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History

Jesse James Brings Hollywood to the Ozarks

In 1938, the Hollywood movie “Jesse James” was filmed in the Missouri Ozarks. The movie, produced by Twentieth Century Fox and starring Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, and Nancy Kelly, was primarily filmed in McDonald County, and many of its citizens took part in the movie as extras. The film, which was a box office success, was Missouri’s first major contribution to Hollywood filmmaking history. And every August the city of Pineville continues to commemorate its role in the film with its annual “Jesse James Days” celebration.

You can view the Jesse James Movie collection, or browse the entire Missouri Digital Heritage website.

The Jesse James Movie collection includes photographs and memorabilia from the 1938 shooting of the film. These items document the arrival of Hollywood stars and production teams, the filming of the movie in Pineville and elsewhere in McDonald County, and involvement of locals. Included are on- and off-set candid shots of the movie stars.

The Missouri Digital Heritage site (formally “Virtually Missouri”) has more than 6.8 million records, including the collections of the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and more than 50 institutions from across the state. There’s a wealth of fascinating photographs, maps, state records and other historical documents. We are very pleased to be a part of this excellent resource!


We are offering the book:

Sturges History of McDonald County

as a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD!

It is in Adobe Acrobat format (approx. 292k), so you will need the Acrobat Reader or FoxIt or other PDF viewer installed on your computer if you wish to view and/or print it for you research and browsing pleasure.

The Sturges History of McDonald County, Missouri was printed in 1897, and is in the public domain. This book has been reconstructed from various sources, as a complete copy could not be found at the time it was created.
For researcher’s convenience, we have sorted the Biographical listings of Chapter 13 into alphabetical order. It was not so in the original book. At the current time, we have not reproduced the book with page numbers matching exactly to the original book.

We hope you enjoy this previously long-lost piece of our history!


Southwest City History Centennial book

This is a LARGE file (approx. 28 MB) in Adobe Acrobat format so you will need the Acrobat Reader or FoxIt or other PDF viewer installed on your computer to view it.
The book is also available in print and CD  from the McDonald County Historical Society‘s online store.


McDonald County Marriage Records from 1865 to 2009

Thanks to Kenny & Amey at the McDonald County Recorder’s Office and Bruce at the McDonald County Library, we’ve complied a complete Index of all Marriage Records from 1865 to 2009 – now available online to search and/or download to your computer!

This index includes all marriage licenses issued in McDonald county from October 1865 to December 2009, with instructions on how to order printed copies of the original record kept on file at the County Recorder’s office. The index can be viewed online, organized by the husband’s last name; or the entire index can be downloaded onto your computer in a spreadsheet format.

A great resource for genealogists and historians!

Updates:
McDonald County Marriage Records issued in 2010
McDonald County Marriage Records issued in 2011

 


The McDonald County Library Obituary Database Project

You can quickly search ALL obituaries by lastname, firstname, middle, or even nickname on our EASY OBITUARY SEARCH PAGE

To make it easier to search, this database has vital information only… Names, maiden names, dates, cemeteries, and newspaper of record.

If you need a copy of the entire, original obituary, please contact the library staff.

We’re very excited about this project, as it makes searching for information about your McDonald county area ancestors much, much easier.


McDonald County Recorder  – Historical Records

New for 2013: If you go to the McDonald County Recorders of Deeds website:
http://www.mcdonaldcountygov.com/depts/recorder.html

1. Click on the link:
” RECORDED DOCUMENTS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT HTTPS://COTTHOSTING.COM/MOPORTAL
2. Simply click the “Sign-in as a guest” button (do not enter anything in the User ID and password fields)
3. Click on “MCDONALD” as the county to search
4. You are now able to search any name for a marriage license (or other recorded documents) in our county:

You can search for any of the following:

- Records relating to real estate ownership in the county. Land records start in 1865.
- Marriage licenses. Marriage records start in 1865.
- Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county.
- State and federal tax liens.

In addition, thanks to Kenny & Amey at the McDonald County Recorder’s Office and Bruce at the McDonald County Library, we’ve also complied the following for your convenience:

Index of all Marriage Records from 1865 to 2009

McDonald County Marriage Records issued in 2010

McDonald County Marriage Records issued in 2011

These indexes include all marriage licenses issued in McDonald county from October 1865 to December 2009, 2010 and 2011. There are also instructions on how to order printed copies of the original record kept on file at the County Recorder’s office. The index can be viewed online, organized by the husband’s last name; or the entire index can be downloaded onto your computer in a spreadsheet format.

A great resource for genealogists and historians!


Map of McDonald County Missouri from the
Thirty-Fifth Annual Report, Bureau of Labor Statistics, State of Missouri
circa 1914

Medium resolution GIF [800x611] 45 KB
High resolution GIF [1600x1223] 123 KB

 

 

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