Local Area Tours

Pre-Registration for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference is now closed.

St. Louis Genealogical Society, the NGS local host, offers tours on Monday and Tuesday. All buses depart from the Conference Center and tours have limited space. Conference registration is not required.

Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center and the Lewis & Clark Boathouse – Cost to attend $65

BooneHouseVisit historic Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center and the Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Nature Center in the comfort of an air-conditioned motor coach. The $65 tour includes admission to both the Daniel Boone and Lewis & Clark historic sites, lunch, and transportation. The tour departs from the Conference Center at 8:30 a.m., returning to the same location about 3:30 p.m. Enjoy beautiful spring flowers and dogwoods blooming while seeing the historic Defiance, Missouri, countryside.

Boone Center
Tour the historic Daniel Boone Home and Heritage Center. By 1800, Daniel Boone and his family migrated to what became St. Charles County, Missouri. See the three-story home that provides a glimpse into the frontier and pre-statehood life style of Boone and other pioneers. Wear comfortable shoes to help navigate meandering pathways to the village of period buildings. A gift shop and bookstore are available.


Enjoy a scenic lunch in beautiful wine country in the rolling hills of St. Charles. Inside and outside seating will be available.


Lewis & Clark

Tours - Boone Boat House and Nature Center
In May 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark started their Corps of Discovery expedition from the banks of the Missouri River in St. Charles. After wintering at Camp DuBois, now Illinois, on the eastern confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, Lewis and Clark along with a crew of thirty-three men traveled up the Missouri River to St. Charles. Many citizens celebrated their official departure into the unknown Louisiana Territory. They returned in September 1806.

The tour includes an orientation, diorama of the expedition, replicas of the “pirogue” boats used on the river, and informed guides telling their stories. A gift shop and bookstore are available.

The upper level of the facility is accessible by steps or elevator.

Historic St. Louis Tour – Cost to attend $65 (8:30 a.m.-4:30p.m.) SOLD OUT


This all-day tour includes driving by many area highlights and touring some of them. The tour guide, a St. Louis historian, will provide background information, architectural highlights, and the history of various facilities. Scheduled sites include many churches, homes, mansions, and museums; Bellefontaine and Calvary cemeteries; Anheuser-Busch Brew House; Christ Church Cathedral; Missouri Botanical Garden; Missouri Civil War Museum; St. Louis Public Library; Union Station; Gateway Arch; and Forest Park, which is 450 acres larger than Central Park in New York City, opened in 1876 and became the site of the 1904 World’s Fair. Many of the facilities are listed as National Historic Landmarks.

Lunch will be at the historic Jefferson Barracks Visitor’s Center where your ancestor may have served in the military, or perhaps was hospitalized during the Civil War. Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery is the final resting place for military service men and women including Union and Confederate soldiers.


St. Louis County Library – Free to attend. Must register to attend. SOLD OUT

St. Louis County Library History and Genealogy Department is the home of the NGS Book Loan Collection, the St. Louis Genealogical Society Collection, the Mary F. Berthold Collection, the Julius Hunter & Friends African American Collection, and the St. Louis Jewish Genealogical Collection, plus many other books and films.

On Tuesday only, conference attendees may travel free to this research library on a comfortable motor-coach accommodating a limited number of attendees. A generous donor made this transportation available. For those who are driving, a large free parking lot will accommodate your vehicle. For those staying all day, restaurants are nearby.

To expedite your search during this busy research time, and to make a list of the resources of interest to you, visit the online catalog. http://webpac.slcl.org/

The normal library hours are listed below.

Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday — Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday — Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

You must register to participate in the SLCL Tuesday Bus Tour, departing the conference center at 8:45 a.m., returning to the conference center at 4:00 p.m.

National Archives Tour – Free to attend. Must register to attend. – The tours originally scheduled for NPRC are canceled due to resource constraints.  However, a briefing and virtual tour will be offered on Thursday evening at the event as part of a presentation.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

In conjunction with the NGS Conference, the National Archives at St. Louis will open their doors for limited tours of the National Personnel Records Center on Monday and Tuesday, 11 & 12 May 2015.

This is the largest National Archives facility outside of Washington D. C. The building houses the records of civilians and military personnel, some dating back into the 1800s. World War I military records, WPA, CCC, and an assortment of other records are available at this facility.

There is no fee for this tour, but participants must register for the bus transportation, provided by a generous donor. All tour attendees must ride the motor-coach from the conference center to the National Archives building and back due to limited public parking. You may take a cell phone, but no other electronic devices on this tour. Large purses or bags are prohibited. Each person will pass through an airport style monitoring device when entering and exiting the building.

Time does not permit research while on this tour. If you would like to visit the facility at another time during the week, an appointment is necessary. But first, researchers need to submit a research request form online. A National Archives representative will contact you with the results of this search. For further information visit their website. www.archives.gov/st-louis/

If the building tour does not fit your schedule, the director, Bryan McGraw, will provide a special presentation at the conference center Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m., T262. All attendees are invited. In addition, other lectures are available during the week explaining some interesting records held at the National Archives.

Tours available Monday at 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. Estimated time of return is 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m..

Tour available Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. Estimated time of return is 3:30p.m. and 5:30 p.m..

You must register for these tours, space is limited.

Questions? Contact NGS Registrar Courtney Holmes at registration@ngsgenealogy.org or refer to FAQs.

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