St Louis City, Missouri Genealogy Guide

St. Louis City, Missouri (Map It) was created on August 22, 1876 from St. Louis County. The county was named in honor of King Louis IX (1214–1270), King of France from 1226 until his death . Learn More About State of Missouri History

St. Louis County is bordered by St. Louis County, Madison County, Illinois (southeast), St. Clair County, Illinois (southeast).

A Map of St. Louis City, Missouri contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

St. Louis City, Missouri Courthouse Records

St. Louis City, Missouri Courthouse
St. Louis City, MO Courthouse

The St Louis City Courthouse is located in St. Louis, Missouri. Learn More About State of Missouri Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

Researchers often overlook the importance of St Louis City court, probate, and land records as a source of genealogy and family history information. Buried away in Missouri courthouses and archives everywhere are the dreams and frustrations of many Missouri citizens. The chances are great that your ancestors have left a detailed record of at least some aspects of their lives in the St Louis City court records. The following indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in St Louis City. The dates indicated below are the first known records for this county which may include records of land, estates, taxes, vital records, divorces, naturalizations, court records, and so forth. On August 22, 1876, St. Louis City separated from St. Louis County and began keeping its own records, also retaining all original St. Louis County records before 1876.

  • St Louis City Recorder of Deeds has Marriage Records from 1766, Land Records from 1766 and Birth & Death Records from 1825. The Recorder of Deeds is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
  • St Louis City Circuit Court Clerk / Probate Court Clerk has Probate Records from 1766 and Court & Divorce Records from 1766. The Circuit Court Clerk / Probate Court Clerk has the direct index to records such as divorces, adoptions, judgment, and tax fee books including direct and indirect indexes. They also retain the index to criminal records and criminal files of the circuit court. Adoptions are under the jurisdiction of the circuit court. Naturalization records, including petitions, declarations of intention, certificates, and certificates of allegiance, and granting of citizenship are also located in the clerk's office, as well as an index to civil case files. The County Probate Division has jurisdiction over the estates of deceased persons. The Division hears all litigation involving trusts, including those trusts established in wills.
  • St Louis City Tax Assessor Office is responsible for appraising and assessing real estate property and person property for the purpose of taxation as well as transferring ownership of real estate, and keeping real estate maps up to date.
  • Local Records Inventory Database, produced by the Missouri Local Records Preservation Program, is a compilation of inventories of local government records identified as having permanent or enduring value and housed primarily in county and municipal offices, but includes some libraries, museums, and historical and genealogical societies that maintain government records. Not all Missouri offices have been inventoried.
  • St Louis City Health Department has Birth Certificates since 1920 and Death Certificates since 1980

St. Louis City, Missouri Census Records

St. Louis City, Missouri Vital Records

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