Monday, June 30, 2014


It's the name of the cafe that has opened in Central Library's atrium (First Floor, Locust Street entrance). If you come in for a day of research, you can now get a nice lunch without leaving the building. See the menu below (click for larger size).

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


On this day in 1876, George Armstrong Custer became immortal. It's also the day that he and 267 fellow soldiers (and Indian scouts) died:

Search for these and other Custer titles in the SLPL Catalog

Saturday, June 21, 2014


SLPL Events Calendar


Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, FREE courses that St. Louis Public Library cardholders can take entirely online. You can enroll in courses with your library card. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. You can take up to six courses per session, with no annual limit.

The following list includes just some of the courses offered (I picked some likely to be of special interest to genealogists / professional genealogists /society officers).

• Accounting Fundamentals
• Accounting Software
• Database Management
• Digital Photography
• Graphic Design
• Microsoft Access
• Microsoft Excel
• Microsoft PowerPoint
• Microsoft Word
• Multimedia
• Peachtree Accounting
• Personal Finance & Investments
• QuickBooks
• Start Your Own Business
• Web Design

Online Learning Start Page

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Now available in the Genealogy Room:

Family Tree Magazine (July/August 2014)

• Better Together (innovative genealogy tools resulting from online partnerships)
• Five Questions with Curt Witcher
• WWI Around the World
• Positive IDs (keeping track of soldier identities)
• Going Over There (WWI timeline)
• Gold Stars (top 10 websites for WWI service records, casualty records, and more)
• Genealogy Adventure Awaits! (cross one or more genealogy destinations off your bucket list with a summer road trip)
• U.S. Census Workbook & Toolkit
• DNA Success Stories (busting brick walls with DNA testing)
• Hidden Treasures (finding roots in Bulgaria & Romania)
• Storing Baseball Memorabilia
• Now What? (questions from researchers who’ve hit the wall)
• Over the Borderline (map of Europe before and after WWI)
• Marriage License (overview by the Documents Detective)
• Online Calendar Tools (best, most useful apps)
• Finding Relatives in’s Unindexed Records

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly (Summer 2014)

• Our Hero: the Life and Death of a World War II Aviation Cadet
• Scottish Research Basics
• Writing Home to Illinois During World War II
• Lincoln Funeral: Profiles of Pallbearers & Clergymen Involved
• Union Civil War Vets Buried in Bloomingdale Township, DuPage County
• Faces From the Past: Identifying Photos with Marge Rice
• Memories in Your Home
• Family Bible Records Collection

St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly (Spring 2014)

Note: They need volunteers to help prepare their quarterly. Contact them here if interested.

• Book Reviews
• Feature Articles in Other Publications
• Web Resources (Arphax Publishing Co.)
• Tech Tips—Staying Up to Date
• Using and Remembering Carl: a Cautionary Tale
• A Whisper in History: James McLean Thomson
• Who Was Jane Foster?
• Ezekial Lard: November 1765-1799 in Spanish Louisiana

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Hello to all,

Gateway Family Historian is going green. The current issue of SLPL’s genealogy magazine (Vol. 13, Nos. 1-2; Alabama) was just published, and it will be the last print issue. Persons currently on our mailing list will receive a print copy as usual.

Our next issue, however, will be all-electronic. We have already begun the sign-up process for the digital edition. If you are interested, send an email to with RE: DIGITAL GFH in the Subject Line. That’s all you need to do!

Many thanks to all our print subscribers, especially those of you who have been with us since the beginning (2001).

Tom Pearson, Co-Editor
Gateway Family Historian

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

D-DAY: JUNE 6, 1944

On 6 June 2014, our nation will observe the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landing during World War II. It can truly be said that the soldiers, sailors, and airmen of this nation and its allies who planned and participated in this historic event delivered us all from evil, and for that they deserve our thanks!

Link to SLPL Catalog


Online Learning page on SLPL website