Resources for Local History and Genealogy by State
- Missouri State Library
List of some local, state, and national resources for historical information, such as
Local Historical, Museum, and Genealogical Agencies, and State Resource Agencies and Historic Sites.
Digital collections including:
- Missouri State Archives
Source for genealogical information, including courthouse records from Missouri counties, and census and historical information. Some records (Birth & Death Records Database) are textual abstracts; others (Missouri Death Certificate Database) contain imaged records.
Online Resources and Databases
- Missouri History Museum Library Center
Has an old-style card file that includes approximately 180,000 cards indexing a variety of published sources by personal names, corporate names, place names, and subject headings which is only available at this library. (This card file is not accessible online or in any electronic form). Among the sources indexed in the Information File are:
- Necrology scrapbooks containing photocopies of death notices, obituaries, and probate announcements clipped from St. Louis newspapers circa 1880s-1970s. (** New: Some Necrology Scrapbook names are now searchable in the Genealogy Index);
- Historical journals published by the Missouri Historical Society dating back to 1880. These journals were successively titled Missouri Historical Society Collections, Glimpses of the Past, Bulletin of the Missouri Historical Society, Gateway Heritage, and Gateway;
- Vertical files that consist primarily of photocopies of articles from St. Louis newspapers and other published material;
- Regional genealogical and historical journals including the Missouri Historical Review, the St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly, and the Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal.
- Topical scrapbooks that contain articles clipped primarily from 20th-century St. Louis; newspapers on various topics, including churches, schools, architecture, businesses, hospitals, and women.
- The National Archives for the Central Plains Region (NARA)
The National Archives' Central Plains Region has its headquarters in Kansas City. Diverse records are of general historical and genealogical interest. Archival holdings include retired records from Federal agencies and courts in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
- State Historical Society of Missouri
Researchers of Missouri history, biography and genealogy find in the Society library unsurpassed reference collections. The library of books, pamphlets and official state publications total more than 460,000 items. There are also more than 500,000 manuscript items and 800 reels of microfilmed manuscripts, more than 150,000 state archival records, and more than 2,900 maps.
The Missouri Historical Society was established in 1866 to rescue "from oblivion the early history of the city and the state." Includes information on the Society's extensive genealogy and map collection, newspaper library, and photograph and art collections, as well as information on Society membership and how to do genealogical research. Research collection areas include western exploration, transportation, the fur trade, biography, Native Americans, the Louisiana Purchase, the 1904 World's Fair, as well as maps, newspapers and an extensive Lewis and Clark bibliography.
- Western Historical Manuscript Collection (WHMC)
Joint collection of University of Missouri and the State Historical Society of Missouri.
Collects, preserves, and makes available records that illuminate the history of Missouri and the Great Plains region. The constantly growing collection is a rich resource of correspondence, account books, and diaries documenting business, political and social life.
Includes collection guides and some complete finding aids for collections in the following areas of St. Louis and trans-Mississippi West History: African Americans, business, immigration, labor, lesbians and gays, the media, military, religion and churches, science, peace movements, politics, social welfare, and women.
As a state-wide resource, the Western Historical Manuscript Collection is open to researchers on the University of Missouri campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis, and these campuses sometimes include different material.
- Missouri Public Libraries
List of Missouri public libraries with websites.
- Midwest Genealogy Center
Mid-Continent Public Library
One of the largest public genealogy libraries in the United States. The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) is one of the nation's preeminent resources for family history. The Genealogy Center features 52,000 square feet of space to house all the resources and technology genealogists need to research: over 16,000 circulating titles, more than 80,000 reference titles, and a vast number of periodicals and newspapers, as well as microforms, maps, and online databases. New technology is also a major attribute of the building. Microfilm reader-printers, a self-digitization station, and significant database access allow researchers to use today's technology to assist their investigations.
- Kansas City Missouri Public Library
The Missouri Valley Room has approximately 200 specialized archival collections. Consisting of papers, photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, diaries, and ephemera from local individuals and organizations, these historically significant collections help to document the history and development of the Kansas City area. The Library's archives are also maintained here as well as some material from the Kansas City School District.
Also Digital Collection includes a Local History Index of over 36,000 entries which includes citations to magazine and newspaper articles, and other materials
- St. Louis Public Library
Bibliography/guide provides an overview of resources (published books) for Missouri genealogical research available in the Special Collections Department. Use to find same published resources in other libraries. Arranged by topic, and covers many genealogical topics from African American to Czech and German immigrants, to Atlases, to Bench and Bar, etc.
