Friday, August 27, 2010


St. Clair County Genealogical Society
PO Box 431
Belleville, Illinois 62222-0431

Please join us on Thursday, September 2, 2010 when Dr. Tom Meuser will share aspects of interviewing elderly members of the community and/or family on topics such as history, sociology and family interactions. The types of questions asked of Life Review participants, the prep-sheet they receive ahead of time and techniques used to guide the interviewer or keep the participant on track.

Dr. Meuser is Director of the Gerontology Graduate Program and Coordinator of the University of Missouri, St. Louis Life Review Project. For more information, please visit the following web site:

On Thursday, October 7, 2010, author A J Brower will discuss "How I Turned Genealogy into Murder". Ms Brower became addicted to genealogy at the age of 19. She has written articles that have been published in the now defunct Heritage Quest and the NGS newsmagazine, among other local society newsletters. She has also produced her own family newsletter and turned one line of the family into a self-published, fiction novel, "A Family To Die For".

The story involves two teachers, one of whom also has her own historical research business. The plot is tied into an identity theft in WWI and the murders in the family over the last 75 years. Ms Brower is currently working on her third book.

Ms Brower majored in journalism and has a master's degree in internationall relations and education. She is a licensed high school history and journalism teacher. She is also an active Reservist with 25 years in the United States Air Force.

Thursday, November 4, "Thirteen Dollars a Month: Recruiting, Enlistment, Conscription and Desertion in the American Civil War." Tom Pearson discusses how they joined the army during the Civil War; what they got paid for doing so and how some of them took the money and ran.

Thursday, December 2, is our Annual Christmas Party with show and tell.

Our monthly meetings begin at 7:30 pm at the St. Luke's Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St. in Belleville, Illinois.

We are always looking for good speakers on genealogical topics. Let us know if you can recommend any speaker(s) from the St. Louis Metro Area, or if you can speak on a topic of interest to our Society.

For more information, program suggestions or inclement weather, please contact Karen LaCroix, Program Chairperson by e-mail or you may call (618) 286-4392.

Visitors and Guests are Always Welcome!

Diane Auth
Membership Chairperson
St Clair County Genealogical Society

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