The Germans in St. Louis Research Group’s mission statement is to preserve German
family history, genealogical records and culture in St Louis and Missouri by providing
educational and research opportunities, community services, collecting, preserving,
and publishing genealogical and historical records.
The GERMANS IN ST. LOUIS RESEARCH GROUP has evolved from a long line of organized
genealogical research activity in the St. Louis area. German immigration to America
started in earnest in the early 1830s and continued through about the 1860s and 1870s.
A very large portion of the American population can trace their ancestry back to
Germany. St. Louis, Missouri is of part of the large triangle of German immigrants
that includes Milwaukee and Cincinnati.
Among the many of the group’s interests is the study our German culture at the time
of immigration and before, what let them to immigrate, what the immigration was like,
and locating the home towns of the German immigrants. This also includes additional
research that includes church and civil records in Germany.
German research may include research of neighboring countries such as France, Poland,
Czechoslovakia, Austria, Switzerland, and others because borders were shifting over
time. Germany itself did not become a unified country until 1871.
The group has a special reciprocal relationship with members of the genealogical
society in Osnabrück Germany. Our group is interested in the immigration of people
from the Osnabrück area while the society in Germany is interested to know about
their people that emigrated to America and more especially to the St. Louis area.
This has resulted with many visits of people from Osnabrück to the St. Louis area
and the same of people from the St. Louis area to Osnabrück. There are also many
sister city relationships with surrounding towns in the St. Louis area with Germany.
(Borgholzhausen, Paderborn, Marbach am Neckar, Stuttgart) Our goal is to foster more
contact with German genealogical societies.
The group usually meets on a monthly basis at the St. Louis County Headquarters Library
Auditorium located at 1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri.