Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Library

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Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  Wilson's Creek Contact Us form


Wilson's Creek National Battlefield
John K. Hulston Research Library
6424 West Farm Road 182
Republic, Missouri 65738-9514

Telephone:[1]   417-732-2662
Fax:  417-732-1167

Hours and holidays:[2]  The Library is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. The battlefield is open daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The battlefield closes at Noon on December 24 (Christmas Eve).[3]

Directions:  by plane, car, and taxi.
Google map:  John K. Hulston Research Library, Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

All of the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Library's 10,000 volumes are non-circulating, but are available for use on-site. The collection focuses on the American Civil War period, especially on the Trans-Mississippi Theater. The library has many regimental histories and adjutant general reports mostly for the Union side.[2]

This library can help genealogists find ancestors who served in the American Civil War, and learn more about that war in Missouri. They have access to the National Park Service's 6.3 million name database online called the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. They also have microfilm copies of the Compiled Service Records for all Union and Confederate soldiers from Missouri, and those from other states who fought at Wilson's Creek.[2]

This National Battlefield preserves the site of the Battle of Wilson's Creek. Fought on August 10, 1861, it was the first major American Civil War engagement west of the Mississippi River.
  • The Confederate's failure to exploit their victory here resulted in keeping Missouri in the Union.
  • Major features include a 5-mile automobile tour loop, the restored 1852 Ray House, and "Bloody Hill," the scene of the major battle.
  • The site is located just southwest of the city of Springfield, in southwestern Missouri.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, bounty land, homesteads, ethnic sources, prisons, fed employees.[4]
  • National Archives II, Suitland MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900, and modern military records.[4]
  • National Archives at Kansas City federal censuses 1790–1930; selected military service indexes, pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, photos, adoptions, vital records, land, and Indian records.[5]
  • Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, a great American genealogy collection: censuses, MO federal land sales, penitentiary, St. Louis fur trade, Civil War, passenger lists, plantations, American Indians, city directories, newspapers, Draper Manuscripts, and KY taxes.</ref>

Similar Collections

  • Springfield-Greene County Library Center has 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> [6]

Neighboring Collections

See Also[edit | edit source]

  • fold3 online military records, documents, and photos.
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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Us in Wilson's Creek National Battlefield in National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior (accessed 28 March 2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Hulston Library in Wilson's Creek National Battlefield in National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior (accessed 28 March 2016).
  3. Plan Your Visit in Wilson's Creek National Battlefield in National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior (accessed 28 March 2016).
  4. 4.0 4.1 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 2. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  5. Dollarhide and Bremer, 67.
  6. Guide to Local History and Genealogy Department Collections in Springfield-Greene County Library District (accessed 15 March 2014).
  7. Alice Eichholz, Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, 3rd ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry Pub., 2004), 394. WorldCat 55947869; FHL Book 973 D27rb 2004.
  8. Handybook for Genealogists : United States of America, 9th ed. (Draper, UT : Everton Publishers, 1999), 231. WorldCat 50140092; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  9. List of Available Records in Greene County Archives and Records Center (accessed 23 March 2016).
  10. Home in United States Courts Western Missouri (accessed 23 March 2016).
  11. Research in Ozarks Genealogical Society (accessed 15 March 2014).
  12. Introduction to Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).
  13. Dollarhide and Bremer, 47 and 67.
  14. Special Collections in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 7 March 2014).
  15. Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Information in Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (accessed 3 March 2016).
  16. Vital Records in Kansas City Public Library (accessed 2 Feb 2016).
  17. Online guide to St. Louis sources in the History and Genealogy Department in St. Louis County Library (accessed 2 February 2016).
  18. Genealogists in St. Louis Public Library (accessed 3 February 2016).
  19. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  20. Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  21. Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.