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 <health.mo.gov/data/vitalrecords>

Web Sites

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

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>


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

Archives & Organizations

Kansas City Public Library Special Collections
14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105,
(816) 701-3433, <kclibrary.org>

Midwest Genealogy Center
3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence, MO 64055,

(816) 252-7228, <www.mymcpl.org/genealogy>

Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center
225 S. Skinker Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112,
(314) 746-4500, <mohistory.org>

Missouri State Archives
600 West Main St., Jefferson City, MO 65102,
(573) 751-3280, <www.sos.mo.gov/archives>

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

National Archives at Kansas City
400 W. Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108,
(816) 268-8000, <archives.gov/kansas-city>

St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63109,
(314) 241-2288, <slpl.org>

State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry St., Columbia, MO 65201,
(573) 882-1187, <shsmo.org>

From the Oct/Nov 2017 issue of Family Tree Magazine.


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