The seventh book of this Missouri series includes information on
counties covered in the previous volumes and also new information
on previously covered counties. Census records for Missouri started
in 1830, but many travelers and permanent settlers were missed in
the census years or only lived in the state between census years.
The purpose of this collection is to help the researcher pinpoint
his or her ancestors between the census years. Missouri was a
gateway to the West-a key location in the nineteenth century. Both
the Santa Fe Trail to the southwest and the Oregon Trail to the
northwest began at Independence, Missouri. The starting point for
the Pony Express, which delivered mail from there west to
California, was at St. Joseph, Missouri. Settlers and new
immigrants from Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, England, Poland,
Bohemia and Italy flooded into Missouri when statehood was granted
in 1821. Through the last half of the nineteenth century, each new
Gold Rush lured more people to Missouri on their way to make their
fortunes. Here, the author has collected information from
newspapers, church and cemetery records, muster books, tax and
assessment lists, marriage books, deed books, land owner lists,
voter lists and other sources. A list of "dates to remember" covers
important historical events in the U.S. from the years 1821 to
1911. The following counties are covered: Adair, Boone, Butler,
Caldwell, Carter, Christian, Clark, Clinton, Franklin, Gentry,
Henry, Jackson, Jasper, Lafayette, Livingston, Miller, Mississippi,
Scott, St. Genevieve, St. Louis, Schuyler, Shannon, Vernon and
Washington. There is also a miscellaneous section which includes
letters, military lists from several wars, mortality schedules, and
much more information about Missourians. A surname index is
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