Missouri is the “Show Me State”. That could be a good motto for genealogists, too. Genealogy involves searching for vital records that provide proof of things like an ancestor’s birthday. You might suspect that you know it, but want to be shown documentation anyway. Here are some Missouri genealogy resources that can help you.
Cyndi’s List is the probably the most comprehensive list of links to genealogy resources on the internet. If it exists online, then Cyndi’s List very likely has a link to it. They have a page called “United States – Missouri”. Get started by selecting any of their many categories. Some include: “Birth, Marriage, Death”, “Census”, “Counties”, “Military”, “Newspapers” and more!
GeneaLinks has a search engine on the top of their website. Put in your ancestor’s name. Select a record type to search through. Choose from vital, birth, death, marriage, divorce, or “Genealogy”. GeneaLinks also has helpful information for genealogists who are new to Missouri genealogy. Did you know that birth records in Missouri are held confidential permanently?
Internment.net has cemetery records online. Start by putting your ancestor’s name into the search engine at the top of the page. Or, you can click on a link for one of the counties in Missouri. If there is a link, it means that there are records for cemeteries within that county.
FamilySearch has a Wiki page about Missouri genealogy. Scroll down, and you will see links to FamilySearch Wiki pages about each and every county in the state. You can also find links to major record repositories in Missouri. Towards the bottom of the page, there are links to three other FamilySearch Wiki pages about Missouri genealogy.
Facebook has a community page for FamilySearch Missouri Genealogy. This is a good resource for genealogists who want to connect with others who also are doing research on ancestors who lived in Missouri. You can also find links to other Missouri genealogy resources that are posted onto the Facebook page.
Ancestry.com has a page with links to all of their Missouri genealogy resources. To access the majority of these links, you need to have an Ancestry.com membership. Once in a while, some collections will be offered for free. Return to the page often. Ancestry.com makes it clear when a collection is new, has been updated, or is currently accessible for free.
Image by LeeAnne Adams on Flickr