Ray County Genealogical Library - Ray County Missouri

Ray County Genealogical Library

The Ray County Genealogical Library is located in the Ray County Museum,

901 W. Royle, Richmond, Missouri.

[email protected]


Open:   Wednesday through Saturday      10 am to 3 pm

Call ahead or email to make sure that the day you plan to visit, the museum will be open.

Resources in the Ray County Genealogical Library, maintained by the Ray County Genealogical Association

The Ray County Genealogical Library has an extensive collection of information pertaining to Ray County. The collection continues to grow each year, as books are purchased, information gathered and compiled into book form concerning Ray County people and history. We do not stop at collecting genealogical and historical information for just Ray County, but also for other counties in Missouri and other States. With the combined effort of our Association and the Ray County Historical Society, we feel that we are among some of the best small Genealogical Libraries in the state of Missouri.

A microfilm reader is available, without the capability to copy.

There is NOT internet access.

Photocopies are: .15 (8 1/2 x 11);; .20 (8 1/2 x 14);; .25 (11 x 17);; 1.00 (Color: 8 1/2 x 11);; 1.20 (Color 8 1/2 x 14);; 1.25 (Color 11 x 17)


Ray county biographies (1881 & 1973)

Census index (all but 1920 & 1930)

Index of those buried in which cemetery

Cemeteries (all known cemetery transcriptions are being updated at this time (2011)

Maps and Atlas's

Marriage records on microfilm 1821 - 1998

Index to the Land Records of Ray County

Church records

School records

School Year Books

Various scrapbooks

Coal Mine Records

Obituaries (various)

Histories of towns in Ray County past and present

Several Misc. books pertaining to Ray County

Few tax records

Few 1800 Election poll books transcriptions

Missouri Counties

States - Almost all 50 states.

Resources (various how to books for doing your genealogy research)

Family History Books (a very extensive collection of compiled family history books, donated to us)

Quarterlies published by other Genealogy and Historical Societies.


Census (all for Ray County, except 1930)

Newspapers (not all newspapers for Ray County)

List of newspapers that were/are published in Ray County

Marriages (all up to 1998)

Agriculture Census

Mortality Schedule

First 20 years of the Ray County Circuit Court

Coal Mine Records

All of our correspondence are filed in our "family folder files". These files may contain not only letters of those researching certain families, but family group sheets, copies of census, wills, land records, and copies of correspondence to those researching their ancestors.

Note: not all files contain these items.

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