|2101 Lucas and Hunt Road, St. Louis, MO 63121
|St. Peter's Cemetery recognizes the public's interest in genealogy and understands the importance of access to cemetery records to persons searching for their ancestors. Unfortunately, the number and scope of the requests received at our office in recent years has become a burden on the staff. As a result, we have been forced to institute a research fee of $20 per hour, with a minimum of 1/2 hour, for genealogy research. Research fees are held in a separate fund and are used to pay for record preservation and public access efforts.
We would like to emphasize the fact that a lot card, showing family members buried on the same lot, is not always available. St. Peter's Cemetery, as did other early cemeteries in the St. Louis, practiced European plan burials. In this approach, multi-grave lots are not sold. Graves are dug in a row as they are needed. There is usually no relationship between the persons buried in adjacent graves. Our records reflect burials under this plan by the notation "common" or "public". As these graves are often unmarked, we do not know the specific location of such graves.
We would also like to bring to the attention of genealogists a couple of finding aids that will simplify requests for information from the records at St. Peter's Cemetery:
- An index to persons buried in the cemetery prior to 2000 was provided to the St. Louis Genealogical Society. This information was included in the St. Louis Burials, Volume 2 CD that the society published in 2003. This CD is available for purchase from the society office or can be found in a number of public libraries.
- Prior to 1872, a portion of the cemetery known as the "public grounds" was used for the interment of remains using the European burial plan. The persons buried in this area were not included in the index provided to the St. Louis Genealogical Society. A separate index of these persons has been published. It can be purchased from the cemetery office or it can be viewed at either the St. Louis Public Library or St. Louis County Library.
- The St. Louis Genealogical Society has also published on CD an index to the St. Louis Death Registers. This listing of deaths, recorded in the St. Louis City Hall between 1850 and 1908, helps the genealogist to locate an alternative to a burial at St. Peter's Cemetery.