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Spring 2001
A Publication of the St. Louis Public Library

Vol. 1   No. 2


Items recently added to the St. Louis Public Library’s collections that may be of interest to genealogists.

1. Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1991 – 1997. 70 Volumes. HG 369

Covers 1888 – 1915. The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States was one of several fraternal organizations formed by Union veterans of the Civil War. These volumes contain speeches, articles, and reminiscences written by its members. Volumes 8 – 14 were published by the Illinois Commandery of the MOLLUS.

2. St. Louis Coroner. Inquest Index. Alphabetical By Last Name. 1846 – 1900. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri State Archives.

Coroner’s records can be an invaluable source of information. This index is on microfilm.

3. St. Louis Circuit Court. Naturalizations. Microfilm. Jefferson City, MO: Missouri State Archives.

The Naturalizations microfilms should be very useful for anyone with a St. Louis connection. It includes an alphabetical index and covers 1838-1906.


These are selected older items that you may not know about, but which can prove helpful in Illinois genealogical and historical research. They represent only a few of the many valuable resources available at the St. Louis Public Library.

1. Brown, Margaret K. & Lawrie C. Dean. The Village of Chartres in Colonial Illinois 1720 – 1765. New Orleans, LA: Polyanthos, 1977. HG 977.301

This work provides transcriptions of church records for the parish of Ste. Anne.

2. Eddy, T. M. Patriotism of Illinois: a record of the civil and military history of the state in the war for the Union, with a history of the campaigns in which Illinois soldiers have been conspicuous, sketches of distinguished officers, the roll of the illustrious dead, movements of the sanitary and Christian commissions. Chicago: Clarke & Co., 1865-66. 2 vols. HG 973.74

3. Illinois. Adjutant General’s Office. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Illinois. Springfield, IL: Phillips Brothers, State Printers, 1900-1902. 9 vols. HG 353.9

Volumes 1-8, by regiment and company, soldiers who served in Illinois volunteer regiments during the Civil War. Volume 9 lists soldiers who served in Illinois volunteer regiments during other 19th-century American wars.

4. Illinois Marriage Record Index (name/county sequence) [microfilm]. Springfield, IL. Illinois State Genealogical Society, 1994. HG 929.3773

A microfiche listing of Illinois marriages from most counties prior to 1900.

5. Roster of Union Soldiers 1861 – 1865: Illinois. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1999. 3 vols. HG 973.741

This information is also available on microfilm as Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served in Organizations From the State of Illinois. It can also be found on the Illinois State Archives website. (Note: Service records for Illinois troops are not available on microfilm; however, they can be requested from the National Archives.)

6. United States. Quartermaster’s Department. Roll of Honor: Names of Soldiers Who Died in Defense of the American Union Interred in the National (and other) Cemeteries. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-. 9 vols. HG 929.3778

Soldiers buried in Illinois cemeteries are listed in Volumes 9, 12, 13, 17, 18, and 26. Illinois soldiers buried in Southern prison camps may be found in Volumes 3 and 14. Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery listings are in Volume 20.

7. Volkel, Lowell M. War of 1812 Bounty Lands in Illinois. Thomson, IL: Heritage House, 1977.HG977.3

List of Bounty Land Grants for Illinois from the War of 1812.

8. Wolf, Joseph C. A Reference Guide for Genealogical and Historical Research in Illinois. Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 1963. ST 016.929

This guide is an early bibliography by the head of the Local History & Genealogy Department at Chicago’s Newberry Library. Sections include general references, biographical materials, census materials, church records, newspapers, military records, and materials focusing on individual counties.

9. Whitney, Ellen M. The Black Hawk War 1831-1832. Springfield, IL: Illinois State Historical Library, 1970. 2 vols. HG 973.56

Volume 1 contains lists of the Illinois volunteers by regiment. Volume 2, parts 1 & 2, contain letters and papers from the conflict.

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