Research Request

  • Research Procedures

    To provide services to all researchers, the following procedures have been adopted for the receipt of and response to research requests:
    1. Complete the Research Request Form on this page.
      Submit one request at a time. Do not send another research request before receiving a reply.

      • Genealogical requests should contain:
        1. The full name of the individual whose record is requested.
        2. County or city.
        3. Exact date of the event if known. For all other requests, please indicate as narrow a period as possible.
      • Obituaries and other newspaper article searches can be submitted through the Newspaper Research Request Form.
      • Historical research requests should be clearly written with a specific question.

    2. Research Center staff will review the request. 
      Requests are processed in the order they are received; most requests will be answered within two to four weeks.

    3. You will receive an e-mail with information regarding research and copy fees and how to pay them. 
      Prepayment of any research fees specified in that e-mail is required. Research fees are nonrefundable and do not guarantee that relevant information will be found.


    Research Request Form

    Please complete all of the required information. We are unable to respond without this information. It is needed for response and reporting purposes only and will never be shared with any outside entity.

  • Requests for research materials to be used at an SHSMO research center.

    Materials housed at one research center can be viewed at any of the other research centers. It may require up to three business days to retrieve materials stored off-site.

  • **Requests for materials must be made at least one week in advance for delivery to the Cape Girardeau and Springfield Research Centers.
    Materials will be available the first Friday of the month at the Cape Girardeau Research Center and the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Springfield Research Center. Requests for materials to Springfield should be made by the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Research materials for Springfield will not be delivered on the fourth Wednesdays of November and December due to MSU campus closures.

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  • If you are unable to complete and send your request using this form, please put the information requested above in an e-mail and send it to

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