Genealogy Links

We hope you find the below links to genealogical resources helpful. The links are divided into two different categories; Missouri specific links and National links.

National Links (Not specifically Missouri related)

Bureau of Land Management: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site. They provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. They also have images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records.

Castle Garden, (Castle Clinton National Monument): is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. More than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (National Park Service):  The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System (CWSS) is a database containing information about the men who served in the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Other information on the site includes histories of Union and Confederate regiments, links to descriptions of significant battles, and selected lists of prisoner-of-war records and cemetery records, which will be amended over time.

Ellis Island:  Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for over 12 million immigrants to the United States as the nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station for over sixty years[8] from 1892 until 1954  FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. FamilySearch believes that families bring joy and meaning to life  You can ind the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials or add photos, virtual flowers and a note to a loved one’s memorial. Search or browse cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.

Resources for Genealogists – The National Archives:  The records in their holdings that are most commonly used by genealogists include: Census Records, Military Records, Immigration Records (Ship Passenger Lists), Naturalization Records, and Land Records.

USGenWeb Census Project:  The mission of this project is to coordinate a United States census transcription effort by recruiting, guiding, and helping volunteer transcribers. Our goal is to provide free access to Online Research Data for everyone.

USGenWeb Project:  The USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together and having fun providing free online genealogy help and information for every U.S. state and county. Our national site provides links to state sites, which, in turn, provide gateways to the counties.

Missouri Links

Coroner’s Inquest Database: The Coroner’s Inquest Database is an abstract of records that have been indexed and are available for online research. The original records are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives. The database contains records from various counties, the City of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Medical Examiner.

Missouri Death Certificate Database: This database can be searched by first, middle and last name, county, year and month. Digitized images of the original death certificates are linked to the search results. Death certificates began being recorded statewide in 1910 and are closed for 50 years before they are transferred to the Missouri State Archives. They provide valuable information for family historians and researchers including date of birth; names of parents and spouse; cause of death; occupation; and funeral home and burial information

Greene County Records: This site contains the full-text contents of publications exploring different aspects of the history and people of Greene County, Missouri. It is a collection of full-text, indexes and abstracts to records held at the Greene County Archives and Records Center, Springfield, Missouri. These records include circuit court record books, coroner’s records, alms house records, justice of the peace records and others. You may perform a keyword search on all of the documents in the Greene County Records site or view the Table of Contents for direct links to the various publications.

Land Records 1777 – 1969, Missouri State Archives: The Land Records database contains over 280,000 entries from French and Spanish land concessions, federal land sales and state issued patents. The records may include names of purchasers, claimants and assignee’s, county, date of purchase, and legal land description (township, section, range and number of acres sold).

Missouri Birth & Death Records Database, Pre-1910: The Missouri Birth and Death Records Database is an abstract of the birth, stillbirth, and death records recorded before 1909 and that are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives.

Missouri – County plat books: This is a collection of 114 Missouri County plat books published by W.W. Hixson & Co. Although the exact year of publication is unclear, the volumes are estimated to be from the late 1920s to early 1930s. The plat books in this collection are held in the Special Collections Department at Ellis Library at the University of Missouri–Columbia and the St. Louis Public Library. These plat books are quite frequently consulted. In an effort to preserve and make them more accessible, they have been made available online for the public-at-large.

Missouri Digital Collections: The State Historical Society of Missouri Digital Collections provide online access to photographs, art, maps, diaries, letters, books, articles, and oral histories telling the story of Missouri’s history, people, and culture.

Missouri Digital Newspaper Project: The State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to present a growing collection of digitized historic newspapers. These images are freely available to the public and are keyword-searchable.

Missouri’s Judicial Records: Historic court records, both circuit and probate, offer tremendous insight into the lives of Missourians throughout society. Probate court records reveal specific information about an individual life and provide general evidence about the economy and society of an era. Circuit court records, especially those from the nineteenth century, provide an even greater window to the past because people found themselves in court more often and for a wider range of issues than modern Americans. Family historians have long recognized the value of probate files for tracing ancestry, but probate files also offer insight into lives, family relationships and local society through wills, inventories, settlements, and even debts and credits. These rich details make probate records invaluable to researchers

Missouri State Archives: Created by the legislature in 1965, the State Archives serves as the repository for state records of permanent historical value. Its holdings date from 1770 and include: executive, legislative, and judicial records; records of state departments and agencies; land records; military records; state publications; photographic collections; county and municipal records on microfilm; and manuscript and reference collections.

MOGenWeb: Missouri portion of the USGenWeb Project. The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.

MOGenWeb – Webster County: Webster County portion of the USGenWeb Project. The USGenWeb Project consists of a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. The Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free access for everyone.

Soldiers’ Records: War of 1812 – World War I (Missouri State Archives): The Missouri State Archives holds nearly 1½ million pages that document the service of Missourians in domestic and foreign wars between 1812 and World War I. These military records primarily consist of individual service cards, but the extensive collection also includes muster rolls, special orders, reports, and more.

St. Louis Obituary Index: The St. Louis Obituary Index is a searchable database of names that appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper for the years 1880-1931, 1942-1945, 1960-1970, Jan-Jun 1971, and 1992-2020, and Jan-Nov 2021. It also includes the St. Louis Argus 1915-1919, 1921-1922, 1930-1931, 1942-1945.

Webster County Historical Society: The Webster County Historical Museum was opened the public in 1997 after the society secured Marshfield’s former Carnegie Library building for use as a museum. Work began shortly thereafter to repair the building, which was in need of serious renovation. In July 1997, the Webster County Historical Museum was open for visitors and has been ever since.

Located right next door to the museum, the annex is a researcher’s dream come true. Here, the archives of the Marshfield Mail (spanning nearly 125 years of Marshfield’s history), the county’s probate records and the Mattie Day Hyde Collection are kept. For more information, call 417-468-7407.