St. Louis County, Missouri Genealogy

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County Courthouse


Parent County

1812--St. Louis County was created 1 October 1812 as an original district. County seat: Clayton [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 and St. Louis County 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.


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.


Local Histories



  • Civil War
    Civil War service men from St. Louis County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies or regiments that were formed from men of St. Louis County.
- 43rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry, Company A.

 St. Louis County Library has created an Index to Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914. The names included in the extracted set below include ONLY enlistees who were either born in St. Louis, Mo., or who enlisted at St. Louis or at Jefferson Barracks (shown as Jeff Bks in the chart) which is located in St. Louis County.  

St. Louis County Library site has a street guide to the World War I draft boards in the city of St. Louis. $ has an index to the World War I draft registration cards also.



Vital Records (Civil)



Web Sites


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