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Online Resources - Genealogy

Search for family histories, historical census records, birth and death records, and other genealogical information using resources from these databases and web sites.

Available from home with library cardConnect from computers outside the Library. (14-digit Library Card number required.)

Available from home with library cardConnect from computers inside the Joplin Public Library.

Reference Librarian

Patty Crane

Reference Desk Telephone

417-624-5465

Reference Databases

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Available only on computers in the Joplin Public Library Ancestry Library Edition
A genealogy research tool that provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research including more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, records from the United States Census, military records, court, land and probate records, vital and church records, directories, passenger lists and more. This database can only be accessed on computers in the Joplin Public Library.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 – Missouri
Detailed property and land-use records from towns and cities in Missouri. To use this database from home, please call the Joplin Public Library Reference Desk, 624-5465, for the username and password.
Connect from computers outside Joplin Public Library Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library HeritageQuest
This online database is an essential collection of unique material including the U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930, more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories, in addition to more than 250 primary source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more.
Connect via computers inside Joplin Public Library Newspaper Archive
Online access to digital copies of select newspapers in Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. The Joplin newspapers are covered from 1898 to the present with some gaps in coverage. This database can only be accessed on computers in the Joplin Public Library.

 

Web Sites

Access Genealogy An index to genealogy sites on the internet including links to military and Native American records.

Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records Land and title records from the Bureau of Land Management.

FamilySearch Genealogical records from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with information on how to get started researching your family history and guides to help with the search.

Find A Grave Search for graves and cemeteries from around the world. The information is member input so not all graves and cemeteries are recorded on this website.

Missouri Birth & Death Records Database Search the Missouri Archives for birth and death records before 1910 and death certificates from 1910-1961.

Missouri State Archives Historical information found in the Missouri State Archives with information available on birth, death, land, military, and naturalization records.

Rootsweb An index to family history sites and research available on the internet.

Social Security Death Index Death records copied from the records of the Social Security Administration searchable by name, social security number, place, and year.

U.S. National Archives Online records from the National Archives of the United States with a link for Genealogists/Family Historians taking users to specific information on family research.