Genealogy Wise

The Genealogy & Family History Social Network


Missouri Genealogy

For those researching ancestors in the state of Missouri

Members: 315
Latest Activity: Nov 29, 2017

I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs…frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I'm from Missouri; you've got to show me. -- William Duncan Vandiver, 1899 at a naval banquet in Philadelphia.

Useful Links for researching Missouri genealogy. (Please add your own favorites in the discussion thread)

I encourage the use of the Discussion Forum instead of the Comment Wall. The tags you add to discussion posts allow you to click on the link and see other posts within Missouri Genealogy with the same tag.

When creating tags in the Discussion Forum
  • If a tag has more than one word, "put it in quotes". This will create one tag.
  • Put surnames in ALL CAPS. This will differentiate surnames when they are the same as other potential tags. (e.g. JACKSON)
  • If you're using the name of a county as a tag, add the word 'county'. (e.g. "Jackson County").
  • As the Admin, I can add tags, but I can't edit tags the creator of the thread chose.

Discussion Forum

Introductions 35 Replies

For those who wish to introduce themselves - perhaps say something about your ancestral connection to Missouri, and share any details about particular areas of expertise.My paternal ancestors arrived…Continue

Tags: Introductions

Started by John Newmark. Last reply by Raymond Richard Nov 29, 2017.


Hello all. My name is Herbert P. Holeman, and I'm tracing my paternal lineage. All I know is what I've gained from the U.S. Census.My father, HERBERT SPENCER HOLEMAN, was born in Bryant, Douglas…Continue

Started by Herbert Holeman Feb 21, 2014.

Wright/Webster/Douglas Cos in the south

I am searching Hoover, Goss, Cross, Carrick, an lots of related names and neighbor names in these southern counties. Anyone else interested in this area?Continue

Started by Linda Schreiber Mar 5, 2013.

Dunklin county, Mo 1 Reply

My family is from the Kennett and Seneth area. The surnames I am researching are Reed, Mayberry, Brydon, Gibbs. My Reeds are from the Seneth area and I am looking for any info on John S reed, his…Continue

Started by Mona Romans. Last reply by Rebecca Poertner Jan 16, 2012.

Useful Links 16 Replies

Does anyone have useful research sites for Missouri genealogy research?I will add to the list below as suggestions are made in the discussion thread so that you don't have to read through the…Continue

Tags: Resources

Started by John Newmark. Last reply by Rosemary Taylor Jun 6, 2010.

1871 Jesse James Hallar named after the outlaw the James and Hallar family were neighbors?

I am trying to find information on the birth and parents, and siblings of JJ Hallar.

Started by Richard Aanrich Nov 5, 2009.

Wayne County marriage records? 1 Reply

Hi-In doing some research, I have been trying to find a marriage record for a possible marriage in Mill Spring, Wayne County, MO circa 1880-81. In my research, I have found that the Wayne County…Continue

Started by Kate Steere. Last reply by Nelda Tinker Oct 12, 2009.

St.Louis Training School for Subnormal Children 4 Replies

Has anyone in this group ever heard of the above titled school? I have learned very little about it other than it was in existence for a time and my husband's aunt was living there when the 1930…Continue

Started by Cindy Jeitler. Last reply by Cindy Jeitler Oct 5, 2009.

WHITAKER, BOYER, GODSEY & McGUIRE families in the "Bootheel" 3 Replies

I am researching my children's paternal line, the WHITAKERs, and related lines, BOYER, GODSEY and McGUIREs, mostly around Dunklin County. Are there any online websites that might help me with…Continue

Started by Linda Cardenas. Last reply by Kate Steere Sep 14, 2009.


I am new to the group. I am researching for Dwyer and Tighe in St. Louis City and the Flaherty family in East St. Louis, IL. (lots of people in East St. Louis had ties with people in the City.I work…Continue

Started by Suzanne Vinduska. Last reply by Tiff Wright Aug 27, 2009.

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Missouri Genealogy to add comments!

