AA-SIG History
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In the summer of 2005, St. Louis Genealogical Society president Ted Steele remarked to the Society’s board about the growing number of African-American researchers at St. Louis area libraries. After some discussion, it was agreed that Ted would contact Margaret Durham, the founder of the St. Louis Landon Cheek chapter of the national Afro-American History and Genealogical Society, to explore a possible relationship with that organization.


Ted met with Mrs. Durham and other officers of the Landon Cheek chapter in October 2005 to discuss the creation of an African-American Special Interest Group to be affiliated with their group. After voting within their organization, representatives from the Landon Cheek chapter proposed the formation of the SIG at the Society’s board meeting in November 2005. The proposal was agreed to by the board.


This relationship was in effect from that date until August 2006, when the newly-elected president of the Landon Cheek chapter chose to terminate their relationship with the Society. At that point, Society member LaDonna Garner, CG, contacted the Society and volunteered to chair the AA-SIG. Her proposal was confirmed by the board and she continues to serve as the SIG’s chair


A major objective of the African-American SIG is to reach out to families throughout the St. Louis area who are involved in researching African-American ancestors. To meet that objective this SIG holds meetings throughout the year at both the St. Louis County Library and the St. Louis Public Library. In addition to reviewing African-American sources and records, the SIG also offers “directed research,” in which hands-on assistance is provided to members. SIG members are also encouraged to participate in Society projects to preserve St. Louis area data of significance to African-American families.


For more information on the AA-SIG, please contact LaDonna Garner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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