Welcome to the History & Genealogy Virtual Classroom
View recordings of classes taught live by the History & Genealogy staff. The videos below can also be viewed on the on the St. Louis County Library YouTube channel. Handouts for the classes can be downloaded as PDFs.
101 | Who Were My Ancestors? Beginning Genealogical Research
If you have little or no research experience, this is the class for you. Learn about the genealogical research process and the many resources available in History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library. Download the class handout as a PDF.
102 | Library Skills for Genealogical Research
Libraries offer essential tools for researching your ancestry. Learn how to search online library catalogs, obtain materials from distant libraries, locate periodical articles, and use the library’s in-house guides. Download the class handout as a PDF.
103 | Finding Ancestors in U.S. Census Records
Census records are a basic and essential source for genealogical research in the U.S. Learn how to search census records effectively using Ancestry Library Edition and other electronic databases. Download the class handout as a PDF.
202 | Exploring the Ancestry Library Edition Database
The Ancestry Library Edition Database is a powerful tool for genealogical research. Find out how to take advantage of Ancestry’s capabilities in your research.
204 | FamilySearch Basics
FamilySearch.org is a free website offering access to millions of records for genealogical research. This class will provide an overview of the kinds of records available and how to find them. Download the class handout as a PDF.
205 | Getting More out of FamilySearch
Basic search techniques will miss most records in FamilySearch. Learn to navigate un-indexed image collections, search the FamilySearch catalog effectively, and use advanced search features to tap into hard-to-find records. Download the class handout as a PDF.
302 | Discovering Ancestral Military Veterans
Explore strategies for military research in the Fold3 and Ancestry Library Edition databases, as well as in print and internet sources. Download the class handout as a PDF.
A-01 | Tracing Your African American Ancestors: Getting Started in Genealogical Research
Do you want to research your African American family but don’t know where to start? This class will teach you the basics of genealogical research including resources available in History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library. Download the class handout as a PDF.
A-02 | Tracing Your African American Ancestors: Digging Deeper
Learn about additional sources and techniques to deepen your research and overcome roadblocks. This course will use specific examples of records available and show you how to use them. Download the class handout as a PDF.
S-03 | Digital Archiving and Preservation Basics
Learn how to care for and protect digital files and photos. Library staff will share information about saving and preserving your digital memories. Download the class handout as a PDF.
S-06 | Using German Newspapers When You Don’t Know Much German
German-language newspapers are a valuable source of obituaries and other genealogical Information, and you do not have to be an expert in the German language. This presentation will offer tips for locating and deciphering obituaries in German newspapers. Download the class handout as a PDF. The class was presented in cooperation with the Tri-State Genealogical Society, Evansville, Indiana.
S-07 | Using Ortssippenbücher to Research Your German Ancestors
Ortssippenbücher contain genealogical information about families within a specific town, village, or parish. Information can cover many generations of a family going back to the beginning of written records. Discover the areas of Germany where these books are available and learn how to use this resource yourself through a case study. Download the class handout as a PDF. This was presented in partnership with the Tri-State Genealogical Society, Evansville, Indiana.