St. Louis pioneers recorded their vital events in many ways and this portion of Research In St. Louis shares some of these events with you.

The state of Missouri did not keep birth and death records until 1910. Local records varied before that date since registration was voluntary. Church baptismal records supplement birth records and often provide the mother’s maiden name.

Marriage contracts and records usually provide confirmation of the bride’s maiden name and the date of the wedding. Divorce records may serve the same purpose.

Death is part of life and a treasure trove of records is created when a person dies. Cemetery or crematory records provide personal and family information. Early burial permits substitute for death certificates. Funeral home, monument, and obituary records usually provide clues for descendants or other family members.

StLGS has compiled this information for you and will continue to search for more data. Please support our efforts with your membership. StLGS Membership.


St. Louis City

St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds
Vital Records, Room 126
1200 Market Street
St. Louis, Missouri 63103
314-613-3016–Birth records
314-613-3018–Death records
314-589-6796–Marriage records

St. Louis County

St. Louis County Vital Records [St. Louis County birth & death certificates]
111 South Meramec Avenue, 1st Floor
Clayton, Missouri 63105-1711

Saint Louis County Recorder of Deeds [St. Louis County marriage records]
41 South Central Avenue
Clayton, Missouri 63105-1799
[Download marriage records order form.]

State of Missouri

Missouri State Vital Records Bureau
Missouri Health Department
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102

Last modified: 07-Nov-2016 10:58