Research in Missouri Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

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It is a good idea to acquaint your self with any repository in Missouri that you simply might travel to by contacting to the proper archive or library in advance.

A good number of, if not all, Missouri repositories contain printed materials that show its collections together with research policy.

Missouri archives and historical organizations usually have Internet web sites which provide identical resources. Quite a few perhaps possess downloadable resources for some or parts from the collections.

Missouri Archives

Missouri Museums

Missouri Libraries

Missouri Periodicals

Genealogical journals provide you with quite a few sources of information, they are often missed by genealogy researchers and genealogist in researching for family history. A lot of regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies issue periodicals which include records referring to the region or locality they support. Normally these publications carry articles concerning records that are not offered someplace else.

Missouri Historical & Genealogical Societies

For almost every state there is a state genealogical society, a state genealogical council, or both. In addition to their own work, Missouri groups in some cases help manage the efforts of area societies within the Missouri. Their specific publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those created from the local societies.

Research in Missouri Newspapers & Publications

The newspaper collection for Missouri that is the most complete is located in Columbia at the State Historical Society of Missouri. The Missouri Gazette (1808 to 1814) is the oldest newspaper on record in that collection. It has been placed on microfilm. The microfilmed collection is available through inter-library loan programs.

Genealogical information has been abstracted from many newspapers across the state and spanning the years. Some of those abstracts are:

  • The Liberty Tribune
  • The Springfield Advertiser
  • The St. Louis Christian Advocate
  • Death Records from Missouri Newspapers, 1810-1857
  • Death Records of Missouri Men
  • Death Records of Missouri Pioneer Women

Several libraries hold copies of those privately published collections.

Some of the newspaper holdings of the State Historical Society of Missouri have been indexed, especially those geographically located in the middle of the state. The society’s website lists the newspapers that have been indexed. A copy of the index roll number list can be obtained by contacting the society. Researchers may then order a copy of the roll that contains the information of interest. St. Louis is home to the Missouri Historical Society, which houses obituary clippings dating back to over 100 years ago. That particular collection focuses on obituaries from eastern Missouri newspapers. An online obituary index for St Louis newspapers is available through the St. Louis Public Library for the following years: 1880 to 1921, 1942 to 1945, 1992 to 2002

More years are occasionally added. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper clipping file can be found at the St. Louis Mercantile Library.

Books

Newspapers – Missouri newspapers can supply all sorts of clues about historical events, local history, court and legal notices, obituaries, and much more.