Missouri Fast Facts and Key Resources

Missouri Fast Facts and Key Resources

Get started finding your ancestors with these essential details and repositories.

Statehood: 1821

First federal census: 1830

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1910

Statewide marriage records begin: 1948

Public-land state

Counties: 114, plus the city of St. Louis

Contact for vital records: Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Vital Records, Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102, (573) 751-6387 <www.dhss.rno.gov/BirthAndDeathRecords>

Web Sites

1895 Atlas of Missouri <livgenrni.com/1895/MO>

Cyndi’s List: Missouri <cyndislist.com/mo.htrn>

The Great New Madrid Earthquake <hsv.com/genlintr/newrnadrd>

A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri <digital.library.umsystern.edu/cgi-bin/Ebind2h3/umkc3>

Index of Repositories in the St. Louis Area <library.wustl.edu/units/spec/archives/aslaa/directory/listing.htrnl>

Missouri Civil War Museum <missouricivilwarrnuseurn.org>

Missouri Gen Web Project <rootsweb.com/-mogenweb/mo.htm>

Missouri Newspaper Project <umsystem.edu/shs/newspaper.shtml>

Missouri Pioneers <rootsweb.com/-rnopionee>

Missouri Sources and References <gazetteer.midwestplaces.com/mo/statewide/sources>


A to Z Missouri: The Dictionary of Missouri Place Names by Margot Ford McMillen (Pebble-Publishing)

Divorces and Separations in Missouri: 1808-1853 by Lois Stanley, George F. Wilson and Maryhelen Wilson (Southern Historical Press)

Historical Atlas of Missouri by Milton D. Rafferty (University of Oklahoma Press)

A History of Missouri, 6 volumes, by various authors (University of Missouri Press)

Irish St. Louis by David A. Lossos (Arcadia Publishing)

Missouri’s Black Heritage by Lorenzo J. Greene, Gary R. Kremer and Antonio F. Holland (University of Missouri Press)

Missouri Genealogical Records & Abstracts, 6 volumes, by Sherida K. Eddlemon (Heritage Books)

Missouri Marriages Before 1840 by Susan Ormesher (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

Missouri Vital Records: Marriages, 1767-1900, Selected Counties CD (Ancestry)

Opening the Ozarks: First Families of Southwest Missouri, 1835-1839, 4 volumes, by Marsha Hoffman Rising (American Society of Genealogists)

Organizations and Archives

Kansas City Public Library 14 W. l0th St., Kansas City, MO 64105, (816) 701-3427, <www.kclibrary.org>

Mid-Continent Public Library Genealogy and Local History Department 15616 E. 24 Highway, Independence, MO 64050, (816) 836-5200, <mcpl.lib.rno.us/genlh>

Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 225 S. Skinker Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63105, (314) 746-4500, <mohistory.org>

Missouri State Genealogical Association Box 833, Columbia, MO 65205, <mosga.org>

NARA Central Plains Region 2312 E. Bannister Road, Kansas City, MO 64131, (816) 268-8000, <archives.gov/central-plains>

St. Louis Public Library 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103, (314) 241-2288, <slpl.org>

The State Historical Society of Missouri 1020 Lowry St., Columbia, MO 65201, (573) 882-7083, <urnsystern.edu/shs>


From the May 2007 issue of Family Tree Magazine.  

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