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Classroom Activities/Lesson Plans

We have developed free downloadable classroom activities and lesson plans that are adaptable for various grade levels and based on sources found in the History & Genealogy Department.



  • 100,000 cataloged items dedicated to history and genealogy emphasizing St. Louis and migration trails into the St. Louis area. Many books in the collection can be checked out.
  • Microfilm copies of original St. Louis records for, including marriage, death, court, will, naturalization, church, and cemetery records.
  • City directories for St. Louis and other communities.
  • Newspapers on microfilm, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Globe Democrat, as well as local community and ethnic newspapers for St. Louis.
  • A wide selection of electronic databases for genealogical and historical research. Most can be used remotely with a valid St. Louis County Library card.
  • Local History File with information about St. Louis-area communities and subjects related to St. Louis history.