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.


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
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:[1]

  • 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.


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

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 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 book 979.2258 A3j; fiche 6031507). These volumes contain the film numbers for many (but not all) membership and temple record films.


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

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

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

A useful history is:

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

Roman Catholic

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

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

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

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

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

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

Early U.S. French Catholic Church Records, 1695-1954 (Drouin Collection). This database contains the French Catholic parish records from the United States for the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania. The types of records included are 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.

  1. 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