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Lookup Request

The History & Genealogy (H&G) staff will look up information based on the following criteria:

  • Indexed microfilm sources in the H&G collection. Consult "Indexes, Finding Aids and Guides" for available indexes.
  • Print sources (books and periodicals) that have indexes.
  • Any sources when an exact citation is provided.

The library does not do research. A list of researchers for hire is posted on the St. Louis Genealogical Society website.

The results will be returned as an electronic file by email.

Up to three lookup requests may be submitted at one time. Further requests will be not be processed until the current ones are completed. Please review the library's lookup policy.

Lookups are free, but donations are appreciated. Donate online or mail donations to: 
History & Genealogy, St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63131

Contact Information

Please select the type of lookup below and provide the required information.

Request #1
  • An exact citation is required for this lookup unless the publication includes an index.
  • The library will copy up to 25% or 30 pages of a single book, whichever is less.
If date of death and cemetery is not known, please request a civil death record lookup.
Please describe

If name of church is not known:

  • For baptisms - Provide the address of the family residence.
  • For confirmations - Provide the address of the family residence.
  • For marriages - Lookup cannot be processed. Request a civil marriage record lookup.
  • For burials - Lookup cannot be processed. Request a civil death record or newspaper obituary lookup.
  • For other - The name of the church is required.

Please consult the online list of available city directories

Death records are available for 1850-1909. Missouri death records beginning 1910 are online up to 50 years prior to current year.

Please consult the online list of available funeral home records.

If date of death is not known, please request a civil death record lookup.
  • Please consult the online catalog for the library's genealogical and historical periodical holdings.
  • The Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to genealogical and historical publications can be searched for free on the FindMyPast website.
  • An exact citation is required for this lookup.
  • Only one article can be copied from a single journal issue.

Before submitting a lookup request, please consult the following indexes:

If neither the publication date nor death date is known, please request a civil death record lookup.

St. Louis probate records, 1802-1900 (included in Missouri Judicial Records) can be downloaded as digitized copies from the Missouri State Archives website.

Before submitting your request, please consult the online Index to St. Louis wills, 1816-1967 and provide the following information:

The History & Genealogy staff cannot do general research but will do lookups in indexed sources or if given an exact citation. Please describe your lookup request. Include specific names, dates, and other details.

Request #2
  • An exact citation is required for this lookup unless the publication includes an index.
  • The library will copy up to 25% or 30 pages of a single book, whichever is less.
If date of death and cemetery is not known, please request a civil death record lookup.
Please describe

If name of church is not known:

  • For baptisms - Provide the address of the family residence.
  • For confirmations - Provide the address of the family residence.
  • For marriages - Lookup cannot be processed. Request a civil marriage record lookup.
  • For burials - Lookup cannot be processed. Request a civil death record or newspaper obituary lookup.
  • For other - The name of the church is required.

Please consult the online list of available city directories

Death records are available for 1850-1909. Missouri death records beginning 1910 are online up to 50 years prior to current year.

Please consult the online list of available funeral home records.

If date of death is not known, please request a civil death record lookup.
  • Please consult the online catalog for the library's genealogical and historical periodical holdings.
  • The Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to genealogical and historical publications can be searched for free on the FindMyPast website.
  • An exact citation is required for this lookup.
  • Only one article can be copied from a single journal issue.

Before submitting a lookup request, please consult the following indexes:

If neither the publication date nor death date is known, please request a civil death record lookup.

St. Louis probate records, 1802-1900 (included in Missouri Judicial Records) can be downloaded as digitized copies from the Missouri State Archives website.

Before submitting your request, please consult the online Index to St. Louis wills, 1816-1967 and provide the following information:

The History & Genealogy staff cannot do general research but will do lookups in indexed sources or if given an exact citation. Please describe your lookup request. Include specific names, dates, and other details.

Request #3
  • An exact citation is required for this lookup unless the publication includes an index.
  • The library will copy up to 25% or 30 pages of a single book, whichever is less.
If date of death and cemetery is not known, please request a civil death record lookup.
Please describe

If name of church is not known:

  • For baptisms - Provide the address of the family residence.
  • For confirmations - Provide the address of the family residence.
  • For marriages - Lookup cannot be processed. Request a civil marriage record lookup.
  • For burials - Lookup cannot be processed. Request a civil death record or newspaper obituary lookup.
  • For other - The name of the church is required.

Please consult the online list of available city directories

Death records are available for 1850-1909. Missouri death records beginning 1910 are online up to 50 years prior to current year.

Please consult the online list of available funeral home records.

If date of death is not known, please request a civil death record lookup.
  • Please consult the online catalog for the library's genealogical and historical periodical holdings.
  • The Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to genealogical and historical publications can be searched for free on the FindMyPast website.
  • An exact citation is required for this lookup.
  • Only one article can be copied from a single journal issue.

Before submitting a lookup request, please consult the following indexes:

If neither the publication date nor death date is known, please request a civil death record lookup.

St. Louis probate records, 1802-1900 (included in Missouri Judicial Records) can be downloaded as digitized copies from the Missouri State Archives website.

Before submitting your request, please consult the online Index to St. Louis wills, 1816-1967 and provide the following information:

The History & Genealogy staff cannot do general research but will do lookups in indexed sources or if given an exact citation. Please describe your lookup request. Include specific names, dates, and other details.

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