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.
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 on 57 films at the Family History Library (Family History Library films 870004--.) The volumes are generally arranged by county, and many have individual indexes.
Some major published collections of genealogical material for Missouri include:
Hodges, Nadine, and Audrey L. Woodruff. Missouri Pioneers: County and Genealogical Records. 30 volumes. Independence, Missouri: Woodruff, 1967-76. (Family History Library book 977.8 D2h; vols. 1-7 on films 496617-18 and 823774 item 5.)
Woodruff, Mrs. Howard W. Missouri Miscellany: Statewide Missouri Genealogical Records. 16 volumes. Independence: Woodruff, 1976-84. (Family History Library book 977.8 D2w.)
Bryan, William Smith, and Robert Rose. A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri. St. Louis: Bryan, Brand & Co., 1876. (Family History Library book 977.8 D2b; film 823561; index on film 001296 item 5.)
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).
Printing Your Family History
Pulling together a family history is without question one of the most rewarding activities you can do. The end product will provide a wonderful depository for family stories, traditions, and other memories. The fruits of your labors will be appreciated for years to come.
Brigham Young University's Print and Mail Production Center has consultants that can answer questions regarding formatting, layout, scanning photos, and can assist in the printing process.