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Online References
Many resources, including books with full searchable text, are available online with search capabilities that allow task completion in seconds. See below for some sources we have found to be of value; including digitized books, maps and documents as well as webistes.
 
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Plat maps of the County. 53 pages. Published by Philadelphia, PA : Edwards Brothers of Missouri, 1878.
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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) General Land Office (GLO) Records site provides access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. In Montgomery County, Federal land was mostly exhausted by 1860.
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This site explains details about census, nonpopulation census records, naturalization, military, shows blank forms, has video training, etc. A great way to educate yourself about resources available and what clues are to be found.
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Centennial history of Missouri (the center state) one hundred years in the Union, 1820-1921, by Walter B. Stevens, publish 1921.
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The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) online genealogical portal is GRS. Information is derived from approved DAR member-related applications. Each database is cross-linked. For example, if you search in the Descendants Database, the results will lead you to both the Member and the Ancestor Database. Before you start searching, read the Overview & Help Section located on the Ancestor Database tab. Pay special attention to the section, Spelling of Ancestor Name. NOTE: You really DO need to read the directions as it is not an easy site to search but the results can be very worthwhile if an ancestor (however distant) was a patriot.
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A digest of the laws of Missouri Territory: comprising: an elucidation of the title of the United States to Louisiana: Constitution of the United States: treaty of session: organic laws: laws of Missouri territory, (alphabetically arranged): Spanish regulations for the allotment of lands: laws of the United States, for adjusting title to lands, etc.: to which are added a variety of forms, useful to magistrates. By Henry S. Geyer, published in St. Louis, 1818.
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A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets Past and Present of Montgomery County, Missouri. Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser, 197X.
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A brief survey of some of the outstanding Indian trails of the State, an abbreviated account of the development of the important traces of the French and Spanish regimes, and a more detailed account of the main trunk line roads in the territorial and early state periods. By Martha May Wood, published 1936. (Free download.)
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Early western travels, 1748-1846; a series of annotated reprints of some of the best and rarest contemporary volumes of travel, descriptive of the aborigines and social and economic conditions in the middle and far West, during the period of early American settlement, by Reuben Gold Thwaites, 1904-1907.
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Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: A Compendium of History and Biography for Ready Reference, Multiple Volumes by Howard Louis Conard, Published by Southern History Company, 1901
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Gazetteer of the state of Missouri. With a map of the state...To which is added an appendix, containing frontier sketches, and illustrations of Indian character. With a frontispiece, engraved on steel. By Alphonso Wetmore, published in St. Louis in 1837. Montgomery County section begins on p.122.
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A gazetteer of the United States of America ... to which are added valuable statistical tables, and a map of the United States. By John Hayward. published by Case, Tiffany and Company 1853, 861 pages.
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Researcher Joe Beine summarizes a variety of sources and suggestions.
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Here you can find church registers (mostly books of birth, marriage and death) from various European countries (currently Austria, Germany, Poland and Serbia); including some not available from other sources. St. Mary's in Keeken is a great source for Rhineland Germans. See ALSO https://www.archion.de/en/ for Protestant records.
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The settlers of Hermann, Gasconade, Missouri, were of a society formally organized in Philadelphia in 1836. They sought to establish "a colony which should be characteristically German in every particular." This book documents the history of Hermann and several of the group moved into Montgomery County. By William Bek, published 1907.
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A thorough study of all known guerrilla operations in between September 1864 and June 1865. Bruce Nichols explores different tactics each side attempted to gain advantage, with regional differences as influenced by the personalities of local commanders. Both well-known and obscure sources help identify where Southern partisan groups and how their kinds of warfare evolved. Published 2014.
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Dr. Michael Montgomery's extensive family research about his ancestors from Bocholt, Germany, is available online.
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Much can be learned about the history of any property with online records. What were the circumstances surrounding the construction? Who lived there before? What about the evolution of the home’s structure as it has undergone home improvement, or you might have a morbid curiosity about whether or not your home has a sordid past.
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History of Missouri's Counties, County Seats, and Courthouse Squares, by Marian M. Ohman, 1983 by UM Columbia, 146 pages.
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A History of Missouri from the Earliest Explorations and Settlements Until the Admission of the State Into the Union, Volume 2, by Louis Houck, published by R.R. Donnelley & Sons, 1908.
