Inquiries can be submitted to the Genealogy Branch via the form below or phone.
Genealogy Branch Phone: (816) 884-6285
Tips for Forming a Genealogy Inquiry
While we are unable to conduct in depth research on a patron’s behalf, our Genealogy staff is ready to assist with specific research questions. Topics we typically receive inquiries about include obituaries, cemetery records, property and land records, and vital records, as well as general research advice and database suggestions.
An inquiry is similar to a reference question and the staff at the Genealogy Branch are essentially subject specialist reference librarians. Researchers sometimes struggle with forming an inquiry specific or detailed enough that allows the librarian to direct them the materials and information they really want.
To avoid miscommunication and frustration your inquiry should be as clear and concise as possible. It is recommended that you focus on asking one question at a time. A staff member may then ask you a number of follow up questions to clarify or define elements of your question. It is also beneficial to include information your already know – resources and databases you have already tried, where you have previously looked, as well as how you searched (ie. search terms used in Google, information entered into search forms on Ancestry, etc.)
Copies may be obtained of most records held in our collection. When processing your request, our staff will determine whether or not the original records may be copied due to fragility and standing copyright agreements.
The minimum fee for all copy requests is $1.00. This covers up to 4 microfilm/microfiche copies or 6 photocopies.
- Additional microfilm/microfiche copies are 25 cents per page.
- Additional photocopies are 15 cents per page.
Please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope for copy requests. Note: a postage fee will be charged when a stamped envelope is not provided or the number of copies requested will not fit in the envelope provided.
- 1-10 pages: $1.00
- 11-39 pages: $2.00
- 40-75 pages: $3.00
- 76-100 pages: $4.00
A quote will be provided for the postage fee for any copy request greater than 100 pages.