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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Missouri.

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Links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Wiki Articles on Major Repositories in Missouri

National Archives I, Washington DC · National Archives at Kansas City · National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) · Missouri Bureau of Vital Records · Missouri History Museum Library · Missouri State Archives · Missouri State Genealogical Association · State Historical Society of Missouri · Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections · Ozarks Genealogical Society Library · St. Louis County Library · St. Louis Mercantile Library · St. Louis Public Library · Springfield-Greene County Library Center · Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Library · Harrison County Historical Museum TX · Newberry Library, Chicago IL


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Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center
3440 S. Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055-1923
Telephone: 816-836-5200
Fax: 816-521-7253
E-mail: ge@mcpl.lib.mo.us
Internet: Midwest Genealogy Center

One of America's most complete genealogical centers including censuses and indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and newspapers. Surrounding states are well represented.</ref> [1] The Mid-Continent Public Library shares its genealogical materials through interlibrary loan.

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National Archives I
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC
Telephone:  1-866-272-6272
Fax:  301-837-0483
E-mail: Contact Us
Internet: National Archives

Nationwide censuses, pre-WWI military service and pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees. The National Archives Building in Washington, DC (Archives I), houses textual and microfilm records relating to genealogy, American Indians, pre-World War II military and naval-maritime matters, the New Deal, the District of Columbia, the Federal courts, and Congress.[2]

National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Telephone: 816-268-8000
E-mail: kansascity.archives@nara.gov
Internet: National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri

The National Archives at Kansas City, Missouri has the records of regional federal offices for Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, including the following:

  • Federal naturalization records including A-files
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs and other American Indian records
  • Copies of federal census, military, federal land records, and immigration records
  • Specialties include frontier and territorial history, and American Indians of the Northern Great Plains.[3]

National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138
Telephone:  314-801-0800
Fax:  314-801-9195
E-mail: MPR.center@nara.gov
Internet: National Personnel Records Center

The National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis is part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It is the central repository for both the military and civil services personnel-related records. It maintains military personnel records for servicemen and servicewomen discharged from 1912 to 1952* (*i.e. 62 years after discharge). Use Standard Form SF-180 to order files.  Records prior to WWI are in Washington, D.C.[4] [5]


Missouri Bureau of Vital Records
912 Wildwood (P.O. Box 570)
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Telephone: 573-751-6387
E-mail: VitalRecordsInfo@health.mo.gov
Internet: Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Information

Central registry of Missouri births and deaths since 1910; marriages and divorces since 1948.[6]

Missouri Digital Heritage Access death, military,census, land and other records

The State Historical Society of Missouri Digital This site has newspaper collection, diaries, plat maps, photographs, oral histories amd much more.

Missouri History Museum Library
225 South Skinker Blvd (P.O. Box 11940)
St. Louis, MO 63112-0040
Telephone: 314-746-4500
Fax: 314-746-4548
E-mail: library@mohistory.org
Internet: Library and Research Center

They have an excellent collection about early Missouri settlers and immigrants through Illinois, 90,000 books, periodicals, St. Louis newspapers, fire insurance maps, city directories, St. Louis people, western fur trade, and Missouri history.[7] The library has an online genealogy index. Copies of records can also be ordered online.

Missouri State Archives
600 West Main Street (P.O. Box 1747)
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: 314-751-3280
Fax: 573-526-7333
E-mail: archref@sos.mo.gov
Internet: Missouri State Archives

A "user-friendly" facility with original county records on microfilm from all counties (61,000 reels), municipal records, 400,000 photos, 9000 maps, censuses 1752-1940, court, land, military, Missouri Mormon War, and penitentiary records. Additional databases include births/deaths pre-1910, coroners inquests, land patents 1831-1969, and naturalizations 1816-1955.[8]

Note:  Records kept at the state capitol were lost by fires in 1837 and 1911. Several counties in Missouri have also lost records due to fire, war, and other destruction.

Missouri State Genealogical Association
P.O. Box 833
Columbia, MO 65205-0833
E-mail: webmanager@mosga.org
Internet: Missouri State Genealogical Association

Sponsors events, conferences, Missouri First Families certificates, newsletters, a blog, MoSGA's Journal, researchers, speakers, research links, and annual awards.[9]  The MoSGA collection is part of the Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence MO.[10]

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State Historical Society of Missouri
University of Missouri Ellis Library
1020 Lowry Street
Columbia, Missouri, 65201-7298
Telephone: 573-882-1187
Fax: 573-884-4950
E-mail: shsofmo@umsystem.edu
Internet: About SHSMO

Good genealogy collection with historic Missouri manuscripts and reference books, collection of 460,000 books, 500,000 manuscripts, 150,000 archival records, 2,900 maps, databases, art, census, digital collections, newspapers, oral history, and photographs.[11] This Society has research centers at Cape Gerardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, St. Louis, and Springfield.


