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St. Louis County, Missouri
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St. Louis County, Missouri Facts

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When was St. Louis County, MO Created?
St. Louis County was created on October 1, 1812 as one of the five original counties (reorganized August 22, 1876 when St. Louis City and St. Louis County split). The county was named in honor of King Louis IX (1214–1270), King of France from 1226 until his death .

What is the County Seat of St. Louis County, MO?
The County Seat is located in Clayton and in addition the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to St. Louis County, MO?
Bordering Counties are St. Charles County (north, northwest), Madison County, Illinois, City of St. Louis, St. Clair County, Illinois, Monroe County, Illinois, Jefferson County, Franklin County.

What cities and towns are in St. Louis County, MO?
Cities and towns located in the County include Ballwin, Bella Villa, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Bellerive, Bel-Nor, Bel-Ridge, Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Black Jack, Breckenridge Hills, Brentwood, Bridgeton, Calverton Park, Champ, Charlack, Chesterfield, Clarkson Valley, Clayton, Cool Valley, Country Club Hills, Country Life Acres, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Crystal Lake Park, Dellwood, Des Peres, Edmundson, Ellisville, Eureka, Fenton, Ferguson, Flordell Hills, Florissant, Frontenac, Glencoe, Glendale, Glen Echo Park, Grantwood Village, Greendale, Green Park, Hanley Hills, Hazelwood, Hillsdale, Huntleigh, Jennings, Kinloch, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lakeshire, Mackenzie, Manchester, Maplewood, Marlborough, Maryland Heights, Moline Acres, Normandy, Northwoods, Norwood Court, Oakland, Olivette, Overland, Pacific, Pagedale, Pasadena Hills, Pasadena Park, Pine Lawn, Richmond Heights, Riverview, Rock Hill, Shrewsbury, St. Ann, St. George, St. John, Sunset Hills, Sycamore Hills, Town and Country, Twin Oaks, University City, Uplands Park, Valley Park, Velda City, Velda Village Hills, Vinita Park, Vinita Terrace, Warson Woods, Webster Groves, Wellston, Westwood, Wilbur Park, Wildwood, Winchester, Woodson Terrace.

St. Louis County, MO Vital Records

Where can find St. Louis County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
St. Louis County vital records can be found at the Missouri Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from January 1, 1910. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Missouri for current fees and application process.

You can search online for St. Louis County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Missouri Birth and Death CertificateMarriage and Divorce Certificate Application to mail.

Another resource is the St. Louis County Health Department has Birth Certificates since 1920 and Death Certificates since 1980.

St. Louis County, MO Census Records

What St. Louis County, MO census records are available?
There are many types of census records for St. Louis County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820 (missing), 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

St. Louis Co. Slave Schedules is available for 1850 & 1860. St. Louis Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. St. Louis Co. Industry and Agriculture can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. St. Louis Co. Union Veterans Schedules can be acquired for 1890. There are free down-loadable and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Missouri Census Records Research Guide

St. Louis County, MO Courthouse and Government Records

St. Louis County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the St. Louis County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in St. Louis County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Missouri Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • St. Louis County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
  • St. Louis County 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.
    • Address: 41 South Central Avenue, Clayton, MO 63105-1799
    • Phone: (314) 615-7100 or (314) 615-7183
    • Marriage Records: 1876 (including Index to marriage records, 1806-1865; Marriage records, 1808-1882) 
    • Land Records: 1876 (including Index to deeds, 1804-1900; Deed records, 1804-1832; CoIlet’s index to French and Spanish archives, 1766-1854; French and Spanish archives, 1803-1848; Collet’s Index, 1804-1854) 
  • St. Louis County 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: 7900 Carondelet, Clayton, MO 63105
    • Phone: 314-615-8029
    • Probate Records: 1876
    • Court & Divorce Records: 1876
  • St. Louis County Clerk of the Court has indexes to common pleas, records of all extant proceedings, chancery minute books, records of births and deaths, county court records, right-of-way and road records, as well as surveyor's records (including field notes and plats made by the county surveyor). This office usually holds the county treasurer's notes, bonds and commissions, records of marks and brands, wolf scalps, stray notices, real estate assessments, and tax books. In some counties, early terms for this court included “Chancery” or the “Court of Common Pleas.”
    • Address: 12 Sunnen Dr., Maplewood, MO 63143
    • Phone: (314) 615-1800
    • Birth & Death Records: 1883-?
  • St. Louis County 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.
  • Local Records Inventory Database
  • State-Issued Land Patents 1831 - 1969
  • BLM Land Records

St. Louis County, MO Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for St. Louis County, MO?
A list of St. Louis County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Missouri Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other St. Louis County, MO Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in St. Louis County, MO?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to St. Louis County. A majority of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a payment. This is just a directory which has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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