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''[[United States|United States]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]][[Missouri|Missouri]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri_History|Missouri History]]''  
== Timeline ==
 
  
The following important events in the history of [[Missouri]] affected political boundaries, record keeping, and family movements.  
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=== Timeline  ===
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The following important events in the history of Missouri affected political boundaries, record keeping, and family movements.  
  
 
*'''1735:''' French lead miners established the first permanent white settlement at Sainte Genevieve.  
 
*'''1735:''' French lead miners established the first permanent white settlement at Sainte Genevieve.  
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*'''1837:'''  The Osage Indians ceded land  
 
*'''1837:'''  The Osage Indians ceded land  
 
*'''1837:''' The Platte Purchase added six northwestern counties to the state.  
 
*'''1837:''' The Platte Purchase added six northwestern counties to the state.  
*Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail start at Independence, Missouri  
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*[[Oregon Trail|Oregon Trail]] and [[Santa Fe Trail|Santa Fe Trail]] start at Independence, Missouri  
*'''23 April 1860 - 24 October 1861:''' Pony Express
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*'''23 April 1860 - 24 October 1861:''' [[Pony Express]]
 
*'''1861-1865:''' During the Civil War most of the citizens supported the Union, although several counties seceded. Troops from Missouri served in both the Confederate and the Union forces.  
 
*'''1861-1865:''' During the Civil War most of the citizens supported the Union, although several counties seceded. Troops from Missouri served in both the Confederate and the Union forces.  
 
*'''1898:''' Over 300,000 men were involved in the [http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/1898/ Spanish-American War] which was fought mainly in Cuba and the Philippines.  
 
*'''1898:''' Over 300,000 men were involved in the [http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/1898/ Spanish-American War] which was fought mainly in Cuba and the Philippines.  
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*'''1964–1972:''' Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the [http://www.vietnamwar.com/ Vietnam War].
 
*'''1964–1972:''' Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the [http://www.vietnamwar.com/ Vietnam War].
  
==Historical Content==
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=== Historical Content ===
  
 
Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:  
 
Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:  
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*Parents' names  
 
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*Maiden names of women  
 
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==Local Histories==
 
Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research  "[[United States History|History]]" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories of Missouri.
 
  
*For a list of published county histories, see ''A Bibliography of Missouri County Histories and Atlases'' <ref> Paul O. Selby,''A Bibliography of Missouri County Histories and Atlases'', 2d ed. (Kirksville, Missouri: Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, 1966; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=148467&disp=A+history+of+Missouri+from+the+earliest+++ book 977.8 A1 No. 145]). </ref>
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=== Local Histories  ===
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Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the [[Family History Library|Family History Library]], public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research "[[United States History|History]]" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories of Missouri.  
  
*''A Bibliography of American County Histories'' <ref> Filby, P. William. ''A Bibliography of American County Histories''. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1985. ([http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&title=A+Bibliography+of+American+County+Histories&pretitle=A+Bibliography+of+American+County+Histories FHL book 973 H23bi])</ref> <ref> [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/12356760&referer=brief_results Worldcat] </ref>
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*Paul O. Selby,''A Bibliography of Missouri County Histories and Atlases'', 2d ed. (Kirksville, Missouri: Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, 1966) {{WorldCat|3136431|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|148467|item|disp=FHL book 977.8 A1 No. 145}}
  
*''United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress'' <ref> Kaminkow, Marion J. ''United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress''. 5 vols. Baltimore: Magna Charta Book, 1975-76. ([http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&titleno=252458&disp=United+States+local+histories+in+the+Lib%20%20&columns=*,0,0 FHL book 973 A3ka].) </ref> <ref> [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=United+States+Local+Histories+in+the+Library+of+Congress&qt=results_page Worldcat] </ref>
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*Filby, P. William. ''A Bibliography of American County Histories''. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1985.) {{WorldCat|12356760|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|299450|item|disp=FHL book 973 H23bi}}
  
==State Histories Useful to Genealogists==
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*Kaminkow, Marion J. ''United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress''. 5 vols. (Baltimore: Magna Charta Book, 1975-76.) {{WorldCat|1365920|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|252458|item|disp=FHL book 973 A3ka}}
Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful.
 
But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name. Some examples for the State of Missouri:
 
  
*Major research centers have histories of the state and its counties. An especially helpful source for studying the history of Missouri before statehood is  ''A History of Missouri from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements until the Admission of the State into the Union'' <ref>  Louis Houck, ''A History of Missouri from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements until the Admission of the State into the Union'', Three Volumes. (Chicago, Illinois: R. R. Donnelley, 1908; Family History Library [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&callno=977.8+H2h book 977.8 H2h]; vols. 1-2 on [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=filmhitlist&columns=*%2C0%2C0&filmno=1697679 film 1697679 items 2-3]; vol. 3 on film [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlefilmnotes&columns=*%2C0%2C0&titleno=148467&disp=A+history+of+Missouri+from+the+earliest+++ 1320710]). </ref>
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=== State Histories Useful to Genealogists  ===
  
