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Contact Information[edit | edit source]



St. Louis County Library Headquarters
Tier 5 (top floor)
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

Telephone:[1]  314-994-3300

Hours and holidays:[1]  Monday-Thursday 9-9 ; Friday-Saturday 9-5 ; Sunday 1-5; closed on legal holidays--see Holiday closings

Map, parking, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library (H&G) offers researchers a collection of more than 100,000 print items--including 13,000 family histories--valuable microfilm resources, and electronic databases. Geographic coverage includes states east of the Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, with emphasis on migration trails leading into Missouri. Military history, African American, and other ethnic sources are well represented.

St. Louis sources include online databases, federal censuses, births, marriages, deaths, cemeteries, church records, military records, naturalization records, newspapers, wills, and yearbooks.[2]

H&G holdings include materials from the National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection, the St. Louis Genealogical Society Collection, the Julius K. Hunter and Friends African American Research Collection and the Jewish Genealogical Society of St. Louis Collection.

Church records include records of parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, IL,, and many German Protestant churches originating in the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and the Evangelical Synod of North America (now United Church of Christ).

Collections includes difficult-to-find sources for German, Swiss, French, and British Isles research, including

  • One of the largest collections of Ortssippenbücher / Ortsfamilienbücher in the U.S. Volumes cover villages and towns in Germany, Alsace-Lorraine, and Banat.
  • A complete set of parish records for Canton Bern, Switzerland on 850 microfilm rolls.
  • More than 800 books of memorial inscriptions for Scottish cemeteries.
  • Materials for research in England and Ireland.

History & Genealogy at St. Louis County Library is a FamilySearch affiliate Library.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Tours. Public tours of the department are given on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Computer access. There is a 30-minute time limit on the public computers if others are waiting. Free wireless access, which includes access to library databases, is available for personal wireless devices.
  • Microfilm readers. 12 microfilm readers are available for use. All readers are attached to a printer and able to scan and save images electronically. Use is limited to one hour if others are waiting.
  • Book copying and scanning. A coin-operated photocopier is available to make paper copies and can be used as a flat-bed scanner. An overhead book scanner allows scanning to an electronic file.

Guides[edit | edit source]

Planning a research visit[edit | edit source]

The St. Louis County Library History & Genealogy website offers helpful information about using the collection and planning a research visit.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source via the St. Louis County Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, a great American genealogy collection: censuses, MO federal land sales, penitentiary, St. Louis fur trade, Civil War, passenger lists, plantations, American Indians, city directories, newspapers, Draper Manuscripts, and KY taxes.[3] [4]
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[5]
  • National Archives at Kansas City federal censuses 1790–1930; selected military service indexes, pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, photos, adoptions, vital records, land, and Indian records.</ref>

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Neighboring Collections

St. Louis CITY offices In 1876 St. Louis City separated from St. Louis County, but retained all of the original St. Louis County records prior to 1876.

St. Louis COUNTY offices:

Mixed City and County of St. Louis repositories:

Outside of St. Louis:

Outside of Missouri:

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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 History and Genealogy in St. Louis County Library (accessed 1 March 2016).
  2. Online guide to St. Louis sources in the History and Genealogy Department in St. Louis County Library (accessed 2 February 2016).
  3. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 67. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  4. About the Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 14 December 2021).
  5. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 396. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  7. St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds and Vital Records Registrar (accessed 7 March 2014).
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT : Everton Publishers, 2002), 406. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  9. City of St. Louis Assessor's Office - Administrative in City of St. Louis, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  10. 22nd Judicial Circuit Probate Division Resource Room in 22nd Circuit Court St. Louis, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  11. 11.0 11.1 St. Louis County Vital Records in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  12. St. Louis County Clerk in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  13. St. Louis County Circuit Court Clerk in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  14. St. Louis County Probate Court in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  15. St. Louis County Office of the Medical Examiner in St. Louis County, Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  16. Clayton History Archives (accessed 3 Aug 2021).
  17. German American Heritage Society of St. Louis (accessed 7 March 2014)
  18. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  19. Home in St. Louis African American History and Genealogy Society (accessed 7 March 2014).
  20. Home in St. Louis Genealogical Society (accessed 7 March 2014).
  21. Introduction to Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).
  22. Genealogists in St. Louis Public Library (accessed 3 February 2016).
  23. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  24. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
  25. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  26. Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Information in Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (accessed 3 March 2016).
  27. Vital Records in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 2 Feb 2016).
  28. Research in Ozarks Genealogical Society (accessed 15 March 2014).
  29. Guide to Local History and Genealogy Department Collections in Springfield-Greene County Library District (accessed 15 March 2014).
  30. The Hulston Library in Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Missouri in National Park Service (accessed 15 March 2014).
  31. Our Collection in Harrison County Museum (accessed 7 March 2014).
  32. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.