Trace your Missouri ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!
You’ll love this if…
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Missouri
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Missouri brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Missouri —you don’t need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Missouri ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Missouri’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Missouri research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Missouri guide:
- By 1860, half the population of Jefferson City was German; 10 years later, those of German birth or parentage made up more than 20 percent of the “Missouri Rhineland”— Franklin, Warren, Osage, St. Charles and St. Louis counties.
- Of Missouri’s state censuses, taken regularly in the 1800s, an 1876 head-of-household enumeration is the most complete. It’s on microfilm at the state archives, state historical society and FHL, and searchable on subscription site Ancestry.com.
- Find more clues to Missourians’ military service in the state archives’ Soldiers Database: War of 1812-WorldWar I. This is a compilation of 576,000 people who fought in 12 wars—including such obscure conflicts as the Mormon War of 1838 and the Iowa (Honey) War of 1839—from territorial times through World War I.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.