Missouri Archives, Societies & Publications

It is a good idea to familiarize personally with just about any repository in Missouri that you simply might travel to by communicating with to the best suited archive or library in advance.

Most, if not all, Missouri repositories have written and published content that present its collections as well as research policy.

Missouri archives and historical organizations usually have On-line sites that provide equivalent details. Several also contain down loadable data for some or parts of their collections.

List of Missouri Archives

List of Missouri Libraries & Museums

List of Missouri Historical & Genealogical Societies

For almost every state there is a state genealogical society, a state genealogical council, or both.

In addition to their own work, Missouri groups many times help coordinate the efforts of local societies throughout the Missouri.

Their unique publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those created through the area societies.

Regional and State Societies

County, Township and City Societies

Religious and Ethnic Societies

  • African Historical & Geneaolgical Research Society; P.O. Box 4964, St. Louis, MO 63108; 314-652-5330
  • Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society-Landon Creek Chapter; P.O. Box 231804, St. Louis, MO 63121-0804
  • Jewish Genealogical Society, C/O United Hebrew Congregation; One Gudder Campus, 13788 Conway Rd., Creve Coeur 63141
  • German American Heritage Society, 10 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63108; (314) 367-4303
  • German Cultural Institute, 326 N. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108; (314) 367-2452
  • German Cultural Society, 3652 S. Jefferson, St. Louis, MO 63118; (314) 771-8368

Missouri Newspapers & Publications

Missouri Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) contain all types of invaluable information about specific ancestors, whole lineages and families, places in time, and about all sorts of genealogical records and repositories.


The newspaper collection for Missouri that is the most complete is located in Columbia at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

The Missouri Gazette (1808 to 1814) is the oldest newspaper on record in that collection. It has been placed on microfilm. The microfilmed collection is available through inter-library loan programs.

Genealogical information has been abstracted from many newspapers across the state and spanning the years. Some of those abstracts are:

  • The Liberty Tribune
  • The Springfield Advertiser
  • The St. Louis Christian Advocate
  • Death Records from Missouri Newspapers, 1810-1857
  • Death Records of Missouri Men
  • Death Records of Missouri Pioneer Women

Several libraries hold copies of those privately published collections.

Some of the newspaper holdings of the State Historical Society of Missouri have been indexed, especially those geographically located in the middle of the state. The society’s website lists the newspapers that have been indexed.

A copy of the index roll number list can be obtained by contacting the society. Researchers may then order a copy of the roll that contains the information of interest.

St. Louis is home to the Missouri Historical Society, which houses obituary clippings dating back to over 100 years ago. That particular collection focuses on obituaries from eastern Missouri newspapers.

An online obituary index for St Louis newspapers is available through the St. Louis Public Library for the following years: 1880 to 1921, 1942 to 1945, 1992 to 2002

More years are occasionally added. The St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper clipping file can be found at the St. Louis Mercantile Library.


Genealogical journals provide you with plenty of sources of information and facts, they are generally overlooked by genealogy and family history researchers and genealogist in looking around for family history.

Many regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies produce periodicals which have records relating to the region or vicinity they operate.

Frequently these publications have articles involving records that are not obtainable somewhere else.