I don’t blame you. I really don’t. I’ve never used it myself. So who am I to point a finger?
When the National Genealogical Society was founded in 1903 in Washington, DC, it established a library for its members. That library continued to grow for the next 98 years, amassing more than 20,000 volumes of family histories; state, county, and local histories; and records of cemeteries, churches, courts, deeds, marriages, wills, and administrations.
In 2001, those 20,000+ volumes were transferred to the St. Louis County Library, which manages the collection. The books are now available for members and non-members alike through interlibrary loan to your local library. In addition, some of the library’s books that are not part of the NGS collection are also available for interlibrary loan. The SLCL catalog is available here, or you can search among NGS books only here. Note that books with call numbers beginning with “R” are reference books and are not available for interlibrary loan.
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