Through the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative, the Missouri State Archives and the Missouri State Library, in partnership with the State Historical Society of Missouri, are assisting institutions across the state in digitizing their records and placing them online for easy access. We invite you to explore our website and to join with us in celebrating our collective past.While the Missouri Death Certificate collection is perhaps the best known part of this collection, there is a whole lot more there. Following is a sample of some of the things you will find there of genealogical or historical interest
We will start with collections housed at the Missouri State Archives:
The Digital Heritage collections also includes links to collections elsewhere that have been ‘contributed’ by outside sources.
Contributed by: University of Missouri Libraries
Electronic books from University of Missouri Digital library. [Includes St. Louis Social Registers of 1916, 1922. 1924 and 1925, Missouri Plat books from 1930, Sanborn Maps, and more]
Contributed by: Washington University Libraries
Collection of one hundred and eleven documents, over 400 pages of full-text searchable resource that represents the full case history of the Dred Scott Case.
Contributed by: Springfield-Greene County Library District
Collection of full text indexes and abstracts to records including circuit court record books, coroner's records, alms house records, justice of the peace records and others.
Contributed by: Hannibal Free Public Library
Polk City Directories 1859 - 1925.
Contributed by: Blue Springs Historical Society
Historical photograph collection depicting life in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Contributed by: Harry S. Truman Library & Museum
Collection of 90 documents of President Truman's 1948 Presidential Campaign covering years 1946-1968This is still a small sampling, but should give an idea of the diverse materials available through this collection. I am hopeful that the initiative, the brainchild of our current Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, will continue expanding unabated if in 2010 she wins her Senate campaign.
On December 28th, the Democrat News, the local paper for Fredericktown, Missouri published a column written by Robin Carnahan: Discover Your Family History with Missouri's Digital Heritage.
The holiday season is a great time to reconnect with family and reminisce about the past. At the Secretary of State’s office, we’ve created a tool Missourians can use to piece together their family history and explore the shared history of our state.[...]
In April of 2008, my office launched the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative, which provides thousands of documents online, including photographs, newspapers and manuscripts from Missouri’s past. In fewer than 20 months, www.MissouriDigitalHeritage.com has received more than 95 million hits from people all across Missouri and the world.
Because of the vast resources it provides, the website has been recognized nationally by two different magazines as one of the best sources for historical and genealogical research provided by any state. This year, Ancestry Magazine named the Missouri Digital Heritage website one of the top-five state websites for online genealogical records. Also, Family Tree Magazine, America’s largest-circulation genealogy magazine, named the site one of the top-10 websites for local searches.
As you visit with your families in the coming weeks, I encourage you to use the Missouri Digital Heritage website to find interesting stories about your family and our state. Maybe you can show your kids their great grandfather’s military record or look up a map of your hometown from the early 1900s. Whether your family has lived in Missouri for generations or you recently moved to our great state, I’m sure you’ll be able to discover something new by using this resource.