Area Resources

The Kansas City area has tons of local history resources! If you hit a road block in your research, check out these great organizations!

Midwest Genealogy Center

3440 S. Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055


Missouri Valley Special Collections Room at KC Library

Fifth Floor, Central Branch      
Kansas City Public Library              
14 W. 10th Street             
Kansas City, MO 64105                                                                                                                                                 

Lee's Summit Historical Society

Historical Society of Lee's Summit & Museum
220 SW Main Street                                                                                                                                                      Lee's Summit, MO 64063
Phone: 816.287.4477

Raytown Historical Society

9705 E. 63rd St.                                                                                                                                                                     Raytown, MO 64133                                                                                                                                                             816.353.5033 (Call ahead for appointment)                                                                                                              

Lone Jack Historical Society and Battlefield Museum

301 S. Bynum Rd.
Lone Jack, MO  64070                                                                                                                                                         816.697.8833                                                                                                                                                               

Blue Springs Historical Society

PO Box 762
Blue Springs, MO 64013                                                                                                                                                       816.224.8979

National Frontier Trails Museum

318 W. Pacific
Independence, MO 64050


Other valuable links

Missouri Digital Heritage


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.)

Jackson County Recorder of Deeds

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.