Missouri Genealogists

Our Missouri genealogists research on location. They will find and analyze the best records available to further your family history research. They can search the archives and libraries in Missouri, including:

  • Missouri State Archives
    Records date from 1770 and include government, land, military, state publications, photographs, manuscripts, and references
  • University of Missouri Libraries
    Contains 3.1 million print volumes, 53,400 journal titles, and over 7.5 million microforms
  • Kansas City and Independence
  • Kansas City Public Library
    Documents the history of the Kansas City region, but also includes border warfare and Civil War, Native Americans of the area, explorers and westward expansion, outlaws and lawmen, the overland trails. Also stewards over the Ramos collection of books, pamphlets, and clippings on African American history and culture
  • Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center
    Contains federal land sales in Missouri (1818-1903), Draper Manuscript Collection, Kentucky tax records, Missouri State Penitentiary Records (1836-1931), St. Louis fur trade, Antebellum Southern Plantations, Service Records of Missouri Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers, Civil War unit histories, passenger arrivals, Native American records, partial state vital records for many states, original town records, city directories, and newspapers

  • National Archives in Kansas City
    Holds census records, military service records, pension and bounty-land warrant applications, and land allotment files

Midwest Genealogy Center
Formerly Genealogy & Local History Branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library system in Missouri, the Midwest Genealogy Center. One of the top ten genealogy centers in the United States. This archive contains collections with a focus on Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties and includes:
Original family research
Military records
Land records
Gann Historical Society and Library Inc. collection
V.G. Johnson collection
Global and Multicultural Education collection
Name and folder indexes and finding aids
For more information on sharing and doing research through the Midwest Genealogy Center in Missouri, visit their webpage.
Kansas State Historical Society
Information and images highlighting Kansas history collections and services of the society.
Johnson County Public Library
Local history holdings
Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
Archival materials relating to Kansas City, Missouri
Johnson County (Kansas) Archives
Public records, photographs, maps, cemetery records, and more for Johnson County, Kansas

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center
    Many newspapers (1808-1929) and books
  • National Personnel Records Center
    Part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the central repository for both the military and civil services personnel-related records. Maintains military personnel records from WWI to present. (Records prior to WWI are in Washington, D.C.)
  • St. Louis County Library
    Includes holdings from the St. Louis Genealogical Society, the National Genealogical Society, and parish records from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Archdiocese of Belleville, Illinois.
  • St. Louis Public Library (City)
    Obituaries for the years 1880-1927; 1942-1945; 1992-2006
  • Ellis Library at University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.
    The collections include:
    Government documents
    Microforms (government documents, telephone books, journal citation reports, etc.)
    Newspapers on microfilm
    Many special collections and rare books

Our genealigosts can do research projects of many sizes and for many budgets. We customize the amount of research provided according to your needs.

If you would like to learn how our genealogists can further your research, request a research quote.

Some of the major records sources that can be used for genealogy research in Missouri include:

  • Birth, marriage, and death records were kept by some towns as early as colonization
  • Births and deaths recorded by the state government from 1883 to the present
  • Marriages from 1881 to the present
  • Federal census records were recorded every 10 years starting in 1830
  • State, territorial, and colonial censuses were recorded every 10 years from 1840 through 1890
  • Land records were kept by the towns and counties from the time they were settled
  • Probate records were kept by the local courts from as early as 1804 to the present
  • Churches kept records of the christenings, marriages, deaths, or other information about their members
  • Newspapers were written in many areas and time periods that contain information such as notices of marriages, notices of death, and obituaries
  • Military records
  • Town and county histories about the settlers and their families
  • Naturalization and citizenship records were recorded by the courts since 1805
  • Ship passenger lists, tax lists, and town records were recorded for many areas

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