Wednesday, March 03, 2010


Welcome to the February 2010 issue of Genealogy and House History News, a monthly update of additions to the Missouri History Museum's Genealogy and Local History Index and other genealogy and house history news.

The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center holds a wealth of resources for researching your family history or the history of your house. The ever-growing Genealogy and Local History Index is a good place to start your research, but don't forget to consult our Family History--Get Started page for information about additional catalogs, guides, and indexes to our collections. Visit our Genealogy Links page for links to websites that may help you locate information on your St. Louis ancestors.

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Recent Additions to the Genealogy and Local History Index

The following sources have recently been added to the Genealogy and Local History Index. To search the index globally, visit the main page.

1. Commercial and Architectural St. Louis (Jones & Orear, 1888)
2. Commercial and Architectural St. Louis (Dumont Jones & Co., 1891)
3. Business Cards and Trade Cards Collection
4. The Broadcaster, 1927-1932 (newsletter published in St. Louis by the Arkansas-Missouri Plant Department, Southwester Bell Telephone Company)
5. Membership roster of the Veteran Volunteer Firemen's Historical Society (St. Louis), 1888-1905

Coming Soon to the Genealogy and Local History Index

Here's a list of the sources we're currently indexing. As they're completed, they'll be added to the Genealogy and Local History Index.

1. Weekly Report of the Mortality Among the Soldiers in the Military Hospitals and Camps of St. Louis (published weekly in the Missouri Republican, 1861-1865). Entries usually include the soldier's name, date of death, cause of death, company, and regiment.
2. Washington University yearbooks, circa 1903-1940s
3. Mercantile-Commerce News (employee magazine of the Mercantile-Commerce Bank and Trust Company), 1947-1960s

New Archival Finding Aids Posted to the Missouri History Museum Website

The Genealogy and Local History Index is not the only place to look for your ancestors. Visit the Archives Collection Guides page on the Missouri History Museum website to browse or search (1) the Guide to the Archival Collections, which includes descriptions of the size and content of the cataloged archival collections, (2) the Civil War Manuscripts Guide, and (3) finding aids to selected archival collections.

The following finding aids have recently been posted to the website:

1. William Vincent Byars Papers, 1878-1949
2. Mary T. Hall Papers, 1888-2003
3. Hewitt-Neff Family Papers, 1867-1925
4. Higgins Family Papers, 1852-1872
5. Anna P. Neave Letters, 1881-1920
6. Franklin Olin Papers, 1887-1900
7. Reminiscences of the 1st Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Militia (Civil War), by William Streetor, circa 1908
8. Scheller Family Papers, 1904-1933
9. Adolph G. Schumacher Papers, 1934-1936

Was Your Ancestor a Physician?

If your ancestor was a physician, the Missouri History Museum's library and archives collections offer many possibilities to locate additional information.

1. A word search of the library catalog for terms such as "physicians," "medical college," "medicine," etc., turns up the following items:

a. A History of Medicine in Missouri (published in 1905), which includes biographical sketches of more than 150 physicians, some of which are accompanied by a portrait. View catalog record.
b. The Medical Scrapbooks comprise four volumes of newspaper clippings relating to doctors and medicine in St. Louis. View catalog record. The articles in these scrapbooks are indexed in the Library Information File.
c. Catalogs of several 19th-century St. Louis medical colleges, which sometimes include lists of graduates. View sample catalog records.
d. Directory of Physicians, Dentists and Druggists of Missouri, 1889. View catalog record.

2. You'll also want to search our Guide to the Archival Collections. For example, a search for the term "physicians" turns up the following reference:

a. St. Louis, Missouri, City Register Records (Collection No. A1359) contains a Roll of Physicians and Surgeons Residing in St. Louis County, 1874-1883. Entires in this indexed volume include the physician's signature, date of registration, date of diploma, and name and location of school or university.
3. The Dexter P. Tiffany Collection includes a variety of records of the 19th-century St. Louis County Court. A search of the finding aid to this collection for the term "physician" turns up the following items:
a. Box 45, folder 1, includes physician income statements, 1847-1849.
b. Box 45, folders 2-6, includes contemporary copies of medical diplomas of physicians, filed with the County Court from 1874 to 1878.

4. The Genealogy and Local History Index includes the following items:

a. Saint Louis Medical Society: Centennial Volume (1939)
b. List of Names of Physicians to Whom Certificates Were Issued by the State Board of Health of Missouri, 1888-1892

Upcoming Workshop and Lecture

House History Workshop

Are you interested in discovering the history of your house and its former residents? Get started at the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. Associate archivist Dennis Northcott will introduce you to our valuable holdings, including directories, maps and atlases, and newspapers. Participants will have the opportunity to begin research immediately after the program. Maximum 20 participants.

When: Saturday, March 27, 2010, 9:30 am
Where: Library and Research Center (225 South Skinker, across from Forest Park)
How much: $10 per person;?$5 for Missouri History Museum members
Reservations: To reserve a spot in this workshop, please call (314) 361-9017.

Walking Where They Walked: Historic St. Louis Maps for the Genealogist

There’s much more to maps than finding directions. Historic maps depicting former boundaries and landmarks can help you understand your ancestor’s experience more fully. Several specialized types of maps including plats, fire insurance maps and cadastral (tax) maps can help you locate new facts about your family history. Librarian Emily Jaycox will present a slide talk at the Missouri History Museum, illustrated with examples from the Missouri History Museum's map collections.

When: Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 6:30 pm
Where: Missouri History Museum in Forest Park (Lindell and DeBaliviere)
How much: Free
Reservations: Reservations are not required.

Visit the Library and Research Center

The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center is free and open to the public. The Library and Research Center is located at 225 South Skinker, across from Forest Park. Our hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 pm, and Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.

The Library and Research Center collections are non-circulating; items may not be checked out. The library staff can make photocopies for 25 cents per copy.

Library reference desk: 314-746-4500,
Archives reference desk: 314-746-4510,
Library and Research Center website:

Missouri History Museum P.O. Box 11940 St. Louis, MO 63112-0040

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