Tuesday, March 03, 2009


Gateways to Your Family History
2009 StLGS Family History Conference

This year's Family History Conference has been scheduled for Saturday, 2 May 2009 at the Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights, MO. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. to pick up registration packets; remarks begin at 8:00 a.m.; speakers begin at 8:30 a.m.

We are excited to announce that our featured speaker for the event will be David Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA, Director of Records and Information Division, Family and Church History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This organization has taken on the project to convert the Church's vast collection of microfilmed records into indexed digital images, which will then be made available on the Internet.

Dave is a 1980 graduate of Brigham Young University, where he received his degree in Family and Local History. He is the former Director of the Libraries Division of the Family History Department, a position in which he had the responsibility to manage the thousands of family history centers worldwide. He is also a past-president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS). His current assignment promises to transform the way genealogists access original documents pertaining to their family history research.

Additional speakers include Suzanne Russo Adams, AG manager at Ancestry.com; John Dougan, archivist for the State of Missouri; and William Seibert, archivist, NARA's National Personnel Records Center.

This all-day conference is the largest such single-day event in the Midwest. This year's conference features nationally-recognized speakers, outstanding local speakers, a large and bustling vendor area, and an optional lunch.

Lecture topics include: Early American Migration, Simple Beginnings, Irish Civil Registration Records, 1845-Present, Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com, Dissecting a Civil War Union Pension File, Learn What the Census Can Tell You, and more.

You can register online at www.STLGS.org or download and mail your form to the StLGS office.

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