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This guide to St. Louis Archdiocese records on microfilm is arranged alphabetically by parish or mission name. Entries include both St. Louis County Library and Family History Library film numbers, and the types of records with year range. Other material includes listings of parishes by founding date, county, ethnic/national group (if known). The archdiocese includes Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Perry, St. Charles, St. Francois, St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve, Warren and Washington Counties and the Independent city of St. Louis.
Born into slavery, Dred Scott sued for freedom in the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857. The original petition was filed in St. Louis. The case fueled the growing unrest within the country and was a contributing cause of the Civil War. Ruth Ann Hager researched the family’s story with the support and endorsement of descendants and the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation.