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=== Online Resources ===
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4998 Missouri Quaker Records] ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1111 U.S., French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1695-1954], index
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60969 Missouri, Methodist Church Records, 1856-1970], index, images, incomplete, ($).
  
 
=== Introduction  ===
 
=== Introduction  ===
  
Roman Catholic churches were established in [[Missouri]] in the colonial era. Records for St. Louis, for example, date from 1765. Many other denominations came after 1800 with the arrival of various immigrant groups. By 1900 the largest religious groups in Missouri were the Roman Catholic, Baptist, Christian (Disciples of Christ), and Methodist Episcopal (now United Methodist).  
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Roman Catholic churches were established in [[Missouri Genealogy|Missouri]] in the colonial era. Records for St. Louis, for example, date from 1765. Many other denominations came after 1800 with the arrival of various immigrant groups. By 1900 the largest religious groups in Missouri were the Roman Catholic, Baptist, Christian (Disciples of Christ), and Methodist Episcopal (now United Methodist).  
  
 
The Family History Library has some collections of church records for Missouri, including Catholic, Baptist, and Presbyterian records. These include a unique collection of 13 films of alphabetized parish register transcripts from the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City for the years 1830 to 1900.  
 
The Family History Library has some collections of church records for Missouri, including Catholic, Baptist, and Presbyterian records. These include a unique collection of 13 films of alphabetized parish register transcripts from the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City for the years 1830 to 1900.  
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=== Non-Denominational  ===
 
=== Non-Denominational  ===
  
Ruth E. Browning abstracted names and events from '''[http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/resources/index/index.html The Christian Messenger]''' and created an every name index. The Christian Messenger was a religious newspaper during the 1800's which included "letters with information about the churches, obituaries, death notices, names of subscribers, letters from preachers, etc."<ref>Ruth E. Browning, ''Name Index to the Christian Messenger'' at http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/resources/index/index.html</ref>&nbsp; The information abstracted from this newspaper came from several counties in Missouri.  
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Ruth E. Browning abstracted names and events from '''[http://sherrysharp.com/gentree/documents/christian-messenger.pdf The Christian Messenger]''' and created an every name index. The Christian Messenger was a religious newspaper during the 1800's which included "letters with information about the churches, obituaries, death notices, names of subscribers, letters from preachers, etc."<ref>Ruth E. Browning, ''Name Index to the Christian Messenger'' at http://sherrysharp.com/gentree/documents/christian-messenger.pdf</ref>&nbsp; The information abstracted from this newspaper came from several counties in Missouri.
  
 
=== Baptist  ===
 
=== Baptist  ===
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[http://baptistparchments.org/ '''Missouri Baptist Historical Commission''']<br>400 East High Street<br>Jefferson City, Missouri 65101<br>Phone: (573) 636-0400 ext. 371/ Toll Free: (800) 736-6227 ext. 371  
 
[http://baptistparchments.org/ '''Missouri Baptist Historical Commission''']<br>400 East High Street<br>Jefferson City, Missouri 65101<br>Phone: (573) 636-0400 ext. 371/ Toll Free: (800) 736-6227 ext. 371  
  
[http://www.jewell.edu/gen/william_and_jewell_generated_pages/Missouri_Baptist_Historical_Society_p1845.html '''Missouri Baptist Historical Society''']<br>William Jewell College<br>500 College Hill<br>Liberty, MO 64068<br>Phone: (816) 781-7700 ext.5468<br>Fax: (816) 415-5027  
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[http://www.jewell.edu/gen/mbhs_generated_pages/Missouri_Baptist_Historical_Society_p2.html '''Missouri Baptist Historical Society''']<br>William Jewell College<br>500 College Hill<br>Liberty, MO 64068<br>Phone: (816) 781-7700 ext.5468<br>Fax: (816) 415-5027  
  
 
[http://www.abhsarchives.org/ '''American Baptist Historical Society''']<br>1106 South Goodman Street<br>Rochester, NY 14620-2532<br>Phone: (716) 473-1740  
 
[http://www.abhsarchives.org/ '''American Baptist Historical Society''']<br>1106 South Goodman Street<br>Rochester, NY 14620-2532<br>Phone: (716) 473-1740  
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*''Records of American Baptists in Missouri and Related Organizations''. Rochester, New York: American Baptist Historical Society, 1982. {{WorldCat|11270424|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}
 
*''Records of American Baptists in Missouri and Related Organizations''. Rochester, New York: American Baptist Historical Society, 1982. {{WorldCat|11270424|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}
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*[http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/churches/primbap/FamHist-Iowa.html Church and Family History Research Assistance for Primitive Baptist Churches in Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri]
  
 
=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
 
=== Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  ===
  
Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for&nbsp;Missouri Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog Family History Library Catalog] . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. {{FHL|129780|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6031507 (2 fiche)}}; {{FHL|129780|item|disp=FHL Book 979.2258 A3j}}. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.  
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Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for&nbsp;Missouri Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the [https://www.familysearch.org/#form=catalog FamilySearch Catalog] . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. {{FHL|129780|item|disp=FHL Fiche 6031507 (2 fiche)}}; {{FHL|129780|item|disp=FHL Book 979.2258 A3j}}. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.  
  
 
=== Disciples of Christ (Christian Church)  ===
 
=== Disciples of Christ (Christian Church)  ===
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*Seaton, Richard A. ''History of the United Methodist Churches of Missouri. ''Missouri Methodist Historical Society, 1984; {{FHL|468630|item|disp=FHL Book 977.8 K2hs}}
 
*Seaton, Richard A. ''History of the United Methodist Churches of Missouri. ''Missouri Methodist Historical Society, 1984; {{FHL|468630|item|disp=FHL Book 977.8 K2hs}}
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=== Lutheran  ===
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Missouri Lutheran Church Records &amp; Histories can be found at this [http://www.genealoger.com/lutheran/church%20records/luth_chrec_missouri.htm link].
  
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
 
=== Roman Catholic  ===
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'''Diocese of Jefferson City'''<br>2207 West Main Street<br>P.O. Box 104900<br>Jefferson City, MO 65110-4900<br>Phone: (573) 635-9127<br>Website: [http://www.diojeffcity.org/Index.html Diocese of Jefferson City]  
 
