Local History & Genealogy -

Electronic Resources


Ancestry Library Edition Available inside any Library branch. Ancestry.com has opted to end remote access on December 31, 2021. At that time use will once again be restricted to inside the library only. Contact Ancestry for questions or comments at 1-800-615-6560. Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of over 4 billion individuals from North America, Europe, Australia, and more. 

Family Search 
Over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images) have been digitized, including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide. Digital images may have contractual, data privacy, or other restrictions.
Family Search restricts access to some materials to inside the library only.

Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  Through a close relationship with the United States National archives and the Library of Congress, Fold3 is the leading provider of digitized original documents.  Extremely useful in adding depth to genealogical research. 
remote access available

HeritageQuest Online provides a collection of research materials for tracing family lineage and American culture, beginning with the 13 original colonies. This collection assembles genealogies, local histories, primary source materials, and genealogical and local history serials. When complete, Genealogy & Local History Online will encompass materials from all 50 states including over 7 million pages.
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NewspaperARCHIVE contains tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700's. It is your gateway to searching and reading historical newspapers online. 
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America's Obituaries and Death Notices 
The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices.  Coverage depends on location and time frame.  An excellent place to begin a search for a death notice publish in the U. S. within the last 20 years.
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Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company, established in 1867, compiled and published maps of U.S. cities and towns for the fire insurance industry to assess the risk of insuring a particular property. The maps are large scale plans of a city or town drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch, offering detailed information on the use made of commercial and industrial buildings, their size, shape and construction material. Some residential areas are also mapped. The maps show location of water mains, fire alarms and fire hydrants. They are color-coded to identify the structure (adobe, frame, brick, stone, iron) of each building.
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St. Charles Banner News Clipping File
Published under varying titles since 1903 the St. Charles Banner, was one of the principle newspapers serving St. Charles County. This clipping file was created and maintained by the newspaper from 1974-1978, is organized by subject.
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St. Charles Local Newspaper Index
When complete, this database will be an online index to the St. Charles Post for the years 1988-1998 and the St. Charles Journal from 1988 forward. There is approximately a 3 month delay between when items are published and when they appear in the database.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch (1874 - Present)
A single, comprehensive search provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Historical (1874 - 2003)
The complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format.
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Oak Grove Cemetery Database
Oak Grove Cemetery is the public Cemetery for the City of St. Charles.  Information in this database comes directly from the St. Charles City Clerk who maintains this information.
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