- Missouri Genealogical and Historical Societies
A list of genealogical and historical societies, which have unique information about their local or regional areas.
- Missouri State Genealogical Association
Publishes a quarterly journal, hosts an annual conference, and maintains a library collection. Dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of its members and the public in the study of family history, genealogical records and the principles of sound genealogical research.
Surnames, Pioneer Families, Journal (to be published on the site in digital format), digital newsletter.
- Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society
In existence since 1979: represents "nine surrounding counties, to wit: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway, and Worth." A newsletter was started in 1980. The first "Journal" was published in April 1981, the second anniversary of the Society’s founding. July 29th, 2010: Announcement that in the near future, the society will be posting all back issues of the newsletters and journals on the website. These will only be accessible to members of the NWMGS, and will require a membership number in order to log in.
- Historical Museum Guide for Missouri
A directory of Historical Museums in Missouri, categorized by county.
Some history museums have virtual tours, photo galleries, place histories, genealogy research databases, historical documents and historic photos to view online.
- Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites
Flip through gorgeous pictures of the parks and get more information about each one.
- Missouri Genealogy Research Outline - FamilySearch
Learn how to research your Missouri ancestors with this free compilation of Missouri genealogy research strategies and resources. From FamilySearch.org.
- Guides to Missouri Genealogical & Historical Research
State Historical Society of Missouri includes guides to: Louisiana Purchase Bibliography; Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery Bibliography; African American Genealogy;
Tracing Your Family Tree; Birth and Death Records; Adoptions in Missouri; Census Records;
Land Records; Marriage and Divorce Records; Military Records; Books on Civil War Soldiers;
Sources on Early Missouri History to Statehood; Using Newspapers for Genealogical Research;
Native American Genealogy; and Online Genealogy Resources.
- Using Newspapers for Genealogical Research
State Historical Society of Missouri
- Missouri Genealogy Online
Databases & Web Sites for MO Family History Research
By Kimberly Powell, About.com Guide
Research and explore your Missouri genealogy and family history online with these online Missouri databases, indexes and digitized records collections - many of them free, in article
- Tombstone Transcription Project
Missouri Cemeteries and Photographs are listed by county.
- Missouri Genealogy Data and Links
Free and subscription databases, as well as links to informational articles. Land records,
military records, naturalization records, Missouri newspapers, etc.
- Cyndislist Missouri
Websites about Missouri genealogy.
- Missouri County Genealogy Sites
Listed by county. Some county resources; some public library sites; some MOGenWeb sites; some GenWeb sites; some archival sites.
Missouri RootsWeb page, including such information as Missouri libraries and societies, Archives, Tombstone registry, Missouri Pioneers (a compilation of settlers that settled in the state of Missouri by 1890), Resources for African Americans.
- Callaway County Missouri History and Genealogy Website
Site affiliated with USGenWeb and MoGenWeb. Includes the Callaway County, Missouri Journal, which offers a tremendous wealth of genealogical information related to Callaway County, Missouri; the most significant feature is its listing of cemeteries in Callaway County, Missouri
- Missouri Historic Places
Historic towns that no longer exist on current Missouri maps, however remnants of days gone by still exist in these areas where the first pioneers settled in Missouri. These are presented so that those with a family history in this region can still read about the rich history of each community.
- Jackson County Historical Society
The Jackson County Historical Society JOURNAL (ISSN: 0888-4978)
Beginning with the Spring 2001 JOURNAL, an online version is available for readers who have access to the World Wide Web. The online version provides additional items of interest that relates to stories appearing in the printed version of the JOURNAL. We are also planning and preparing to release in the future an index to the JOURNAL that will cover 1959 to the present. We hope this may increase access to historical topics explored in the Jackson County Historical Society JOURNAL.
Vol. 41, No. 1, Spring 2001 through Vol. 46, No. 1, Spring 2005.
- Jackson County (Mo.) Historical Society
- Archives and Research Library of the Jackson County Historical Society
which dates back to 1909. Includes a wide range of primary source material that attracts a variety of researchers (including: genealogists, students, authors, journalists, and scholars). Full reference services are provided to researchers visiting the facility. The Archives and Research Library maintains these kinds of records: Abstracts of Title (historical property abstracts); Architectural Drawings & Plans; Archives & Manuscripts: Diaries, Letters, & Journals (Diaries, correspondence and unpublished research reflecting the lives and activities of individual Jackson County residents); Business Ledgers & Records (Ledgers of selected area business and industries, describing the daily activities of many early Jackson County businesses date back to mid-1850s); County and City Records; Maps; Newspapers, Periodicals and Books, Photographs, Postcards, School Records; Yearbooks. Participates in the Veterans History Project (with the Library of Congress)
- Jefferson County Missouri Historical Society
Mission to 'collect and preserve historical material, reprint historical books and pamphlets, continue to record cemeteries, and to make the public aware of the rich heritage in Jefferson County, Missouri.'
