Northwest Missouri

Genealogical Society

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Wise Words

  • Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
    Mark Twain

  • He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.
    English Proverb

  • There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, and the other, wings.
    Hodding S. Carter

  • We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business.
    Jimmy Carter
    Former U.S. President

  • We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.
    Alex Haley, Roots

  • Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.
    Unknown

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Library Collections and Services

We are very proud of the extensive collection of materials our library maintains. Our collection includes, but is not limited to:

  • Cemetery records
  • Census records
  • Circuit Court records
  • City directories
  • Death records (pre-1910)
  • Family files
  • Funeral home records
  • Historical publications
  • Indexes
  • Journals
  • Maps
  • Marriage records
  • Microfilm
  • Probate records
  • Tax records
  • Wills
  • Yearbooks

We are currently working on creating an index of each title we have available and will post that detailed list as soon as possible.

We have wireless internet service available for those who travel with their own laptop. Several tables are available - so you can spread out all your research documents and keep yourself organized. Microfilm and microfiche machines can accommodate multiple researchers. Most items can be scanned into digital form and e-mailed to you as well, to help reduce paper clutter. For our visitors who plan to stay awhile, we also have a refrigerator and microwave, with snacks and drinks available for a nominal price.

There are a limited number of parking spaces available in front of the library, however, we are located across the street from the municipal parking garage where ample parking abounds. The library is a short walk from the Holiday Inn as well. If you are planning a visit to St. Joseph for genealogical research, please be sure to include the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Library on your list of "must see" places!