St. Louis was the welcoming home for people of many religions. In this portion of Research in St. Louis, you will find information about these religious groups and the records they produced. Genealogists often find the name of their ancestors’ church in baptismal or marriage documents, but are unable to locate the church records. The known genealogy of the churches is provided, including the date of formation and their address.
A listing of St. Louis churches is available along with a little background about the church and its records. A link to an active church is provided if it is available.
StLGS is compiling a list of St. Louis clergy with the data provided from various sources. Genealogists often locate a vital event document that includes the name of the clergy. If the church is unknown, the clergy name may lead the researcher to the proper church and neighborhood.
Catholic churches usually were established and stayed at one location. If two parishes merged, the church selected a new name. Usually the new church does not use the name of either of the two old parishes.
Protestant and Jewish congregations established themselves at one location and then moved west within the City or eventually into the County after a few years as their congregation migrated. Protestant churches often used street names as part of the name of their church.
St. Louis Genealogical Society volunteers compiled this information for you and will continue to search for more data. Please support our efforts with your membership.
Huisinga, Joan. The Churches of Soulard: Celebrating 14 Churches in and Around the Historic Soulard District of Saint Louis. St. Louis: Churches of Soulard Foundation, 1998.
Missouri Historical Records Survey. Church Bibliography: Baptist Bodies of Missouri; Associational Minutes. St. Louis: Historical Records Survey, Works Progress Administration, 1941.
Rothensteiner, Rev. John. History of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in Its Various Stages of Development, from A.D. 1673 to A.D. 1928. 2 volumes. St. Louis: Blackwell Wielandy Co., 1928.
Schild, James. House of God: The Historic Churches and Places of Worship of the St. Louis Area. Florissant, Missouri: Auto Review, 1995.
Stiritz, Mary M. St. Louis: Historic Churches & Synagogues. St. Louis: St. Louis Public Library and Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc., 1995.
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