Monday, February 09, 2009

Saint Louis Area Genealogy and History Sources

MANY READERS of this website are interested in genealogy, and so my sister-in-law suggests that I post links to local genealogy sources and websites. I've found these Internet sites interesting sources of information on the history of the Saint Louis area, and so may be of use to amateur genealogists:

Saint Louis County Library (Library main branch has extensive historical archives.)

City and County of St. Louis Missouri Genealogy Web Page

Moser's Directory of Towns, Villages and Hamlets Past and Present of Missouri

St. Louis Street Index

History's Time Portal to Old St. Louis

Landmarks Association of St. Louis

Built St. Louis: Architecture links

CONTENTS of the JEFFERSON COUNTY portion of GOODSPEED's HISTORY OF Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford, & Gasconade Counties, Missouri

History and Genealogy of Franklin County, Missouri

History of St. Charles, Montgomery and Warren Counties, Missouri

1913 Commercial History Of Clinton County, Illinois

Randolph County Illinois "...Where Illinois Began..."


A Brief History of St. Clair County, Illinois

Neighborhoods of the City of Saint Louis

Missouri Spatial Data Information Service

Midwest Gazetteer (emphasis on southeast Missouri)

These websites have some national information which may be of interest: Commercial Real Estate Information and Construction Data

Geographic Names Information System (United States Geological Survey)

Historic Markers

The Jesuit Relations and Allied Documents, 1610 to 1791

Stone Quarries and Beyond

Here are Amazon links to books and items which I've found useful:

Missouri Atlas & Gazetteer (Shows all roads and detailed geography.)

Illinois Atlas and Gazetteer

The Streets of St. Louis

Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers (Provides an answer to the question "Are we there yet?")

Garmin MapSource Topo U.S. (Topographic maps for Garmin GPS units, includes locations of old cemeteries, churches, and schools. Especially useful is the landmark search feature.)

Books by prominent and prolific local historian, Fr. William Barnaby Faherty, S.J.,including his most recent books Centuries of St. Louis and The Saint Louis German Catholics by Reedy Press.

If any reader knows of other sites of local historical or genealogical interest, please leave a comment!


  1. The Carondelot Historical Society. Not sure if they are online, but are located in the old Susan Blow Kindegarten on Michigan. A block away from St. Mary and Joseph Chapel

  2. I have been doing some family history research for my ancestors in St. Clair County IL. There is a St. Clair County Geneological Society web site. Also the Belleville Public Library, downtown Bville, has records of all Catholic baptisms, marriages, funerals, etc., (I think for St. Clair County only) from about the 1800s on. The Library's web site provides further detail as to what they have.

  3. Yes. Geneology is very interesting. I have a relative on my family tree who was born in 1766. And that was in Germany too... imagine how hard it was for that record to survive. Congratz on helping people with their geneologies. Found this website on stlouiscatholic ;)