Missouri Archives and Libraries
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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.
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
NationalMid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center
3440 S. Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055-1923
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>  The Mid-Continent Public Library shares its genealogical materials through interlibrary loan.
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
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.
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
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.
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis, MO 63138
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. 
Missouri Bureau of Vital Records
912 Wildwood (P.O. Box 570)
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
Internet: Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Information
- Central registry of Missouri births and deaths since 1910; marriages and divorces since 1948.
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
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. The library has an online genealogy index. Copies of records can also be ordered online.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sponsors events, conferences, Missouri First Families certificates, newsletters, a blog, MoSGA's Journal, researchers, speakers, research links, and annual awards. The MoSGA collection is part of the Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence MO.
University of Missouri Ellis Library
1020 Lowry Street
Columbia, Missouri, 65201-7298
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. This Society has research centers at Cape Gerardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla, St. Louis, and Springfield.
RegionalKansas City Public Library Missouri Valley Special Collections
14 W. 10th Street, 5th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64105
Internet: Central Library
- Great genealogy collection for the Missouri Valley with biographies, periodicals, genealogies, diaries, photos, scrapbooks, and newspapers of KC area.
- 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.
St. Louis County Library
Tier 5 (top floor)
1640 South Lindbergh Blvd
St Louis, MO 63131-3598
Telephone: 314-994-3300, ext. 2070
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.
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
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.
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
- 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.
Springfield-Greene County Library Center
The Library Center
4653 S. Campbell Ave.
Springfield, MO 65810-1723
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> 
6424 West Farm Road 182
Republic, MO 65738
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.
Outside MissouriHarrison County Historical Museum
Old Harrison County Courthouse
117 East Bowie (P.O. Box 1987)
Marshall, Texas 75671
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> 
Miami, Oklahoma also has significant association with southern Missiouri heritage and genealogy.</ref>Newberry Library
60 West Waltron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
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.
- Midwest Genealogy Center in Mid-Continent Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
- Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
- 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.
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
- National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).
- Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Information in Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (accessed 3 March 2016).
- Library in Missouri History Museum (accessed 7 March 2014).
- Research Room in Missouri Secretary of State (accessed 7 March 2014).
- Home in Missouri State Genealogical Association (accessed 1 March 2016).
- Library Program in Missouri State Genealogical Association (accessed 13 March 2014).
- Collections and Research in State Historical Society of Missouri (accessed 7 March 2014).
- Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
- Research in Ozarks Genealogical Society (accessed 15 March 2014).
- Genealogy and local history in St. Louis County Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
- Genealogists in St. Louis Public Library (accessed 3 February 2016).
- Guide to Local History and Genealogy Department Collections in Springfield-Greene County Library District (accessed 15 March 2014).
- The Hulston Library in Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Missouri in National Park Service (accessed 15 March 2014).
- Our Collection in Harrison County Museum (accessed 7 March 2014).
- Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.