No registration is required to view a recorded class.

26 - 26 September 2020 Fairfax Genealogical Society Virtual Fall Fair Virtual
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Fairfax Genealogical Society Virtual Fall Fair, "From Spit to Success".  Half-day program on using DNA results in family research, 9:30am - 1230pm, Saturday, September 26, 2020. Speaker, Janet Hall Warner.  Program includes Types of DNA,; Shared Matches and Clustering; Using DNA to Break Down Brickwalls. Cost: $30 FXGS members; $40 nonmembers; plus $10 late fee after Sept 8, 2020.  Information and registration at www.fxgs.org/fallfair.

19 - 19 September 2020 Sonoma County Genealogical Society Presents Vernon Smith: English Genealogy Santa Rosa, CA
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The Sonoma County Genealogical Society

Presents their virtual September meeting

Vernon Smith: English Genealogy

Vernon’s talk will cover how to search records for your English ancestors from the mid-1837. He will talk about the major and some minor research tools to connect for those who came from across the pond.

Vernon was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England. He is a board member of The Marin Genealogical Society.

Saturday, September 19th, Noon to 2:30 pm

Register for this meeting at scgsonline.org. After registering you will get a link to the Zoom meeting.

19 - 19 September 2020 Paths to Freedom: Essential Steps for African American Genealogy virtual Fall Seminar hosted by Dallas Genealogical Society Virtual via Zoom
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Dallas Genealogical Society presents Paths to Freedom: Essential Steps for African American Genealogy on Sep 19, 2020. This virtual Fall seminar will feature Tony Burroughs, FUGA giving four lectures. Genealogist Ari Wilkins will give a bonus lunchtime presentation. Time will be 9:50am to 4:45pm. There is an Early Bird rate available through Aug. 30.

16 - 16 September 2020 StLGS German Special Interest Group: It’s All “Dutch” to Me: A Crash-Course in the Sounds of German Virtual
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It’s All “Dutch” to Me: A Crash Course in the Sounds of German

Virtual Presentation -- StLGS German Special Interest Group (SIG)

Date & Time:  Wednesday, 16 September 2020, at 7:00 p.m. (Central)

Featured Speaker:  J. D. Smith, PhD

Description:  Because German is a highly phonetic language and did not have a regularized spelling system until the 1800s, learning its phonetics can help you navigate difficult documents and dialect issues. This online webinar introduces the sounds of German and methodologies for improving genealogical document analysis.

FREE -- REGISTRATION BY EMAIL: If you are already on the German SIG mailing list, you will automatically receive an email invitation a few days before the event. If you are not on the German SIG mailing list, email germansig@stlgs.org to receive an invitation.

For more information on the StLGS German SIG, visit: https://stlgs.org/about-us-2/sigs-and-special-programs/german-special-interest-group-2

12 - 12 September 2020 StLGS Monthly Meeting: Exploring 1875 St. Louis Virtual
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Exploring 1875 St. Louis

StLGS Free Virtual Monthly Meeting featuring Andrew Wanko on "Exploring 1875 St. Louis"

Note: This meeting is live only; it will not be recorded.

Compton and Dry’s Pictorial St. Louis is one of the most important maps in American history. Explore the sensations and experiences of life in St. Louis more than 140 years ago. From the city’s busy center to its outskirts, past sparkling mansions and congested tenements, surprises wait at every turn!

All StLGS monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Because we can only have 100 people viewing the live meeting, you must pre-register to attend. To do so, please send an email to programs@stlgs.org no later than Wednesday, 9 September, and you will receive an invitation to the live meeting.

(Please Note: Although you can attend the meeting without any Zoom software, if you have already downloaded an older version, you may be prompted to upgrade. Be sure to do that before the meeting so you don’t lose time. It just takes a few minutes and will allow for access to this and future webinars without interruption.)

The handout for the September monthly meeting will be available at https://stlgs.org/events/meetings/monthly-meeting. This meeting will NOT be recorded.