Missouri Bible Records

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A Bible was often given by relatives to a bride as a wedding gift, where she recorded information about her immediate family and close relatives. Relationships were seldom stated but were often implied. Names of parents, children, and their spouses, including maiden names, were frequently given along with dates of birth, marriage, and death. Sometimes the age of a person was given at the time of death. Many families kept Bible records from the 1700s (and sometimes earlier) to more recent times, although few have survived. Some have been donated to local libraries or societies.

Bible records are a valuable source of information. Names and dates of events were often kept in the Family Bible. Locating the Family Bible can be a challenge because it was often passed down to succeeding family members. However, some collections have been created and are kept in local Universities, genealogical and historical societies or libraries.

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