SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Missouri death, birth records available

Friday, March 23, 2012 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 10:04 a.m. CDT, Friday, March 23, 2012

Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.

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The records: Missouri birth and death records prior to 1910 and death certificates from 1910 to 1960.

Why you'd want them: The Missouri Digital Heritage website provides birth and death certificates. You are able to search by name or county to view the information for ancestors or famous Missouri residents.

Where you get the records: Go to the Missouri Secretary of State’s website at and click on the “Browse Collections” tab. Search “birth and death records.” From there you can search for birth and death certificates prior to 1910 or search for Missouri death certificates from 1910-1960.

How much it will cost: The information is free.


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Michael Williams March 23, 2012 | 8:39 a.m.

The link for 1910-1960 does not work.
Error message.

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Jacob Kirn March 23, 2012 | 10:07 a.m.

Mr. Williams,
Thanks for letting us know. I believe it's fixed.

Jacob Kirn,
Columbia Missourian

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Vicki Corrick August 25, 2012 | 9:22 p.m.

Both birth and death certificates prior to 1910 and Missouri death certificates from 1910-1960. Do not work. Thanks in advance. CVC

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Laura Johnston August 25, 2012 | 10:05 p.m.

The databases on the Digital Heritage website are best viewed in a Windows-based operating system, not on a Mac.
I encountered a similar frustration with broken links while trying to do my own research.
The State Historical Society research center might also be able to offer some help or access to a computer in its building.

Laura Johnston, news editor
Columbia Missourian

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Laura Johnston August 27, 2012 | 10:59 a.m.

I called the State Archives office this morning and discovered that some of their servers were disabled over the weekend. However, things should be up and running now.
And, staff members say the databases and websites are generally tested on PC machines in the offices but should work on Macs.
You're welcome to contact them directly if you encounter problems. The number is 573-751-3280 or email

Laura Johnston, news editor
Columbia Missourian

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