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Online Genealogy Resources

Access World News

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.

American Ancestors (Available in History & Genealogy only - see librarian)

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.

FamilySearch

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 (In Library Use Only)

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.

HeritageHub

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.

Historical Newspapers: U.S. Major Dailies [Proquest]

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.

History Vault: Southern Life, Slavery, and the Civil War 1 & 2

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

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.

 

Illinois State Archives--Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900

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.

Independent News

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.

MyHeritage Library Edition (available remotely)

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.

North Side Journal

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. 

South County Journal

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.

Southwest County Journal

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.