== United States History  ==
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Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name. Some examples for the State of Missouri:
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*Major research centers have histories of the state and its counties. An especially helpful source for studying the history of Missouri before statehood is:<br>Louis Houck, ''A History of Missouri from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements until the Admission of the State into the Union'', Three Volumes. (Chicago, Illinois: R. R. Donnelley, 1908) {{WorldCat|1199284|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|148467|item|disp=FHL film 1697679 items 2-3, film 1320710 item 1, book 977.8 H2h}}
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=== United States History  ===
  
 
The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:  
 
The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:  
  
*''The Almanac of American History'', <ref> Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. ''The Almanac of American History.'' Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983. ([http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;title=The+Almanac+of+American+History.&amp;amp;pretitle=The+Almanac+of+American+History. FHL book 973 H2alm]) </ref> <ref> [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/9392978&amp;amp;referer=brief_results Worldcat] </ref> This provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
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*Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. ''The Almanac of American History.'' (Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983.) {{WorldCat|9392978|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, ({{FHL|531408|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2alm}}<br>This provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
  
*''Dictionary of American History, Revised ed'' <ref>'' Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols''. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976. ([http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;titleno=76529&amp;amp;disp=Dictionary+of+American+history%20%20&amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 FHL book 973 H2ad].)</ref> <ref> [http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/2507380&amp;amp;referer=brief_results Worldcat] </ref> This includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations. A snippet view is available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=Lz9WC9EyF08C&q=9780684138565&dq=9780684138565&ei=F4GxSbisHpDMlQSW3Z36BQ&pgis=1 Google books].
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*Ketz, Louise Bilebof, ''Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols''. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976.) {{WorldCat|2507380|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|833646|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2ad}}<br>This includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations.
  
*''The Pony Express''<br>Pony Express riders carried the U.S. Mail on horseback. There were approximately 80 of them. There were support personnel as well that numbered over 400. The Pony Express Route Covered Parts of: California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming. <br>[http://www.xphomestation.com/frm-riders.html Pony Express Riders Biographies]: <br>By Name Include Some Photos
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*''The Pony Express''<br>Pony Express riders carried the U.S. Mail on horseback. There were approximately 80 of them. There were support personnel as well that numbered over 400. The Pony Express Route Covered Parts of: California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming. <br>[http://www.xphomestation.com/frm-riders.html Pony Express Riders Biographies]<br>By Name Include Some Photos
  
*''Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium'' <ref>'' Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium''. Springfield, Mass.: G&amp;amp;C Merriam, 1971. ([http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titlehitlist&amp;amp;columns=*%2C0%2C0&amp;amp;title=Webster%27s+Guide+to+American+History%3A+A+Chronological%2C+Geographical%2C+and+Biographical+Survey+and+Compendium&amp;amp;pretitle=Webster%27s+Guide+to+American+History%3A+A+Chronological%2C+Geographical%2C+and+Biographical+Survey+and+Compendium FHL book 973 H2v]) </ref> <ref> Limited view at [http://books.google.com/books?id=MVU6DS6Re8gC&amp;amp;printsec=frontcover&amp;amp;dq=Webster%27s+Guide+to+American+History:+A+Chronological,+Geographical,+and+Biographical+Survey+and+Compendium%27&amp;amp;ei=Vn-xSeS6FJDUlQSby81v#PPP13,M1 Google Books] </ref> <ref> [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Webster%27s+Guide+to+American+History&amp;amp;qt=owc_search Worldcat] </ref> This includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.
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*''Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium''. (Springfield, Mass.: G and C Merriam, 1971.) {{WorldCat|142893|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|280192|item|disp=FHL book 973 H2v}}<br>This includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.
  
*''Writings on American History'' <ref>''Writings on American History'' By American Historical Association, Library of Congress, United States National Historical Publications Commission, Published by KTO Press, 1921 [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=titledetails&amp;amp;titleno=244514&amp;amp;disp=Writings+on+American+history%20%20&amp;amp;columns=*,0,0 FHL book 973 H23w] </ref> <ref> [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=Writings+on+American+History&amp;amp;qt=owc_search  Worldcat] </ref> Has the full text available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=mgEPAAAAYAAJ&dq=United+States+Local+Histories+in+the+Library+of+Congress&ei=N3yxSd6pI4K0kATC-qRu Google Books]
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*American Historical Association, ''Writings on American History'' (Washington, D.C.&nbsp;: American Historical Association, 1906-1960) {{WorldCat|1770230|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}, {{FHL|244514|item|disp=FHL book 973 H23w}} Digital version available at [http://books.google.com/books?id=Y34rAQAAIAAJ Google Books]
  
To find more books and articles about Missouri 's history use the Internet [http://www.google.com/ Google] search for phases like "Missouri history." [[Family History Library Catalog Surname Search|Family History Library Catalog Surname Search]] lists many more histories under topics like:  
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*To find more books and articles about Missouri 's history use the Internet [http://www.google.com/ Google] search for phases like "Missouri history."
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*Many more histories may be accessed by using the Place-names search in The Family History Library Catalog for:
  
