Columbia Missouri Family History Center
|This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.|
OOPS! We are closed today and tomorrow, March 22 and 23. They have dug up the sidewalk and entry to the building to replace it. They have taken over the parking lot with their trucks and we cannot get close. All this was without warning. So sorry! Expect to be open on Saturday, the 25 of this week but as they say, "Watch this space."
We are ALWAYS closed when the Columbia Public Schools are closed because of the weather, and on very rare occasion, we are closed because road conditions make staff uneasy. You are always welcome to call during our open hours to ensure we are there.573-443-2048)
When we have an unexpected closure, we try hard to post that closing RIGHT HERE, at the top of this webpage.
Occasionally, we close 30 or minutes early if no patrons remain in the Center.
Center Contacts and Hours
Location Map: Location Map
Address: 4708 Highlands Pkwy Columbia, MO 65203-6259
- Ring the doorbell at the EAST door to gain entry. Plenty of free parking. Handicapped accessible.
- Language: English
- Tuesday: 10:00am-4:00pm
- Wednesday: 1:00pm-4:00pm and 6:30pm-9:00pm
- Thursday: 10:00am-4:00pm
- Saturday: Open the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturday of the month from 1:00pm -5:00pm
We close when Columbia Public Schools close for inclement weather and during the winter holidays: We are also rarely closed unexpectedly because of inclement weather or illness. We apologize if this is an inconvenience.
We always close for winter holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, and we close for one week in August. Look at the top of this page for specific closing information closer to those dates.
Workshops are free to anyone in the community. Preregistration is absolutely required by e-mailing the Center’s director at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE FOR A LISTING OF OUR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS.
Patrons will find 5 primary resources at the Columbia Family History Center.
We have a collection of general genealogy research books that are invaluable to the beginner who is trying to become familiar with period, place, and research strategies. We also have a small collection of books that focus on specific places (Germany, Virginia, etc.), record types (military, vital records), and a very useful collection of general reference books.We hold a collection (about 40 binders) of obituaries and cemetery records from Boone and surrounding counties, as well as newspaper clippings spanning several decades taken from the Columbia Tribune containing genealogically rich information. Currently, these records are somewhat fragile and unindexed. We are currently in the process of working out a system for entering our holdings into a searchable database that will be posted online.
Microfilms and Microfiche
- FamilySearch Catalog: This center has the ability to order any of the films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog.
- Patrons' Microfiche Collection -- a collection of fiche ordered by our patrons, assorted titles. Contain family histories, vital records, and other types of information.
- Indefinite Film Collection -- a collection of films on a variety of subjects, to include vital records, county records, court records, etc.
- Book Collection: --
For over a hundred years FamilySearch, historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, has been dedicated to preserving extant public records. They have photographed millions of relevant records (census, marriage, probate, deeds, military, etc.) and family histories. These, in turn, have been turned into microfilms which may be rented from Salt Lake City and which are shipped to Family History Centers for patrons to use.
We have a “permanent” collection of films and fiche to which patrons have immediate access. Among these is the Scottish Parochial Register. We also have some films that patrons have ordered in the past and which other patrons may use as well.
If the film or fiche a patron needs in not in our collection, it may be ordered from Salt Lake for a nominal rental charge. Relevant films and fiche are identified by using the FamilySearch Catalog where one can search my place, surname, keywords, etc. Films usually take 3-4 weeks to arrive in the Center for reading. Patrons have about 4 weeks to examine films before they are returned to Salt Lake. Films may also be renewed.
From the Family History Center, patrons can access a variety of premium subscription websites. These are sites that an individual patron would otherwise have to subscribe to and which can be quite costly. The Church, however, has negotiated contracts with these providers that allow access to them without cost for Family History Center patrons in Family History Centers. These sites include:
- 19th Century British Library Newspapers digital archive
- Access Newspaper Archives
- Alexander Street Press (American Civil War)
- The Genealogist (UK)
- Find My Past (UK)
- Genline Family Finder (Swedish)
- Godfrey Library
- Heritage Quest Online (includes PERSI)
- Historic Map Works
- Fold3.com (formerly Footnote)
- World Vital Records
We also have a variety of Church sponsored and non-Church sponsored websites on our desktop computers that many people don’t know about, and which we are happy to demonstrate.
We offer these local records at our Family History Center:
Obituaries from the Columbia Daily Tribune covering the years 1962, 1984 through 2013.
