If you are doing Catholic research in the St. Louis Archdiocese, an invaluable tool is linked from the St. Louis County Library website, Parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. This provides an interactive Google map showing the locations of open and closed churches with brief historical data. Users can search for an address and see its location relative to churches shown on the map. If you know the address where your ancestor lived, it is easy to find the churches closest to that address. You can go directly to this map by clicking here.
When you get to the map, you can enlarge it by zooming in to see the street names and find your exact address. The churches are marked with green, blue, yellow, or black stars to indicate whether the church is still operating or closed. Click on a star and it tells you (on the left side of the screen) the name of the church, the dates of operation, and a brief description of the parish. Don’t forget, the St. Louis Archdiocese extends south to Perry County, west through Franklin County, and north through Lincoln County.
(Thanks to StLGS Vice President of Programs, Viki Fagyal, for writing this week's blog post. If you know of an interesting website and would like to share with other genealogists, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.)