 
::MISSOURI - HISTORY  
 
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
*[http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/history/ Missouri Archives]
 
*[http://www.mohistory.org/home/ Missouri Museum]
 
  
== Sources ==
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*[http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/history/ Missouri Archives]
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*[http://www.mohistory.org/home/ Missouri Museum]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Missouri History of Missouri] (Wikipedia)
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== Sources ==
  
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[[Category:Missouri|History]]  
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[[Category:Missouri|History]] [[Category:Timeline|Missouri]]
[[Category:Timeline|Missouri]]
 

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United StatesGotoarrow.pngMissouriGotoarrow.png Missouri History

Timeline

The following important events in the history of Missouri affected political boundaries, record keeping, and family movements.

  • 1735: French lead miners established the first permanent white settlement at Sainte Genevieve.
  • 1763: France ceded the Missouri area to Spain. French fur traders founded St. Louis in 1764.
  • 1800: Spain returned the region to France.
  • 1803: France sold Missouri to the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. Missouri was part of the Louisiana Territory after 1805.
  • 1812: (June 4,) Congress created the Missouri Territory. Many families left after earthquakes and other disasters.
  • 1821: (August 10,) Missouri became a state.
  • 1837:  The Osage Indians ceded land
  • 1837: The Platte Purchase added six northwestern counties to the state.
  • Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail start at Independence, Missouri
  • 23 April 1860 - 24 October 1861: Pony Express
  • 1861-1865: During the Civil War most of the citizens supported the Union, although several counties seceded. Troops from Missouri served in both the Confederate and the Union forces.
  • 1898: Over 300,000 men were involved in the Spanish-American War which was fought mainly in Cuba and the Philippines.
  • 1917–1918: More than 26 million men from the United States ages 18 through 45 registered with the Selective Service. World War I over 4.7 million American men and women served during the war.
  • 1930's: The Great Depression closed many factories and mills. Many small farms were abandoned, and many families moved to cities.
  • 1940–1945: Over 50.6 million men ages 18 to 65 registered with the Selective Service. Over 16.3 million American men and women served in the armed forces during World War II.
  • 1950–1953: Over 5.7 million American men and women served in the Korean War.
  • 1950's–1960's The building of interstate highways made it easier for people to move long distances.
  • 1964–1972: Over 8.7 million American men and women served in the Vietnam War.

Historical Content

Histories are great sources of genealogical information. Many contain biographical information about individuals who lived in the area, including:

  • Parents' names
  • Maiden names of women
  • Place of birth, death, or marriage
  • Occupation
  • Migration
  • Military service
  • Descendants

Local Histories

Some of the most valuable sources for family history research are local histories. Published histories of towns, counties, and states usually contain accounts of families. They describe the settlement of the area and the founding of churches, schools, and businesses. You can also find lists of pioneers, soldiers, and civil officials. Even if your ancestor is not listed, information on other relatives may be included that will provide important clues for locating your ancestor. A local history may also suggest other records to search. Local histories are extensively collected by the Family History Library, public and university libraries, and state and local historical societies. The United States Research "History" page cites nationwide bibliographies of local histories which include histories of Missouri.

State Histories Useful to Genealogists

Good genealogists strive to understand the life and times of their ancestors. In this sense, any history is useful. But certain kinds of state, county, and local histories, especially older histories published between 1845 and 1945, often include biographical sketches of prominent individuals. The sketches usually tend toward the laudatory, but may include some genealogical details. If these histories are indexed or alphabetical, check for an ancestor's name. Some examples for the State of Missouri:

United States History

The following are only a few of the many sources that are available:

  • Schlesinger, Jr., Arthur M. The Almanac of American History. (Greenwich, Conn.: Bison Books, 1983.) At various libraries (WorldCat), (FHL book 973 H2alm
    This provides brief historical essays and chronological descriptions of thousands of key events in United States history.
  • Ketz, Louise Bilebof, Dictionary of American History, Revised ed., 8 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1976.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 973 H2ad
    This includes historical sketches on various topics in U.S. history, such as wars, people, laws, and organizations.
  • The Pony Express
    Pony Express riders carried the U.S. Mail on horseback. There were approximately 80 of them. There were support personnel as well that numbered over 400. The Pony Express Route Covered Parts of: California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming.
    Pony Express Riders Biographies
    By Name Include Some Photos
  • Webster's Guide to American History: A Chronological, Geographical, and Biographical Survey and Compendium. (Springfield, Mass.: G and C Merriam, 1971.) At various libraries (WorldCat), FHL book 973 H2v
    This includes a history, some maps, tables, and other historical information.
  • To find more books and articles about Missouri 's history use the Internet Google search for phases like "Missouri history."
  • Many more histories may be accessed by using the Place-names search in The Family History Library Catalog for:
MISSOURI - HISTORY
MISSOURI, [COUNTY] - HISTORY
MISSOURI, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - HISTORY
MISSOURI, BIBLIOGRAPHY

Web Sites

Sources