Local History & Genealogy

Ask a Librarian  

Questions?  Email us at ref@hannibal.lib.mo.us

Getting Started?  Below are links to slide presentations developed by our librarians

Beginning Research 

Census Records for the Genealogist

Calendar   Here is a perpetual calendar to aid your research

Cemetery Indexes for Marion and Ralls Counties 

Find a Grave

Marion County Master Index

Marion County Individual Cemeteries Index

Ralls County Cemeteries

The Library also maintains a searchable database off-line.  Visit us or ask us to search it for you.

City Directories


Newer City Directories are available in print format in the Missouri Room.

Courthouses and Government Records

Marion County Clerk 

Ralls County Commission 

Missouri Vital Records   (Birth, marriage, divorce, and death records).

Missouri Digital Heritage 

Missouri Public Health Departments  

Many Missouri residents can obtain their birth, marriage and divorce records locally. People born in Missouri can obtain a copy of their birth certificate from any local public health department.

Vital Records in Other States

Digital Collections 

Click HERE for a list of our digital collections

Click HERE to search across the digital collections

Genealogy Databases (free or provided by the Library for its patrons)

HeritageQuest   (Requires your Hannibal Free Public Library barcode)

Ancestry Library Edition  (Use at Hannibal Free Public Library only)



National Archives

HINT:  If you don’t find your ancestor in one database, try another.  

Marion County Atlas, 1875 

Microfilm at Hannibal Free Public Library (list)

Microfilm Equipment at Hannibal Free Public Library (instructions)

Microfilm at the Historical Society of Missouri

Microfilm at the Missouri State Archives 

Missouri Birth & Death Records Database Pre-1910

Missouri Coroner's Inquest Database (1842-1932) 

Missouri County Histories 

Missouri County Plat Books 

Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1955 

Missouri Digital Heritage 

HINT:  Please remember that everything has not been digitized.  If you don’t find a digital record, ask us where the original can be found.

Missouri Fire Insurance Maps (Sanborn and Whipple maps) 

Missouri Genealogy 101-Marion County

Missouri Genealogy 101-Ralls County

Missouri Judicial Records 

Missouri Naturalization Records Database, 1816-1955    Abstracts 

Missouri Room Vertical File Labels    Subject headings used in the vertical file.

Missouri Soldier'sDatabase: War of 1812 - WWI    Service cards 

Local Historians, Museums, Genealogical Societies, & Historical Societies in the Area

Friends of Historic Hannibal 

Hannibal History Museum 

Heritage Seekers

Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center

Marion County Historical Society

Mark Twain Home and Museum

Mary Lou Montgomery

Missouri Genealogical & Historical Societies

Missouri State Genealogical Society

Northeast Missouri Genealogical Society

Ralls County Historical Society

Titanic's Molly Brown Birthplace& Museum 


Visiting our area?  Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau provides information on places to visit, lodging, and a calendar of events.



American Memory   Chronicles historical events, people, places, and ideas that continue to shape America

Civil War Timeline  A timeline (1820-1870) of the Trans-Mississippi Theater in the Civil War with artifacts, descriptions and parallel events

Gale’s Business Insights:Essentials  Good for historical research on companies or industries where your ancestors worked.  Requires a Hannibal Free Public Library card number.

Historic Missourians  Assists elementary students (and the rest of us) in the study of Missouri history and historic Missourians.


Missouri Heritage Project  Keeps the heritage of Missouri alive and passes it down

Missouri Over There  Seeks to investigate Missouri’s involvement in World War I, and serves as a precursor to the statewide collaborative digitization project.

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