"Now you go through Saint Louie... Joplin, Missouri... and Oklahoma City looks mighty pretty..." (from "Route 66" by Bobby Troupe)
St. Louis is the home of Budweiser, the unbeatable St. Louis Cardinals, the Gateway Arch, and the S.S. Admiral (once upon a time a great way to take a cruise on the Mississippi, now a floating casino). And it's a hub on the fabled Route 66 from Chicago to LA.
Your host, the Genealogy Roots Blogger, was born in St. Louis. Here are some of my favorite online St. Louis genealogy sources that you might find helpful if you've got St. Louis ancestors.
Basic Online Guide
Here you can find links to online indexes and sources for military records, probate records, cemeteries, church records, ordering vital records, and more... St. Louis, Missouri Genealogy Resources
St. Louis Death Records
This webpage has more than thirty links to various online St. Louis death indexes, including St. Louis Post-Dispatch obituaries, Catholic, military and Jewish cemetery databases, and more... Online St. Louis, Missouri Death Records Indexes, Obituaries and Cemeteries
I've already blogged about this database, but here it is again... Missouri State Archives Death Certificate Database 1910-1963
St. Louis Marriage Records and Marriage Licenses
- City of St. Louis Marriage Licenses - Ordering Information
- St. Louis, Missouri Marriage Index 1804-1876 (fee-based - part of an Ancestry subscription)
- St. Louis COUNTY Marriage License Ordering Information 1877-present
- Marriage Records of St. Louis City and County 1806-1965 on Microfilm can be ordered at local LDS Family History Centers (fee required when ordering microfilm)
The Missouri State Archives has a searchable database where you might find some of your Missouri military ancestors: Missouri Soldiers Database: War of 1812 - World War I
For more military records see: Online Military Indexes and Records
St. Louis Naturalization Records
There are some great online indexes for St. Louis naturalizations, done in the federal court or local courts. For information on these see... Finding St. Louis Naturalization Records
To New Orleans and up the Mississippi - Finding Immigration Records
Some immigrants to Missouri (and other nearby states) arrived at the port of New Orleans and traveled by riverboat up the Mississippi River to St. Louis. This was more common prior to the Civil War. After the Civil War many train lines were built, making it easier to travel from the East Coast to inland cities. The New Orleans Passenger Lists Quick Guide is a helpful starting place for locating New Orleans passenger records. For help with other ports see: Finding Passenger Lists 1820-1940s
Both the St. Louis City and County libraries have genealogy resources within their walls and on their websites.
- St. Louis County Public Library - Special Collections: Genealogy
- St. Louis City Library - Genealogy and Other Sources
Population Shifts from the City to the County
St. Louis City and County separated from each other on August 22, 1876. At this webpage you can see how the population of St. Louis has shifted from the City to the County over time: Population of St. Louis City & County, Missouri 1820-2010
And... Our Beloved St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals Official Website
If you're just passing through, perhaps on your way from Chicago to L.A. on Route 66, be sure to stop at a Steak 'n Shake and order a Steakburger.
(This article was updated on 3 September 2014.)