This resource provides digital access to the most comprehensive collection of American periodicals published between 1684 and 1912 documenting the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction from the American Antiquarian Society (AAS).
Provides searchable full text and indexing of many U.S. and international newspapers, including print and online-only resources. Provides comprehensive news and information on differing perspectives for a variety of topics, including economics, business, political science, environmental issues, health and welfare topics, social problems, consumer affairs, education, international affairs and defense, sports and much more. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.
Primary source material providing insight into the cultural life and history during the first half of the 1800s through articles written by African Americans for African Americans. Includes biographies of people often overlooked in standard references.
Temporarily offering free remote access to books on the American Ancestors Digital Collection website, including city directories, family history books, and local history books.
American Ancestors provides access to more than 400 million U.S. and foreign records, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records. Full-text issues of The Register and other New England Historical Genealogy Society publications are also accessible. American Ancestors is available for use in the History & Genealogy Department only.
Resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War, with indexed, searchable information on 4.3 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with 15,000 photographs. From Alexander Street Press. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.
Firsthand descriptions of historical characters and events, glimpses of daily life in the army, anecdotes about key events and personages, accounts of sufferings at home, a rich battles database and more. From Alexander Street Press. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.
Covers more than 15,000 years of American Indian history and culture. More than 600 Native American groups represented.
Remote access for Ancestry ended on December 31, 2021.
Provides access to a large number of databases of interest to genealogists and historians. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.
Archion provides access to a growing collection of digitized records of baptisms, confirmations, marriages and burials for Protestant churches in Germany. Date coverage varies but usually ranges from as early as the mid-16th century to the late 19th century. Archion is available for use on one computer in the History & Genealogy Department only.
An online database of passenger arrivals through the port of New York for the years 1820-1892.
Includes name index for Civil War soldiers and sailors, histories of Union and Confederate regiments, battles of the war, and other historical information.
A searchable collection of articles published in the Charleston Mercury, The New York Herald, and The Richmond Enquirer between November 1860 - April 1865. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.
Passenger list records covering the years of 1892-1924.
This free site provides access to a growing collection of databases of digitized records for genealogical research. Users are required to create an account, which is free. Using the website in the History & Genealogy Department allows access to many digital images that cannot be viewed at home.
Findmypast offers searchable databases for censuses of the British Isles; civil, military, and church records; newspapers, and more. Coverage includes records for the U.S., Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The site provides access to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) covering thousands of genealogical and historical publications. Findmypast can be used at any St. Louis County Library location. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.
Fire Insurance Maps Online (FIMo) offers high definition, color fire insurance maps, real estate atlases, plat books, and other historical maps for Missouri and Illinois. Maps show building structures, building construction details, property ownership, property uses, and other useful information.
Provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. Public Land States include the 30 states where land was surveyed with the rectangular survey system and land descriptions utilize the terms section, township, and range.
The online GNIS Database provides information about geographic place names in the United States as is commonly found in a printed gazetteer.
Previously America's Obituaries & Death Notices
Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.
Provides access to U.S. Census records from 1790 to 1940, full text of local and family history books, Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant applications, and Freedman's Bank records. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.
Full text coverage of several national daily newspapers. This database includes: Chicago Daily Tribune (1849-1996), Los Angeles Times (1881-1995), New York Times (1857-up to three years behind the current year of publication), Wall Street Journal (1889-2002), and Washington Post (1877-2003). This database provides coverage previously found in the Historical New York Times database.
Searchable full text and full image articles from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper from 1874-2003.
Key events in United States history.
Features digitized southern plantation records from 1775-1915, documenting the far-reaching impacts of plantations on the nation. Plantation records include both business records and personal papers drawn from archives across the American South. Also has a timeline feature, highlighting key events in the 1800s with quick links to documents relating to those events. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.
HistoryGeo provides a searchable database of 12.3 million names connected to land ownership maps covering the 29 public land states and Texas. The database also features a historical map collection. Available remotely.
This database provides listings of death certificates filed with the Illinois Department of Public Health between 1916 and 1950.
