Missouri Church Records

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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; not at Family History Library) at the Library of Congress.

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

Baptist

Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
901 Commerce Street, Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37203-3630
Telephone: 615-244-0344
Fax: 615-782-4821
Internet: http://www.sbhla.org/

Missouri Baptist Historical Commission
William Jewell College
500 College Hill
Liberty, MO 64068
Telephone: 816-781-7700 ext.5468
Fax: 816-415-5027
Internet: http://www.sbuniv.edu/library/uarchive/mobapt.htm

American Baptist Historical Society
1106 South Goodman Street
Rochester, NY 14620-2532
Telephone: 716-473-1740
Internet: http://www.baptisthistory.us/

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).

Christian

Disciples of Christ Historical Society
1101 19th Avenue S
Nashville, TN 37212-2196
Telephone: 615-327-1444
Fax: 615-327-1445
Internet: http://www.disciples.org/congregations/websites/index.asp

Methodist

United Methodist Archives
Central Methodist College Library
411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, MO 65248
Telephone: 816-248-3391 ext. 292
Fax: 816-248-3045
Internet: http://www.gcah.org/

Centenary United Methodist Church
55 Plaza Square
16th & Pine Street
St Louis, MO 63103
Telephone: 314-421-3136
Fax: 314-421-4625
Internet: http://www.labyrinth-enterprises.com/Gcentenary.pdf

Commission on Archives and History
United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 127
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
Telephone: 201-408-3590
Fax: 201-408-3909
Internet: http://www.gcah.org/

A useful history is Richard A. Seaton, History of the United Methodist Churches of Missouri(Missouri Methodist Historical Society, 1984; Family History Library book 977.8 K2hs).

Roman Catholic

Drouin Collection 1621-1967 of French Canadian records indexed at Ancestry.com. This collection has over 15 million entries for French Canadian genealogical and vital records. Be sure to search for spelling variations of the ancestor's name. This index includes Quebec notarial, vital, and church records, Acadian Catholic records, Ontario French Catholic records, early French Catholic records in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Wisconsin.

Archives of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
4445 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63108-2497
Telephone: 314-533-1887
Fax: 314-533-1889
Internet: http://www.archstl.org/