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- You're getting started tracing your ancestors in Missouri
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Missouri brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Missouri —you don't need the full State Research Guides collection
- a how-to article detailing Missouri’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Missouri research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state's history
- The namesake of the Missouri Compromise, the state was admitted to the Union as a slave state in 1820 at the same time as the free state of Maine.
- Missouri regularly took territorial or state censuses throughout the 19th century. The Missouri State Archives have a searchable database of surviving nonfederal census entries.
- Newspapers were published in the region as early as 1808. The state historical society has compiled a searchable index of historical newspapers, and offers online access to them.