Searching Early St. Louis Death Records for Orphan/Foundling Deaths

The following record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) covers nearly all deaths recorded in the Death Registry Books for St. Louis during the period August 1850 through December 1902:

St. Louis, Missouri, Death Records, 1850-1902

Statewide registration of deaths was not required in Missouri until 1910, so only about 60 percent of St. Louis City deaths were recorded prior to that date.

It is possible to search using these parameters:

    First & Middle Name(s)
    Last Name
    Birth—Location
    Death—Day—Month—Year—Location
    Any Event—Location
    Keyword
    Cemetery
    Address:

You can search for an individual of interest, but it is also possible to do a general search of these records for orphan/foundling deaths. Each of these searches produce results (case does not matter):

    First & Middle Name(s): foundling (Exact)
    First & Middle Name(s): orphan (Exact)

You can also search for deaths at a particular institution. For example, these general searches produce several hundred results:

    Address: orphan asylum (Exact)
    Address: orphan home (Exact)
    Address: orphans asylum (Exact)
    Address: orphans home (Exact)

Of course, you can get much more specific (case does not matter—nor do periods or apostrophes):

    Address: Baptist Orphan Home (Exact)
    Address: Christian Orphan Home (Exact)
    Address: Colored Orphan Home (Exact)
    Address: Episcopal Orphan Home (Exact)
    Address: German Orphan Home (Exact)
    Address: Methodist Orphan Home (Exact)
    Address: St Anns Asylum (Exact)
    Address: St Josephs Orphan Home (Exact)

These searches should prove of great interest to genealogists, students, and local historians.

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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