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Department Holdings and Collections

Since its establishment in 1998, the St. Louis County Library History and Genealogy Department has developed into a major genealogical research destination offering access to a growing collection of more than 50,000 book titles (including 15,000 published family histories); 850 periodicals; 18,000 microfilm rolls; 55,000 microfiche; 300 CD-ROM titles and numerous electronic databases. Many books in the collection can be checked out or borrowed through interlibrary loan. Circulating books have call numbers that do not begin with “R” and are indicated on the shelf by blue dots on the spines. The collection may be searched using the library's online catalog, available at the top of this page.

Premier collections

St. Louis Genealogical Society Collection (STLGS)

A core collection offering unique materials for St. Louis metropolitan-area and midwest research as well as sources for finding European roots.

The National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection (NGS)

The NGS Collection features more than 20,000 circulating volumes. Received in 2001, the collection features state, county and local histories; cemetery, church, court, land, marriage and estate record abstracts and indexes; and more than 9,500 family histories. The collection is particularly strong in materials for eastern states and New England. All items in the NGS collection may be checked out or borrowed via interlibrary loan.

The Julius K. Hunter and Friends African American Research Collection (JKH)

The JKH Collection, established in 2000, features African American genealogical resources in print and on microfilm and microfiche. The JKH Collection was established through the efforts of Mr. Julius K. Hunter in collaboration with the St. Louis Genealogical Society. In addition to his personal contributions, Mr. Hunter sought donations from corporate and individual friends. To recognize and honor Mr. Hunter's vision, St. Louis County Library established the Julius K. Hunter & Friends African American Research Collection. This collection continues to grow through funds from the library, the society, and Mr. Hunter and other friends of the collection.

“The Descriptive Recruitment Lists of Volunteers for United States Colored Troops for the State of Missouri, 1863–1865” is a unique film set made possible by a partnership of the JKH Collection and the National Archives. Other sources included in the JKH Collection are listed in the department’s “African American Genealogy” guide.

Find out more about the JKH collection and its holdings.

The Mary F. Berthold Collection

A premier collection of rare and heavily used works acquired from the National Genealogical Society’s Reference Library.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of St. Louis Collection

Includes the society’s library, formerly housed at the United Hebrew Temple, and additional Jewish genealogical resources.

Yizkor Book Collection

This collection consists of more than 100 books memorializing destroyed Jewish communities in Europe, with lists of those killed in the Holocaust.

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