STGS Board Members for 2018 - 2019

President: Marguerite Scully
Vice President: Barbara Munson
Treasurer: Dick Boever 
Recording Secretary:  Sharon Webb
Corresponding Secretary: Pam Herty 
Archivist/Historian: Debbie Murphy
Board Member-at-Large: Beth Stahr

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Covington Branch

St. Tammany Library 310 W. 21st Avenue

Covington, LA



January 2018


The St. Tammany Genealogical Society presents

Using Historical Fiction and Social History
To Enhance Your Genealogical Research

with Beth Stahr, Certified Genealogist®

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the time and place that your ancestors lived?  Would you like to learn about the culture which existed during their lifetimes?  Do you wish you could find a time machine to take you back to a locale or era to understand what they experienced?  The next best thing may be to read about those times and places.

Good genealogical research sometimes requires that we learn history and there is a fun and interesting way to do this.  In her presentation, Beth Stahr will demonstrate how two different literature genres can help genealogists envision the historical and cultural circumstances in which their ancestors lived: historical fiction and social history.  Ms. Stahr will define these genres and provide examples from novels, non-fiction books, and journals which she has used in her professional genealogical research through the years.  She will show attendees how to identify and locate books that will assist with their own genealogical research for a specific time and place. 

Family historians will benefit from this program by learning how to incorporate historical and cultural background information into their family stories that will provide context for the lives of those who came before.

The program, sponsored by the St. Tammany Genealogical Society, will take place at the St. Tammany Parish Public Library at 310 W. 21st Street in Covington, Louisiana on Saturday, January 13, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  This program is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited to adults and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  The Society’s Meet-and-Greet will begin at 9:30 a.m. during which light refreshments will be served.

Beth Stahr is a professional genealogical lecturer and a Board member of the St. Tammany Genealogical Society.  She has been certified as a genealogist by the Board for Certification of Genealogists® since 1990 and has served as Treasurer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Vice-President of the Wisconsin Genealogical Council, and First Vice President of the Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society.  Ms. Stahr is currently employed as a librarian at Southeastern Louisiana University’s Sims Library.  She and her husband have resided in Covington for the past nineteen years.