Thursday, August 29, 2013


The following program is co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library and Madison County Genealogical Society, and is free and open to the public.

Squeezing Your Sources: Getting All the Info You Can From Military Service and Pension Records

Join us as Tom Pearson, Subject Specialist in the Genealogy Room of the St. Louis Public Library, discusses ways to extract all the info you possibly can from compiled military service records and pension records.

Date: Thursday, 12 September 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Community Room, Edwardsville Public Library, 112 South Kansas, Edwardsville, IL 62025.


Kids/grandkids back in school? Maybe now is the perfect time to plan a visit to the SLPL Genealogy Room!

Central Library
Genealogy Room, 3rd Floor
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

Hours: M-Th-- 10 AM-9 PM
Fri-Sat-- 10 AM-6 PM

Parking: You should be careful about feeding that meter! They are checked regularly on weekdays and Saturdays. Parking meters are not checked in downtown St. Louis, however, on Sundays and after 7 PM.

You can also park at one of the numerous all-day parking lots near the Library. Prices vary.

We also offer limited free parking on our lot at the nw corner of 15th & Olive Streets (directly behind the Campbell House Museum). You can pull right onto the lot, but will need a token you pick up at one of the entrance service desks in order to exit from the lot.

Security procedures: You will need to be buzzed into the Genealogy Room. Press the white button to the right of the door and state your purpose for visiting. Come in after we give you the OK.

You may bring a bag, briefcase, or pack that you can fit under your chair. You may bring notebooks, pens, and pencils (we prefer that you use pencil while using our books). You may bring a bottled water or soda—no open cans or cups, and no food is allowed.

You may bring a laptop or netbook (you will need an SLPL library card in order to access the Internet—out-of-town visitors can get a temporary guest card). Numerous outlets are available in the Genealogy Room.

Reference databases: You may access various reference databases for free in the Genealogy Room (you don't need a library card to do so). Such databases include (but are not limited to);;; Historical Post-Dispatch (1874-1922); and Sanborn Maps (Missouri only). Some of these databases may be accessed from home if you have an SLPL library card.

Collection: We concentrate on the State of Missouri, and states and countries that furnished large numbers of persons to this state. That means the collection is quite good for most states east of the Mississippi River, and many Western European countries. We also own an extensive collection of printed family histories. Our microfilm collection includes census materials, passenger lists, military records, native American tribal rolls, city directories, plus local newspapers, vital records, and cemetery records. You can use our catalog to search for materials of interest prior to visiting the Library.

SLPL Catalog

Copies: People using our microfilm collection can either print paper copies or save images to a flash drive (you must supply your own flash drive).

There is a photocopier in the Genealogy Room for making copies from books or magazines (15 cents per copy). You can also take photos of items from our collection provided such images are strictly for personal use (no flash, please), but we ask that you obtain permission before using such photos in a printed publication or on a website, blog, or other digital publication.

Dining/Amenities: You can currently purchase food or drink in the Library, but Downtown St. Louis provides a great online guide to the nearly 200 restaurants in downtown St. Louis (many within easy walking distance of the Library).

Downtown St. Louis Amenities Guide

Have a question?

Ask a Librarian!


Note: Wikipedia article on the Battle of Antietam (17 September 1862):


Abbreviations include:

Library branches:

BU: Buder Branch
DA: Julia Davis Branch
DI: Divoll Branch
KI: Kingshighway Branch
MA: Machacek Branch
SC: Schlafly Branch

Central Library locations:

HG: History, Geography, & Travel Room
ST: Stacks

Bailey, Ronald H. The Bloodiest Day: The Battle of Antietam. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1984. 973.733—ST; BU

Cannan, John. The Antietam Campaign. New York: Gallery Books, 1990. 973.7336—ST

Frassanito, William A. Antietam: The Photographic Legacy of America's Bloodiest Day. New York: Scribner, 1978. 779.9—ST

Hartwig, D S. The Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign of 1862: A Bibliography. Westport, CT: Meckler, 1990. 016.973336—ST

Johnson, Curt, Richard C. Anderson, and Joseph M. Hanson. Artillery Hell: The Employment of Artillery at Antietam. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1995. 973.7336—ST

Luvaas, Jay, and Harold W. Nelson. The U.S. Army War College Guide to the Battle of Antietam: The Maryland Campaign of 1862. Carlisle, Pa: South Mountain Press, 1987. 973.7336—ST

McPherson, James M. Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. 973.7336—ST

Murfin, James V. The Gleam of Bayonets: The Battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign of 1862. New York: T. Yoseloff, 1965. 973.7336—ST

Priest, John M. Antietam: The Soldiers' Battle. Shippensburg, PA: White Mane Pub. Co, 1989. 973.7336—ST

