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Reference Materials at the Office

The society maintains a small Reference Room at its office location. Genealogical materials in the Reference Room are primarily for use by office staff and the walk-in researcher with an interest in St. Louis area records or records pertaining to the area’s ethnic origins. Visitors are reminded that our main research collection is housed at the society’s library, located in the Special Collections Department of the St. Louis County Library Headquarters.

What’s Here

To view a list of the books available in the Reference Room, click here.

The books and other materials in the Reference Room focus on the Missouri and Illinois counties surrounding St. Louis, as well as selected titles of ethnic groups who settled in St. Louis and some general “how to” books.

Materials in the Reference Room generally fall into these categories:

Geographic: Materials for the St. Louis Metropolitan Area—specifically:

  • In Missouri: St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and the near counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Perry, St. Charles, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Warren, and Washington
  • In Illinois: the near counties of Calhoun, Jackson, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, Perry, Randolph, and St. Clair

Ethnic: Materials of major ethnic interest for the St. Louis Metropolitan Area—especially German, Irish, Italian, Jewish, and African American

Methodology: Materials addressing genealogical research methodologies


The Reference Room is a reference and research facility. None of the materials in the Reference Room may be checked out.


St. Louis Genealogical Society · #4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140 · St. Louis, MO 63143 · 314-647-8547