The Macon County Historical Society (MCHS) Genealogy Library promotes family history research by collecting,
preserving, and making available to the public genealogical and historical records of Macon County and the State of Missouri. The Library is housed in the Macon County Historical Museum at 1402 S. Missouri Street, Macon, MO.
Please click this link for a list of books available.
Explore Macon County and Missouri history, census records, maps, cemetery listings, library and courthouse records and family histories and files with the help of the MCHS Genealogy Library researchers and volunteers.
Hours-The Genealogy Library is open the same hours as the Macon County Historical Museum, April to October.
Genealogy Research Requests-Genealogy research requests may be made year-round. Options include filling out the Research Request Form, by email, or by calling 660-395-5032.
To request a search by mail, print and fill out the Research Request Form, to the fullest extent that you are able. Include your research fee of $10 for up to one hour’s time for locating and copying from files, plus a self-addressed stamped
envelope. The more information the requester can give about which records have already been searched and the specific information being requested, the quicker response the local researcher can give.
Available Materials-Some of the Genealogy Library materials available include:
*Original county probate records beginning in 1857
*Print history books
*Online histories and maps of Macon County and its contiguous counties
*Obituaries from Macon County funeral homes and from local newspapers
*Other newspaper articles on specialized topics such as Mining, Agriculture, Military, etc.
*Marriage, birth, and death records
*County cemetery records
*Rural school records
*School and college yearbooks
* MCHS does not loan out materials, nor do they leave the Library room. Visiting researchers can get photocopies and print-outs made by a library volunteer.
*No personal CDs or USB flash drives may be used in the library’s computer.
*Searches are restricted to materials owned by the Library or by the Macon County Courthouse. No out-of-county searches will be done.
* Additional fees will be added for researchers to make trips to in-county cemeteries and for photos of gravestones.
Internet access is provided at the Library. Please call 660-651-0051 for an appointment to have your family names searched
Photocopies and Print-Outs
Letter-sized photocopies are $1.00 each, and legal-sized photocopies are $2.00 per page in black and white only. Print-outs from the library’s computer cost $2.00 per page for letter size only. No digital images may be taken with personal devices.
Work under copyright may not be reproduced for publication, whether on the Internet or in print media, without permission of the author, photographer or other owner of copyright. The prospective user of any of these images is responsible for obtaining any necessary publication permission. Delivery of a photocopied document by a Genealogy Library researcher does not imply any reproduction rights, nor does the Library research copyright clearance.
Questions may be directed to:
Macon County Historical Society
Attn: Director of Genealogy Research
Macon, MO 63552
Email the Director
Free Online Resources
Documents Specific to Macon County:
General History of Macon County, Missouri (1910)
History of Randolph and Macon Counties, Missouri (1884)
Macon Co. Will and Probate Listings
Some useful online digital archives that include Macon County:
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
Plat books of Missouri
County Records on Microfilm
Missouri Historical Review
Missouri Local Records Inventory Database
Missouri State Archives and Death Records Databases
Other sites with some free links include:
Census Records and Genealogy Databases
Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive
Find a Grave
Finding Family from Ship's Passenger Lists
Free Genealogy Forms
Government Land Patents
Social Security Death Index
World Vital Records