We have a tip for all First Families Applicants – don’t overlook the St. Louis Circuit Court Historical Records Project. They have the following records. This repository has court case records about many early Missouri residents and may have records that will help you prove your ancestor’s Missouri residency for
- Territorial Certificate – prior to 10 August 1821
- Pioneer Certificate – between 11 August 1821 and 31 December 1860
- Civil War Certificate – served in Missouri Military Unit (either side) during Civil War, served from another state who saw service in Missouri during the Civil War or was a Civil War soldier who was buried in Missouri
The following is a description of what records are included in this project.
Since the official transfer of the Louisiana Purchase and the inception of the United States court system in 1804, the St. Louis Circuit Court has produced many different series of records including minutes, dockets, attorneys' rolls, journals, registers and case files. All records from the 1804-1875 period in the custody of the Circuit Court are housed at the Missouri State Archives-St. Louis.
The primary focus of archival work thus far has been concentrated on the case files, where much of the detail about cases filed in the courts is contained. Other related records have been microfilmed.
See the following for more information: