Census Records


The State Historical Society has one of the largest census records collections in the Midwest. Housed with the Newspaper Collection, this microfilm collection includes data from forty-eight states, with Missouri census schedules dating from 1830 to 1880 and 1900 through 1930, all available film for most other states through 1880, and the 1900 census of Arkansas, Kansas, Oregon and Indian Territory.

Researchers should remember that census records often contain misspellings, inaccuracies and omissions.


The Society has composite indexes to the Missouri censuses of 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860 and 1870; individual indexes to each Missouri county for 1840 and 1850; indexes to some Missouri counties for other census years; and indexes to many early censuses of other states. SHS has microfilm copies of the Soundexes for the 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920 censuses of Missouri.

Research Requests

Please read the Research Policy before submitting a request.

Prepayment of Research Fee is required and does not guarantee success.

Research requests can be submitted by:

Policies & Procedures

Please read our policies and procedures regarding use of the Society's facilities.

Borrowing Census through Interlibrary Loan

Residents of Missouri may borrow microfilm of federal census records through 1880 from this Society on interlibrary loan through public or college libraries. State census microfilm, Soundexes, and other indexes may not be borrowed.