The sources for this index include original county clerks' marriage records, such as marriage registers and licenses, as well as publications of county genealogical societies and private individuals. For each marriage, the index includes the names of the groom and bride, the date of the marriage or issuance of the license, the name of the county in which the marriage was performed, and a citation to the original record—volume and page number for registers or file number for licenses. Volume and page or license numbers are omitted in the index when published sources failed to provide this information.
Searchable full text access to this weekly newspaper featuring community news, events, and announcements for the Florissant Valley area, including Black Jack, Florissant, Hazelwood, and Spanish Lake. Includes access from October 2006 to present.
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) combines the holdings, services and staff of both the former National Library of Canada and the National Archives of Canada.
History, symbols and fun facts
A roll-by-roll listing of county records on microfilm held by the Missouri State Archives.
Includes indexes and images for St. Louis County Probate Court (1804-1876) and St. Louis City Probate Court (1876-1900, separated from county in 1876). The probate packets for 1802-1885, available through this project, are available on microfilm in the St. Louis County Library Special Collections Department.
Now available at all 20 branches and remotely! Access historical documents, photos, and other resources that span the past five centuries. MyHeritage Library Edition has more than 9 billion historical records from the US, Europe, Latin America, and other areas. It also gives you access to the US federal census (with images) from 1790-1940 as well as the census of England and Wales (with images) from 1841-1901. Types of records include birth, death, marriage, immigration, military, and tombstone records.
National Archives resources for genealogists and family historians.
Microfilm listed in the online catalog can be obtained through interlibrary loan.
The Newspapers.com database offers more than 10,000 digitized newspaper titles for large and small communities in the U.S. as well as newspapers in Canada, Australia, Ireland, the British Isles and Panama. Date range varies by publication. Click here for a video tutorial about using this resource.
Primary source 19th century newspaper content from urban and rural region newspapers throughout the U.S.
Searchable full text coverage of local news and community-submitted content from North County, including births, engagements, and community events. Falls under the Suburban Journals of Greater Saint Louis. Includes access from 2004 to 2008.
An interactive Google map showing the locations of open and closed churches with brief historical data. Users can search for an address and see its location relative to churches shown on the map.
Online access to microfilmed versions of the New York Times. Allows the user to retrieve, view, print and email specially digitized images from ProQuest microfilm. Note that access is only available for 2008 to 3 months ago.
Online access to microfilmed versions of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Allows the user to retrieve, view, print and email specially digitized images from ProQuest microfilm. Note that access is only available for 2008 to 3 months ago.
Online access to Great Athletes, Decades: 1960s in America, Great Events: Ancient World, and Great Lives: Ancient World.
Searchable full text coverage of local news and community-submitted content from South County, including births, engagements, and community events. Falls under the Suburban Journals of Greater Saint Louis. Includes access from 2004 to 2013.
Searchable full text database of local news and community-submitted content from South and West St. Louis County, including births, engagements, and community events. Falls under the Suburban Journals of Greater Saint Louis. Includes access from October 2004 to January 2009.
The St. Louis Genealogical Society provides education and support for those doing genealogical research in St. Louis City and County. Its library collection is held by the St. Louis County Library Special Collections Department.
An index to the more than 10,000 newspaper clippings filed by the newspaper and donated to the Mercantile Library in 1986. Coverage is 1920s – 1980s. Articles in the index can be found on microfilm at St. Louis County Library Headquarters.
Explore St.Louis history through local news, events and people with St. Louis Post-Dispatch Collection. Search current and archived issues from 1988 to present with full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. Now featuring full-color newspaper pages of daily issues from 2020 to present!
Covers people and events of historical significance in American history from Pre-Columbian America forward. Content includes primary source materials.
A website offering a wide range of genealogical information for German-speaking areas. Many of the pages are in German.
An online listing of court records on microfilm that can be borrowed through interlibrary loan.
Collection of primary sources, reference works, and scholarly journals providing materials for the study of World History.
An online catalog allowing users to search for items in more than 10,000 libraries in the U.S. and foreign countries.
Search for books, ebooks, periodicals, government documents, manuscripts, maps, audiovisual materials, music scores, and collections of digital items in libraries around the World.
Searches the library catalog holdings for libraries located in your area and around the World. Contains catalog records for books, web resources, maps, musical scores, video tapes and journals.