Comment by Beth Ann Cosselmon on July 19, 2009 at 7:18pm
Hello, I have a Greenbury Anderson Hicks b.Nov 2, 1829 Greene Co, TN, d.Apr 18, 1900 Scott Bar, CA.. He is my 2nd great grandmothers (Hannah Hicks) brother.
I have a Greenbury Andrew Hicks b. Jul 25, 1855 Schuyler Co, MO, d. Apr 15, 1909 Fresno, CA. He would be the nephew to Greenbury Anderson Hicks (or )--William Hicks is his father. So you can see where the Greenbury comes from. Thank you for your help in any way. Beth
Comment by Kathryn Keller on July 19, 2009 at 6:39pm
To Beth Ann Cosselmon,

My husband has Hicks' in his family line. His great grandfather was Joseph Greenberry Hicks who was b. 25 Dec 1855 in Louisville, Jefferson Co., Kentucky and d. 6 Mar 1930 in Marion Twp., Jasper Co., Missouri. He was m. to Alice Magdalene Crow. Does any of this match your Hicks line??

Kate Keller in Michigan
Comment by Beth Ann Cosselmon on July 19, 2009 at 6:28pm
Yes, but not sure what line, I think Hicks, I can't prove it. Although all the women have the very strong indian high cheekbones and jet black hair.My great grand mother was so ashamed of being indian she never let it out until she was over 90 something. At that time she pulled out a childs indian costume and showed it to her niece, the costume is long gone but the stories remain. My mother has always claimed to be cherokee. If you like I can give you my direct lines to the Hicks. Thanks for your interest any help you may give will be an answer to many sleepless nights. Beth
Comment by Jeannie Rathbone on July 19, 2009 at 5:58pm
To Beth Ann HICKS
Do you have any Cherokee in your family?

Jeannie Rathbone in OR :)
Comment by Michael A. Orr on July 19, 2009 at 4:26pm
My ancestors come from Bunker and Ironton Missouri. I was born in St. Louis. I am doing research on the Orr's. My Pet project is called the Missouri Orr's and includes everyone born, lived, died in Missouri. I firmly believe that all the Orr's in Missouri are related but have not proven it yet. If you have any Orr's in your line(s) i would like to get information about them and any photos of them you would care to share. I am posting this file on-line at and already havee a partial file on and is called "The Missouri Orr's"
Comment by Robert Hamilton on July 19, 2009 at 4:15pm
My ancestors are from the St. Louis area. FASNET, WOODS, HAMILTON
Fasnet also spelled Fasnut lived in Ferguson
Woods, my Grandfater, supposedly came from Canada (family story) where his name was DUBOIS- which is translated into Woods. I find on three of his records where he claims to be from Maine--I can't prove either. He died in 1900
My Grandmother mairried B Frank Hamilton in 1906 and moved to Pontiac Illinois until 1920 when she moved back
Comment by Barbara Cunningham on July 18, 2009 at 8:29pm
I am researching Abraham MARCIA/MERCIER who was born, supposedly in Missouri, 12 October 1828. He appears on the 1850 Ralls County Census as a laborer in the household of Thomas H. and Nancy Graham. Later that year, he married Nancy Thomas HAWKINS, a daughter of John Franklin HAWKINS, a prominent Ralls County landowner. In 1856, he acquired 160 acres in Macon County. He later immigrated to Texas and died 23 April 1887 in Ennis, Ellis County, Texas. I have been unable to trace him back before 1850 and would appreciate any assistance. Thanks.
Comment by Beth Ann Cosselmon on July 18, 2009 at 1:47pm
I am new to this site and am researching Schuyler County, Missouri. Some of my BRUNER, HICKS, LASLEY, NEAL families are buried in Fabius Cemetery, off of M-136 just 5 miles west of Downing, MO. I had taken photos of gravesites in this location last year during the Bruner family reunion and would share them with anyone wanting them.
Also included are Williams, Dunn, Monteith, Fincher, Ballanger, but they are generally extended to married into the family status.
I plan to make a formal platting of the cemetery on my next visit.
Anyone researching the: BRUNER, HICKS, LASLEY, NEAL families?
Comment by Alison Morton on July 18, 2009 at 12:56pm
My g.g.g.grandfather, Jacob Crow, came to Dent County, MIssouri sometime around 1831 from Illinois. I'm descended through his son, Stith O Crow. Missouri names are Crow, Sanders, Coppedge, and Murray.
Comment by Stella Marie Valle Kutz on July 17, 2009 at 9:40pm
I am interested in Jefferson & Washington Counties in Missouri. Valle, Johnson, Baker, Hopkins, Hampton, Stout & Robins

Members (315)





© 2018   Created by Nat Ins for Genealogical Studies.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service