Research

The St. Charles County Historical Society's Archives has an extensive collection of documents, maps, books, photographs, manuscripts, and records pertaining to St. Charles County history, dating from 1800 to today. We maintain and preserve much of the historical records of both our county and our city. With a collection of over 50 years of diarys, journals, scrapbooks, and personal papers donated we also have a wealth of personal information on former residents useful in family history research. We maintain records on historic properties in the City and various county sites, tax and assessor records that assist those looking to document the history of their property. 

 

Option 1- Search our online  Archives' Catalog for photographs,books, objects, and documents located in the Archives. You may find simple keywords such as Post Office, Civil War or family names useful for doing research in our catalog.  Primarily this covers our collection of over 15,000 photographs currently available for purchase. Contact us for more information on photograph reproduction costs and . 

 

Option 2- Search our Archives' Indices for additional research documents at the Archives. You will find these searchable indexes most useful in doing genealogical and family history research. The Archives holdings include the Naturalization papers, Wills, Probate files and Record books, Circuit Court Records and Record books, State Census Records, and many other useful records, that have been indexed in order for researchers to locate their family name easier. We also have many indexes available in the Archives that are not online, and indexes to holdings still located at the St. Charles County Recorder of Deed office, such as Marriage records for various dates.

 

Option 3- Visit the Archives where our friendly research assistants can help.  The Archives is open Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays, and the second and fourth Saturdays from 10am-3pm. The $5 daily research fee is waived for members of the Society. We have microfilm of various records and newspapers available for use on the our microfilm reader/printer. We have many more indexes to various records that are not available online.

 

Option 4- Contact us and have friendly trained staff and volunteers conduct research for you.  For research conducted by the hour, SCCHS charges a fee of $20.00 per hour (with a one hour minimum) and 25¢ per photocopy, plus postage for each specific research request. Or we can perform research for one name only, and on one name only for $10.00 and the record group (Obituary, Marriage, Cemetery, Baptism, Naturalization) for the fee of $10, with each additional name and record being an additional $5. For research resulting in numerous pages, there may be an additional copy charge.  Please send a specific request, and the type of research you wish done, with detailed information you are looking for, and that you agree to pay for the research performed. We do not perform global requests. Please allow at least 60 days for the research.  For more information  contact us by email at archives@scchs.org