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From: Diane <>
Subject: City Hospital Register etc. only available from LDS
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 13:32:54 -0600
OK - here is the scoop on the St. Louis City Hospital registers, Female
Hospital registers, Midwives and Physicians, etc., collection listed
below as available from the Mormon Church.
I talked to an archivist at City Hall and she told me that the records
are there, but are not available for genealogical research because of
the Mo. HIPPA law. I questioned whether the HIPPA law would apply to
records that are over a hundred years old and she said that she didn't
know, but that the city is not going to allow access to the registers
unless the person researching meets HIPPA requirements. I checked with
a knowledgeable person at a St. Louis hospital and she told me that the
HIPPA law does not apply to records that are over 70 years old and apply
only to the actual medical record, not an index to them. Regardless,
the city of St. Louis is not going to allow access to these records.
So, folks, the only way to get to these records is from the church of
Latter Day Saints. I hope that the libraries take a look at this set of
records and consider getting them for us. To me, they would be
extremely valuable to people looking for anyone, but especially for
women (because of the Female hospital registers). It is ironic that
without the Mormon church, nobody would have these records.
So for those of you who are trying to find a person who died between the
years 1846 to 1900 and during the year 1927 or for and for those who
just want to document that a person was in St. Louis during those years
as well as those who are looking for females (the Female Hospital and
the Midwives list), this collection could be very valuable. If you have
a "brick wall" in this time period, you might be able to find a relly's
name on the index. You won't be able to get the actual medical record,
but I would think that knowing that the person was hospitalized and
knowing their age, you might be able to narrow down an assumed death
date for a person this way.
This collection is large and would be too expensive to rent as a set. I
believe there are 16 films alone in the City Hospital collection. I
would encourage anyone who rents one of these films to offer to do
lookups for others on the Rootsweb list.
This is a good example of the huge service done for us by the Mormon Church.
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Early City Hospital Registers & Health records
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 16:38:40 -0600
From: Diane <>
To: ST. Louis Rootsweb <>,
Below is a link to the LDS listing for Health Records in St. Louis City:
City Hospital Registers: 1846-1900 and 1927
Female Hospital Registers: 1876-1905
Register of Midwives and Physicians: 1869-1906
among 5 items available in this health category. One of the other items
is a book, which of course, you can't order unless you order it through
a Family History Library and the other is a film of Health Facility Reports.
I would think that these three films would be of great interest to
people in the St. Louis area as well as outside of St. Louis. I
e-mailed the County Library to determine if these films are in their
collection and they are not. I called the Public library and found
that they are not in the collection of their library either. However,
Kathy Smith, our list buddy, told me that she thinks the registers are
available at City Hall and recommended that I call and ask about it. I
called the Archives at City Hall (314-622-4610) and was advised that
they are not sure if they have the records. They are going to return my
These films would especially be of interest to anyone who had a
physician in their family, and/or anyone searching for a female during
those years. So, for everyone with interests in St. Louis health
records - in or out of St. Louis- these films are available through the
LDS library and are probably worth checking out.
I will post any information I get about the availability of these
records through St. Louis City Hall when they return my call.
I am sorry but we do not have permission from the owning archive to
purchase these films.
At 01:36 PM 11/25/2005 -0600, you wrote:
I have found a set of 16 films that are in the Mormon Church (LDS)
library that are City Hospital registers for the years 1846 through
1900. The Female Hospital registers are there too.
I have never seen this collection in the County or City Libraries. Are
they available in St. Louis?