Summer of 1966
It all started with Dorothy Amburgey Griffith who wanted to do some work on her family history. She looked for a genealogical group in St. Louis to help her learn how to do genealogical research and found none. So she contacted the National Genealogical Society in Washington, D. C., and was told by them that they were interested in establishing local chapters of NGS around the country. They also provided her with the names of NGS members in St. Louis.
By the fall of that year, Dorothy had contacted twelve St. Louisans, held a few organizational meetings, and gained agreement to become the St. Louis chapter of NGS, beginning on 1 January 1967.
|Vice President||Robert E. Parkin|
|Secretary||Dorothy A. Griffith|
|Treasurer||Judith A. Toler|
Late in 1967
Becoming alarmed over lack of response from NGS, President Washabaugh rallied a meeting of all members and appointed a steering committee to study new by-laws and the feasibility of our continuing with NGS.
The membership signed a resolution to drop our membership as a chapter of NGS, and to reorganize as the St. Louis Genealogical Society. New and simple by-laws were approved.
Dues were set at $4.00 with an additional $1.00 for a family member and an initial registration fee of $2.00. It was decided that all who had joined in 1966 and 1967 were to be considered Charter Members. There were ninety in all.
Sherman Dozier was our first Librarian; for quite a while he was able to carry the entire library under his arm in a brown shoe box. The first committees were Preservation of Records, later called Old Records; Membership; Cemetery, Publications, and 1850 St. Louis Census Index. The first project was to do something about the condition of early records in the St. Louis City Hall. The Society was successful in persuading the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to contact city officials for permission to microfilm records and indexes of births, deaths and marriages.
From these beginnings, the St. Louis Genealogical Society has grown into one of the largest local societies in the country, with members from virtually every state in the nation and several foreign countries.
Because St. Louis Genealogical Society is an all-volunteer organization, one of our most important obligations is to acknowledge the significant contributions made to the society by our volunteers. Our awards program is one way of doing that.
The society began to say thank you to our most dedicated volunteers by awarding life memberships in 1970. Next came Certificates of Achievement, starting in 1976, followed by Achievement and Special Recognition Awards and President’s Citations. To see the StLGS awards recipients (current to 2010), click on the following links:
Significant Events in the St. Louis Genealogical Society
|6 Oct 1966||Organizational Meeting, twelve people present|
|Dec 1966||St. Louis Chapter of NGS|
|1967||First Project – Arrange for LDS to film St. Louis vital records|
|Dec 1967||Society Formed as StLGS—90 charter members|
|Jan 1968||First Surname Index – 13 pages|
|Mar 1968||First Quarterly – Bob Parkin, editor|
|Oct 1968||First News ‘n Notes – (previous newsletters had no title)|
|7 Jan 1969||First Council Meeting|
|Oct 1969–Sep 1996||Library at University City|
|Feb 1970||First Office, in Brentwood Square|
|Mar 1970||First Printer, a “1275 Multilith” machine|
|18 Apr 1970||First Family History Conference, at the Ethical Society of St. Louis. Click here for a history of these events.|
|Apr 1970||First Publication, Tracing Family Trees in Eleven States|
|10-17 Jul 1977||First Salt Lake City Trip|
|Mar 1983||Project to index the 1860 St. Louis census initiated|
|Jun 1984||First society “computer club” formed|
|Mar 1987||StLGS acquires its first computer|
|Aug 1993||Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) national conference held in St. Louis|
|Oct 1996||Research collection moved to St. Louis County Library|
|Sep 1997||First Speaker Series event. Click here for a history of these events.|
|Jul 1999||Irish Special Interest Group (SIG) formed|
|Aug 1999||StLGS was host society for the national FGS conference in St. Louis|
|Jan 2004||StLGS was host society for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) GenTech conference in St. Louis|
|2005||African-American, French, German, Jewish, and Scandinavian SIGs formed|
|Jan 2006||StLGS redesigned website released|
|Aug 2010||New and improved website released|
|Dec 2014||Improved website and store released|
|May 2015||StLGS was the host society for the National Genealogical Society Conference in St. Charles, Mo.|
|1695 S. Brentwood Blvd.||1 Feb 1970–30 Nov 1988|
|9011 Manchester Road, Suite 3||1 Dec 1988–14 Dec 1997|
|No. 4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140||6 Jan 1998–Present|
Presidents of St. Louis Genealogical Society
|1974–1975||Merrill D. Berkeley|
|1976–1977||Mabel K. Faatz|
|1982–1985||Carolyn Jolly Pratt|
|1996–1999||Ann Carter Fleming|
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