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Missouri, USA

A Guide for Your
Family History Research

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An Introduction


 by Surname


by Location

Gen-Tool Kit

Internet Resources

About This Webpage






Missouri is a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States of America.  This U.S. State comprises 114 counties and the independent city of St. Louis.  The four largest urban areas are Kansas City, St. Louis, Springfield, and Columbia.  Missouri's capital is Jefferson City. The land that is now Missouri was acquired from France as part of the Louisiana Purchase and became known as the Missouri Territory.  Part of the Territory was admitted into the union as the 24th state on August 10, 1821.  It is bordered by eight states: Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

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The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases, as having been either

born, married or died in this U.S. State. Names in dark red denote direct ancestral surnames.

McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families

·        Allen

·        Anthony

·        Bailey

·        Baker

·        Barnes

·        Barnwell

·        Bennett

·        Boyer

·        Bradshaw

·        Briggs

·        Briggs

·        Brown

·        Butler

·        Carlock

·        Carr

·        Carter

·        Chandler

·        Clemens

·        Collier

·        Collins

·        Conner

·        Cox

·        Crow

·        Deatherage

·        Dovel


·        Dunakey

·        Ellis

·        Eubanks

·        Fly

·        Fritts

·        Gardner

·        Garrison

·        Geisler

·        Goodman

·        Haggard

·        Halbert

·        Hamilton

·        Harper

·        Harrison

·        Hart

·        Hawkins

·        Hitt

·        Hopkins

·        Hoss

·        Hyde

·        James

·        Johnson

·        Johnson

·        Jones

·        Kinsey

·        Knight

·        Love

·        Lovelace

·        Loyd

·        Marquis


·        McAllister

·        McChesney

·        McCoy

·        McVicker

·        Meade

·        Mefford

·        Montgomery

·        Moreland

·        Morris

·        Mudd

·        Murray

·        Musgraves

·        Neeland

·        Noblett

·        Oliver

·        Parker

·        Parr

·        Peachee

·        Peyton

·        Pillatt

·        Pinnell

·        Renfro

·        Ross

·        Schockley

·        Sheperd

·        Sherrill

·        Sigler

·        Skaggs

·        Smith

·        Southard

·        Spencer

·        Tatum

·        Terrill

·        Terry

·        Tiffin

·        Tipton

·        Valentine

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Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families


Click on this link to find out more about each surname listed above as well as other surnames found within our three family databases.

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This link will also lead you to surname resources at Rootsweb, and information about the world-wide distribution of a surname.

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Free Surname
 Search Engines

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Use this free genealogy site to help you get the best genealogy searches from Google™ by using your family tree, for your research. It will create a series of different searches using tips or   "tricks"  

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that    will   likely   improve your results. The different searches will give you many different ways of using Google and the Internet to find ancestry information about this or any other Surname.

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Where in the World do These
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Click on the LINK to the right to see more information about the World distribution of any surname.  You can get greater

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detail for any of the maps by clicking on the area, i.e state, county that you are interested in.

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Our Ancestral Counties

Gazetteer of Places

Historical Changes in County Boundaries

County Research (Genealogical)

County Research

 (General Info.)

Where in the World

are My Ancestors?


Our Ancestral Counties

Our Ancestral Counties


The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, go to our ANCESTRAL LOCATIONS home page. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.

Click on this thumbnail map for a full-sized version.

Crawford;   Gasconade;   Lewis;   Maries;   Osage


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Gazetteer of Places

of Places

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The following Links will take you to gazetteers that identify places within this U.S. State.  These resources feature profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.

US Home Town Locator

Missouri Cities - profiles of 4,190 Missouri cities, towns & neighborhoods

Missouri Schools search by city, county, or address

Missouri Physical Features such as lakes, islands & steams

Missouri Cultural Features such as parks, hospitals & airports

Missouri Civil Features such as Native Areas and Political Subdivisions

Search by Name, County, ZIP Code or Area Code

Directory of Towns, Villages and Hamlets Past and Present of Missouri

* includes but not limited to Cemeteries, Churches, Locales,

Military Installations;  Populated Places, Post Offices, Schools, Streams, and Trails

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Boundary changes

Historical Changes in the Boundaries of this State

     Conducting genealogical research in the United States requires an understanding of State and County boundaries.  As the population grew more counties were created to meet the public’s need for localized governments.  This phenomena was common in all states during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.  As such you may be looking for records in the wrong county or state. 

