TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY Pickler Memorial Library Truman State University

Local History and Genealogy Resources

Search the Library's catalog for:

County histories, maps, records of births/marriages/deaths/cemeteries, etc. in Northeast Missouri:

Also look for other counties or names of individual towns in the Library Catalog:
    e.g.:  edina mo
             boone county mo

Special Collections Department

Many useful primary documents in the Library are listed on the Special Collections Web site:

The following items are also in Special Collections but a complete description is not yet available on the Web site:

Adair County Biographical Index
     8 file drawers of family/individual data forms and newspaper clippings, primarily obituaries, collected by P. O. Selby.

Adair County Schools Class Rosters
    Mulberry School, 1904-05, 1907, 09
    Unidentified School, 1905-09

Adair County Cemetery Sexton Records


Kirksville Churches:  Membership Rosters and Directories
    Cumberland Presbyterian, 1883
    First Baptist, 1916
    First Christian, 1931   
    First Presbyterian, 1928, 1950s-60s

Kirksville Organizations: Directories & Yearbooks
    Delta Kappa Gamma, 1949-50, 1953-56, 1964-68
    Kiwanis, 1959-67
    Monday Club, 1963-76
    PEO, 1969-71
    Sojourners, 1947-48, 1978-79

Kirksville city directories 1892+   
Kirksville telephone directories:  1921, 1940-49, 1951+    
Telephone books for other cities are also available.  

Federal Census:

1790 - Library has records for Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia.

1830-1930 - Missouri 
Located on microfilm in the MicroMaterials Area.
Call number:  MicroFilm HA 471.5
Click on the year to bring up the record which will identify reels and counties.

* Most of the 1890 Census records, including Schedule 11 for Missouri, were destroyed by fire around the turn of the century.  There was a Special Schedule that year that was not destroyed and this is used as a substitute for Schedule 11 (Special Schedule Enumerating the Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War).  The Library has the Enumerator's Schedule 11 for all other years.

1940 and later
Not released for public use.  Persons meeting certain criteria may apply for a search of these census records using Form BC-600 "Application for Search of Census Records."  There is a fee for the search and for a complete schedule. See the
Census Bureau age search Web site for a form and more information.

Availability of Census Records About Individuals.  A publication of the Census Bureau which explains what is available in the census materials.

National Archives and Records Administration - Genealogy

Census Bureau Genealogy FAQ

Reference sources to help with research

Truman State University
The University Archives are kept in the Special Collections Department of the Library.  Various types of records and publications  provide "evidence" of students who attended this institution 1867- present (including student rosters, yearbooks, etc.)

The Echo - Northeast Missouri State and Truman State University yearbooks, 1901+
Call number:  Reference LB 1900

Genealogical Research on the Web, by Diane K. Kovacs.
Call number:  Reference  CS 14 K68 2002

For more information contact the Library Special Collections Department.
Telephone:  660-785-4537

General Links for Genealogy Research

American Family Immigration History Center---A database of 22 million people who passed through Ellis Island and the Port of New York between 1892 and 1924. Although not required to search, free registration allows access to more of the site. entries from Ancestry World Tree, Social Security Death Index, and U.S. Residential Phone and Address Listings.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites---a very comprehensive site with over 41,000 links
FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service
The Genealogy Home Page
National Genealogical Society
The Official Federal Land Patent Records Site---contains over 2 million federal land records issued between 1820 and 1908, provides information on the initial transfer of land from the federal government and associates an individual with a specific piece of a land at a specific time.
RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative
USGenWeb Project



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