Library & Archives

Perry County Genealogical Research

Library & Archives Center

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Monday Through Thursday* 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday & Weekends By Appointment Only

Please call 573-768-2470 to check before visiting, or ring the doorbell for admission if door is locked during regular business hours.

Physical Address: 108 S. Progress Drive, Room 204, Perryville, MO 63775
Mailing Address: PO Box 97, Perryville, MO 63775

Phone: 573-768-2470

Director: Bill Hart

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 of the Progress Drive address.

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 (Chattel Mortgages Only)
  • County Collector’s Records, 1821-2019
  • County Assessor’s Records, 1821-1921
  • Wills, 1821-1971
  • Probate Records, 1821-1971
  • 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:


  • 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

Doheny Room

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


Doheny Room


Doheny Room Exhibit

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