Good morning! Sunday I drove from Chicago to Jefferson City, MO, to do some work for a client for a few days. I spent Sunday at the Jefferson City Public Library. They have a small local history/genealogy section. Monday was spent at the Missouri State Archives.
If you have any Missouri research, this is the place to go first. Many county records are microfilmed and you can view them on-site. There are many printed materials for each county, state, and topics like the Civil War. The staff is extremely helpful and answered all my questions.
Upon arrival I was given a tour of the research and microfilm room. That was very beneficial because I didn’t have to waste time rummaging around trying to find what I wanted. The staff makes copies from printed materials for you. Simply complete a form (similar to the Newberry Library’s process) and leave it with the book on the staff counter. Copies are 10 cents per page. Microfilm copies can be printed at 50 cents a page or saved to flash drive. So many repositories are getting on board with using flash drives rather than printing everything that it is fantastic!
Hungry? There is a small lunchroom on the second floor. I didn’t venture out to see if there was any place to eat beyond the archives. I brought a small lunch and ate there.
I had a list of books I wanted to view at the Callaway County Library the following day and some records I wanted to look for there, but I found most of those at the State Archives.
I learned a few great things about their website as well. But I’m saving that for another post. Check them out if you have Missouri research. You will not be disappointed.