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Ruth Ann Abels Hager

B.A., History, Benedictine College
M.A., Teaching, Webster University

Lecturer: Course 3

Ruth Ann (Abels) Hager is a Reference Specialist and Web Designer at St. Louis County Library's Special Collections Department where she works extensively with the Julius K. Hunter & Friends African American Research Collection. Prior to joining the library staff, she conducted genealogical research for clients, taught genealogy classes at St. Louis Community College, and served as co-webmaster for the St. Louis Genealogical Society's web site.

Certified as a Genealogical Record Specialist (CGRS) in 1995 and as a Genealogical Lecturer (CGL) in 2001, Ruth Ann has given presentations at NGS, FGS, and GENTECH national conferences as well as at state and local workshops. She authored The Hager Family (1983) and The Schieber Family History (1986); edited Jefferson Township Cemeteries, Nodaway County, Missouri (1988) and A Schieber Research Journal (1991); co-authored the National Genealogical Society Quarterly article "Slaves, Soldiers, and Citizens: Special Civil War Recruitment Lists" (June 1993); and authored a number of articles for the St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly and other genealogical periodicals.

Her educational background includes a BA in history from Benedictine College, Atchison, Kans.; Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.; Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (1994); National Institute on Genealogical Research (1999); Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (2003).

Ruth Ann is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society, and is a Life Member of the St. Louis Genealogical Society.