Missouri Records: Hodges & Woodruff
From 1967 to 1976, Miss Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard W. (Audrey L.) Woodruff
compiled and published
a series of over 50 booklets containing transcriptions of records of
various counties in Missouri for the 1800's.
These volumes are an important resource to anyone doing research in
Missouri and will undoubtedly yield valuable information.
The listings here are intended to assist
researchers in locating volumes which may contain data of interest.
These were initially sold
at $5.00 each (price in 1976!) by the author
Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff, 1824 S. Harvard, Independence, Missouri 64052.
Audrey L. Woodruff
passed away March 29, 1996 at Independence, Jackson County, Missouri
at the age of 83.
(Her husband, Rev. Howard W. Woodruff, passed away August 20, 2005 at
the age of 94.)
As of September, 2003, reprints of the
Missouri Pioneers and
are being sold for $18.00 each by a company called Mountain Press
of Signal Mountain, Tennessee.
Their website lists volumes with links to contents and surnames
for each volume.
Mountain Press - Missouri books
Also, it may be possible to borrow specific volumes through
The series of booklets is organized according to the following groups
(known by me):
is a set of 30 volumes issued from 1967 to March, 1976
that report transcriptions of various genealogical data by
Each issue contains transcriptions of data for selected counties
(typically three to four counties) with a name index at the end.
shows that at least some volumes are available at over 200 libraries
as of January 2010.
many having the complete set of 30 volumes.
A complete set is maintained at the
Mount Prospect, Illinois Public Library which, for some reason,
I do not see listed in WorldCat but have personally used.
At least some volumes of
Missouri Pioneers are available on microfilm from the LDS Family History Library
(1-2: Film 496,627; 3-6: Film 496,618; 7: Film 823,774 item 5).
There are different catalogings of this collections that may affect accession
but are the same publication.
However, some of the listings may have fewer than the 30 volume set.
- 30 volume set: LCCN 81-126704; OCLC 8552361; Book 30 volumes; 139 libraries.
- Serial series: ISSN 0276-1637; OCLC 13724838; Serial; 51 libraries.
- 30 volume set (apparently); ISBN 1565240308, 9781565240308; OCLC 36324336;
Apparent reprint of the set in 1995 by Boyd Publishing Co., Milledgeville, GA;
- 30 volume set (apparently); ISBN 1565240014, 9781565240018; OCLC 28575964;
Apparent reprint of the set in 1992 by InfoTech Publications, Bowling Green, MO;
- Not sure if 30 volume set or Volume 1 reprint 1970 only;
- Not sure if 30 volume set or selected volume(s) only;
- Volumes 1,2,3,7,13,15,16,22 and 23 only;
- Not sure if 30 volume set or selected volume(s) only,
possibly only volumes 1970-1976;
Contents of this series are:
is a 17 volume series of miscellaneous records of
genealogical value compiled between 1967-1973.
series, consists of 19 volumes, each of which is
dedicated to reporting marriage records for a specific county.
Volumes for five counties are known to be available at the
Mount Prospect, Illinois Public Library: Dallas, Dent, Greene, McDonald and
St. Francois, issued from 1970-1972.
Two apparent volumes: Wills and administrations from Buchanan County and
"Genealogical Notes from the Liberty Tribune /
Published at Liberty, Clay County, Missouri"
consists of seven volumes of genealogical-related transcripts from
the years 1846-1900.
The volumes were issued from 1967 (reprint, 1975) through 1982.
All seven volumes are known to be available at the
Mount Prospect, Illinois Public Library [November 2000].
State-Wide Missouri Obituaries From "The St. Louis Christian Advocate"
(Methodist) 1851-1882. One volume. 6,500 name comprehensive index.
Audrey Lee Woodruff (1913-1996)
Kansas City Star, The (MO) - March 30, 1996
Deceased Name: AUDREY LEE (WAGNER) WOODRUFF
Audrey L. Woodruff, 83, Independence, MO, passed away March 29, 1996, at her home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, at the Newcomer's Noland Road Chapel; burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday, at the chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church or Christ United Methodist Church.
Audrey was a partner to ''Woody'' in all areas and work of the church and her children's activities. She was a member of Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church. She was instrumental in building Camp Galilee, Eldorado Springs, MO. She was a sponser for
youth camps and the Methodist Youth Fellowship for over 27 years.
Audrey was a lifetime member of the Woman's Society of Christian Service,
Suzanna's, and Christ United Methodist Church Sunshine Class. She was a
member of the Knife an d Fork Club, Jackson County Historical Society
and the DAR.
Audrey was a Missouri State Genealogical Association recipient of
the ''Award of Merit. '' She was certified as a Board of Certification
Genealogist, as a record searcher. She published over 90 books on
Missouri pioneers and Missouri records; her books are in hundreds of
libraries in the United States. She and Woody collected and microfilmed
information all over the state, for bringing the past to life by drawing
people closer to their roots.
Audrey was born in Stanley, KS, to Glen and Ella Wagner, in 1913;
they preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by sisters,
Leola and Verda, and a brother, Dale. She is survived by her husband of
64 years, Rev. Howard W. Woodruff; two children, William W. Woodruff
and his wife, Sharon, Raytown, MO, Carole Anne Golden and her husband,
Joe, Holt, MO; grandchildren, Kathy Moxley, Karl W. Ploeger,
Kristin Grimes, Jennifer Morris, Matthew W. Woodruff;
ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Fern Hogan, Jacksonville, FL;
many nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Kansas City Star, The (MO)
Date: March 30, 1996
Record Number: 353601*1
Her husband, Rev. Howard W. Woodruff, was born October 7, 1910 and
died August 20, 2005 of Independence, Missouri.
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