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Spring 2002
A Publication of the St. Louis Public Library

Vol. 2   No. 2


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

1. American Genealogical-Biographical Index to American Genealogical, Biographical, and Local History Materials. Supplement. Middletown, CT: Godfrey Memorial Library, 2001-. HG 929.02

This set is a supplement to the original AGBI. It is currently available through Vol. 7, which goes through "Bradstreet." It is a useful resource for indexing such items as the Pennsylvania Archives, many other state archives, and a wide variety of family history materials.

2. City Directories of the United States 1902-1935, Chicago, IL. 17 Reels. Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications, 1997?. HG 917.7311

Chicago city directories. As the second-largest city in the U.S. for many years, Chicago was a big draw for European immigrants as well as the many people migrating from the southern U.S. during the early 20th century.

3. Death Certificate Index, 1912-1943. 8 Reels. Jackson, MS: Dept. of Archives & History, 1992. HG 929.3762

This set indexes death certificates filed in the state of Mississippi from 1912 to 1943.

4. Carson, Dina C., ed. Directories of Genealogical and Historical Societies, Libraries, and Periodicals in the U.S. and Canada. Niwot, CO: Iron Gate Publishing, 2000. HG 929.1

This set of directories is very valuable for finding contact information for genealogical societies, publications, and libraries. A wonderful source for single-name journals, county and family societies, and collections in North America.

5. Mills, Elizabeth Shown, ed. Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers and Librarians. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001. HG 929.1

This book is a comprehensive source for the professional genealogist, including such topics as how to begin and manage a career as a professional genealogist; what skills are involved in professional-level research; how to write and publish research reports, family histories, journal articles, or lineage papers; and how to lecture and teach.

6. Newman, John J. Uncle, We Are Ready: Registering America’s Men, 1917-1918: A Guide to Researching World War I Draft Registration Cards. North Salt Lake, UT: Heritage Quest, 2001. HG 940.3

This source provides extensive information on what the draft registration cards are, how to use them, and what you can expect to find. It also provides tables of draft boards, how many were registered at each board, microfilm reel numbers, and parts of the alphabet covered on each reel.

7. United States City Directories, 1882-1901. Chicago, IL. 32 Reels. New Haven, CT: Research Publica-tions, 197?. HG 917.7311

These earlier years of Chicago city directories cover some of the peak immigration years for the U.S.

8. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. St. Louis City and County. East Point, GA: National Archives, 1991. HG 940.373

We have also created a finding aid for the set, which is organized by draft board.

We are also very pleased to announce that we now have full access to This includes the census images as well as the thousands of other databases available. The computers with this software are located in the History & Genealogy Department.


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. Biographical History of Eminent and Self-Made Men of the State of Indiana. Cincinnati, OH: Western Biographical Publishing Co., 1880. ST 977.2

This is a biographical dictionary of primarily mid-19th century men, usually prominent in society, business, or politics.

2. Daughters of the American Revolution. Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution. N.P.: Indiana Daughters of the American Revolution, 1938. HG 973.34

A list of Revolutionary patriots buried in Indiana, based primarily on pension applications. Information includes name, birthdate, county of residence, service, proof of service, marriage, date of death, place of burial, and whether there is (was) a headstone.

3. Griswold, Bert J. Fort Wayne, Gateway of the West 1802-1813: Garrison Orderly Books, Indian Agency Account Book. Indianapolis, IN: Historical Bureau of the Indiana Library & Historical Department, 1927. ST 977.2

This book includes transcriptions of the Garrison Orders of the Fort Wayne garrison. They include many personal names from early Indiana history.

4. Indiana. Report of the Unveiling & Dedication of Indiana Monument at Andersonville, Georgia. Indianapolis, IN: Wm. B. Buford, 1909. ST 973.76

This book contains a list of all Indiana Civil War soldiers who died at Andersonville Prison. It includes name, regiment, company, rank, date of death, and cause of death for each soldier.

5. Indiana. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. 8 Vols. Indianapolis, IN: Alexander H. Conner, 1869. ST 353.9

The set includes rosters organized by regiment (including name, date of muster, and remarks), which includes whether discharged, mustered out, or a place and date of death. In addition, Vol. 1 contains a list of officers killed and the date, place, and cause; register of officers dismissed or cashiered and the reason; Union soldiers buried in Indiana during the war, with name, rank, regiment, place, date and cause of death, where buried, and whether there is (was) a headstone.

6. Indiana. Record of Indiana Volunteers in the Spanish-American War 1898-1899. Indianapolis, IN: Wm. B. Burford, 1900. HG 973.89

A record of those who served in the Spanish-American War, including name, date of muster, residence at time of enlistment, and remarks (mustered out, transferred, died, or discharged).

7. Turner, Lynn W. & Heber P. Walker, eds. Indiana at War: A Directory of Hoosier Civilians Who Held Positions of Responsibility in Official, Volunteer, and Cooperating War-Time Operation. Bloomington, IN: Indiana War History Commission, 1951. ST 940.92

This item lists over 30,000 individuals who participated in WWII on the Indiana homefront, including the agency they worked for and the county of residence. The book has limited indexing.

8. Waters, Margaret R. Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Indiana: A Supplement: 485 Names Not Listed in the Roster of Soldiers & Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana nor in Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Indiana. Indianapolis, IN: the author, 1954.

9. Waters, Margaret R. Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Indiana: 300 Names Not Listed in the Roster of Soldiers & Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana. Indianapolis, IN: the author, 1949. HG 973.34

These two items include additional revolutionary patriots buried in Indiana but not listed in the DAR book. The entries include date and place of birth, residence, pension application numbers, and various sources for proof of service.

10. In addition to these items, St. Louis Public Library owns a large collection of Goodspeed-type 19th-century county histories and a large collection of county histories done in the late 20th-century by the Turner Publishing Company.

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