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.)

Finding Them

Following are ways these volumes can be accessed. Be sure to check the notes for each series for possible additional details about accessible copies.

The Series

The series of booklets is organized according to the following groups (known by me):

Audrey Lee Woodruff (1913-1996)

Kansas City Star, The (MO) - March 30, 1996
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
Page: C5
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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