- Jackson County, MO Dept of Records
Jackson County contains Kansas City and surrounding areas. Their Dept of Records website contains a few record databases, most importantly, their marriage records (applications and licenses) are online, up to current day.
- Missouri Digital Heritage
- Missouri Online Resources and Databases
Missouri Digital Heritage is a product of the Missouri Office of the Secretary of State. It includes a wide selection of historical documents. Missouri Online Resources and Databases lists several databases that are all part of Missouri Digital Heritage, but they are easier to find. This includes, but is not limited to, a Land Patent Database, a Coroner's Inquest Database, Missouri Judicial Records, Naturalzation Record Index, and Missouri Death Certificates.
- Missouri Sanborn Maps
"The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company, established in 1867, compiled and published maps of U.S. cities and towns for the fire insurance industry to assess the risk of insuring a particular property. The maps are large scale plans of a city or town drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch, offering detailed information on the use made of commercial and industrial buildings, their size, shape and construction material. Some residential areas are also mapped. The maps show location of water mains, fire alarms and fire hydrants. They are color-coded to identify the structure (adobe, frame, brick, stone, iron) of each building."
These maps are great resources to learn more about the neighborhood your ancestors grew up in. Since street names can change, and renumbering can occur, these maps can tell you where exactly your family lived. Additionally, churches, schools, and some businesses are often named.
- Missouri History Museum's Genealogy and Local History Index
"The index contains references to personal and corporate names (primarily St. Louisans and St. Louis businesses) that appear in selected library, archives, and photograph collections. If you find a reference in the index, you may request a photocopy of the item."
- St. Louis County Library Special Collections
An index to the collections available at the headquarters branch of the St. Louis County Library. While the collections themselves aren't online, and you will have to go to the library and look at microfilm, the collection is extensive and vital to any family history research that takes you through the St. Louis area.
- Genealogy Resources at the St. Louis Public Library
Guide to the resources available at the St. Louis Public Library, along with some online databases.
- St. Louis Genealogical Society Online Records
An index to data the St. Louis Genealogical Society has researched and put online.
- St. Louis Obituary Index, Obituary Search, and Obituaries by Year
The St. Louis Obituary Index on the St. Louis Public Library's old website contains an alphabetical index by year for obituaries that appeared in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. As of May 2008, the years covered were: 1880-1927, 1942-1945, 1992-2006. They also have an index of WWI and WWII casualty lists which appeared in the newspaper. The old website remains, but is not updated, and following some of the links will take you to the new website results.
Obituary Search on the St. Louis Public Library's new website provides a name search mechanism, and as of June 20, 2009, they have 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1963, and 1992-2007 available. Obituaries by Year replaces the former index. It contains the same years as the Search. The Casualty lists were merged with the obituaries in both.
An index to 1975-1977 Post Dispatch obituaries is available on Bob Doerr's website. (He's editor of the Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal.)
- Genealogy in St. Louis
Managed by St. Louis genealogist, Dave Lossos, this site contains further links to local informational resources, as well as several transcription projects.
- Time Portal to Old St. Louis
Part of the US Genealogy Network (USGenNet) this site contains a lot of historical information and photographs.
- St. Louis Housing Conditions in 1908 - a report of the Civic League of St. Louis. (Download PDF) (Read online)
This report, 90 pages in length, details disturbing conditions in tenements on OFallon, Biddle, Morgan, Wash and Carr from 7th to 14th streets. Contains photographs.
- 1930 St. Louis Jewish Orphans Home (a transcription of the 1930 census)
While there is a lot of information available online, genealogical societies can be beneficial in several ways. First, you may discover a cousin you didn't know about there researching the same family lines you are. Second, there are other genealogists with experience researching that may know about resources you haven't yet learned about.