Jefferson County Historical
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Genealogy / History  Online Resources:

Historical Newspaper Index Historical Newspaper Index

Start your genealogy searching here: includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land, and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more!

Access to Ancestry Library Edition is provided through the generous support of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society and the Friends of the Northwest Branch Library.


Original historical documents collection that features military records, city directories, Native American archives, historical newspapers, naturalization documents and much more.

This collection assembles every available US federal census; family genealogies; local histories; and more!
Missouri Digital Heritage

Search millions of records on Missouri's past and gain access to thousands of digitized primary source materials.  

Northwest Branch Special Collections

The Northwest Branch houses the Local History and Genealogy Department.  The collection holds more than 7,500 items related to genealogy and the local history of Missouri, Jefferson County and other communities.

·         4,500 print sources

·         3,000 rolls of microfilm         

·         600 historic photos


Genealogy research can be conducted by examining records such as census, marriage and death records. Other sources available include family histories, pension records, city directories and community histories.

Research Requests

Branch staff can perform searches of up to 5 names in any indexed genealogy materials held by the Northwest Branch for a $10 non-refundable fee. This fee, which must be paid at the time of the request, includes the cost of copies and postage. Make check payable to Jefferson County Library.

Submit requests in writing to:

Genealogy Department
Jefferson County Library, Northwest Branch
5680 State Road PP
High Ridge, MO 63049
Researchers are always welcome to visit the library, use our materials, and make their own copies. Black and white copies are 20¢ per page, color copies are 50¢ per page.