Missouri Compiled Genealogies
Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. For example, the St. Louis Public Library has a card index to published genealogies in books and periodicals; a card index to genealogical publications arranged by locality; a card index to heraldry; and a vertical file of family history manuscript materials donated to the Library. Such collections must usually be searched in person.
Daughters of the American Revolution [DAR] Collection
A significant manuscript collection is the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection. This collection consists of transcripts of Bible, cemetery, church, marriage, death, obituary, and will records. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library in Washington, DC, and is also available at the St. Louis Public Library and at the Family History Library FHL films 870004 (first of 57) The volumes are generally arranged by county, and many have individual indexes.
- Hodges, Nadine, and Audrey L. Woodruff. Missouri Pioneers: County and Genealogical Records. 30 volumes. Independence, Missouri: Woodruff, 1967-76. FHL films 496617 items 8–9, 496618 items 1–4, 823774 item 5; book 977.8 D2h
Digitized versions may be accessed through the FHL catalog entry.
- Woodruff, Mrs. Howard W. Missouri Miscellany: Statewide Missouri Genealogical Records. 16 volumes. (Independence: Woodruff, 1976-84) FHL book 977.8 D2w
- Bryan, William Smith, and Robert Rose. A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri. (St. Louis: Bryan, Brand and Co., 1876) FHL films 823561 item 1, 1000307 item 1, book 977.8 D2b
A digitized version may be accessed through the FHL catalog entry.
Persons searching for Missouri genealogy books and periodicals may wish to try searching Worldcat.org, an online union catalog that contains record holdings for more than 10,000 libraries worldwide (including St. Louis Public Library).
Writing and Sharing Your Family History
Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:
- It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
- It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
- It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
- It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
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