Online access to indexes/transcriptions of birth and adoption records, cemetery and funeral home records, List of Family Histories Located at the Jefferson County MO History Center, Jefferson College, Hillsboro; Land Records, Court Records, Maps & Place Names (including a Google Earth overlay of 1898 Jefferson Co. Atlas); Historical Postcards & Photos; Jefferson Co. MO Book Indexes; Marriage Records; Military Records; Newspaper Transcriptions; Physicians; Railroads; Schools; Wills.
- Johnson County Historical Society
- Washington Historical Society
Founded in 1959, focused on preserving Washington Missouri's history. Also houses the Four Rivers Genealogical Society.
- Osage County, Missouri Bibliography
Books about Osaage County.
- Genealogy in St. Louis
The premier site for useful information on the metropolitan area of St. Louis, Missouri genealogy. Includes information on books and research projects in the St. Louis area, church, military, and divorce records. See especially the collection of digitized maps and contacts for volunteers who will search resources for specific requests. Transcriptions of books, records; reconstruction of 1890 census (submissions; not complete).
- St. Louis City/County History
"History's Time Portal to Old St. Louis." Promotes local history and genealogy, focusing on anthropology, church, geologic, military, and technological history. Of particular interest are audio files of "local" music, many with lyrics. Including Pitzman's 1868 Land Map of St. Louis, Colonial Militia Rosters with genealogical notes, 1904 Rand McNally Missouri Map, U.S. Grant Camp, No. 68 Sons of Union Veterans, Civil War history, Early images of St. Louis, Historic Music of St. Louis.
- Springfield-Greene County History
Local History Website of the SMSU Department of History. Transcription of Henry R. Schoolcraft, Journal of a Tour into the Interior of Missouri and Arkansaw, from Potosi, or Mine a Burton, in Missouri Territory, in a South-West Direction, toward the Rocky Mountains, Performed in the Years 1818 and 1819. London: Richard Phillips and Company, 1821
[Complete Version. Original spelling has been retained.].
- Missouri Biographies
Biographies with Missouri ties for genealogy research.
- Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Index of names in Dictionary edited by Lawrence O. Christensen, William E. Foley, Gary R. Kremer, and Kenneth H. Winn. University of Missouri Press (October 1999). Index in Wikipedia.
- Missouri Biography Series
For almost twenty years the Missouri Biography Series, published by the University of Missouri Press, and edited by William E. Foley, has made available book length biographies of notable Missourians. The series focuses on citizens who were born in the state and those whose careers had significant impact on the region. A list of biographies published.
- Centennial History of Missouri
Biographies extracted and transcribed from the second volume from this set. Contains 351 biographies and photographs of leading men of the first century of history in Missouri (1820-1921). Though this manuscript covers the entire state of Missouri, a good portion of the individual biographies are on people who had resided in St. Louis at some point in their life.
- Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative
A centralized gateway to digitized collections of records of enduring historical value found in archives, libraries, museums, and historical societies in Missouri. These historical resources, including documents, photographs, maps and other materials of interest, are grouped here by general topic. Individual collections are searchable under each topic:
- State Historical Society of Missouri
- Missouri Historical Review Online: Archived issues of our quarterly journal, 1906-2001.
Civil War in Missouri: Digital collection of letters, diaries, and newspaper articles; One-room Schoolhouse Oral History Project, Online Catalog, Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers, 1819-1886 ; Newspapers on Microfilm at the Society and Directory of Local Historical Societies, Museums, and Genealogical Societies in Missouri.
