Genealogy and Local History

Browse the Genealogy Collection

The library’s Local History and Genealogy collection contains nearly 3,000 reference items handy in tracing one’s family lineage. Many books focusing on Butler County, Missouri-- its history and its people-- are available in this collection. Browse the collection here, or search for these items in the library's online catalog.

Genealogy @ the Library Blog

Genealogy @ the Library is a blog designed to assist our virtual patrons around the world with local, regional and national resources for research and other random musings on genealogy and libraries.

We hope to keep our genealogy friends updated on events of interest connected to the library. It might be a program announcement, a new title added to the Genealogy Dept., or maybe something just to make you think. Questions and comments are always welcome. Join the conversation!

Research Databases

Link to Butler County Vital Information on the Net

Newspaper Microfilm Archive

The library maintains the local Poplar Bluff newspaper on microfilm dating back to 1877. This collection is not conclusive, particularly in the earliest editions. Using microfilm on the library’s up-to-date microfilm equipment is easy. Library users may view, print, save or email pages from the local newspaper archive. The library also borrows microfilm from other libraries for a small fee. provides access to select digitized Missouri newspapers with advanced settings that allow you to search by keyword, date, and location.

Local digitized newspapers include:

Missouri Digitial Heritage Newspaper Project

The State Historical Society of Missouri provides free access to an ever growing collection of digitized historic newspapers. These images are freely available to the public and are keyword-searchable. Other digitzied historic newspaper collections inclue the National Digital Newspaper Program and the Library of Congress’s Chronicling America. which ultimately aims to include newspaper pages from all states and U.S. territories in its collection.

Newspaper Source Database

Newspaper Source™ provides cover-to-cover full text for more than 40 national (U.S.) and international newspapers, including Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The Times (London), Toronto Star, etc. The database also contains selective full text for more than 370 regional (U.S.) newspapers. In addition, full-text television & radio news transcripts are provided from CBS News, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, NPR, etc.

Research Request

For research assistance, please contact:

Butler County Genealogical Society
PO BOX 426
Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901

State Historical Society of Missouri

Vital Records


The library has available digital copies of area yearbooks. The digital yearbooks are provided in keyword searchable PDF files.

You are welcome to download yearbooks from this webpage at no cost.

For staff assisted copies of a yearbook, the cost is $10.00 per year plus the cost of a USB Drive ($6.00). Each yearbook is a varying amount of memory. The library will make every effort to put as many yearbooks as possible on one USB drive. If more USB drives are needed to fulfill a yearbook request, the library will charge accordingly.

DISCLAIMER: These are high quality pdf scans of actual yearbooks that have resulted in large file sizes. Load times will vary based on the individual user's Internet speed. User assumes all responsibility for data rates and data caps.





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