Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Do You Have St. Louis Ancestors?

Recently the Missouri History Museum launched the Genealogy and Local History Index, which includes references to hundreds of thousands of St. Louis ancestors.

In this index, you can search by personal name, business/corporate name, or street address. (The latter search option is designed primarily for those researching the history of their home and its former residents.) You can also sign up for their email list to receive monthly announcements of new sources that are added to the index.

Among the more than 225 sources in the Genealogy and Local History Index are the following: more than 5,000 Civil War-era loyalty oaths signed by St. Louisans; many high school and other school yearbooks from the first half of the 20th century; local Who's Who publications; company employee magazines; a few mid-19th-century, nonfederal St. Louis-area censuses; questionnaires filled out by World War I servicemen; records and publications relating to Civil War veterans; and much more.

Please note that the Genealogy and Local History Index is an INDEX to selected books, publications, documents, and photographs in the holdings of the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. You cannot view a digital image of the actual source online. If you find references in the index that interest you, you can request a photocopy online. (Copies will be mailed in 1-2 business days.)

Please also visit the new Family History--Get Started page to learn about additional catalogs, guides, and indexes.

Read more about the Genealogy and Local History Index in the current edition of Voices, the online magazine of the Missouri History Museum:

(received from: Dennis NorthcottAssociate Archivist for ReferenceMissouri History Museum)

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