Local Genealogy Programs
The Missouri History Museum is utilizing collection resources and expertise to provide families with assistance in genealogical research. Their Genealogy Programs consist of workshops, lectures and other offerings to strengthen families and build family histories.
Here are a few upcoming workshops. If you miss them click the link and it should take you to information on similar events!
Beginning Genealogical Research
@ the St. Louis County Library Headquarters
@ Jamestown Bluffs Branch
If you have little or no research experience, this is the class for you. Learn about the genealogical research process and the many resources available in History & Genealogy at the St. Louis County Library.
Library Skills for Genealogical Research
@ St. Louis County Library Headquarters
@ Cliff Cave Branch
Learn how to search online library catalogs, obtain materials from distant libraries, locate periodical articles, and use the library’s in-house guides. Pre-requisite: Who Were my Ancestors? Beginning Genealogical Research class or previous research experience.
Adults. Registration requested.
Finding Ancestors in U.S. Census Records
@ Daniel Boone Branch
@ Cliff Cave Branch
Census records are a basic and essential source for genealogical research in the U.S. Learn how to search census records effectively using Ancestry Library Edition and other electronic databases. Computer Lab. Call for Age requirements. Registration required.
Finding Immigrant European Ancestors
@ Webster Road Branch
Discover print and online resources for researching immigrant ancestors.
This class will include an overview of information available on Ancestry Library Edition and other electronic databases. Prerequisite: Finding Ancestors in U.S. Census Records class or comparable research experience.
@ the Missouri History Museum Library
Discover the history of your St. Louis-area ancestors.
AUGUST 17th, 2019
July 23rd, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 P.M.
July 16th & JULY 17th, 2019
2:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
JUNE 27th & July 2nd, 2019
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 P.M.
July 3rd & JULY 9th, 2019
10:00 A.M. & 2:00 p.m.
Were they Newsworthy?
In small town St. Louis pre-everything, everyone's business was everyone else's.
Domestic violence... divorce... death? Everything was newsworthy.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 1874-2003 from Newspapers.com
St. Louis Republic Newspaper, 1888-1919 from Chronicling America/The Library of Congress
St. Louis Globe-Democrat Clipping Files Names Index c. 1930-1986
St. Louis, Missouri Newspaper Archives 1808-1932 at GenealogyBank
Use these to track progress throughout your research. Or use this one!
Download a FAMILY TREE TEMPLATE
Don't want t pay for online research? Access all records..... free!
To find the closest library to you, click here!
Go to the LIBRARY!
225 S Skinker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63105
REAL Records, REAL Newspapers, REAL HiSTORY! MLK was there!!!
Go to THIS Library!!!
Missouri History Museum Research Center & Library
A long-lost cousin may have already done much of the legwork for you!
Say "Hello!" Their grandmother may be listed in your census record.
REGISTER an account for MyHeritage.com, Ancestry.com, Fold3.com and/or FamilySearch.com
Organize them in a folder by each family name.
Allot SPACE in your phone and computer for screenshots and newspaper clippings.
You will gather so much info so quickly you'll need to go old school.
You may need to write down links, dates, addresses (to visit later), etc.
Buy a NOTEBOOK
Many neighborhoods our relatives settled have now fallen victim to massive westward movement. The house you are looking for may or may not be standing. The street it is on may or may not be safe.
Have FUN (but be CAREFUL)!
To Find Relatives Who Lived in St. Louis
You can search Online Missouri Census Records (including images)
for the following years...
1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940.
***1880 Missouri Census Records Index and Images (index is free with registration - viewing images requires payment) There is a census from June and November that year.
Look in Ancestry's US Census Records Collection (FREE AT THE LIBRARY!)
Missouri and USA Census Records at FamilySearch
1940 Missouri and USA Census at FamilySearch
Or search the St. Louis Genealogical Society website!
Check the Phone Book!
(previously known as The City Directory)
St. Louis City Directories: Assorted Years 1863-1960 Ancestry/requires payment - (FREE AT THE LIBRARY!)
St. Louis City Directories at Fold3 Assorted Years 1863-1923
Searches are free, requires payment to view the images of the city directory pages
Gould's St. Louis City Directories and Bluebooks 1873-1899
(AT THE UMSL LIBRARY)
St. Louis City Directories Assorted Years 1821-1877
(AT WASH U)
Ship Passenger Lists?
To Find Out What Side Your Team Played For:
Find War Vets Here:
To Find Relatives Born in St. Louis
For relatives born between....
To Search By: DEATH
For relatives who died in St. Louis search...
Online St. Louis and Missouri Death Records and Obituaries Indexes
Missouri Coroner's Inquest Database
1826-1873 - St. Louis County Coroner's Records Index
1850-1902 - St. Louis City Death Records Index (FREE AT THE LIBRARY!)
To Find Death Notices, Obituaries, Burial Permits, etc.
Index to Deaths in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat - 1860-1861, 1880, 1881, 1883
1876-1894 - Westliche Post Obituaries Index
St. Louis German-language newspaper
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Obituary Index -1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1970, and 1992-2014
St. Louis Argus Obituary Index
(African-American community newspaper)
To Visit Their Grave