Friday, April 16, 2010

Follow Friday: St. Louis Religious Cemetery Databases

I'm going to start participating in the Genealogy Follow Friday meme
For recommending genealogy bloggers, specific blog posts, genealogy websites, or genealogy resources.
I am already creating lists of specific blog posts for my Weekly Genealogy Picks every Sunday.  However, I will focus here on genealogy resources.

The two resources I'm starting with will only be useful for those whose research takes them through St. Louis, Missouri.  However,  these two databases contain burial records from over twenty cemeteries in the region.
Here you can search a database for fifteen Catholic cemeteries in the St. Louis archdiocese.  The website implies that the database was completed for those fifteen cemeteries in 2003, and has since been updated in 'real time.'
  • Resurrection
  • Sts. Peter & Paul
  • Mt. Olive
  • Calvary
  • Sacred Heart
  • St. Charles Borromeo
  • St. Peter
  • St. Ferdinand
  • St. Monica
  • Our Lady
  • Holy Cross
  • St. Vincent
  • Ste. Philippine
  • St. Mary's
  • Ascension
For some of the cemeteries, the results provide a lot# with a link, which allows you to easily find everyone else in the same lot.
    There is also historical information and photo galleries for each cemetery.
    Though some burials are missing, this database, on the St. Louis Genealogical Society website, contains records from seven Jewish cemeteries.
    • Chesed Shel Emeth (1816-2003)
    • United Hebrew (1849-2002)
    • New Mount Sinai (1853-2002)
    • Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol (1920-2002)
    • B'Nai Amoona (1901-2003)
    • B'Nai Amoona (Old Section) (1872-1895)
    • Chevra Kadisha Adas B'Nai Israel (1924-2003)
    It's hard for me to overestimate how much I owe in my personal research to this one database. All four families of my father's grandparents arrived in St. Louis between 1885-1910.  Almost all of the immigrants, and many of the following generations are buried in these cemeteries.

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