Genealogical research is a very popular hobby and it is not uncommon for us to have out of state researchers visiting our library. The Carrollton Public Library has a genealogy research room in the main library. The genealogy room is in honor of Anne Leigh Bailey, a former library board president. Her son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Pat Bailey, made this donation to the building project in her memory in 2004. Our collection contains an extensive amount of reference items that are uniquely Carroll County, MO and are handy in tracing one’s family lineage. This room houses local history books, local family histories, county marriage records, county cemetery records, obituaries in alphabetical and chronological order, area newspapers on microfilm dating from 1864, county census records from 1830 – 1930, and miscellaneous states and Missouri county books. We also house the probate records from the Carroll County Courthouse from 1830’s to 1950’s. An internet access computer with a genealogy database and a microfilm viewer/printer are available for patrons use. Please inquire at the library’s circulation desk for publication pricing and/or photocopying charges.
The library is fortunate to have great partnerships with the Carroll County Genealogical Association and the Carroll County Historical Society. The Carroll County Genealogical Association houses their records and materials in this room for our patrons to access. The organization meets bi-monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at the library and several of their members donate time and materials to this area. The library is a vendor for their publications and hosts the group’s Christmas Store in the main library during December.
Genealogy research from the Library’s resources can be handled in several different ways. First, the Genealogy Room is open during regular library hours from 9 – 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, open late on Wednesday evenings until 8 pm Saturday hours are 9 am – 1 pm and Sunday hours are 1 – 5 pm. Or, for those wanting to stop by and have assistance while you are visiting, please call the library at 660-542-0183 or email the Library Director- firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements. You may also send an email to email@example.com with your genealogy inquiries.
As a standard policy, the Library does charge for genealogy research and information. Standard rates for research is $10.00 per hour, divided into 15 minute increments and charges for photocopying of .20/page and postage reimbursement if the request is handled by mail. For those using advanced technology, the library does offer scanning and emailing resources for the charge of $10.00 per hour, divided in to 15 minute increments for library staff time that is used to process these requests.