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State Resources — Missouri

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has birth and death records since January 1910. Certified copies of most Missouri birth and death records are also available from local county health department or the St. Louis City or Kansas City Health Departments. For details, please contact these offices directly.  If event occurred in St. Louis (City), St. Louis County, or Kansas City before 1910, write to the city or county Health Department.

Birth and Death Records

On the Internet: Missouri Department of Health.
Call (573) 751-6400 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Missouri Department of Health
Bureau of Vital Records
930 Wildwood
P.O. Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570

Marriage and Divorce Records

State office has marriage and divorce indexes since July 1948.

Cost: No fee.
For county marriage records, contact the Recorder of Deeds in the county where the license was issued.
For county divorce records, contact the Clerk of Circuit Court in the county where the divorce was granted.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have vital statistics, wills, probate records, census records, Supreme Court records, tax records, photo collections, French and Spanish land grants prior to the Louisiana purchase, abstracts from federal government land sales, church records, cemetery records. A self addressed stamped envelope is required for information. Only one question will be answered at a time.

Write to:
Missouri State Archives
State Capitol, Room 208 and State Information Center
600 W. Main
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00, Thursday 8:00-9:00, Saturday 8:30-3:30, closed Sunday and holidays.

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
Missouri State Genealogical Association
P.O. Box 833
Columbia, MO 65205-0833
Telephone: (660) 747-9330
  Publications: Missouri State Genealogical Journal, Show Me State Genealogical News

  Heart of America Genealogical Society
c/o Public Library
311 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
Telephone: (816) 221-2685
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