Recycling old Genealogical Materials

The St. Louis Genealogical Society operates the Trading Post as a place where genealogists can recycle books, journals, and other genealogical materials that they no longer need, and where other genealogists can find great bargains on genealogical materials that they do need.

Donations can be made to the Trading Post by bringing materials to the society office during our regular business hours, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, or by special appointment. Your donation may be tax deductible to the extent of the law, with a value determined by you.

Trading Post Donation Guidelines

(Note: For quick reference, these guidelines are available in PDF format. Click here.)

In an effort to manage the society’s Trading Post, we have established the following guidelines for donations to the Trading Post.

The Trading Post is pleased to accept:

Genealogical books of all kinds. This includes published family histories, local histories, state histories, “how to” books, etc.


The Trading Post is unable to accept:

StLGS publications, including past issues of the Quarterly (we have a full supply of these in-house)
Genealogy journals from any state or local society
Genealogy software products on disk (Family Tree Maker, RootsMagic, etc.)
Genealogical Helper magazine
Genealogy newsletters
National genealogical journals, such as
APG Quarterly
NGS Quarterly
FGS Forum
Non-genealogical books or magazines, such as
Smithsonian magazine
National Geographic magazine
Computer or technical magazines
Old newspapers or newspaper clippings
Loose files of personal family history including four generation charts, family group sheets, photocopies of journals or articles, correspondence, etc.

For items that the Trading Post is unable to accept, please consider:

    • Donating magazines or journals to your local library
    • Donating books to a charity or book-sale
    • Recycling old correspondence or working files

Personal family history papers really belong within the family. We encourage you to plan for the disposition of these materials with your family members.

What’s in the Trading Post?

Materials in the Trading Post can be viewed by visiting the society’s office during our regular business hours, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 noon. Each year the Trading Post materials are also offered for sale at the society’s Family History Conference.

Thank you for your donations and for following our guidelines.

Last modified: 16-Feb-2023 11:09