Missouri Archives and Libraries

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services to assist genealogical researchers:

Missouri State Archives
600 West Main Street
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Telephone: 314-751-3280
Fax: 573-526-7333
Internet: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/

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).

National Archives—Central Plains Region (Kansas City)
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
Telephone: 816-268-8000
Internet: http://www.archives.gov/central-plains/

Missouri State Genealogical Association
P.O. Box 833
Columbia, MO 65205-0833
Telephone: 816-747-9330
Internet: http://www.mosga.org/

State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry
Columbia, MO 65201-7298
Telephone: 573-882-7083
Fax: 573-884-4950
Internet: http://www.umsystem.edu/shs/index.shtml

Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center
Jefferson Memorial Building
255 South Skinker Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63112-0040
Telephone: 314-746-4599
Fax: 314-746-4548
Internet: http://www.mohistory.org/content/LibraryAndResearch/LRCGeneralInfo.aspx

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

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; Family History Library book 977.8 A3b).

St. Louis Public Library
History and Genealogy Department
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103-2389
Telephone: 314-241-2288
Fax: 314-539-0393
Internet: http://www.slpl.org/index.asp

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

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
Internet: http://www.kclibrary.org/

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
Internet: http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us

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.

You should also be aware that 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.

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

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:


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.


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


The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. 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.