Saturday, April 25, 2009

Missouri History Museum

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was just received from our friends at the Missouri History Museum. Please address all inquiries to Dennis Northcott, Associate Archivist for Reference, dpn@mohistory.org.

Recently the Missouri History Museum launched the Genealogy and Local History Index -- http://www.mohistory.org/genealogy -- which includes references to hundreds of thousands of our St. Louis ancestors. In this index, you can search by personal name, business/corporate name, or street address. (The latter search option is designed primarily for those researching the history of their home and its former residents.) You can also sign up for our email list to receive monthly announcements of new sources that are added to the index.

Among the more than 240 sources in the Genealogy and Local History Index are the following: more than 5,000 Civil War-era loyalty oaths signed by St. Louisans; many high school and other school yearbooks from the first half of the 20th century; local Who's Who publications; company employee magazines; a few mid-19th-century, nonfederal St. Louis-area censuses; questionnaires filled out by World War I servicemen; records and publications relating to Civil War veterans; and much more.

Please note that the Genealogy and Local History Index is an INDEX to selected books, publications, documents, and photographs in the holdings of the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. You cannot view a digital image of the actual source online. If you find references in the index that interest you, you can request a photocopy online.
(Copies will be mailed in 1-2 business days.)

Please also visit our new Family History--Get Started page --- http://www.mohistory.org/lrc/family-history/get-started --- to learn about additional catalogs, guides, and indexes.

Also, our Genealogy Links page --
http://www.mohistory.org/lrc/family-history/genealogy-links -- provides links to websites that may help you find information on your St. Louis ancestors.

Read more about the Genealogy and Local History Index in Voices, the online magazine of the Missouri History Museum:
http://www.mhmvoices.org/2008FallDept2.php

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