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Local History

Online sources for Local History and Genealogy

Missing your research time at the library? Try some of the online databases and collections available at home. For history research see several digitized Greene County Histories, a description of Springfield in 1889, the Turbo manuscripts, Historical Postcards of Springfield, O’Reilly Army Hospital, and Historical Markers of Springfield and Greene County.


Civil War researchers can explore the local and regional experience through histories, biographies, and images in Community and Conflict, the Battle of Springfield, Civil War Archive, Civil War Timeline, and the Trans-Mississippi Theater Virtual Museum.


Experience the Missouri statewide collaborative collection of World War One histories and images at Missouri Over There.

Researching family history can be done through the library's databases available off site with a current library card, and include America's Obituaries and Death Notices, Fold3, Heritage Quest, and Newspapers.com. For a limited time Ancestry Library Edition can also be accessed for free through the library's website. Click here for more information.

Other sites that do not require a library card are Black Families of the Ozarks, Greene County Records, Ozarks Obituary Collection, Moser’s Directory of Towns, Villages and Hamlets, Regional Periodicals that includes Ozarks Watch, Bittersweet and White River Valley Historical Quarterly. Some free sites to try are FamilySearch, Find A Grave, Missouri Death Certificates 1910-1969 and Greene County Archives and Records Center.

Round out your knowledge of the Ozark experience by exploring the Max Hunter Collection of Ozark folk songs, The Frisco Railroad collection, Ethnic Life Stories Project or the Barnard Family Collection of letters written between 1844 and 1865.

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