Clay County Archives and Historical Library ~ Liberty, Missouri

Preserving the Past for the Present

Here are some World Wide Web links that may be of some help:

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National Archives and Records Administration

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.
Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

Bureau of Land Management - General Land Office

They provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. They also have images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810.

City of Liberty
Clay County Government

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The USGenWeb Project

A group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

Missouri State Genealogical Association

Dedicated to enhancing the knowledge of its members and the public in the study of family history, genealogical records and the principles of sound genealogical research. – Discover Your Family Story

With 10 billion genealogical records from across the globe and millions of family trees, they are the world’s largest online family history resource.

Home Advisor: History at Home

A Guide to Genealogy.  An introduction to the subject giving some reasons why people are so interested in learning about their family history and provides some resources to aid you in your own search.

Ultimate Genealogy Guide

Where people get their information.  Why do individuals embark on it?  How to start your Genealogy quest.

Giving Credit to Your Past

A guide to genealogy for the entire family.

The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Genealogy - (new Oct 2017)

Getting started with genealogy - everything you need to know.  A comprehensive blog by Mark Orwig.

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Clay County Museum and Historical Society

Honoring the past, living in the present and preparing for the future.

Ray County Museum and Historic Society

The Ray County Museum collects, preserves and presents the history and culture of the people of Ray County, Misouri and the families who pioneered the area to make it the County it is today.  Through their exhibits, research facilities and many other services and events, they seek to inspire visitors in matters of local history.

Smithville Historical Society

Online archive of the history of Smithville, Missouri.  Smith's Mill founded in 1822.  Smithville first incorporated in 1867.

State Historical Society of Missouri

The State Historical Society of Missouri is the premier research center for the study of Missouri state and local history.

Kansas City Area Archivists

The Kansas City Area Archivists, through its publications, programs, and awards, strives to serve as a means for information exchange, cooperation, and professional growth among its members, and to thereby foster and enrich the collection, preservation, and availability of historical records throughout the Kansas City region.

Churches and Cemeteries

Churches, other Houses of Worship and Cemeteries.

Roadside Thoughts

A gazetteer for the United States and Canada.