St. Louis City, Missouri Genealogy

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Independent City Courthouse


Parent County

1877--St. Louis City was created from St. Louis County as an independent city. [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Archives and Libraries

  • St. Louis Public Library (St. Louis City) owns a large collection of books, periodicals, maps, and other miscellaneous materials that deal with the history of St. Louis City, and Library staff have indexed many previously unindexed books and materials on that topic. They also own a large local history card file, and a large vertical file consisting of articles clipped from local newspapers and other local publications.
    St. Louis Public Library Local History Indexes and Bibliographies
  • St. Louis County Library has a large collection of genealogical records for St. Louis City in its Special Collections Department located at its main headquarters. The collection includes holdings from the St. Louis Genealogical Society as well as parish records from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. In addition to its holdings, the staff of the Special Collections Department has created indexes for many records including St. Louis newspapers as well as birth, naturalization, probate, and church records.


- See St. Louis County for additional St. Louis area cemetery resources.

Church History and Records

  • The St. Louis County Library has a page that lists its available Catholic resources including a list of Catholic priests that served in St. Louis from 1841-1900. With this list, a church marriage record can be found using the priests name from the civil marriage record to the church marriage record which often contains more family information.
  • St. Louis County Library's Catholic records collection is large. They have published a 348 page guide Guide To St. Louis Catholic Archdiocesan Parish Records detailing their holdings.
  • The St. Louis County Library has a page that lists its available Lutheran resources including an index to some Immanuel Lutheran and St. Paul's Lutheran Church records.
Evangelical and United Church of Christ

Court Records

  • St. Louis County Library has created an Index to Naturalizations.  Site provides information on the various naturalization records from the U.S. Circuit Court.


Land and Deed Records


Military History and Records



Vital Records (Civil)


The Family History Library also has 16 microfilms of the registers of the St. Louis City Hospital for 1846 to 1900.

St. Louis Public Library owns these microfilm birth and death record sets:

  • St. Louis, MO Birth Records, 1870-1910
  • St. Louis, MO Index to Register of Births, 1910-1929
  • St. Louis, MO Death Records, 1850-1909
  • St. Louis, MO Burial Permits, 1882-1908
  • St. Louis County, MO Birth Certificates, 1883-1910
  • St. Louis County, MO Death Certificates, 1883-1910

Marriage records of St. Louis and St. Louis Co., 1806-1965 are available on microfilm at the Family History Library.

The Family History Library has 147 microfilms from the city recorder (index for 1806-1965, records from 1808-1920, licenses from 1881-1966), and 14 films from the county recorder (index for 1877-1928, licenses from 1881-1933). The Missouri State Archives has copies of the same films available at the Family History Library.

  • St. Louis Public Library owns the following microfilm record sets:
  • St. Louis, MO Marriage Records, 1808-1882
  • St. Louis, MO Marriage Index, Males, 1806-1965
  • St. Louis, MO Marriage Index, Females, 1806-1963
  • St. Louis County, MO Marriages, 1881-1954
  • St. Louis County, MO Marriage Applications Index, 1882-1980

Missouri State Archives has online access to death certificates from 1910-1958. See Missouri Vital Records – Death Records.

St Louis Missouri Police Officers' Deaths, 1861-1899 is available online. (St. Louis Genealogical Society)

Societies / Museums

St. Louis Genealogical Society.

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).