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.
List of Missouri Archives
Missouri State Archives, Missouri State Information Center; P.O. Box 1747, 600 West Main Str, Jefferson City, MO 65102; Phone: (573) 751-3280, Fax: (573) 526-7333
Weston Historical Museum Association, P.O. Box 266, 601 Main, Weston, MO 64098; Phone: (816) 386-2977; have over 800 family files which hold photographs, deaths, births, weddings,reunions, etc. We also have files on the businesses, police and fire depts. and files on the African/American people who once lived here. We have information on the cemeteries here and the churches. We are open from mid-March to mid-Dec. Tues-Sat 1:00-4:00, Sundays 1-4:30.
List of 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.
The Minnesota Genealogist, quarterly publication of the Minnesota Genealogical Society (see Archives, Libraries, and Societies), includes a variety of genealogical articles, cemetery readings, newspaper and vital records extractions, book reviews, queries, and miscellaneous information of interest to the Minnesota researcher. Indexes are available through the society.
Minnesota History, published quarterly by the Minnesota Historical Society. It is indexed usually contains three to four full-length historical articles.
List of 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.
Bates County Museum/Historical Society, 100 East Fort Scott, Butler, MO. 64730; 660-679-4777; The BC Historical Society/Museum does not do genealogy. The Bates County Historical Society is the parent group that runs the museum, we deal in displays and artifacts. Any genealogy requests are handled through the Bates County Genealogy Society.
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.