Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tuesdays are Archive Days in Poplar Bluff

The Butler County Archives and Record Management is open each Tuesday 9 AM to 3 PM.  Many of the oldest records for Butler County are housed here, just across the street from the Courthouse.  You'll find land records, probate records, maps, etc.  This is a treasure trove of information just waiting on you.  Discover new tidbits of information regarding many aspects of life of long-passed Butler County pioneers, ancestors, and former residents.

This is the old "State Bank Building"
at the corner of Vine and Main Streets.
Look for this entrance facing
Vine Street on the "300" Block. 

I can't wait to see the results of the hard work of the volunteers latest projects.
  • One involves identifying and mapping the landowners at the creation of Butler County.  That's not as easy as it sounds, the county lines have shifted, in particular on the western side of the county.  The realignment more accurately follows the township and range lines method of surveying.
  • Secondly, marriage records are a common record used in genealogy but they are creating a divorce index.  Divorces may be considered more acceptable and openly talked about now but are not new as this database will prove.  This is an often overlooked part of genealogy.  Just because a new spouse appears in the census doesn't prove the previous spouse is necessarily deceased.
Stop by and see the volunteers at work on Tuesdays and let them know their work is not going unnoticed or unappreciated!  


  1. I'd like to know who I can thank for supporting the Butler County Archives and Record Management folks. I was lucky enough to visit Poplar Bluff on a Tuesday and after time in the library was directed to the archives. The folks there were just super and dug out many things for me to look at and search. A great group of folks staffing the archives. I felt like my overnight stay in Poplar Bluff was well worth the cost even though I did not find the information I was looking for and I would like to recognize the folks there to someone official if possible.

    1. Some of the Butler County Genealogy Society members are the volunteers working at the Archives. They usually give a report on activities at the Genealogy Society's monthly meeting. So that might be an appropriate place to send an acknowledgement. There address is:
      Genealogical Society of Butler County
      P.O. Box 426
      Poplar Bluff, Missouri
      Or a more "official" channel would be contacting the Missouri State Archives. They provide guidance and assistance as needed to local entities. I'm sure they'd enjoy knowing of your success you had with staff at the local archives. The state officials can be reached at:
      Missouri State Archives
      600 West Main Street
      P.O. Box 1747
      Jefferson City, MO 65102
      or.... (573) 751-3280
      or.... archref@sos.mo.gov