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St Louis City, Missouri Genealogy

St Louis City, Missouri genealogy and family history research page. Find links to record collections, history, and genealogy resources to help you trace your St Louis City, ancestors.

St Louis City Facts

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St Louis City was created on August 22, 1876 from St. Louis County. The county was named in honor of King Louis IX (1214–1270), King of France from 1226 until his death .

The St Louis City Seat is situated in St. Louis and in addition the county government website is

Areas surrounding St Louis City include St. Louis County, Madison County, Illinois (southeast), St. Clair County, Illinois (southeast).

St Louis City has Federal Census Schedules to help in researching your family tree. Government Population Schedules are present for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

St Louis City Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. St Louis City Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1880. St Louis City Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There are free down-loadable and printable census forms to help you with your research.

St Louis City Societies and Family History Resources

A list of St Louis City Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

St Louis City Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers often overlook the importance of St Louis City court, probate, and land records as a source of genealogy and family history information. Buried away in Missouri courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and frustrations of many Missouri citizens. The chances are great that your ancestors have left a detailed record of at least some aspects of their lives in the St Louis City court records.

Please call the clerk's department to confirm hours, mailing address, fees and other specifics before visiting or requesting information because of sometimes changing contact information. Even if your ancestor is not mentioned in a Court case, consider all of the other procedures which could have lead to him or her appearing in court records.
The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in St Louis City. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, court records, and so forth. On August 22, 1876, St. Louis City separated from St. Louis County and began keeping its own records, also retaining all original St. Louis County records before 1876.
  • St Louis City Hall (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1200 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103-3201
    • Phone: (314) 622-4000 General Info, (314) 622-4800 Service Requests
  • St Louis City Recorder of Deeds is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
    • Phone: (314) 622-4610
    • Marriage Records: 1766
    • Land Records: 1766
    • Birth & Death Records: 1825 (including Some births and deaths were recorded back as far as 1825, but they are far from complete.) 
  • St Louis City Circuit Court Clerk / Probate Court Clerk has the direct index to records such as divorces, adoptions, judgment, and tax fee books including direct and indirect indexes. They also retain the index to criminal records and criminal files of the circuit court. Adoptions are under the jurisdiction of the circuit court. Naturalization records, including petitions, declarations of intention, certificates, and certificates of allegiance, and granting of citizenship are also located in the clerk's office, as well as an index to civil case files. The County Probate Division has jurisdiction over the estates of deceased persons. The Division hears all litigation involving trusts, including those trusts established in wills. (In the smaller counties, probate matters are handled in the same office as the associate circuit court office)
    • Address: 1114 Market St., St. Louis, MO 63101
    • Phone: (314) 622-4433
    • Probate Records: 1766
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1766
  • St Louis City Tax Assessor Office is responsible for appraising and assessing real estate property and person property for the purpose of taxation as well as transferring ownership of real estate, and keeping real estate maps up to date.
  • St Louis City Health Department has Birth Certificates since 1920 and Death Certificates since 1980

St Louis City Links

The following are links to Genealogy, Records and Resources relating to St Louis City. These genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some require a payment.  This is just a list that has been collected or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to submit your own favorite genealogy or family history related sites.

St Louis City MO Atlases, Maps & Gazetteers

St Louis City MO Books, Newspapers & Publications

St Louis City MO Birth, Marriage & Death Records

St Louis City MO Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

St Louis City MO Census Records

St Louis City MO Cemeteries & Graveyards

St Louis City MO Church & Bible Records

St Louis City MO Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

St Louis City MO General and History Websites

St Louis City MO Military Records

St Louis City MO Schools & Directories

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