- Missouri Digital Heritage
The Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative includes records of enduring historical value from institutions throughout the state of Missouri. These historical resources, including documents, photographs, maps and other materials of interest, are grouped here by general topic. Individual collections are searchable under each topic. List of resources include:
- Archives and Manuscripts Collection Guides;
- Agriculture and records about farming, ranching, cultivating crops and raising livestock;
- Art, Architecture, Literature, Music, and Theater;
- Books, Pamphlets, Monographs, and Diaries related to Missouri;
- Business, Commerce, Industry, and Manufacturing;
- County and Municipal Records;
- Documents regarding Native Americans, African Americans, immigrant groups and urban and rural neighborhoods;
- Exploration and Settlement including French and Spanish settlers, fur traders, native tribes, explorers, land speculators, miners and other early residents;
- Genealogical resources that include birth, marriage, death, church and cemetery records and family papers;
- Government and Political Records;
- Military Records and Resources;
- Missouri Newspapers;
- Original photographs, postcards, drawings, posters, engravings, etc.
- University of Missouri Digital Library
Founded in 2001, the University of Missouri Digital Library provides a digital repository which is divided into text and image collections. Books and other printed materials which consist mostly of words can be found in the text collections; image collections consist primarily of images, such as post cards, newspaper images, and picture books. The repository contains over 20 text collections, and 23 image collections, including collections from 15 libraries around the state of Missouri. Many collections contain Missouri history and genealogy, and there are some digitized or transcribed books and/or lists, including plat books, land tax records, Sanborn maps for Missouri, etc.). Plat books are also available.
- Missouri Genealogy and History
Missouri Genealogy is being developed as a genealogical and historical resource for your personal use. While the original thought was to provide this website as a resource for finding genealogy and historical data concerning Missouri on the web, we have begun adding specific data and historical information to this site for your personal use. In an attempt to further expand our offerings and refine your search, we have also begun the creation of county websites.
- Missouri Naturalization Records
Transcribed indexes for various Missouri naturalization records. On Olive Tree website.
- St. Louis Obituary Index
St. Louis Public Library.
Obituary index contains names from the St. Louis Post Dispatch for the years 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1966, and 1992-2009. We continue to load other years and sources.
Death Notice entries generally include the date of death; names of spouses, children, and parents; place of the funeral; and place of interment. Some names may appear out of alphabetical order in the Death Notice Section of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Burial Permits generally include address, age, and cause of death. Burial Permit listing in the St. Louis Post Dispatch may include spelling errors and names will often differ from the entry in the Death Notice. When checking a name, it is important to use all variant spellings.
Obituary Articles generally include greater detail about an individual, including occupation, brief biography, relatives, etc.
- Missouriana Digital Text Collection
University of Missouri Library
Digitized books about Missouri. Collection is broad in scope and is subdivided into Missouri history, geology, literature, and the Civil War. Most of the items were contributed by the University of Missouri libraries, but other Missouri institutions also furnished material. The collection is added to as additional material is found. It is one of the more popular collections, especially for genealogists, historians, and geologists.
The entire contents of the Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri edited by Howard L. Conard, published by the Southern History Company, of New York, Louisville, and St. Louis, in 1901, has been digitized and is available on the website of the University of Missouri Library as part of the Virtually Missouri project.
The books are in a section called Missouri: Its History, Geology and Culture, which lists other books digitized about the history of Missouri.
- Online Library of Missouriana
Journal articles, books, booklets, directories, images, maps, pamphlets, brochures.
- 1884 History of Missouri
- History of southeast Missouri
Digital: Douglass, Robert Sidney. History of southeast Missouri: a narrative account of its historical progress, its people and its principal interests. Chicago: The Lewis Pub. Co. , 1912. 2 v. : ill., ports.
- Missouri the center state, 1821-1915
Digital: Stevens, Walter B. (Walter Barlow). Missouri the center state, 1821-1915, Chicago- St. Louis, The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1915. 2 v. fronts., plates, ports., maps, facsims.
- Postal Directory of Missouri 1945
Digital. Contains an alphabetical list of Missouri post offices, a postal directory of Missouri counties.
- Missouri Attorneys Listed in Graft's Legal Directory 1908 - 09
The Graft Legal Directory published in 1908 by J. A. Graft & Co. contained a synopsis of the collection laws of each state, territory and Canada. This is a transcribed index of the names of attorneys from Missouri.
- Missouri School Superintendents and Normal School Principals 1907
Missouri information in the Brewer's Directory of school superintendents and Normal School Principals from 1907, published by The Brewer Teachers' Agency in Chicago. It appears that The Brewer Teachers' Agency helped Boards of Education seeking new superintendents and Boards of Regents seeking new Normal Principals locate personnel.
Digital: Conard, Howard Louis. Encyclopedia of the history of Missouri: a compendium of history. - 1901 - Free Google eBook - Read
- Slavery in Missouri, 1804-1865
Digital: Trexler, Harrison Anthony. Slavery in Missouri, 1804-1865. Baltimore, 1914.