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By Walter Williams, Lewis Publishing Company, 1913. A review states "A treasure for those looking for information about their relatives from Missouri who were part of that great state's history."
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Published 1885, written and compiled from the most authentic official and private sources, including a history of their townships, towns and villages : together with a condensed history of Missouri : a reliable and detailed history of Ft. Charles, Montgomery and Warren Counties : their pioneer record, resources, biographical sketches of prominent citizens, general and local statistics of great value, incidents and reminiscences THE MONTGOMERY SECTION OF THIS BOOK IS AVAILABLE FROM MCHS STORE AND IT INCLUDES AN INDEX!
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A History of the Pioneer Families of Missouri, with Numerous Sketches, Anecdotes, Adventures, Etc., Relating to Early Days in Missouri: Also the Lives of Daniel Boone and the Celebrated Indian Chief Black Hawk, with Numerous Biographies and Histories of Primitive Institutions by Wm. S. Bryan and Robert Rose. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1935 - Reference - 569 pages
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Search the Library of Congress site for maps, manuscripts, photos, legislation, etc.
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List of post offices in the United States, with the names of postmasters, on the 13th of July 1857. Also the regulations and laws of the Post Office Department. Comp. from the records of the Post Office Department, by D.D.T. Leech.
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Since Missouri political boundaries sometimes changed, historic maps are generally essential in assisting you discover the exact location of your ancestor’s home, exactly what land they owned, just who their neighbors were, and much more.
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Missouri As It Is In 1867:an illustrated historical gazetteer of Missouri by Nathan Howe Parker. Embracing the geography, history, resources and prospects, the mineralogical and agricultural wealth and advantages, the population, business statistics, public institutions, etc. of each county. The new constitution, the emancipation ordinance, and important facts concerning "free Missouri". An original article on geology, mineralogy, soils, etc. by Prof. G.C. Swallow. Also special articles on climate, grape culture, hemp, and tobacco.
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Includes both current and historical information about census processes and data.
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The Missouri Death Certificate database can be searched by first, middle and last name, county, year and month. Digitized images of the original death certificates are linked to the search results. Death certificates began being recorded statewide in 1910 and are closed for 50 years before they are transferred to the State Archives.
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More than 9 million records can be accessed through Missouri Digital Heritage, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and other institutions from across the state. Browse collections by topic. An extensive Civil War collection is included.
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Issues from 1906-2017 are available online of this scholarly quarterly, the cornerstone of the Society’s publication program since 1906. This richly illustrated journal features scholarship of the state’s history. It also contains reviews of and notes on recently published books about the history of the state and local areas and the lives of Missourians.
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Missouri of to-day; progress and prospects of the great commercial state and center of population. Published by Confederate Home Association of Missouri, 1893. Full of photographs and illustrations, it is cataloged under "description and travel" and "Civil War history"
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For armchair travelers and history enthusiasts, it will provide extraordinary adventures through the state's rich past. With detailed information on hundreds of towns, Missouri Roadsides describes why each one was built where it was, who built it and when, and how it got its name. Museums, parks, outdoor recreational areas, special events, geographical features, architectural treasures, and local oddities. Bill Earngey, University of Missouri Press, 1995, 337 pages.
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Base (100-year) flood elevations for selected sites in Montgomery County, Missouri / by Rodney E. Southard ; in cooperation with the State Emergency Management Agency.
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A list of current local government officials and their contact information.
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Manuscript collection at the Historical Society of Missouri.
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Birth records dated from 1920 to the present, and death records from 1980 to the present are both available at the Montgomery County Health Department at 400 Salisbury in Montgomery City.
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The Patriot Research System (PRS) includes several ways to search: patriot name, member, descendant, and biography.
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Persons interested in Missouri history, biography, and genealogy will find in SHSMO’s Research Centers unsurpassed collections. The reference collection of books, pamphlets, and official state publications total more than 165,000 items. SHSMO also holds more than 9,000 manuscript collections, more than 8,000 maps, and over 56,000 rolls of newspapers on microfilm.
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The State of Missouri: An Autobiography, edited for the Missouri Commission to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, by Walter Williams and published in 1904.
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A collaborative project between Cornell University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Taken every five years, this census is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. It looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures, and many other areas. The first agriculture Census was taken in 1840
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Search for burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries, and for veterans buried in private cemeteries when the grave is marked with a government grave marker.
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The National Center for Health Statistics lists sources for Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records.
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