Beyond the Basics

The Germanic Genealogy Group of The German American Heritage Society of St. Louis, formerly Germanic Genealogy Special Interest Group, and the St. Louis Public Library invites you to an all-day genealogy seminar: German Genealogy Research: Beyond the Basics. The seminar will be held on Saturday,March 5, 

2016, in the Auditorium at the St. Louis Public Library Central Branch, in downtown St. Louis. Our guest speaker will be the noted speaker and author, Dr. Roger Minert, Ph.D, A.G.unnamed

The day will start with the opening of registration at 8:30 am and the first program starting at 9:00 am. There will be four programs offered during the day:
  • Cemeteries in Central Europe
  • Deciphering Handwriting in German Documents
  • Communicating with Agencies and Individuals in Europe
  • German Census Records

It will be a fun day of learning about German genealogy.

For those of you who have heard Dr. Minert speak, we are sure you will be the first to register for this special genealogy day. For those who have not heard him speak, we suggest you visit his website:  He will be selling his books.  Personal checks accepted.

To learn more about other St. Louis German cultural organizations, representatives will be on hand to provide information about their organization.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required.Space is limited.  Lunches can be pre-ordered from Urban Eats Café located on the Atrium level in Central Library, at, you may also make other personal choices for how to have lunch.

To registercall Central Library’s Genealogy Room at 314.539.0385 or see the Calendar of Events:  For more information, visit

The Germanic Genealogy Group of the German American Heritage Society of St. Louis is a member of the German American Committee of St Louis. 


German American Heritage of St. Louis event

In his book Beer, Brats and Baseball (Second Edition) author Jim Merkel writes about “The Streets with Two Names” in St. Louis, sharing how Frank Knapstein, a German immigrant had his own name on a block long street just south of Meramec in 1916. He was a contractor and he was building brick homes along the street. Then, World War I came, and suddenly everything German was bad, including street names. To be less offensive, Knapstein Place became Providence Place. Nativism and anti-German hysteria had taken hold on everything

Merkel mounted a campaign to retake these symbols of our city’s pride in our German heritage. The German American Heritage Society of St. Louis helped by enthusiastically supporting the project and even paying for the honorary signs.  Pershing is now also honorarily known by its original name of Berlin. On November 15, 2014 George Knapstein’s grandson Frank (and about 35 other members of his family) watched as Providence Place once again became Knapstein Place.

On Sunday, January 17, 2016 the public is invited to join Jim Merkel, members of German American Heritage Society of St. Louis, and other officials as they unveil two new street signs. The former Habsburger Avenue will be unveiled at 2pm with a brief ceremony at the corner of Cecil Place and Gravois Avenue; and Kaiser Street will once again take its place among St. Louis street names with a sign at the corner of Gresham (current name) and Kingshighway at 2:30 pm.