Missouri was the 24th state to be admitted to the United States. Originally the land belonged to the French and when sold to the United States, became part of the Missouri Territory through the Louisiana Purchase. The state got its name, meaning “town of the large canoes,” from the Missouri Indian tribe.
Looking to find those elusive Show Me State ancestors? The Missouri Genealogy Legacy QuickGuide™ contains useful information including a timeline of Missouri history events, tips on Missouri research strategy, outline of major immigrant groups, and more. Also included are links to websites and resources covering vital records, church records, census records, as well as general Missouri resources. This handy 4-page PDF guide can be used on your computer or mobile device for anytime access.