Missouri, Index to Independence Newspapers (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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This article describes a collection of records scheduled to become available at FamilySearch.org.
Missouri, United States
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Location of Missouri
Record Description
Record Type Marriage Records
Collection years 1898-1960
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What is in the Collection?

The collection includes digital images of card index to genealogical information in The Jackson Examiner, published weekly from 19 February 1898 to 8 February 1901 and The Independence Examiner, published daily since 16 May 1905. This collection includes records from 1898 to 1960. The newspaper included articles about anniversaries, births, citizenship notices, deaths and obituaries, divorces, engagements and marriages.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The index lists the name, the event type and gives the date the information was published.

The newspaper articles may contain any of the following information:

  • Names
  • Birth dates and places
  • Death or burial dates and places
  • Marriage dates and places
  • Names of parents, siblings, or other family members
  • Residences
  • Occupations
  • Details about military service

Coverage Map

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Missouri marriages click here.

How Do I Search the Collection?

Search the Index

Search by Name by visiting the Collection Page then:

  1. Fill in the search boxes with the information you know.
  2. Click Search. This will provide possible a list of matches.
  3. Compare the information in the lists to what you already know to determine if you found the correct person.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the information to find other records such as birth, christening, census, land and death records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Missouri, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Missouri Archives and Libraries.


Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Missouri, Index to Independence Newspapers, 1898-1960." Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citingnewspapers, Missouri.

Image Citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.


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