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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative

McDonald County Public Library

McDonald County is located in the southwest corner of the state of Missouri, bordered by Oklahoma and Arkansas. Pineville is the county seat. The McDonald County Public Library has made family and local history resources available on its website. Click on the Genealogy link in the contents list on the main page to access two of them.

     

McDonald County Marriage Records from 1865 to 2009

This alphabetical index comprises all marriage licenses issued in McDonald County from October 1865 to December 2009. The data fields include the following: grantor (husband) full name, grantor’s address (city), grantee (wife) full name, grantee address (city), date the license was issued (year, month, day), and Recorders book and page information. The list is sorted alphabetically by grantor (husband’s) surname. Click on the first letter of the last name of the grantor (husband) to browse through the lists. The index can be viewed online or downloaded in its entirety to computer in a spreadsheet format. Copies of marriage licenses, the originals of which are held by the office of the County Recorder of Deeds, may be ordered for a small fee.

     

McDonald County Area Obituaries

The obituary database contains records from the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Click on the first letter of the last name to browse through the lists. You can also search through the database by using your web browser’s Find function. Data fields in the index include last name, first name, middle name, maiden name, nickname/miscellaneous information, date of death, newspaper title, cemetery name, cemetery city, and cemetery state. The nickname/miscellaneous information field contains information such as occupation and the names of the deceased’s parents or spouse, military service, and deceased individual’s nickname as well as items such as a description of an unusual cause of death. Copies of original obituaries can be ordered from the library.

     

Local History

Clicking on the History link on the homepage will open a new page with access to the databases described above in addition to a downloadable local history volume, Sturges History of McDonald County, which was printed in 1897. This volume has been reconstructed from a number of sources, as a complete copy could not be found when this compilation was created. It is nearly complete. It also should be noted that the biographical listings found in Chapter 13 have been put into alphabetical order for the convenience of local and family history researchers. The document is in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.

 

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri

Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis operates seventeen cemeteries. On its website you will find information about all of them. There are maps, photographs and historical information about many of them. The database contains more than 500,000 burial records. Click on Historical button in the contents list to learn the histories of the cemeteries. There are also links to cemetery photo galleries and photo slide shows. Click on the Burial Search button to begin your search.

     

The database may be searched by last name, first name, age, burial year and gender. You may search all of the cemeteries at one or choose a single cemetery to search by itself. The data fields in the search results include interment number; cemetery; first name; last name; male/female; burial date; age; and section, row and lot number. The lot number is an active link. Click on the link to open a new page with complete data on all of the individuals buried in that particular lot, which might prove to be quite useful in your family history research.


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