Genealogy Links

Genealogical Databases

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The majority of the library's genealogy collection (except microfilm) is housed in the Missouri Room, just across from the circulation desk. Print records of Webster County census, marriages and cemetery inscriptions, as well as family histories, war and Indian rolls are also here. Data from surrounding counties is also available.

Microfilm of all Webster County newspapers to date is available at the circulation desk.

The Missouri Room is equipped with a microfilm reader, a microform reader-printer, a closed circuit TV (for the visually impaired) on an adjustable height table, and two public computers dedicated to genealogy research. Our many visitors tell us we have one of the best collections for a small library that they've seen in the U.S. Come visit us -- the Missouri Room is open during all library hours.

Users of our genealogy computers - Please Read:  The computers located within the Missouri Room are only to be used for genealogy research. As you are on the websites listed below you might find web links leading to commercial or non-genealogy websites. When you try to follow these links you will get a pop-up box from Internet Explorer's Content Advisor asking for a password. Just click the "Cancel" button to remove the box. Seeing this Content Advisor pop-up box means you were going to a website that is not allowable from the genealogy computers. If you wish to view a commercial website or non-genealogy website, please visit our Public Access Computers outside of the Missouri Room.



Microfilm of all Webster County newspapers to date is available at the circulation desk.

National Links (Not specifically Missouri related)

 Bureau of Land Management: The Official Federal Land Records Site.  This site offers researchers a source of information on the initial transfer of land titles from the Federal government to individuals. In addition to verifying title transfer, this information will allow the researcher to associate an individual (Patentee, Assignee, Warrantee, Widow, or Heir) with a specific location (Legal Land Description) and time (Issue Date).

Castle Garden, (Castle Clinton National Monument): offers free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 73 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 is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War.

Cyndi's List:  A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet. 262,200+ links for family history.

Ellis Island:  Ellis Island, now a 27.5-acre site located just minutes off the southern tip of Manhattan Island, New York, is likely to connect with more of the American population than any other spot in the country. It has been estimated that nearly half of all Americans today can trace their family history to at least one person who passed through the Port of New York at Ellis Island. is a non-profit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that every person is important and that families are meant to be both sacred and eternal. We encourage all people to find their ancestors and preserve their family histories. To help in this great pursuit, the Church has been actively gathering and preserving genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years.

Genealogists/Family Historians, The National Archives:  The National Archives offers insight into the lives of people, their families and our history. Because the records at the National Archives come from every branch of the Federal government, almost all Americans can find themselves, their ancestors, or their community in the archives.

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. This transcription project was named The USGenWeb Census Project in 1998 in accordance to the then newly adopted USGenWeb Project Bylaws. Previously it had been known as the "Archives" Census Project.

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

Missouri Links

Coroner's Inquest Database:  The Coroner's Inquest Database is an abstract of records containing unique information about the men and women who died in Missouri. The database can provide specific information about an ancestor’s death, as well as interesting insights into Missouri's past. Researchers can also use the database to locate original records for the study of such topics as public health, social violence, ethnic communities, and urban development.

Death Certificate Database, 1910-1955:  Death certificates contain valuable information for family historians and researchers. The Missouri Death Certificate Database, containing death records created after 1910 and over 50 years old, makes that information available online through a searchable index that links to a digitized image of the original death certificate.

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. Hosted by Springfield-Greene County Library.

Land Patents, 1831 - 1969, Missouri State Archives:  During the nineteenth century, the United States government, by various acts of Congress, donated some 6.5 million acres of federal land in Missouri directly to the state. This public domain land was then sold by the state, with profits designated for various internal projects or improvements.

Missouri Birth and 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, 1930:  This is a collection of 118 Missouri County plat books published by W.W. Hickson, and Co. in 1930 and held in the Special Collections Department of Ellis Library at the University of Missouri-Columbia. They are frequently consulted and in an effort to make them more accessible and also to preserve them, they were scanned and are now easily available for the public-at-large. (Webster County is listed)

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 Newspapers on Microfilm, Missouri State Historical Society:  The purpose of this catalog is to provide a convenient source of information regarding the newspapers on microfilm that are available from The State Historical Society of Missouri to the public through interlibrary loan.

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 Database: 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. The Soldiers Database is a comprehensive database abstracted from the individual service cards and listing more than 576,000 Missourians who served in the military from territorial times through World War I.

St. Louis Obituary Index:  This index of names was obtained from both the Death Notice and the Burial Permits listing, as well as Obituary Articles, found in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. During both World War I and World War II Casualty Lists were included in the newspaper. These listed those soldiers Killed In Action (KIA), Missing in Action (MIA), Prisoner of War (POW) and wounded. KIA's and MIA's have been added to these indexes and are also identified with (#). In many cases MIA's were never found and are presumed to have died in service. Those that were reported found or POW were not included in this index. Hosted by the St. Louis Public Library.

Webster County Historical Society:  The Historical Society Museum is located in the old Carnegie Library, located at 219 South Clay Street on the corner of Jackson. Telephone: 417-468-7407. The hours of operation are:

  • April through mid-December, Monday - Saturday 1 to 4.
  • January through March, Fridays only, 1 to 4.