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Legacy Surname Index - this project consists of members submitting their SOURCED ancestral hometown names of their German immigrants.  These hometowns have been found and verified by church books or other German sources.  We hope that this index will help others who may have a connection to this immigrant verify their German hometown also.  The Index can be seen by clicking here.

Family History Book - this project is member submitted stories of their German immigrant ancestor.  Who they were, where they came from, how they got here, where they settled in the U.S.  Other topics to include could be where they worked, where they lived in St. Louis, where buried etc.  The book will consist of stories of:

Germans in St. Louis  - German immigrants who settled in St. Louis and Missouri and surrounding areas in Illinois.


Germans in St. Louis -  this will be people of German ancestry who live in St. Louis now but would like to include their German immigrant who may have settled in other parts of the country.

Stories should be 1-5 pages in length and can include photos.  We have attached sample(s) of stories and the template for one of them. The stories will be edited for grammar before publishing.

This book will be available for a modest price and copies will be donated to Local History and Genealogy Facilities in St. Louis and Illinois.

Detailed Guidelines for writing the stories have been formulated that can be viewed by clicking here.

If you have any questions please contact us at:



Germans in St. Louis is asking for you to submit your immigrant ancestor’s story.  All you really have to do is SUBMIT something we will be glad to help you. If you would like help please email:  The goal is to have the stories submitted by June 1, 2015.


Jan Wenk will be available on the meeting day /evening for help on the immigrant story writing and preparing in a Word document. You can contact Jan at Jan suggests that you bring your laptop, a flash drive, your research papers, and if you don't have photos already scanned on the flash drive, to bring their photos. Or, please call or e-mail Jan for the help.

A template is provided that you may use for your ancestor’s story.

Examples of submitted stories of immigrant ancestors are of Heinrich Otto Schneider and John Vogt.

Legacy Projects