Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society Home Page

Cape Girardeau County
Genealogical Society

The Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society (CGCGS) was formed in 1970, a non-profit organization. Its primary purpose is education in the field of genealogy. The society also studies, preserves, and publishes original records from the Cape Girardeau County area.


Tombstone of Col. William McGuire, veteran of the War of 1812, in Jackson, Missouri City Cemetery."IN/memory of/COL. WILLIAM/McGUIRE/A solider of the War of 1812/Taken Prisoner/at the battle of the/River Raisin/DIED/July 21, 1857;/Aged 78 years"



Please Note Our Address:

Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society
PO Box 571
Jackson, MO 63755

Members Only Resources

General Information







Quarterly - Collage of Cape County


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Your MEMBERSHIP is important to us. Our fiscal year is May 1st to April 30th, so dues are due in May. Individual memberships are $10, family memberships are $15, and a life membership is available for a one-time payment of $250. We count on you, and need you to be an active and contributing member. Click here for a printable membership form. If you have questions about your membership or about receiving the quarterly, please e-mail the President at: 


Click here for a descriptive list of publications. Publications are available by mail order.  All books are soft bound (stapled or spiral) unless otherwise indicated. We pay postage and some quantities are limited. Please include a SASE when writing if you need further details about a book, or email:  Other publications related to genealogy of the area are available from the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center.


Formal meetings are held at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 East Washington, in Jackson, Missouri, on the fourth Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 7:30 p.m. Informative programs are given at each formal meeting. Visitors are always welcomed to bring their questions, and work with more experienced genealogists at the meetings.


The society maintains a library and other genealogical holdings in the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 East Washington, Jackson, MO. Telephone (573) 204-2331. Our collection of local records is one of the best in Southeast MO. Many books have been published by the society and its members. Books donated to the CGCGS are listed in the next quarterly and placed in the Genealogy Room. 

We welcome photocopies of original records from the Cape Girardeau County area, such as Bibles, diaries, account books, and church, cemetery, and military records. Queries are free to members. The Genealogy Collection is open during Archive Center hours; Tues. & Wed. at 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Sat. at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

CGCGS Projects

The Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society has a number of projects underway on specific topics of genealogy in the Cape Girardeau area. Many of these can use your help. Click here for more information on projects.

CGCGS Officers for 2012-2014:

Dr. Bill Eddleman

Recording Secretary
Sheryl Smith

Vice President
Gail Hennecke

Corresponding Secretary
Lisa Hanschen

Betty Voss


The CGCGS is currently NOT doing paid research. If you have specific needs, though, email Dr. Bill Eddleman, at , and he will try and put you in touch with members who might also be researching your family. Specific requests might be handled by the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, email:


The CGCGS publishes The Collage of Cape County, a quarterly, in June, September, December, and March. Articles are encouraged to be submitted for publication in the quarterly. Click here for more information and tables of contents of recent issues. Members may also access recent issues here.

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2009, This page created and maintained by Bill Eddleman. Last Updated March 15, 2014.