If you live in the St. Louis metro area, you may wish to attend one of these talks:
The St. Clair County Genealogical Society presents the following lectures, which are open to the public and summarized in its quarterly journal.
April 2, 2009
Church Records (with emphasis on the Roman Catholic Church).
Ms. Jackie (Clancy) Grah will discuss the value of Roman Catholic church records for discovering vital statistics on your ancestral research. Access to these sacramental parish registers is available through the Internet and record repositories.
May 7, 2009
The Illinois State Archives
Housed in an unassuming building in Springfield, Illinois, the Archives holds records of the State. Military muster rolls, account books that track payments for the earliest land sales within State borders, licenses for barbers and physicians, and death certificates 1916 through 1947, are but a few of the interesting records held there.
Tom Pearson is a frequent speaker at libraries and for our genealogical society. Known for his expertise in all things military, Mr. Pearson is a Reference Librarian at St. Louis Public Library, and author of Illinois Central: a Guide to Genealogical Research in Springfield, Illinois.
June 4, 2009
An Introduction to the National Archives and Its Treasures
Visit the National Archives during this virtual tour. We will clear some pathways through the amazing wealth of records at this Pennsylvania Avenue institution, learn some "lingo," and view documents that may apply to your own family's research.
Our speaker, Diane Walsh, CG(SM), has visited the Archives in Washington, D.C. on several occasions, each time taking away new insights into the massive and varied records stored there. She is the author of St. Clair County, Illinois Research and Resources: A Genealogist's Guide and editor of the local society quarterly journal.
Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month. Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: St. Luke Parish Hall, North Church and East "C" Sts., Belleville, Illinois. (Guests always welcome.)
SCCGS Website: http://www.stclair-ilgs.org/stchome.htm