Library & Archives

Perry County Genealogical Research

Library & Archives Center

 

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Hours: Mondays – Thursdays: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (May 21 – Aug. 22)
*Aug. 23- May 21: Wednesday Hours Change to: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Physical Address: 108 S. Progress Drive, 2nd Floor, Perryville, MO 63775
Mailing Address: PO Box 97, Perryville, MO 63775

Phone: 573-768-2470
Email: percohistsoc@yahoo.com

Director: Meghan Helm Welker

We invite you to visit the Perry County Genealogical Research Library and Archives Center. We are located in the Perryville Higher Education Center, on the second floor.

The Library and Archives Center preserves and provides access to permanent records of Perry County, dating as early as the county’s founding in 1821. Also available for research are a wealth of published materials acquired by the Historical Society relating to the history of the people, communities, churches, and traditions of Perry County, as well as the Society’s own publications. The Society’s publications are available for purchase in-person or here.

Archives Center

These are permanent Perry County records now made more easily available for public research.

Original County Records Available Include:

  • County Commission Records, 1821-1921
  • County Clerk’s Records, 1821-1921
  • Circuit Court Records, 1821-1921
  • Recorder of Deeds Records, 1821-1921
  • County Collector’s Records, 1821-1921
  • County Assessor’s Records, 1821-1921
  • Wills
  • Probate Records
  • Child Custody Cases
  • Justice of the Peace Records
  • School Enumeration Records
  • Chattel Records
  • Land Assessment Records
  • and MORE

Research Library

The Perry County Historical Society Research Library has a vast amount of information concerning Perry County and its citizens. We also have a wide selection of regional, state, and national resources associated with many Perry County ancestors.

Perry County Historical Society Publications Include:

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  • Newspaper Abstracts
  • County Census Records (1830-1930)
  • County Marriage Records (1825-1937)
  • County Maps
  • County Naturalization Records
  • County Land Patents
  • Public Schools of Perry County
  • Church and Cemetery Records
    (including some from Ste. Genevieve County)
  • Funeral Home Records
  • And MORE

Other publications available include:

  • Family Histories
  • Family Files on Perry County Families
  • Records from Nearby Missouri & Illinois Counties
  • Perryville High School Yearbooks
  • Perry County Newspaper Obituary Compilations
  • Genealogical Reference Works
  • Historical and Genealogical Journals
  • Books on Missouri, Other States, and Germany
  • AND MUCH MORE

Doheny Room

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Doheny Room

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Doheny Room Exhibit

The Doheny Room was originally created for Papal Countess Estelle Doheny. The room, of French Roccoco style and 18th century chandeliers, showcased her porcelain and crystal paperweight collection. Now, the room displays artifacts relating to and reminiscent of Perry County history, bringing awareness to our rich heritage and culture. This room serves as a meeting room for the Society and the community.

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