Join us on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 p.m. for our September meeting at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center. Our program will be presented by County Archivist Marybeth Niederkorn on, "The Extinct Village of Houk." This small settlement once boasted a post office and other amenities, but is now a ghost town. You may also join us via Zoom:

New opportunity: Submit your ancestors biographies to the website. My husband and I just wrote the first one (his grandparents) as a sample. Please note that the rules are subject to change as we adapt to what works for our organization.

The June 2022 issue of the Collage of Cape County is now available for viewing. Features on the first installment of the Hebron Baptist Church minutes, and the next installment of the article on the "Alfred T. Lacey."

All four of the 2004 Collages were added to the website.

Please offer congratulations to our President, Drew Blattner, next time you see him. He received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Missouri State Genealogical Association on Thursday for his service to genealogists and records access in his job as County Recorder (and Assistant Archivist before that)! Congratulations Drew on a job well-done!

From Missouri State Archives: We’re excited to announce an update to our Naturalization Records Database! This wonderful online resource provides an index to the pre-1906 naturalizations that occurred in Missouri courts. Prior to 1906, naturalization papers could be filed in any court (circuit, probate, criminal, appellate, supreme, etc.). While many applicants filed both a declaration of intention and a petition for naturalization, they didn’t necessarily file them both in the same court, county or even state. This sometimes makes it difficult to locate specific records. Our new database update includes 9,500 names from naturalization records filed in Gasconade, Ray, Cape Girardeau, Chariton, Howard, Lewis, Knox, Moniteau and Greene county/circuit courts, along with the Supreme Court of Missouri and the Eastern District Court of Appeals in St. Louis.Missouri Naturalization Records Database:

From Missouri State Archives: We’re pleased to today unveil our Civil War in Missouri Collection on Missouri Digital Heritage! This new online resource features 221 items totaling 618 pages gathered from a dozen of our smaller, non-governmental collections. The items vary from original correspondence and documents to photographs, newspapers and illustrations representing both civilians and soldiers. A few collection highlights include photographic portraits of the Union Army’s Western Sharpshooters, 50 illustrations from publications including “Harper’s Weekly” and “Freank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper” and a letter written by Zaccheus Weller of Jefferson City describing Underground Railroad supporters from Ohio who became anti-abolitionists upon moving to Missouri.