'''Diocese of Jefferson City'''<br>2207 West Main Street<br>P.O. Box 104900<br>Jefferson City, MO 65110-4900<br>Phone: (573) 635-9127<br>Website: [http://www.diojeffcity.org/Index.html Diocese of Jefferson City]  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Adair County, Missouri|Adair]], [[Audrain County, Missouri|Audrain]], [[Benton County, Missouri|Benton]], [[Boone County, Missouri|Boone]], [[Callaway County, Missouri|Callaway]], [[Camden County, Missouri|Camden]], [[Chariton County, Missouri|Chariton]], [[Clark County, Missouri|Clark]], [[Cole County, Missouri|Cole]], [[Cooper County, Missouri|Cooper]], [[Crawford County, Missouri|Crawford]], [[Gasconade County, Missouri|Gasconade]], [[Hickory County, Missouri|Hickory]], [[Howard County, Missouri|Howard]], [[Knox County, Missouri|Knox]], [[Lewis County, Missouri|Lewis]], [[Linn County, Missouri|Linn]], [[Macon County, Missouri|Macon]], [[Maries County, Missouri|Maries]], [[Marion County, Missouri|Marion]], [[Miller County, Missouri|Miller]], [[Moniteau County, Missouri|Moniteau]], [[Monroe County, Missouri|Monroe]], [[Montgomery County, Missouri|Montgomery]], [[Morgan County, Missouri|Morgan]], [[Osage County, Missouri|Osage]], [[Pettis County, Missouri|Pettis]], [[Phelps County, Missouri|Phelps]], [[Pike County, Missouri|Pike]], [[Pulaski County, Missouri|Pulaski]], [[Putnam County, Missouri|Putnam]], [[Ralls County, Missouri|Ralls]], [[Randolph County, Missouri|Randolph]], [[Saline County, Missouri|Saline]], [[Schuyler County, Missouri|Schuyler]], [[Scotland County, Missouri|Scotland]], [[Shelby County, Missouri|Shelby]] and [[Sullivan County, Missouri|Sullivan]]  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Adair County, Missouri Genealogy|Adair]], [[Audrain County, Missouri Genealogy|Audrain]], [[Benton County, Missouri Genealogy|Benton]], [[Boone County, Missouri Genealogy|Boone]], [[Callaway County, Missouri Genealogy|Callaway]], [[Camden County, Missouri Genealogy|Camden]], [[Chariton County, Missouri Genealogy|Chariton]], [[Clark County, Missouri Genealogy|Clark]], [[Cole County, Missouri Genealogy|Cole]], [[Cooper County, Missouri Genealogy|Cooper]], [[Crawford County, Missouri Genealogy|Crawford]], [[Gasconade County, Missouri Genealogy|Gasconade]], [[Hickory County, Missouri Genealogy|Hickory]], [[Howard County, Missouri Genealogy|Howard]], [[Knox County, Missouri Genealogy|Knox]], [[Lewis County, Missouri Genealogy|Lewis]], [[Linn County, Missouri Genealogy|Linn]], [[Macon County, Missouri Genealogy|Macon]], [[Maries County, Missouri Genealogy|Maries]], [[Marion County, Missouri Genealogy|Marion]], [[Miller County, Missouri Genealogy|Miller]], [[Moniteau County, Missouri Genealogy|Moniteau]], [[Monroe County, Missouri Genealogy|Monroe]], [[Montgomery County, Missouri Genealogy|Montgomery]], [[Morgan County, Missouri Genealogy|Morgan]], [[Osage County, Missouri Genealogy|Osage]], [[Pettis County, Missouri Genealogy|Pettis]], [[Phelps County, Missouri Genealogy|Phelps]], [[Pike County, Missouri Genealogy|Pike]], [[Pulaski County, Missouri Genealogy|Pulaski]], [[Putnam County, Missouri Genealogy|Putnam]], [[Ralls County, Missouri Genealogy|Ralls]], [[Randolph County, Missouri Genealogy|Randolph]], [[Saline County, Missouri Genealogy|Saline]], [[Schuyler County, Missouri Genealogy|Schuyler]], [[Scotland County, Missouri Genealogy|Scotland]], [[Shelby County, Missouri Genealogy|Shelby]] and [[Sullivan County, Missouri Genealogy|Sullivan]]  
  
 
'''Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph'''<br>300 East 36th<br>Kansas City, MO 64111<br>Phone: (816) 756-1850<br>Website: [http://www.diocese-kcsj.org/content/diocese/archives/ Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph]  
 
'''Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph'''<br>300 East 36th<br>Kansas City, MO 64111<br>Phone: (816) 756-1850<br>Website: [http://www.diocese-kcsj.org/content/diocese/archives/ Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph]  
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Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 419037<br>Kansas City, MO 64141-6037  
 
Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 419037<br>Kansas City, MO 64141-6037  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Andrew County, Missouri|Andrew]], [[Atchison County, Missouri|Atchison]], [[Bates County, Missouri|Bates]], [[Buchanan County, Missouri|Buchanan]], [[Caldwell County, Missouri|Caldwell]], [[Carroll County, Missouri|Carroll]], [[Cass County, Missouri|Cass]], [[Clay County, Missouri|Clay]], [[Clinton County, Missouri|Clinton]], [[Daviess County, Missouri|Daviess]], [[DeKalb County, Missouri|DeKalb]], [[Gentry County, Missouri|Gentry]], [[Grundy County, Missouri|Grundy]], [[Harrison County, Missouri|Harrison]], [[Henry County, Missouri|Henry]], [[Holt County, Missouri|Holt]], [[Jackson County, Missouri|Jackson]], [[Johnson County, Missouri|Johnson]], [[Lafayette County, Missouri|Lafayette]], [[Livingston County, Missouri|Livingston]], [[Mercer County, Missouri|Mercer]], [[Nodaway County, Missouri|Nodaway]], [[Platte County, Missouri|Platte]], [[Ray County, Missouri|Ray]], [[St. Clair County, Missouri|St. Clair]], [[Vernon County, Missouri|Vernon]] and [[Worth County, Missouri|Worth]]  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Andrew County, Missouri Genealogy|Andrew]], [[Atchison County, Missouri Genealogy|Atchison]], [[Bates County, Missouri Genealogy|Bates]], [[Buchanan County, Missouri Genealogy|Buchanan]], [[Caldwell County, Missouri Genealogy|Caldwell]], [[Carroll County, Missouri Genealogy|Carroll]], [[Cass County, Missouri Genealogy|Cass]], [[Clay County, Missouri Genealogy|Clay]], [[Clinton County, Missouri Genealogy|Clinton]], [[Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy|Daviess]], [[DeKalb County, Missouri Genealogy|DeKalb]], [[Gentry County, Missouri Genealogy|Gentry]], [[Grundy County, Missouri Genealogy|Grundy]], [[Harrison County, Missouri Genealogy|Harrison]], [[Henry County, Missouri Genealogy|Henry]], [[Holt County, Missouri Genealogy|Holt]], [[Jackson County, Missouri Genealogy|Jackson]], [[Johnson County, Missouri Genealogy|Johnson]], [[Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy|Lafayette]], [[Livingston County, Missouri Genealogy|Livingston]], [[Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy|Mercer]], [[Nodaway County, Missouri Genealogy|Nodaway]], [[Platte County, Missouri Genealogy|Platte]], [[Ray County, Missouri Genealogy|Ray]], [[St. Clair County, Missouri Genealogy|St. Clair]], [[Vernon County, Missouri Genealogy|Vernon]] and [[Worth County, Missouri Genealogy|Worth]]  
  
 
'''Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau'''<br>601 S. Jefferson Ave.<br>Springfield, MO 65806<br>Phone: (417) 866-0841<br>Website: [http://www.dioscg.org/ Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau]  
 
'''Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau'''<br>601 S. Jefferson Ave.<br>Springfield, MO 65806<br>Phone: (417) 866-0841<br>Website: [http://www.dioscg.org/ Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau]  
  
The diocese includes the counties of: [[Barry County, Missouri|Barry]], [[Barton County, Missouri|Barton]], [[Bollinger County, Missouri|Bollinger]], [[Butler County, Missouri|Butler]], [[Cape Girardeau County, Missouri|Cape Girardeau]], [[Carter County, Missouri|Carter]], [[Cedar County, Missouri|Cedar]], [[Christian County, Missouri|Christian]], [[Dade County, Missouri|Dade]], [[Dallas County, Missouri|Dallas]], [[Dent County, Missouri|Dent]], [[Douglas County, Missouri|Douglas]], [[Dunklin County, Missouri|Dunklin]], [[Greene County, Missouri|Greene]] [[Howell County, Missouri|Howell]], [[Iron County, Missouri|Iron]], [[Jasper County, Missouri|Jasper]], [[Laclede County, Missouri|Laclede]], [[Lawrence County, Missouri|Lawrence]], [[Madison County, Missouri|Madison]], [[McDonald County, Missouri|McDonald]], [[Mississippi County, Missouri|Mississippi]], [[New Madrid County, Missouri|New Madrid]], [[Newton County, Missouri|Newton]], [[Oregon County, Missouri|Oregon]], [[Ozark County, Missouri|Ozark]], [[Pemiscot County, Missouri|Pemiscot]], [[Polk County, Missouri|Polk]], [[Reynolds County, Missouri|Reynolds]], [[Ripley County, Missouri|Ripley]], [[Scott County, Missouri|Scott]], [[Shannon County, Missouri|Shannon]], [[Stoddard County, Missouri|Stoddard]], [[Stone County, Missouri|Stone]], [[Taney County, Missouri|Taney]], [[Texas County, Missouri|Texas]], [[Wayne County, Missouri|Wayne]], [[Webster County, Missouri|Webster]] and [[Wright County, Missouri|Wright]]  
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The diocese includes the counties of: [[Barry County, Missouri Genealogy|Barry]], [[Barton County, Missouri Genealogy|Barton]], [[Bollinger County, Missouri Genealogy|Bollinger]], [[Butler County, Missouri Genealogy|Butler]], [[Cape Girardeau County, Missouri Genealogy|Cape Girardeau]], [[Carter County, Missouri Genealogy|Carter]], [[Cedar County, Missouri Genealogy|Cedar]], [[Christian County, Missouri Genealogy|Christian]], [[Dade County, Missouri Genealogy|Dade]], [[Dallas County, Missouri Genealogy|Dallas]], [[Dent County, Missouri Genealogy|Dent]], [[Douglas County, Missouri Genealogy|Douglas]], [[Dunklin County, Missouri Genealogy|Dunklin]], [[Greene County, Missouri Genealogy|Greene]] [[Howell County, Missouri Genealogy|Howell]], [[Iron County, Missouri Genealogy|Iron]], [[Jasper County, Missouri Genealogy|Jasper]], [[Laclede County, Missouri Genealogy|Laclede]], [[Lawrence County, Missouri Genealogy|Lawrence]], [[Madison County, Missouri Genealogy|Madison]], [[McDonald County, Missouri Genealogy|McDonald]], [[Mississippi County, Missouri Genealogy|Mississippi]], [[New Madrid County, Missouri Genealogy|New Madrid]], [[Newton County, Missouri Genealogy|Newton]], [[Oregon County, Missouri Genealogy|Oregon]], [[Ozark County, Missouri Genealogy|Ozark]], [[Pemiscot County, Missouri Genealogy|Pemiscot]], [[Polk County, Missouri Genealogy|Polk]], [[Reynolds County, Missouri Genealogy|Reynolds]], [[Ripley County, Missouri Genealogy|Ripley]], [[Scott County, Missouri Genealogy|Scott]], [[Shannon County, Missouri Genealogy|Shannon]], [[Stoddard County, Missouri Genealogy|Stoddard]], [[Stone County, Missouri Genealogy|Stone]], [[Taney County, Missouri Genealogy|Taney]], [[Texas County, Missouri Genealogy|Texas]], [[Wayne County, Missouri Genealogy|Wayne]], [[Webster County, Missouri Genealogy|Webster]] and [[Wright County, Missouri Genealogy|Wright]]  
  
 
'''Archdiocese of St. Louis'''<br>4445 Lindell Boulevard<br>St. Louis, MO 63108-2497<br>Phone: (314) 533-1887<br>Fax: (314) 533-1889<br>Website: [http://archstl.org/archives Archives of the Archdiocese of St. Louis]  
 
'''Archdiocese of St. Louis'''<br>4445 Lindell Boulevard<br>St. Louis, MO 63108-2497<br>Phone: (314) 533-1887<br>Fax: (314) 533-1889<br>Website: [http://archstl.org/archives Archives of the Archdiocese of St. Louis]  
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Most of the St. Louis Archdiocesan records have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://www.slcl.org/branches/hq/sc/catholic/cath-research.htm St. Louis County Library]. A list of their holdings is too large to publish on their website. Instead, they have published a 348 page guide [http://www.slcl.org/branches/hq/sc/catholic/archparish.htm ''Guide To St. Louis Catholic Archdiocesan Parish Records''] detailing their holdings. The book contains the SLCL and FHL film numbers. A very small number of records were not microfilmed and must be obtained through the Archives of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  
 
Most of the St. Louis Archdiocesan records have been microfilmed and are available at the [http://www.slcl.org/branches/hq/sc/catholic/cath-research.htm St. Louis County Library]. A list of their holdings is too large to publish on their website. Instead, they have published a 348 page guide [http://www.slcl.org/branches/hq/sc/catholic/archparish.htm ''Guide To St. Louis Catholic Archdiocesan Parish Records''] detailing their holdings. The book contains the SLCL and FHL film numbers. A very small number of records were not microfilmed and must be obtained through the Archives of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  
  
The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Franklin County, Missouri|Franklin]], [[Jefferson County, Missouri|Jefferson]], [[Lincoln County, Missouri|Lincoln]], [[Perry County, Missouri|Perry]], [[St. Charles County, Missouri|St. Charles]], [[Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri|Ste. Genevieve]], [[St. Francois County, Missouri|St. Francois]], [[St. Louis City, Missouri|St. Louis City (Independent)]], [[St. Louis County, Missouri|St. Louis County]], [[Warren County, Missouri|Warren]] and [[Washington County, Missouri|Washington]]  
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The Archdiocese includes the counties of: [[Franklin County, Missouri Genealogy|Franklin]], [[Jefferson County, Missouri Genealogy|Jefferson]], [[Lincoln County, Missouri Genealogy|Lincoln]], [[Perry County, Missouri Genealogy|Perry]], [[St. Charles County, Missouri Genealogy|St. Charles]], [[Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri Genealogy|Ste. Genevieve]], [[St. Francois County, Missouri Genealogy|St. Francois]], [[St. Louis City, Missouri|St. Louis City (Independent)]], [[St. Louis County, Missouri Genealogy|St. Louis County]], [[Warren County, Missouri Genealogy|Warren]] and [[Washington County, Missouri Genealogy|Washington]]  
  
 
'''The Drouin Collection'''<br><br> [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1111 Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954] ($) (Ancestry). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see [[The Drouin Collection: Six databases|"The Drouin Collection: Six Databases"]]  
 
'''The Drouin Collection'''<br><br> [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1111 Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954] ($) (Ancestry). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see [[The Drouin Collection: Six databases|"The Drouin Collection: Six Databases"]]  
  
The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.  
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The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.<br>
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Introduction

Roman Catholic churches were established in Missouri in the colonial era. Records for St. Louis, for example, date from 1765. Many other denominations came after 1800 with the arrival of various immigrant groups. By 1900 the largest religious groups in Missouri were the Roman Catholic, Baptist, Christian (Disciples of Christ), and Methodist Episcopal (now United Methodist).

The Family History Library has some collections of church records for Missouri, including Catholic, Baptist, and Presbyterian records. These include a unique collection of 13 films of alphabetized parish register transcripts from the Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City for the years 1830 to 1900.

For information on church records see:

  • Guide to Vital Statistics: Church Records in Missouri. Washington, DC: Historical Records Survey, 1942. At various libraries (WorldCat) (not available at the Family History Library)

Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following for more information about their records.

Non-Denominational

Ruth E. Browning abstracted names and events from The Christian Messenger and created an every name index. The Christian Messenger was a religious newspaper during the 1800's which included "letters with information about the churches, obituaries, death notices, names of subscribers, letters from preachers, etc."[1]  The information abstracted from this newspaper came from several counties in Missouri.

Baptist

Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
901 Commerce Street, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37203-3630
Phone: (615) 244-0344
Fax: (615) 782-4821

Missouri Baptist Historical Commission
400 East High Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
Phone: (573) 636-0400 ext. 371/ Toll Free: (800) 736-6227 ext. 371

Missouri Baptist Historical Society
William Jewell College
500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: (816) 781-7700 ext.5468
Fax: (816) 415-5027

American Baptist Historical Society
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620-2532
Phone: (716) 473-1740

An 1899 directory of Baptist ministers lists biographical details about many ministers born or serving in the state:[2]

  • The Ministerial Directory of the Baptist Churches in the United States of America. Oxford, Ohio: Ministerial Directory Co., 1899. Digital version at Google Books.

