Missouri Archives and Libraries

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Jefferson City and Columbia

Missouri State Archives
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: 314-751-3280
Fax: 573-526-7333
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. Saturday hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Microfilm and published materials are available in the research room; records from the Archives' stacks should be requested in advance for use on Thursday evenings, Saturdays or holidays

The holdings of the Missouri State Archives date from 1770 and include: executive, legislative, and judicial records; records of state departments and agencies; land records; military records; state publications; photographic collections; county and municipal records on microfilm; and manuscript and reference collections.

Through the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative begun in 2007, the Missouri State Archives and the Missouri State Library, in partnership with the State Historical Society of Missouri, are assisting institutions across the state in digitizing their records and placing them online for easy access.

A list of county records on microfilm is available at the following link.

A helpful guide to the collection is A Guide to the Missouri State Archives (Jefferson City, Missouri: Missouri Secretary of State, 198-; not at Family History Library). (Worldcat)

Missouri State Genealogical Association
P.O. Box 833
Columbia, MO 65205-0833
Telephone: 816-747-9330

State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry
Columbia, MO 65201-7298
Telephone: 573-882-7083
Fax: 573-884-4950
(located at Ellis Library, Univ. of Missouri campus)

[http://whmc.umsystem.edu Western Historical Manuscript Collection
23 Ellis Library
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri 65201-5149
Telephone: 573-882-6028
Fax: 573-884-0345

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.

Kansas City and Independence

Kansas City Public Library
Heart of America Genealogical Society
311 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2454
Telephone: 816-221-2685
Fax: 816-421-7484

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 The Mid-Continent Public Library shares its genealogical materials through interlibrary loan.

To learn more about the history, record keeping, and available records of Missouri counties, use the 15 inventories of the county archives published by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has copies of most of these inventories.

National Archives—Central Plains Region (Kansas City)
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Telephone: 816-268-8000

St. Louis

Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center
225 South Skinker Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63112-0040
Telephone: 314-746-4500
Fax: 314-746-4548

Mailing Address:
Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center
P.O. Box 11940
St. Louis, MO 63112-0040.

The library has an online genealogy index that can be searched before visiting. Copies of records can also be ordered online.

A helpful guide to the society's collection is Beverly D. Bishop and Janice L. Fox, A List of Manuscript Collections in the Archives of the Missouri Historical Society(St. Louis: Missouri Historical Society, 1982;(Worldcat) and FHL book 977.8 A3b).

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 from WWI to the present. Records prior to WWI are in Washington, D.C.

St. Louis County Library

Their collection 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)

The St. Louis Public Library has an on-line Obituary Index for the years 1880–1927; 1942–1945; 1992–2006.

For further information regarding the St. Louis Library, see George Gambrill, Genealogical Material and Local Histories in the St. Louis Public Library, Rev. ed. (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Public Library, 1965; (Worldcat); FHL book 977.866 A3s; FHL book 928060 items 7-8, 1965/66 catalog and 1971 supplement).

Web Sites

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Missouri in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:


  • USGenWeb.com A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.


  • Rootsweb.com A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.


  • FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.