Researching a Civil War Soldier

SLPL offers you numerous ways to explore the service of a Civil War ancestor. A good way to get started is to utilize some of the electronic resources that SLPL makes available. is available at Central Library and our branch libraries. One of the record collections in is called U.S., Civil War […]

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1890 Veterans Schedules

This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1890 special census of Civil War Union veterans and widows contained on microfilm M123 (118 rolls) from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). In anticipation of the June 1890 liberalization of federal Civil War pension laws, this special census was intended to help […]

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Divorce Records

Staff in the Genealogy Room get requests about divorce records on a regular basis. In the past, we generally had to tell patrons that we had very little access to such records. We can now tell people that we have greatly expanded access to some divorce records. provides access to divorce records or divorce indexes […]

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U.S., Photographs of Military Ships by the Bureau of Ships, 1914-1946  

The Bureau of Ships was established on June 20, 1940 by the Department of the Navy. This new bureau consolidated the Bureau of Engineering and the Bureau of Construction and Repair.   The Bureau of Ships was responsible for supervising the design, construction, conversion, procurement, maintenance, and repair of U.S. Navy vessels of varying sizes […]

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Digital Sanborn Maps

The SLPL website provides Library cardholders access to various reference databases. One of these, ProQuest Information and Learning's Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, offers digital access to large-scale maps of various Missouri towns and cities. Digitized Sanborn Maps allow for greater flexibility of use and improved viewing possibilities compared to the earlier microfilm versions of these maps. […]

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Searching for Newspapers

There is a fairly easy way to search in for newspapers associated with a particular American city or county.     To begin, select Advanced Search.   In the drop-down menu, change Keyword to Subject.   Enter your search terms in the following manner (depending on whether you are searching for newspapers affiliated with […]

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Where Do I Begin?

One of the questions we receive most often in the Genealogy Room is: “How do I start researching my family history?” It’s possible that somebody has already done the job for you. You can go here to see if somebody has already written a book history of your family. If that doesn’t pan out (and it most […]

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