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.)
Following are ways these volumes can be accessed. Be sure to check the notes for each series for possible additional details about accessible copies.
As of September, 2013 (since at least 2003), reprints of the Missouri Pioneers (30 volumes) and Missouri Miscellany (17 volumes) are being sold for $18.00 each by a company called Mountain Press of Signal Mountain, Tennessee. Their website lists volumes available with links to contents and surnames for each volume. See Mountain Press - Missouri books They also sell a few other Missouri books and the web page has a search function that will display a cross reference content index of either surname or county.
It may be possible to borrow specific volumes through Inter-Library Loan. However, many (most) libraries will not lend out their genealogy books and publications, but there a few that will so it's usually worth a try. Before requesting, it is helpful to check Worldcat for availability of the volume you are interested.
If a library has a volume of interest but will not lend it through Inter-Library Loan many have a genealogy department with paid staff or volunteers who will do quick look-ups. Contact the library directly. They may also photocopy a page or two; that service must usually be requested through Inter-Library loan.
Some of the volumes have been microfilmed, which films may be borrowed through the Family History Library (FHL). I have noted a couple instances of known film numbers, there may be others, so check the FHL catalog for current information.
All but a few volumes of Missouri Pioneers and about half of Missouri Miscellaney have been digitized and posted online as described following.
The series of booklets is organized according to the following groups (known by me):
Missouri Pioneers is a set of 30 volumes issued from 1967 to March, 1976 that report transcriptions of various genealogical data by county. Each issue contains transcriptions of data for selected counties (typically three to four counties) with a name index at the end. WorldCat shows that at least some volumes are available at over 200 libraries (split among three listings) as of January 2010, many having the complete set of 30 volumes. A complete set is also maintained at the Mount Prospect, Illinois Public Library in the northwest suburbs of Chicago which, for some reason, I do not see listed in WorldCat under any accession.
As of July 2015, Family History Library (FHL). has uploaded digital copies as PDF documents of all volumes: 1-30, EXCEPT (apparently) Volume 24 which is not present, Volume 15 which displays blank and Volume 30 which displays a "restricted" message. See Missouri Pioneers FHL Catalog listing
As of July 2015 some Missouri Pioneers volumes are available on microfilm from the LDS Family History Library (FHL) (Vols. 1-2: Film 496,627; Vols. 3-6: Film 496,618; Vol. 7: Film 823,774 item 5) Since the volumes have been digitized and are available online, this should be considered legacy information and it is unlikely any more will be microfilmed.
There are different library catalogings of the printed copies of this collection that may affect accession but are the same publication. However, some of the listings may have fewer than the complete 30 volume set. I am retaining this listing solely for legacy purposes since all volumes have been digitized and are available online (above).
Contents of this series are:
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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