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Trading Post

Recycling old Genealogical Materials

The St. Louis Genealogical Society operates the Trading Post as a place where genealogists can recycle books, journals, computer products, and other genealogical materials that they no longer need, and where other genealogists can find great bargains on genealogical materials that they do need.

Donations can be made to the Trading Post by bringing materials to the Society Office during our regular business hours, Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, or by special appointment. Your donation may be tax deductible to the extent of the law, with a value determined by you.

Trading Post Donation Guidelines

(Note: For quick reference, these guidelines are available in PDF format. Click here.)

In an effort to manage the Society’s Trading Post, we have established the following guidelines for donations to the Trading Post.

The Trading Post is pleased to accept:

  • Genealogical books of all kinds. This includes published family histories, local histories, state histories, “how to” books, etc.
  • Genealogical journals from the states of Missouri, Arkansas, and Iowa *
  • Genealogical journals from all states east of the Mississippi River.
  • Genealogical software products, such as Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, RootsMagic, Reunion, etc.
  • Genealogical data disks, such as FTM archives.

The Trading Post is unable to accept:

  • StLGS publications, including past issues of the Quarterly (we have a full supply of these in house)
  • Genealogical Helper magazines
  • Genealogical newsletters
  • Genealogical journals from the states west of the Mississippi River, other than Missouri, Arkansas, and Iowa
  • National genealogical journals, such as
    • APG Quarterly
    • NGS Quarterly
    • FGS Forum
  • Non-genealogical books or magazines, such as
    • Smithsonian magazine
    • National Geographic magazine
  • Computer or technical magazines
  • Old newspapers or newspaper clippings
  • Loose files of personal family history including four generation charts, family group sheets, photocopies of journals or articles, correspondence, etc.

For items that the Trading Post is unable to accept, please consider:

  • Donating magazines or journals to your local library
  • Donating books to a charity or book-sale
  • Recycling old correspondence or working files

Personal family history papers really belong within the family. We encourage you to plan for the disposition of these materials with your family members.

What’s in the Trading Post?

Materials in the Trading Post can be viewed by visiting the Society’s office during our regular business hours, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Each year the Trading Post materials are also offered for sale at the Society’s Family History Conference.

Thank you.




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