- The Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal (ISSN 0747-5667)
A quarterly of 64 pages per issue, indexed in PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), cataloged in Ulrich's, and part of the permanent genealogical literature. The Association is planning to digitize past issues of our Journal and make them available on this website as soon as permission to digitize is secured from authors of Journal articles.
Browse a table of contents, 1981-2008.
- Newsletter of the Missouri State Genealogical Association (Winter 2009-current)
Digital. Each issue carries news about events and items of interest to anyone doing research of their family's history in Missouri.
- Gateway Family Historian (Newsletter) 2005-2009.
From St. Louis Public Library.
- Missouri Historical Review
State Historical Society of Missouri index of titles and authors by volume, Vol. 1 (October, 1906) to current (2010). The subscription database, Heritage Quest, available at many public libraries, has digitized volumes from Apr 1907; Vol. 1, Iss. 3. Search title keywords under Periodicals under PERSI.
- Missouri History.com
History.com's presentation of Missouri historical topics: Missouri, the Show Me State, was admitted to the United States in 1821 as part of the Missouri Compromise. Located on the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, the state was an important hub of transportation and commerce in early America. Clickable themes and events and persons important in Missouri history.
- State Archives of Missouri
Guides to the collection, online resources, facts and figures. Featured Collections, such as the Missouri Mormon War, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Online resources for finding genealogical documents (land records, county records, etc.).
- Timeline of Missouri History
Timeline of important events from the State Archives of Missouri.
- Missouri Historic Towns
- Missouri Genealogy Bibliography
- Railroad Articles
Histories of many railroads that crossed Missouri and added to Missouri's transportation history taken from: The Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri was edited by Howard L. Conard and published by the Southern History Company, of New York, Louisville, and St. Louis, in 1901.
- Ethnic Groups in Missouri
Information about Immigrants and the immigrant experience, and racial and cultural minorities exclusive of African-Americans, at the Missouri Historical Society. Includes papers and records of both individuals and organizations. See also the German Heritage Archives and collections related to Native Americans. Researchers may also want to consider the ethnic related holdings of our branch(es) in Kansas City, Rolla, and St. Louis.
- Native American genealogy
State Historical Society of Missouri
The Historical Society Reference Library has a splendid Native American collection for the historian, but these published sources are incomplete for tracing Native American genealogy. There are many unique problems encountered when researching Native American genealogy. The traditions, naming customs and kinship systems varied widely among different nations; and so, it is usually necessary that the researcher become familiar with those that pertain to a particular nation. The Society does not have lists of rolls of Native Americans in Missouri. List of helpful agencies for genealogical research.
- Missouri Pioneers
A compilation of settlers that settled in the state of Missouri by 1890 sent to the site voluntarily.
- Pioneer Life: Settling on the Homestead
By the University of Missouri: These sites are about daily life on the frontier. Learn about frontier towns and the chores and games that the pioneers participated in. Read the original Homestead Act that prompted many people to move West. Includes videos and historical photographs. There are links to eThemes Resources on pioneer food, sod houses, and hardships along the Oregon Trail.
- Missouri's Civil War
Site devoted to the border state's role in the conflict. articles on some of the fascinating aspects of the Civil War in Missouri: biographies, campaign and battle descriptions, chronology, and feature articles about battles, Civil War in specific counties, museum exhibits, Civil War archeology, etc.
- Missouri Civil War Museum
Opening in Summer 2011. The Missouri Civil War Museum is being specifically designed to become a "complete and well-rounded" Civil War museum, library, and educational facility. Unlike most "museums," the Missouri Civil War Museum will place most of its emphasis on educating the public about the American Civil War, instead of being a place to simply "showcase" thousands of original and authentic artifacts.
- Civil War Traveler: Missouri
Civil War museums, sites, battlefields and cemeteries in Missouri. Also, historical explanation of importance. Links to events and re-enactments in Missouri and other parts of the country.
- Guide to Civil War Resources at the Missouri State Archives
Describes records such as from Office of the Adjutant General of Missouri, Missouri State Penitentiary records, Federal Records on Microfilm (eg. Department of the Army: Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, Department of the Army: War Department Collection of Confederate Records, Union Provost Marshal's File, Department of Commerce: Bureau of the Census, Federal Census Schedules).