     The web site for the Atlas of Historical County Boundary Project provides interactive maps for all states. The Atlas of Historical County Boundaries is meant to be a resource for people seeking records of past events, as well as people trying to analyze, interpret and display county-based historical data like Land Records, Probate Records, Court Records, Tax Records, and Vital Records that document birth, death, and marriage.  The following link will take you to a list of all the boundary changes to this State and each county or equivalent within this U.S. State, as well as the date these changes occurred.  Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change.


View Interactive Map - Maps and text covering the historical boundaries, names, organization, and attachments of every county, extinct county, and unsuccessful county proposal from the creation of the first county through 31 December 2000. Choose a date (day, month, and year) to view historical county configurations against the modern county network. Use the toolbar to zoom, pan, measure, view descriptions and citations, or print a desired map. Use the Help button on top right of the interactive map frame to read full descriptions of how to use the layers and tools on the interactive map site.


View Index of Counties and Equivalents - Complete index of every county, county equivalent, or other area relevant to the evolution of state and county boundaries; includes extinct and proposed counties, non-county areas, and provides cross references for name changes, and hyperlinks to corresponding entries from the Individual County Chronologies. Also accessible from the County Index link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.


View Consolidated Chronology of State and County Boundaries - Organizes the historical data chronologically, combining all the county events into a single composite entry for each date. Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change. Also accessible from the Chronologies link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.


View Individual County Chronologies - Organizes the historical data alphabetically by county name with each entry covering all the changes to a single county or equivalent. Each entry is followed by a citation to the primary source(s) used to determine the change. Also accessible from the Chronologies link at the bottom of the interactive map frame.

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County Research (Genealogical)

County Research

Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.

Adair;   Andrew;   Atchison;   Audrain;   Barry;   Barton;   Bates;   Benton;   Bollinger;   Boone;   Buchanan;   Butler;   Caldwell;   Callaway;   Camden;   Cape Girardeau;   Carroll;   Carter;   Cass;   Cedar;   Chariton;   Christian;   Clark;  Clay;   Clinton;   Cole;   Cooper;   Crawford;   Dade;   Dallas;   Daviess;   DeKalb;   Dent;   Douglas;   Dunklin;   Franklin;   Gasconade;   Gentry;   Greene;   Grundy;   Harrison;   Henry;   Hickory;   Holt;   Howard;   Howell;   Iron;   Jackson;   Jasper;   Jefferson;   Johnson;   Knox;   Laclede;   Lafayette;   Lawrence;   Lewis;   Lincoln;   Linn;   Livingston;   Macon;   Madison;   Maries;   Marion;   McDonald;   Mercer;   Miller;   Mississippi;   Moniteau;   Monroe;   Montgomery;   Morgan;   New Madrid;   Newton;   Nodaway;   Oregon;   Osage;   Ozark;   Pemiscot;   Perry;   Pettis;   Phelps;   Pike;   Platte;   Polk;   Pulaski;   Putnam;   Ralls;   Randolph;   Ray;   Reynolds;   Ripley;   St. Charles;   St. Clair;   St.Francois;   St.Louis City & County;   Ste.Genevieve;   Saline;   Schuyler;   Scotland;   Scott;   Shannon;   Shelby;   Stoddard;   Stone;   Sullivan;   Taney;   Texas;   Vernon;   Warren;   Washington;   Wayne;   Webster;   Worth;   Wright

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County Research  (General)

County Research


Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

Adair · Andrew · Atchison · Audrain · Barry · Barton · Bates · Benton · Bollinger · Boone · Buchanan · Butler · Caldwell · Callaway · Camden · Cape Girardeau · Carroll · Carter · Cass · Cedar · Chariton · Christian · Clark · Clay · Clinton · Cole · Cooper · Crawford · Dade · Dallas · Daviess · DeKalb · Dent · Douglas · Dunklin · Franklin · Gasconade · Gentry · Greene · Grundy · Harrison · Henry · Hickory · Holt · Howard · Howell · Iron · Jackson · Jasper · Jefferson · Johnson · Knox · Laclede · Lafayette · Lawrence · Lewis · Lincoln · Linn · Livingston · Macon · Madison · Maries · Marion · McDonald · Mercer · Miller · Mississippi · Moniteau · Monroe · Montgomery · Morgan · New Madrid · Newton · Nodaway · Oregon · Osage · Ozark · Pemiscot · Perry · Pettis · Phelps · Pike · Platte · Polk · Pulaski · Putnam · Ralls · Randolph · Ray · Reynolds · Ripley · St. Charles · St. Clair · St. Francois · St. Louis (City) · St. Louis (County) · Ste. Genevieve · Saline · Schuyler · Scotland · Scott · Shannon · Shelby · Stoddard · Stone · Sullivan · Taney · Texas · Vernon · Warren · Washington · Wayne · Webster · Worth · Wright

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Where in the World  are My Ancestors?

