The Kansas City area has tons of local history resources! If you hit a road block in your research, check out these great organizations!
3440 S. Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055
Fifth Floor, Central Branch
Kansas City Public Library
14 W. 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105 816.701.3427 firstname.lastname@example.org
Historical Society of Lee's Summit & Museum
220 SW Main Street Lee's Summit, MO 64063
Raytown Historical Society
9705 E. 63rd St. Raytown, MO 64133 816.353.5033 (Call ahead for appointment) email@example.com
301 S. Bynum Rd.
Lone Jack, MO 64070 816.697.8833 firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 762
Blue Springs, MO 64013 816.224.8979
318 W. Pacific
Independence, MO 64050
Other valuable links
The Missouri Birth and Death Records Database is an abstract of the birth, stillbirth, and death records recorded before 1909 and that are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives.
The Bureau of Vital Records has certificates of Missouri births from 1910 to the present. The Bureau also maintains certificates of Missouri deaths that are less than fifty years old. House Bill 1634 (2004) transferred all death records over fifty years old to the Missouri State Archives.
The database currently contains over 185,000 records from 87 counties. Information found in this database includes:
Births and Stillbirths: name of child, date and place of birth, sex, and race; nationality, residence, and ages of parents, occupation and full name of father, maiden name of mother, name and address of medical or other attendant making return; in case of stillbirth, name of undertaker and place of burial.
Deaths: date of report, name, sex, color, age, occupation, marital status, nationality, birthplace; date, place, and cause of death; date and place of burial, addresses of undertaker, physician returning certificate. (Taken from the Missouri State Archives webpage.)
The Recorder of Deeds Department maintains land, recorded documents, Marriage Licenses and other Executive, Legislative and Judicial Records dating back to the beginning of Jackson County in 1826. Paper, digital and microfilm records are preserved for timely access and retrieval at either our recording offices or underground Records Center. The records are searchable online through the Recorder of Deeds website.