Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Resources Are Plentiful for Tracing Family History

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Resources Are Plentiful for Tracing Family History

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HERE are some of the resources Cleora Hughes used to obtain information about her family. Also listed are other organizations that may be useful to you in researching your family history.

Libraries: Many libraries, including the main branch of the St. Louis Public Library at 13th and Olive streets, have a Soundex system that lists names by how they sound. The Soundex information here is on microfilmed 3X5 cards that list head of household, wife, children, ages, birthplace, race and sex. The regular census, which in some cases is murky, faded and much harder to read, has more information. For instance, it also lists occupations (not surprisingly, most people were farmers).

The downtown library has more information in the genealogy department on the first floor's east wing. Here, you will find microfilmed information and bound volumes on military records, passenger indexes, passenger lists, and church and cemetery records. The amount of information from each state varies and not all states are represented. Main library number: 241-2288; genealogy department: 539-0386. Vital Statistics: A close relative can obtain copies of death certificates ($10 each) by writing to the Vital Records Service, Division of Health, City of St. Louis, P.O. Box 14702, St. Louis, Mo. 63178. You can pick up an application blank at the bureau on North Grand Boulevard, next to Powell Hall. The Mormons: Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have made it their mission to set up 2,800 family history centers in 64 countries. Several of these centers are located in Missouri. Area facilities are at 6386 Howdershell Road, Hazelwood, 731-5373; and 10445 Clayton Road, Frontenac, 993-2328. Morning and evening hours, no charge to use information, nominal charge for rentals and printouts. The largest of these repositories is the Family History Library at 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84150, (801) 240-2331. It contains 2 million reels of microfilmed genealogical records, microfilm and volumes containing more than 2 billion names, and an International Genealogical Index database with more than 240 million names (it grows at a rate of 7 million names a year). …

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