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Resources which enhance our knowledge of the places inhabited by our ancestors are almost as important  as  their  names.  The LINK

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to the right will take you to Maps, Gazetteers,   and other helpful  resources  that will assist you in discovering Ancestral Locations. 

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Gen tool-kit

Gen Tool-Kit


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Our “Gen-Tool Kit” has been primarily designed for those researchers who may be traveling to this location to perform on-site studies of their family history, or to just visit some of the interesting historical sites located therein.  It can be very satisfying to mix research with sightseeing at historical and scenic spots.  Such activity not only gives you an understanding of the land but a needed break from intense research sessions.  When visiting an ancestral state for genealogical research we’ve found that the three most important places to visit are the State Archives; the State Library; and the State historical and/or genealogical societies.  It is also good to plan ahead by contacting any site you intend visiting in order to ascertain where it is and when it will be open.  This is especially true with regard to historical and genealogical societies.


Most if not all of these links are to websites that do not require a subscription.  We hope that the following information will provide you with a better idea of what resources are available, within this county, to the family historian.



Libraries, Museums

and Archives

Maps and Gazetteers



(History & Genealogical)



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List of National Historic Landmarks in - Missouri

·        Missouri Points of Interest

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Libraries, museums, arcxhives

Libraries, Museums & Archives

·         Historic House Museums & Historic Structures

·         Historic House Museums in Missouri

·         Historical Museum Guide for Missouir

·         Missouri Digital Library

·         Missouri Public Libraries

·         Missouri State Archives

·         University of Missouri Library Systems Digital Library 

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Maps and gazetteers

Maps and Gazetteers

·        Early Maps of individual Missouri Counties

·        Historic USGS maps of Missouri

·        Maps of Missouri

·        Missouri County Maps 1804 - Present

·        Missouri Digital Map Library

·        Missouri Historical Maps and Atlases

·        Missouri Maps

·        Missouri Maps  U.S. Map Collection, 1513-1990 ($)

·        Missouri Platbooks

·        Missouri State Gazetteer and Business Directory  1881 ($)

·        Missouri Towns and Cities  USGS - GNIS

·        Sanborn Maps of Missouri  390 cities from 1880 to 1922

·        Territorial post offices in Missouri

·        Missouri Territory formerly Louisiana  1814

·        Map of Missouri  1822

·        Illinois and Missouri  1823

·        Illinois, Missouri  1823

·        Missouri  1823

·        Illinois and Missouri  1825

·        Map of the State of Missouri And Territory of Arkansas  1826

·        State of Missouri And Territory of Arkansas  1831

·        Missouri, Illinois  1832

·        Missouri  1835

·        New Map Of Missouri  1836

·        Missouri  1838

·        Map of Illinois & Missouri  1839

·        Illinois and Missouri  1840

·        Missouri  1840

·        Missouri  1841

·        Missouri  1845

·        Missouri  1845

·        New Map Of Missouri  1846

·        Iowa, Missouri u. Illinois  1854

·        Missouri  1856

·        Missouri, 1857

·        Missouri And Kanzas  1860

·        Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas  1860

·        Missouri  1866

·        Iowa, Missouri  1870

·        Missouri State Atlas, 1873 ($)

·        Map of Missouri 1874

·        Missouri  1875

·        State of Missouri  1878

·        Missouri and Arkansas  1879

·        Iowa, Missouri  1880

·        Iowa, Missouri  1890

·        Missouri  1897

·        Missouri 1895

·        U.S. Atlas: Missouri 1895

·        Map of Missouri 1922


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·        Missouri Genealogy Records

·        Missouri Birth & Death Records Database 

·        Missouri County History Project  Online published books of county histories

·        Missouri Obituary Search

·        Missouri USGenWeb Archives Search

·        Surname Search  Missouri State Genealogical Association Surname Books

·        USGenNet Missouri Site Search

·        World War I Military Service Cards Database

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Societies (Historical & Genealogical)

·        Heartland Chapter  Association of Professional Genealogists

·        The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit

·        Missouri Division - Sons of Confederate Veterans

·        Missouri Division - United Daughters of the Confederacy

·        Missouri Historical Society

·        Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundattion

·        Missouri Society - National Society Daughters of the American Revolution

·        Missouri Society - National Society Sons of the American Revolution

·        Missouri State Genealogical Association

·        Missouri State Society - United States Daughters of 1812

·        Missouri State Society, Daughters of the American Colonists

·        State Historical Society of Missouri 

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