An inventory of some Missouri Baptist records at the American Baptist Historical Society is:

  • Records of American Baptists in Missouri and Related Organizations. Rochester, New York: American Baptist Historical Society, 1982. At various libraries (WorldCat)

Websites:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

Early church records, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for Missouri Wards and Branches can be found on film and are located at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The film numbers, for each ward, can be locate through the FamilySearch Catalog . Or by refering to Jaussi, Laureen R., and Gloria D. Chaston. Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers. 2 vols. Provo, Utah: Genealogy Tree, 1982. FHL Fiche 6031507 (2 fiche); FHL Book 979.2258 A3j. These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.

Disciples of Christ (Christian Church)

Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 19th Avenue S
Nashville, TN 37212-2196
Phone: (615) 327-1444
Fax: (615) 327-1445
Website: Disciples of Christ Historical Society

Methodist

Central Methodist College Library
411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, MO 65248
Phone: (816) 248-3391 ext. 292
Fax: (816) 248-3045
Website: United Methodist Archives

Centenary United Methodist Church
55 Plaza Square
16th & Pine Street
St Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 421-3136
Fax: (314) 421-4625
Website: Centenary United Methodist Church

Commission on Archives and History
P.O. Box 127
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Phone: (201) 408-3590
Fax: (201) 408-3909
Website: Commission on Archives and History
United Methodist Church

A useful history is:

  • Seaton, Richard A. History of the United Methodist Churches of Missouri. Missouri Methodist Historical Society, 1984; FHL Book 977.8 K2hs

Lutheran

Missouri Lutheran Church Records & Histories can be found at this link.

Roman Catholic

Diocese of Jefferson City
2207 West Main Street
P.O. Box 104900
Jefferson City, MO 65110-4900
Phone: (573) 635-9127
Website: Diocese of Jefferson City

The diocese includes the counties of: Adair, Audrain, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Gasconade, Hickory, Howard, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Maries, Marion, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Pike, Pulaski, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Sullivan

Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph
300 East 36th
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: (816) 756-1850
Website: Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 419037
Kansas City, MO 64141-6037

The diocese includes the counties of: Andrew, Atchison, Bates, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte, Ray, St. Clair, Vernon and Worth

Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau
601 S. Jefferson Ave.
Springfield, MO 65806
Phone: (417) 866-0841
Website: Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau

The diocese includes the counties of: Barry, Barton, Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Dent, Douglas, Dunklin, Greene Howell, Iron, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, Madison, McDonald, Mississippi, New Madrid, Newton, Oregon, Ozark, Pemiscot, Polk, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, Stoddard, Stone, Taney, Texas, Wayne, Webster and Wright

Archdiocese of St. Louis
4445 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108-2497
Phone: (314) 533-1887
Fax: (314) 533-1889
Website: Archives of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

Most of the St. Louis Archdiocesan records have been microfilmed and are available at the St. Louis County Library. A list of their holdings is too large to publish on their website. Instead, they have published a 348 page guide Guide To St. Louis Catholic Archdiocesan Parish Records detailing their holdings. The book contains the SLCL and FHL film numbers. A very small number of records were not microfilmed and must be obtained through the Archives of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The Archdiocese includes the counties of: Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Perry, St. Charles, Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, St. Louis City (Independent), St. Louis County, Warren and Washington

The Drouin Collection

Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954 ($) (Ancestry). This database only contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. It is the U.S. part of the U.S. and French-Canadian Drouin Collection. For more details see "The Drouin Collection: Six Databases"

The types of records include baptisms, marriages, and burials as well as confirmations, dispensations, censuses, statements of readmission to the church, and so on. They are written mainly in French, as well as English, Latin, and Italian.


References

  1. Ruth E. Browning, Name Index to the Christian Messenger at http://sherrysharp.com/gentree/documents/christian-messenger.pdf
  2. Davis points out that not all ministers participated, see: Robert S. Davis, "Some Baptist Ministers of South Carolina at the Turn of the Century," The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol. 32, No. 1 (Winter 2004):13-22. FHL Book 975.7 B2sc v. 32