Also includes databases
such as Soldiers Database: War of 1812 to World War I (The Missouri State Archives holds nearly 1½ million pages that document the service of Missourians in domestic and foreign wars between 1812 and World War I. These military records primarily consist of individual service cards, but the extensive collection also includes muster rolls, special orders, reports, and more),
Civil War Provost Marshal Index Database , Missouri Supreme Court Historical Database , St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project
- Civil War in Missouri: Links and Resources
Sponsored by the MO Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS).
- Missouri Civil War Tours
Travel to Civil War Sites in Missouri Near St. Louis in the Arcadia Valley Region and Black River Area . Missouri Civil War Reenactments and the History of the Civil War in Missouri
- Civil War Roundtable of Western Missouri
Composed of historians, genealogists, re-enactors, preservationists, teachers and authors.
- University of Missouri Digital Library
A list of full text digitized books about the Civil War in Missouri. Click on Table of Contents to access.
- Map of the Civil War in Missouri, 1861
From Harpers Weekly: Map of the Civil War in Missouri, railroads and wagon roads indicated., October 19, 1861.
- War & Reconciliation: The Mid-Missouri Civil War Project
The Mid-Missouri Civil War Project is an effort to understand what happened in central Missouri by collecting, organizing, and interpreting the records, writings, and recollections of those who lived here. How did the communities we live in split in two? How did they experience a war in which their citizens killed each other in small, personal encounters? And how did they learn to live together again? Digital maps and articles.
- Civil War Missouri
Sponsored by The American History and Genealogy Project (AHGP), an unincorporated not-for-profit network of independent sites devoted to History & Genealogy, and covering North American Countries and Territories. Websites. Some transcribed books.
- Mid Missouri Civil War Roundtable
- Books on Missouri Civil War Soldiers
Missouri Historical Society
- Union Civil War Soldiers from Franklin County Missouri
List of soldiers from Franklin County. Includes name, town, age, rank, branch of service, unit, dates of entry and discharge, source of information, and remarks (where known).
- Missouri's African American History: Timeline
Time line of African American events in Missouri, by Missouri State Archives
- African American History in Missouri
The Missouri State Archives' African American History Initiative began in October 2001. The initiative aims to create a broad public awareness of the rich contributions of African Americans to the state, as well as offer new resources to historians and others studying Missouri's black history. Guide to African American History at Missouri State Archives
- African American Genealogy
A research guide from the State Historical Society of Missouri about researching African American ancestors.. Genealogists must first exhaust home resources including family bibles, newspaper clippings, birth, death, and marriage certificates, diaries, letters and other family memorabilia. They interview older family members and visit cemeteries. They use county, state, and federal records, such as the census, birth, death, and marriage records, wills, tax records, and land deeds. In addition to these sources, genealogists researching African Americans should not overlook several other valuable resources. Many museums, historical societies, universities, and local historical collections in public libraries have black history collections that should also be consulted. The State Historical Society has an excellent African American collection for the historian, as well as some very useful resources for the genealogist.
- African American Family History Research
List of variety of primary historical records available at the Missouri State Archives for African-American research.
- African Americans in Missouri
Resources for African Americans in Missouri -- includes a slave database for slaveowners and slaves from 5 Missouri Counties and the states of Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Also included is a database of Frontier Families of Missouri from the Upper Territory from 1790 to 1840. Slaveowners are noted under the NAME INDEX with an asterisk. Black marriage records, cemeteries, slave schedules, and 1870 census extractions of Black families are found under MISSOURI SLAVE DATA. View queries for family information.
- African Americans
Missouri State Historical Society: biographies, with some pictures, and bibliography of books, of famous Missouri African Americans.
- African-American Genealogy
Missouri State Archives: 5 Part Series Video Presentation by Traci L. Wilson-Kleekamp
- MoSGA Messenger
The Official Weblog of the Missouri State Genealogical Association, Tom Pearson, Editor.
Serving Missouri ancestor seekers since November 4, 2007. Focus is news about MoSGA events and publications, and news items likely to be of interest to Missouri genealogists.
- Barry County Missouri Blog
- History Happens Here
"News" of yesteryear as chronicled in the new blog of the Missouri History Museum. the blog has published posts on the building of the Bagnell Dam, the story of Helene Britton, the female owner of the St. Louis Cardinals during the early 1900s, and that primitive form of blogging: the Pony Express in Missouri. The blog invites readers to submit their own stories.
- Rich Hill Missouri History Blog
History, postcards, artifacts from Rich Hill, Missouri. Rich Hill is a city in Bates County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,461 at the 2000 census.