Dr. John Wright
Assistant Superintendent in the Ferguson-Florissant Public Schools
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Conference Schedule
The Conference will be Saturday, September 12, 2009 from 9:00am to 4pm with a variety of classes fitting for the beginner research to the more experienced.


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Burt Paris
PAF and Search


Ruth Ann Hager
Southern Claims Commission: A Treasure Trove of Civil War Era Information


Sandy Bennett
Beware, not everything you see in print is correct!




Christopher Nordmann
Tracing Free People of Color in the Antebellum South


Tom Pearson
Land Rich, Dirt Poor: the Use of Land Records in Genealogical Research


Bill Glankler
Finding Family and Local History in Court Records

12:40- 1:15pm




Sandy Bennett
History of Booker T. Washington Cemetery


Ruth Ann Hager
Spottswood Rice, USCT Soldier: A Case Study




Cheryl Nelson
Ipod, Twitter, Facebook…Using Technology to Save Your Memories

Tom Pearson
Hoe, Hoe, Hoe: Researching Farmers & Other Rural Ancestors



Organizations who will have displays:

  • FamilySearch, Inc
  • Afro-American History and Genealogical Society
  • Booker T. Washington Cemetery
  • Dred Scott Heritage Foundation
  • The Griot Museum of Black History and Museum
  • Missouri State Archives
  • Missouri History Museum
  • St. Clair Genealogical Society
  • St. Louis County Library- Special Collections


Featured Speaker
PAF and Search
African American Research: Strategizing to break brick walls
Analyze and review steps and resources used in finding enslaved ancestors
World War I Draft Registration Cards
In 1917–1918, men 18–45 years of age provided personal information when registering for the World War I draft. What types of clues might this incredibly rich, all-male census provide for your family?
The Bones of My Ancestors
This presentation will explore African American Genealogy from the shores of East Africa to the slave quarters of Mississippi and North Carolina. Too few African American families tell their stories. Once this presenter started her research she found that she is a member of the Yao ethnic group in Malawi. In 1915 one of her patriotic ancestors, John Chilembwe led a revolt against the British. Today he is a national hero in Malawi and his picture appears on its currency. Come hear this exciting presenter and learn to find the patriots in your family tree.
The Julius K. Hunter and Friends African American Research Collection at the St. Louis County Library
The JKH Collection at St. Louis County Library is one of the most outstanding African American genealogical research collections in the Midwest. It contains microfilm, electronic databases, historical newspapers, and printed sources.
Genealogical Treasures in the Library
Local libraries hold a wealth of resources to help document your family tree. Learn how to locate valuable data on your ancestors in census records, city directories, military records, newspapers, company employee magazines, and many other sources.
Getting Started
Are you interested in researching your family history, but don't know how to get started? This presentation will provide the basics to exploring your family tree.
Memory preservation 101
Discuss basic tools needed and guidelines for safe memorabilia preservation
Save It!: Backing Up and Organizing Photos, Digital Files and Paper Piles
Having problems locating specific papers in your office or lost a digital file you’ve gathered? Have you ever lost it all in a computer crash?
Forever Historical & Momentous
Maintaining family records of kinship, audio, photographs (subjects identified & dated), real estate purchases (through the recording of deeds etc.), medical history, etc. The significance of this vital information eludes us in our daily lives.
Searching Court Records for your Ancestors
I will have handouts about the wide range of family history resources available through the Missouri State Archives, but the focus of the workshop will be to:
1. Make participants aware of the existence of various types of 19th and 20th century records from many types of courts in St. Louis and Missouri, and
2. Demonstrate by examples the variety of types of information that can be gleaned from dramatic and routine court actions that can help us connect the dots to illuminate the lives of our ancestors, with particular emphasis on African-Americans
Beginning Your Family History Project
Want to begin your family tree but don’t know how to get started? How to begin, what you need, and where to find it. Also what the St Louis Public Library Hisstory and Geneology department has that can help.