The St. Louis Genealogical Society (StLGS) is a not-for-profit, all volunteer organization with more than 2,000 members in almost every state and several foreign countries. Begun in 1967, it is now the largest local genealogical society in the United States, renowned for its excellence in programming, resources, classes, and membership services. The Society is managed according to a set of Bylaws.


The Society office houses a small research library, computers with genealogical software, and microforms for St. Louis area research. Society members help people research family history by teaching classes, making presentations, and leading tours to other genealogical research facilities. Society volunteers preserve historical records and make the information available to researchers through indexing projects and publications. StLGS also sponsors several Special Interest Groups (SIGs) for those sharing a particular ethnic heritage. Current groups include German and Irish. StLGS has a comprehensive, professional website, continuously updated and easy to search and navigate. In addition to schedules of events and classes, the site contains information on hundreds of thousands of past St. Louis area residents. Our Products area offers family history books, CDs, and other publications for sale. An exclusive Members-Only section features many family history resources and unique databases. Society members receive our Quarterly journal and a monthly newsletter, News ‘n Notes.


StLGS offers free monthly genealogy programs at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters. Our annual Family History Conference, held each spring, is the largest single-day genealogical event in the Midwest. Attendees learn from quality speakers and presentations and can browse related vendor booths. Each autumn, the Society sponsors a Speaker Series and a research trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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The Society’s business office and classroom are located at #4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140, St. Louis, MO 63143, between Big Bend Blvd. and Laclede Station Rd. in the Sunnen Business Park in Maplewood. Office hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The office staff is a cadre of volunteers who are happy to share their genealogical expertise with visitors. Stop by with your research questions. Please call ahead (314-647-8547) to say you are coming. Our research library of more than 20,000 volumes is maintained under contract with the St. Louis County Library in the History and Genealogy Department at the Headquarters branch, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131. Phone: 314-994-3300


The St. Louis Genealogical Society promotes family history research by providing education and research opportunities, offering community services, and collecting, preserving, and publishing genealogical and historical records.


Throughout our history, Society volunteers have preserved historical records and provided information access through microfilming and indexing projects. Many of these efforts have resulted in Society publications—charts, books, and CDs—which are available to the general public.

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Last modified: 22-Jun-2016 11:52