I really don’t do much research in the state of Missouri, although I wish I had more relatives to research because records are pretty accessible. In preparation of this post, I checked my database to see what families were associated with Missouri, and as I suspected, not many. However, I did find the family of my husband’s great-grandaunt, Sarah Frances (Orendorff) Jonagan, who moved from Fulton County, Illinois, to Gentry County, Missouri, sometime between 1870 and 1880.
I knew there were actual vital records online, but I didn’t know exactly what, where, or the time periods of coverage. It appeared from my research that I had previously exhausted everything on Ancestry, finding a few birth and marriage records. But where were the death records…I could have sworn they were online somewhere.
So off to my Diigo bookmarks for Missouri I went. I spotted a resource I had added back in 2010, Missouri Digital Heritage, and by the description I had added, I was pretty certain I would find the death records. And there they were, Missouri Death Certificates! Digital images of Missouri death certificates are currently available for 1910 to 1962.
A surname-only search produced a handful of death certificates related to the family. I love when records are online and accessible! Makes my research so much easier!!