This fourth book in the series includes information on counties not
covered in the previous volumes as well as new information on some
previously covered counties. Census records for Missouri started in
1830, but many travelers and permanent settlers were missed in the
census or only lived in the state between the 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. Cemetery listings and mortality
schedules include persons born in 1840 or later. A list of "dates
to remember" covers important historical events in the U.S. from
the years 1821 to 1911. All names appear as written on the original
records, including the abbreviations of given names. The following
Missouri counties are covered: Andrew, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan,
Carter, Cass, Clay, Grundy, Hickory, Howell, Jackson, Macon,
Maries, Platte, Randolph, Reynolds, St. Louis and Taney. The
section entitled "miscellaneous connections" includes lists of
Missouri graduates from West Point, Civil War Medal of Honor
recipients, Missourians listed on the Vietnam War Memorial, and
excerpts from the Licking Valley Register (Covington, Kentucky) and
the Weekly Kansas Chief. A surname index is included.
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