Obituaries from the Hannibal Courier Post from 22 Nov 1958-24 Aug 1959.
Obituaries & Births from the Bowling Green Times from 9 Oct 1958-28 Apr 1960 (plus 14 May 1959 Bowling Green High School graduation service w/senior class photos).
"People of the Past" columns from the Columbia Daily Tribune (early settlers to Boone County).
"Whatever Happened to?" columns from the Columbia Daily Tribune (early homes & businesses of Boone County, including family histories).
"People of Note?" columns from the Columbia Daily Tribune (early families & landmarks of Boone County, written by historian & newspaperman Francis Pike).
Funeral Home Records:
Parker's Funeral Home Records 1892-1925.
Parker's Funeral Home Records 1926-28 June 1960.
Elmwood Cemetery, Mexico, Mo. (read Fall 1962).
Memorial Cemetery, Boone County, Mo. (read Summer 1982).
Howard County Cemetery Records (read approximately 1961-1963).
City of Centralia Cemetery & Glendale Memorial Gardens, Centralia, Mo. (Compiled from Evans & Thompson, Ellsberry, Gibson, obituaries).
Columbia Cemetery, Columbia, Mo. (by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry 1963; rearranged in alpha order by E. Henry; corrections by Ruth Minner; addtns & corrections by Ruth Minner & Athelda Henry May, 1985.
Howard County Cemetery Records: Boonesboro, Friendship, Lewis, Mt. Gilead, Walnut Ridge, Washington Cemetery-Fayette, Washington Cemetery-Glasgow, Clark's Chapel-northwest of Boonville (copied various months of 1963).
Cole County Cemeteries by Members of Jefferson City Branch, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (read 1957-1960).
Boone County Cemeteries (read in 1980s).
Audrain County Cemeteries (copied in 1976).
Boone County Marriages: Index A & Index B; Index 1872-1880; Book 1 (1900).
Howard County Marriages & Probate.
Audrain County Marriages 1836-1879 (listed by male last name).
Audrain County Marriages 1880-1890.
Hatton (Surname) & Willingham (Surname) Women Marriages.
Turner (Surname) & Toalson (Surname) Women Marriages.
Toalson, Turner & Willingham (Surnames) Men Marriages.
Howard County 1817 Taxpayers.
Who Can Help You Think About Your Quandary
We all get stuck in a rut from time to time and need some new ideas about how to pursue old research problems. Our staff can be very helpful in exploring other approaches to research with you. Perhaps we can think of something you haven’t. We’ll be happy to try!
Hardware and Equipment
- 7 computers and printers
- 4 microfilm readers
- 3 microfiche readers
- 1 microfilm/fiche reader printer
- and 1 new (to us) digital film reader
- 1 multi-function printer that will copy pages from books, etc.
- 1 camera mount used for taking digital pictures from a microfilm reader
- Instructional CD and DVDs
- Wi-fi connected
Resources in the Local Area
Local libraries, archives, and societies have useful information about Missouri and Boone County. Some of these include:
- Boone County Courthouse (for land, marriage, court, tax, and probate records from Boone County, Mo.)
- The Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City.
- Boone County Historical Society, 3801 Ponderosa Street, Columbia. They have a very useful museum and library that focuses on Missouri and Boone County history.
- The State Historical Society of Missouri is located on the ground floor, east side, of Ellis Library on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. They have a very significant newspaper collection from Missouri and a fine reference library.
- Daniel Boone Regional Library corner of Boradway and Garth in Columbia, has books and resources of interest to Mid-Missouri researchers. One can search their catalog online.
- Midwest Genealogy Center, a branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library, is located in Independence, Mo. It is a gem of a genealogy library and only 100 miles to the west. Visit their website at . One can search their catalog online.
The Missouri State Archives has been a national leader in scanning and digitizing records of value to genealogists. The program, called the Missouri Digital Heritage Collection, has a variety of records of historical and genealogical import. One of the most used is the The Missouri Death Certificate project, located at Missouri Digital State Archives
Volunteer at the Center
We are always looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteer staff to work in the Center. The typical commitment is for a 3-hour/week shift. Staff must have an enthusiastic commitment to family history. Additionally, they must be comfortable using computers, have good interpersonal skills, and be willing to take the initiative to learn and ask questions. They must also be willing to abide by LDS Church standards while working in the Center.