Sears, Stephen W. Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam. New Haven: Ticknor & Fields, 1983. 973.7336—ST

Thursday, August 22, 2013


The SLPL website provides Library cardholders access to various reference databases. One of these, ProQuest Information and Learning's Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, offers digital access to large-scale maps of various American towns and cities. Digitized Sanborn Maps allow for greater flexibility of use and improved viewing possibilities compared to the earlier microfilm versions of these maps. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify, and zoom in on specific sections. The SLPL website provides access to the Missouri portion of this collection:


Coverage varies widely for included cities and towns (“coverage” here meaning when a particular map was prepared or updated). Here, for example, is the coverage provided for Missouri cities and towns beginning with the letter A:

Adrian (Bates Co.)—Apr 1894-Apr 1924
Agency (Buchanan Co.)—Nov 1922
Alton (Oregon Co.)—July 1923
Anderson (McDonald Co.)—Sept 1920-Sept 1928
Appleton City (St. Clair Co.)—Oct 1885-Oct 1935
Armstrong (Howard Co.)—Aug 1917-Aug 1928
Ash Grove (Greene Co.)—July 1893-June 1931
Atlanta (Macon Co.)—Mar 1918
Auxvasse (Callaway Co.)—May 1902-Jan 1925
Ava (Douglas Co.)—July 1914-Mar 1935

Coverage for St. Louis City and a sampling of nearby cities is as follows:

St. Louis City—Mar 1903—Dec 1952
Kirkwood—Feb 1928-Nov 1949
O’Fallon—Nov 1912
Pacific—July 1886-Jan 1929
St. Charles—May 1886-Oct 1947
St. Peters—Nov 1912-Sept 1917
Ste. Genevieve—Feb 1894-July 1945
Valley Park—Jan 1926

The list of available Missouri cities and towns is extensive—why not visit our website and see for yourself?


Monday, August 12, 2013


The North Russia Intervention was part of the Allied intervention in Russia after the October Revolution. The intervention brought about the involvement of foreign troops (U.S.; U.K.; Canada; and France) in the Russian Civil War on the side of the White movement. The Whites opposed the Bolsheviks (who deposed the Tsar and seized power in late 1917). The northern campaign officially lasted from June 1918 to March 1920. Around 14,000 troops were involved on each side; Allied forces suffered 750 casualties while the Bolsheviks suffered 2,150 casualties.

Abbreviations include:

Central Library locations:

BG: Business, Government, Law, and Literature
ST: Stacks

Albertson, Ralph. Fighting Without a War: An Account of Military Intervention in North Russia. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920. ST—940.91

Bradley, J F. N. Allied Intervention in Russia. New York: Basic Books, 1968. ST—940.414

Brinkley, George A. The Volunteer Army and Allied Intervention in South Russia, 1917-1921: A Study in the Politics and Diplomacy of the Russian Civil War. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 1966. ST—947.08

Davis, Donald E, and Eugene P. Trani. The First Cold War: The Legacy of Woodrow Wilson in U.S.-Soviet Relations. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2002. BG—327.7304709

Dobson, Christopher, and John Miller. The Day They Almost Bombed Moscow: The Allied War in Russia, 1918-1920. New York: Atheneum, 1986. ST—947.0841

Foglesong, David S. America's Secret War against Bolshevism: U.S. Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1917-1920. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995. ST—947.0841

Goldhurst, Richard. The Midnight War: The American Intervention in Russia, 1918-1920. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978. ST—940.4147

Silverlight, John. The Victors' Dilemma: Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War. New York: Weybright and Talley, 1971. ST—947.084

Somin, Ilya. Stillborn Crusade: The Tragic Failure of Western Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918-1920. New Brunswick, N.J., U.S.A: Transaction Publishers, 1996. ST—947.0841

Unterberger, Betty M. America's Siberian Expedition, 1918-1920: A Study of National Policy. Durham, N.C: Duke University Press, 1956. ST—947.084


SLPL reference databases can be accessed here by our cardholders:

SLPL Reference Databases

You will need a valid SLPL library card and a PIN to access these reference databases.

Getting a Library Card

Setting and Using Your PIN


St. Louis Dispatch [1874-1877]
St. Louis Evening Post [1878]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch [1878-1879]
St. Louis Post Dispatch [1879-1922]



