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 sos.mo.gov 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.