Library Gets New Microfilm Reader

The library recently acquired a new (to us) microfilm reader, giving us two microfilm readers available for use at the Genealogy Branch. The new viewer facilitates quick searches and easier viewing with a live preview function using the computer screen.

With its brightness and auto-focus adjustment functions, it is a good option for patrons who have had difficulty using our viewer in the past due to screen glare or dark microfilm. Patrons can also scan, save, and print images from our microfilm with this viewer.

However, our patrons don’t have to worry – we are keeping our older viewer, as well. Each viewer has its pros and cons, and ultimately it comes down to personal preference which one a patron uses.

With these viewers, patrons can explore our microfilm collection, which includes:

  • Cass County newspapers as early as 1872
  • Census records for Missouri and surrounding states
  • Cass County Deeds, Books 1-138, A-Z, and deed indexes, 1837-1952
  • Confederate Army casualties, Missouri Volunteer Union Soldiers Service Records, and various other Civil War records
  • Jackson County, Missouri, marriage indexes, 1881-1937
  • and much, much, more

A complete holdings guide to our microfilm collection can be viewed as a PDF here: www.casscolibrary.org/genealogy/guides.

Visit the Genealogy Branch to try the new viewer out for yourself! You can always ask genealogy staff for assistance, too. The Genealogy branch is located inside the Harrisonville location at 400 E. Mechanic St. The branch is open:

  • Monday 10-12, 1-6
  • Tuesday 12-6
  • Wednesday 12-5, 6-8
  • Thursday 12-6
  • Friday 10-12, 1-5
  • Saturday 10-12, 1-5