Discover Your Roots: Learn How to Use Ancestry & HeritageQuest

Genealogy Research and Support – With Access to Our Library’s Genealogy Online Resources

We invite you to attend our monthly meetings at the Camdenton Library Computer Lab. Start your family history research, learn about new resources, share your stories, and support others in their search.

Learn how to use the Library’s online resources with hands-on support for Ancestry Library Edition (In Library Use Only), HeritageQuest, and other online resources.

Learn essential research methods, discover/share strategies to help locate your ancestors and their history, and break through your genealogy “brick walls.” Get additional help finding other online resources and materials to help support your research.

Discover Your Roots: Learn How to Use Ancestry & HeritageQuest | Second Monday of each month | 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Camdenton Library

This class is designed to support and assist with the Library’s online genealogy resources and help with your family research. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact John at (573) 346-5954 or fill out the form below:

Local Resources

National and Other Resources

  • 1940 Census
    • Full access to the 1940 census images and 1940 census maps and descriptions.
  • 1950 Census
    • The U.S. National Archives released the 1950 census records on April 1, 2022. This website provides full access to the 1950 census images, including population schedules, enumeration district maps, and enumeration district descriptions.
  • Cyndi’s List
    • Directory to genealogical resources on the internet.
  • Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive
    • Trace your roots with their searchable database containing thousands of identified and mystery photos for genealogy enthusiasts looking for long-lost families.
  • Death Indexes
    • This website is a directory of links to websites with online death indexes listed by state and county. Death records, death certificate indexes, death notices, registers, obituaries, will and probate records, and cemetery burials are included.
  • Digital Library on American Slavery
    • Detailed information on approximately 80,000 individual slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites – both slaveowners and non-slaveowners – extracted from legislative and county court petitions, wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions, and court proceedings.
  • Ellis Island
    • It covers 17 million passenger arrivals through the port of New York between 1892 and 1924.
  • Emigration & Immigration Records & Links
    • Includes passenger lists and naturalization records.
  • Family History Archives
    • The Family History Library actively digitizes its family histories, local histories, and other collections to make them searchable and available online to researchers worldwide.
  • Family Search
    • FamilySearch is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to helping all people discover their family stories.
  • Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies
    • Includes a Resource Directory map, a great starting point for family research in eastern and central Europe.
  • Find a Grave
    • Collection of 77 million grave records. Many include photos of headstones and family photos.
    • is a source for family history buffs to find genealogical research originally posted in GenForum.
  • Genealogy Trails view information on Early Famous Americans, State Records, Maps, Historical Data, Obituaries, Military Records, and so much more!
  • History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy
    • A Beginner’s guide to researching their ancestry.
  • The Library of Congress: Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers
    • Newspaper collection that has grown to more than 4.8 million digitized pages, plus a directory of historical U.S. newspapers and archives of where you can find copies today.
  • Library and Archives Canada
    • Includes images of border entry records from 1908 to 1935, searchable census (187, 1881, 1891), vital records, and military, land, and immigration records.
    • Family history website that can match cousins researching the same ancestors.
  • National Archives
    • Holdings of U.S. government documents, including military service records and immigration records.
  • Newberry Library
    • Information on how to use the Newberry Library for genealogical research.
  • Newberry Library Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
    • The Atlas presents in maps and texts complete data about the creation and all subsequent changes (dated to the day) in the size, shape, and location of every county in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia.
  • New York Passenger Lists, 1820 – 1891
    • Passenger lists for over 13 million immigrants arriving in New York City from 1820 through 1891. NARA publication M237: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820 – 1897. More records are added as they become available.
  • New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892 – 1924
    • Name index to lists of 25 million people (not just immigrants) who arrived at Ellis Island, Port of New York, 1892 – 1924. In addition, it includes a link to images of arrival lists at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island website.
  • Online Searchable Military Records & Databases
    • A list of links to online USA military records and indexes for genealogy research. The listings are in alphabetical order by name of war.
  • Rootsweb
    • RootsWeb is a  free genealogy community that uses online forums, mailing lists, and other resources to help people research their families.
  • U.K. National Archives
    • Search records held by U.K. National Archives and their records on partner websites.
  • USGen Web Project
    • The USGenWeb Project is led by a group of genealogists who share a desire to create free online resources for genealogical research. This resource is a network of over 3,000 linked websites with state and county resources, photos, maps, transcriptions, historical documents, helpful links, and more.

Genealogy & Obituary Request Forms

Genealogy Request

Obituary Request