P. O. Box 289, Vienna, Missouri 65582
The Historical Society of Maries County is a non-profit corporation founded in 1956 to collect and preserve information pertaining to historic events of Maries County: to assume responsibility for proper recognition and preservation of various historical landmarks, relics, souvenirs, and Missouriana, and to engender a rightful pride in the history of Maries County and the State of Missouri.
Through its publications, special programs and exhibits, the Society perpetuates the history and traditions of Maries County.
The Research Room in the Maries County courthouse in Vienna contains the Society’s holdings of old county records, member-contributed family charts and records, published genealogies and other research materials. Open Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m.
Members of the Society also maintain three museums in Vienna: the Old Jail Museum and the Felker and Latham Log Houses, all built in the 1850’s.
Membership is $15.00 per calendar year, and will bring you four issues of the quarterly, THE MARIES COUNTIAN. Click here for a membership application for your convenience. Print the application, complete the information and mail with your check/money order to The Historical Society of Maries Co MO, PO Box 289, Vienna MO 65582.
A news-quarterly mailed to members of the organization, features articles from a myriad of sources. This illustrated publication contains material of value to those interested in local history as well as the researcher of genealogical data on Maries County families. Its pages bring a wealth of information from past newspapers, birth, marriage and death records, and transcriptions from various collections and compilations of knows facts and reminiscences. Material is gleaned from old ledgers, documents and registers to guide the reader through Maries County’s past. Included are items and stories of general interest and communications from members in all areas of the country.
Finding Your Maries County Roots
Research in person:
The Research Room, located in the basement of the Maries County Court House, is open every Wednesday between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and is free to all researchers, including non-members. Volunteers are available to assist researchers. Due to the variety of resource material in our collections as well as limited staff resources, a personal visit is strongly encouraged.
Research by mail:
A comprehensive search can be conducted by our volunteer genealogist for a fee of $10 per research hour, with a two hour minimum charge. Photo copies are 25 cents each. Payment is required in advance.
Successful research results cannot be
guaranteed. The more information you gie us to start, the
better the chances are for a successful search. Please
give us as much specific information as possible for the
families for whom you are seeking information including:
First and last name
Family: such as siblings, spouses and children
Places and dates: births, deaths, marriages and residences
The Historical Society of Maries County
P.O. Box 289, Vienna, MO 65581
A Pictorial History, Maries County MO, Volume 1, 1989 - Hardbound, 224 pages of photographs of people and places of Maries County through the years. $47.00 plus $5.00 to mail.
A County/Family History of Maries County MO Volume II, 1990 - Hardbound, 504 pages. 900 family histories are surname indexed. Also stories about the churches, businesses, schools and organizations of Maries County. $50.00 plus $5.00 postage.
A County/Family History of Maries County, Vol III, 1995
- Hardbound, companion book to Volumes I and II. 520 pages
highlighting the lives and times of the people and places of
Maries County, past and present. "A Tour Through the Townships"
pictorial section featuring the schools, churches and
communities through hundreds of photographs. Wedding,
Anniversary and Military sections. The 553 family histories are
surname indexed. $47.00 plus $5.00 postage. Special
Christmas Price $35 + $5 Postage
Christmas Special! 3 Volume set $125 + $15 postage
Index to Marriage Book A, 1868-1881. $7 postpaid. Sale
Price $4 postpaid
Index to Marriage Book B, 1881-1890. 1991. $7 postpaid.
Compiled by Wm L. Schwegler. Surname Index. Sale Price $4
1860 Federal Census of Maries County MO, 2005. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by Wanda Blackwell. Full name index, includes Mortality and Slave Schedules, plus Maries County news excerpts from the Rolla Express newspaper. 114 pages. Spiral bound. Sale Price $5 + $2 postage
1870 Federal Census & Mortality Schedule for Maries County
MO, 2004. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by Wanda
Blackwell. Full name index. 157 pages. Spiral bound. Sale
Price $5 + $2 postage
1880 Federal Census of Maries County MO, 1993. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by J. Hoyle Mayfield. Surname index. Spiral bound for easy researching through 141 pages. Sale Price $5 + $2 postage
1900 Federal Census of Maries County MO 1996. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by Wanda Blackwell. Full name index and 216 pages. Spiral bound. Sale Price $5 + $2 postage
1910 Federal Census of Maries County MO 1997. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by Wanda Blackwell. Full name index and 239 pages. Spiral bound. Sale Price $5 + $2 postage
1920 Federal Census of Maries County MO 1996. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by J. Hoyle Mayfield. Surname index and 199 pages. Sale Price $5 + $2 postage
1930 Federal Census of Maries County MO, 2005. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by Wanda Blackwell. Full name index. 174 pages. Spiral bound. Sale Price $5 + $2 postage
The History of the Post Offices and Postmasters of Maries
County, 1991. 48 pages, arranged alphabetically. $7.50
postpaid. Material contributed by J. Hoyle Mayfield and others.
All records from the Archives in Washington DC as well as
personal reminiscences. Photographs. Sale price $4
Memories of Mine by Virginia Schwegler Crossman. Contains stories about Pay Down (old and new), the Bend, the Gasconade River, Belle, Summerfield, etc. Life in Maries County during the 1920’s and 30’s. 50 pages. $7.50 plus $1.50 postage. Sale Price $4 + $1.50 postage
1955 Vienna Centennial book containing Maries County chapter of Goodspeed’s 1889 History of Various Missouri Counties, including biographical sketches. $5.00 postpaid.Memories of Tom Coffey $10 + $2.50 postage
Teacher, Teacher, I Done It, I Done It, I Done It by
Grace Ferrier Bacon $20 Sale Price $5 + $3 postage
Old Jail Christmas Ornament, 24-k gold plated brass. $6.00 each plus $2.00 postage per order. (Send only $2 per order not each ornament)
History of Maries County by Everett M. King, reprinted 2004, an exact copy of the 1963 version, 8 ˝" x 11" soft cover, spiral bound book. $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping.
The Cemeteries of Maries County, MO, A Personal History
by Mozelle Hutchison and Gale Howard, reprinted 2005, an exact
copy of the 1986 version, spiral bound (reprinted by the
Historical Society of Maries County with the generous permission
of the authors) $30.00 plus $5.00 shipping.
Collectors Postcards, three historic Vienna scenes: Old
Jail and Felker House built 1855, Old bridge at Indian Ford on
the Gasconade river, & Old Jail snow scene. $1 (all 3)
Be sure to include quantity and correct amoiunt of
postage with your orders and send to:
Historical Society of Maries County
P.O. Box 289
Vienna, MO 65582
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