The NWMGS Library

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!

The library is staffed by volunteers at all times.

  • Tuesday: 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday (1st and 3rd of the month): Noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday (4th of the month): Noon to 4:00 p.m.

During the months of inclement weather, you are encouraged to call ahead to verify the library will be open. Road conditions and illness may contribute to the library closing at unscheduled times.

If you are interested in visiting the library at another time, please send an e-mail to Kelly and we will be happy to discuss other times which may be available to accommodate your schedule.

PLEASE NOTE: The library is closed for the months of January and February. However, we are more than happy to assist researchers who may be visiting from out of town during these months. Please contact us to make arrangements.

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!

If you are planning a visit to St. Joseph for research purposes, please be sure to check the St. Joseph Public Library and Courthouse hours in order to make the most of your visit. Both of these facilities are a short distance from the library. Also, please note the State of Missouri observes Truman Day the second Friday of May! Many services/offices are not open so please plan accordingly.