Missouri, Births - FamilySearch Historical Records
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Missouri, Births, 1817-1939
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|Location of Missouri|
|Missouri State Archives|
What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]
This collection includes an index to selected county birth records for the years 1817 to 1939 from Missouri. Some entries are from church records.
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What Can these Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]
Birth records may contain:
- The name of the child at birth
- Birth date
- Birth town, county, and state
- Parents’ names, ages, and birthplaces
- Race/nationality of ancestor
- Registration date and place
- Image number
- Volume/Page/Certificate number
How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]
Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
- The name of your ancestor
- The approximate date of birth
- The place where the birth occurred
Search the Index[edit | edit source]Search by name on the Collection Details Page.
- Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
- Click Search to show possible matches
How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]
Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.
What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]
I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Add any new information to your records
- Use the information to find other records such as marriage, and death
- Search for the family in census records
- Search for land and property records
- Search for military records
- Search for other records in the state of Missouri, and county records where the family lived
I Can’t Find the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]
- Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relatives
- If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality
- Standard spelling of names typically did not exist. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images
- Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names, or even used initials
Research Helps[edit | edit source]
The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Missouri.
Citing this Collection[edit | edit source]
Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
When looking at a record, the citation can be viewed by clicking the drop-down arrow next to Document Information.