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Video Tutorials

Discovering Your Family's History

Part 1: Getting Started in Family History Research

Are you interested in researching your family’s history? Part 1 of this two-part tutorial will give you an overview of the research process and the kinds of documents used in genealogical research.

Part 2: Finding Genealogical Records

Part 2 of this tutorial offers tips for locating genealogical records and discusses the collection and services offered by the St. Louis County Library History & Genealogy Department.

Discovering Your Family's History: Resource List (PDF)

Introduction to Ancestry Library Edition Database

St. Louis County Library is providing remote access to the Ancestry Library Edition database for a limited time. Find out how to access millions of records for genealogical research with your valid St. Louis County Library Card.

Locating St. Louis Archdiocesan Parish Records Online

Church records are a rich source of genealogical information. Discover how you can find baptism, marriage and death records for parishes within the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri online.

Finding a European Place of Origin

In order to research your ancestors in European records, you first need to know their town or village of origin. This video will discuss eighteen possibilities for discovering the information.

Resources for Mapping First Land Title in Federal Land States

The US Federal Land System, established in 1788, covered 32 states. Learn about public land records and the tools that can help you in your research.

Introduction to

The database allows you to search millions of historical newspaper pages, and it can be used at home for free with a valid St. Louis County Library Card (restrictions apply). Learn in this tutorial how to search for information and save newspaper images to your computer.