Chesterfield Journal [Oct 2004-Feb 2009]
Hazelwood-Bridgeton Journal [Oct 2004-Apr 2008]
Kirkwood-Webster Journal [Oct 2004-Feb 2009]
North County Journal—NW ed. [Oct 2004-Sept 2011]
North County Journal—Overland ed. [Oct 2004-Sept 2011]
North Side Journal [Oct 2004-Apr 2008]
Northeast County Journal [Oct 2004-Sept 2008]
O’Fallon Journal [Oct 2004-Apr 2011]
Oakville-Mehlville Journal [Oct 2004-Jul 2007]
Overland-St. Ann Journal [Oct 2004-Sept 2008]
South County Journal [Oct 2004-current]
South Side Journal [Oct 2004-Apr 2011]
Southwest City Journal [Oct 2004-Jan 2009]
Southwest County Journal [Oct 2004-Jan 2009]
St. Charles Business Record [Mar 2001-Mar 2009]
St. Charles Journal [Oct 2004-current]
St. Louis American [Feb 2006-current]
St. Louis Countian [Mar 2001-Mar 2009]
St. Louis Daily Record [Mar 2001-Mar 2009]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch [Jan 1988-current]
St. Peters Journal [Oct 2004-Apr 2011]
Tri-County Journal [Oct 2004-Jan 2009]
Wentzville Journal [Oct 2004-Feb 2009]
West County Journal [Oct 2004-current]


Belleville News-Democrat [Oct 2000-current]
Edwardsville Intelligencer [Jun 2000-current]
Edwardsville Journal [Oct 2004-Feb 2009]
St. Clair County Journal [Oct 2004-Sept 2011]

Note: Current newspapers are also available for other cities in other states.

Also available and of possible interest to genealogists/local historians in the HISTORY REFERENCE CENTER database:

America’s Civil War [Jul 1996-current]
Civil War Times [Dec 1996-current]

Friday, August 2, 2013


Note: Wikipedia article on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki:


Abbreviations include:

Library branches:

BU: Buder Branch
KI: Kingshighway Branch
SC: Schlafly Branch

Central Library locations:

HG: History, Geography, & Travel Room
ST: Stacks

Alperovitz, Gar. Atomic Diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam: The Use of the Atomic Bomb and the American Confrontation with Soviet Power. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1965. ST—327.73047

Barker, Rodney. The Hiroshima Maidens: A Story of Courage, Compassion, and Survival. New York, N.Y: Viking, 1985. ST,BU—940.5426

Hachiya, Michihiko, and Warner Wells. Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician, August 6-September 30, 1945. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1955. ST,BU—940.92

Hersey, John. Hiroshima. New York, NY: Vintage Books, 1989. BU,KI,SC—940.5425

Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Physical, Medical, and Social Effects of the Atomic Bombings. New York: Basic Books, 1981. ST,BU—940.5426

Kurzman, Dan. Day of the Bomb: Countdown to Hiroshima. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1986. ST,BU—940.5425

Lifton, Robert J. Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima. New York: Random House, 1968. ST—155.935

Maddox, Robert J. Weapons for Victory: The Hiroshima Decision Fifty Years Later. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1995. ST—940.5425

Rotter, Andrew J. Hiroshima: The World's Bomb. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. ST—355.825119

Walker, Stephen. Shockwave: Countdown to Hiroshima. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2005. ST,BU—940.5425

Wyden, Peter. Day One: Before Hiroshima and After. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984. ST—940.5426


During World War II, American bombers dropped 1,463,423 tons of munitions on German cities and military installations during 74,818 sorties. Such duty was extremely hazardous; 9,949 American bombers and 79,265 American military personnel were casualties of the air war over Germany.

Abbreviations include:

Library branches:

BU: Buder Branch
CP: Carpenter Branch
MA: Machacek Branch
SC: Schlafly Branch

Central Library locations:

CE: Central Express
HG: History, Geography, & Travel Room
ST: Stacks

Ambrose, Stephen E. The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s over Germany. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. 940.544973 [most locations]

Freeman, Gregory A. The Last Mission of the Wham Bam Boys: Courage, Tragedy, and Justice in World War II. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. HG,CE, SC—940.5405

Grayling, A C. Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan. New York: Walker & Co, 2006. HG—940.544973

Kennedy, Paul M. Engineers of Victory: The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War. New York: Random House, 2013. HG, CE,BU,CP,MA,SC—940.54

Makos, Adam, and Larry Alexander. A Higher Call. New York: Berkley Books, 2013. CP,MA—940.5440922

Middlebrook, Martin. The Battle of Hamburg: Allied Bomber Forces against a German City in 1943. New York: Scribner, 1981. ST—940.5421

Mrazek, Robert J. To Kingdom Come: An Epic Saga of Survival in the Air War over Germany. New York: NAL Caliber, 2011. HG,CE, BU, SC—940.5421347

Neillands, Robin. The Bomber War: The Allied Air Offensive against Nazi Germany. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2001. ST—940.544941

Nichol, John, and Tony Rennell. Tail-end Charlies: The Last Battles of the Bomber War, 1944-45. New York: T. Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2006. ST—940.544941

Nossack, Hans E, and Joel Agee. The End: Hamburg 1943. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004. ST,BU—940.421351