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).
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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.
Covers the people and events in African American history from the 1400's to the present.
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.
America’s Obituaries & Death Notices covers recent U.S. deaths reported in newspapers nationwide. Local coverage includes obituaries from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1988-current), St. Louis American (2006-current), St. Charles County Journal (2011-current), and the Belleville News-Democrat (2000-current).
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.
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.
Covers more than 15,000 years of American Indian history and culture. More than 600 Native American groups represented.
Provides biographical information on North American men and women of renown. Only profiles persons who are dead.
Temporarily available remotely. Click here for remote access.
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.
From Gale, this resource offers access to primary sources and materials relating to LGBTQ history and culture since 1940. Find materials from hundreds of institutions and organizations dating as far back as the 1500s, as well as an unparalleled collection of newsletters, newspapers and periodicals by, for, and about the LGBTQ community.
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.
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.