The society has a wealth of resources devoted to furthering our mission. Perhaps the most important is service provided by our dedicated set of volunteers. Learn more about volunteer opportunities.

St. Louis Records

The society continues to make St. Louis records from the past available in a variety of formats. Increasingly, we are adding such records to this website under the Research tab on the gold navigation bar at the top of the page. We continue to make others for sale on CDs or in books. Additional records that are not currently published are available for research at the society office.

Computer Lab

Our computer lab is part of our classroom for our education program, and it allows guests to review current genealogical software programs.  This lab primarily supports our volunteers who are indexing, scanning, and proofreading data for future publication.

Office Research

While our office serves primarily as the business center for the society, it also houses some research materials that our members should be aware of. Our reference room includes books, microfilm and microfiche, CDs, and other materials pertaining to St. Louis and the surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois, as well as general research aids and materials on the ethnic groups important in the settlement of St. Louis. The office also houses a large set of surname files, arranged by the primary surname of each family. These typically contain one-of-a-kind material. A partial surname cross-reference is available for these files.

On This Site

This website provides a lot of information as noted above. In addition, there are genealogical links to other websites important for your St. Louis research, a frequently asked questions page to facilitate your use of the site, a page with links to general research tips, and thousands of actual records, many of which are indexed and searchable. For a guide to the website, be sure to read the “Guide to the Website.”


The St. Louis Genealogical Society is, above all, a service and educational organization. For members who can trace their ancestry to early residents of St. Louis, we offer the First Families Program as a way to honor and preserve the histories of those ancestors. Our office staff includes many knowledgeable volunteers, who are happy to work with members on their research questions in our Ask Louie program. Directions for how to contact our Ask Louie volunteers are on their page.

For those who may wish to hire a researcher, we provide a list of Researchers for Hire.


The society’s main research facility is our library collection at the History and Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library. This 20,000+-volume collection is a major resource for researching St. Louis ancestors. Library staff and society volunteers are on-site to assist with your family history research questions.
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