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Kansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections
Central Library
14 W. 10th Street, 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64105
Telephone: 816-701-3427
Fax: 816-701-3401
E-mail: lhistory@kclibrary.org
Internet: Central Library

Great genealogy collection for the Missouri Valley with biographies, periodicals, genealogies, diaries, photos, scrapbooks, and newspapers of KC area.[12]

Ozarks Genealogical Society Library
534 West Catalpa (PO Box 3945)
Springfield, Missouri 65808
Telephone: 417-831-2773
E-mail: Contact Form
Internet: Research

OGS has substantial genealogy for southern Missouri, Missouri in general, other states, a large collection of genealogical periodicals, maps, family histories, and over one dozen special collections compiled by area researchers. Special Collections records focus on family histories with an emphasis in the southwest Missouri geographical area.[13]

St. Louis County Library
Tier 5 (top floor)
1640 South Lindbergh Blvd
St Louis, MO 63131-3598
Telephone: 314-994-3300, ext. 2070
E-mail: scollections@slcl.org
Internet: St. Louis County Library History and Genealogy

Their collection includes holdings from the National Genealogical Society, St. Louis Genealogical Society, African American Research Collection, Jewish Genealogical Society, parish records from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and the Archdiocese of Belleville, Illinois.[14]

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St. Louis Mercantile Library
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Thomas Jefferson Library Building
One University Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63121-4400
Telephone: 314-516-7240 or 314-516-7247
Fax: 314-516-7241
E-mail: Research Assistance form
Internet: St. Louis Mercantile Library

Early newspapers, railroads, inland waterways, county records, biographies, and genealogies. A premier library for Missouri research.[15]

St. Louis Public Library (City)
Central Library
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
Telephone: 314-241-2288
E-mail: webref@slpl.org
Internet: Genealogy

They have an on-line Obituary Index for the years 1880–1927; 1942–1945; 1992–2006, family histories, passenger lists, Heritage Quest, and Gateway Family Historian publication.[16]

Springfield-Greene County Library Center
The Library Center
4653 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65810-1723
Telephone: 417-616-0534
Fax: 417-883-9348
E-mail: Ask a Librarian form.
Internet: Guide to Local History and Genealogy Department Collections

Substantial genealogy for southern Missouri. Censuses, religious and church histories, city directories, U.S. Civil War, online death certificates 1910-1958, births, marriages, land, probate, cemeteries, clippings, newspapers, American Indians, maps, and periodicals.</ref> [17]

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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Library
6424 West Farm Road 182
Republic, MO 65738
Telephone: 417-732-2662
E-mail: Wilson's Creek Contact Us form
Internet: The Hulston Library

This library can help genealogists find ancestors who served in the American Civil War, and learn more about that war in Missouri.[18]

Outside Missouri

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Harrison County Historical Museum
Old Harrison County Courthouse
117 East Bowie (P.O. Box 1987)
Marshall, Texas 75671
Telephone:  903-938-2680
E-mail: info@harrisoncountymuseum.org
Internet: Harrison County Historical Museum

A key repository for locating selected early Missouri  and Texas  settlers. This was a center for Missouri Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. It has a great collection of family folders, books, letters, diaries, journals, and surname lists.</ref> [19]

Miami, Oklahoma also has significant association with southern Missiouri heritage and genealogy.</ref>

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Newberry Library
60 West Waltron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Telephone: 312-255-3512
E-mail: reference@newberry.org
Internet: Newberry genealogy page

Over 17,000 printed genealogies. Their collection is strong for colonial America, especially New England, including local histories from all over the United States, Canada, and Britain. Outstanding county history collection for the Midwest  and Mid-Atlantic states. The Civil War collection is one of the best in America.[20]


  1. Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  2. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  3. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 67. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  4. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  5. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).
  6. Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Information in Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (accessed 3 March 2016).
  7. Library in Missouri History Museum (accessed 7 March 2014).
  8. Research Room in Missouri Secretary of State (accessed 7 March 2014).
  9. Home in Missouri State Genealogical Association (accessed 1 March 2016).
  10. Library Program in Missouri State Genealogical Association (accessed 13 March 2014).
  11. Collections and Research in State Historical Society of Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
  12. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  13. Research in Ozarks Genealogical Society (accessed 15 March 2014).
  14. Genealogy and local history in St. Louis County Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  15. Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
  16. Genealogists in St. Louis Public Library (accessed 3 February 2016).
  17. Guide to Local History and Genealogy Department Collections in Springfield-Greene County Library District (accessed 15 March 2014).
  18. The Hulston Library in Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Missouri in National Park Service (accessed 15 March 2014).
  19. Our Collection in Harrison County Museum (accessed 7 March 2014).
  20. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.