1. Missouri Death Certificates

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    Death certificates contain valuable information for family historians and researchers. The Missouri Death Certificate Database, containing death records created after 1910 and over 50 years old, makes that information available online through a searchable index that links to a digitized image of the original death certificate. The index can be searched by first name and last name, county, and by year and month. Once a name is selected, a digitized image of the original certificate can be retrieved. This is an ongoing project and additional records will be added as they are transcribed and imaged. If the image of the certificate is not yet available researchers can request a photocopy of the certificate by contacting the Archives Reference Desk. For death certificates less than 50 years old please contact the Missouri Bureau of Vital Records. If you have questions or comments about these records, please contact the Missouri State Archives at archref@sos.mo.gov.

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    • Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City

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      Terence O’Malley speaking about his new book and documentary, Black Hand Strawman: The History of Organized Crime in Kansas City. Secretary of State Jason Kander and the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, hosted the program exploring the history of organized crime in Kansas City on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 7 p.m., From 1900 through the 1980s, Kansas City was home to one of the most effective crime organizations in the United States. Black Hand Strawman explores this history, from the early years of "Black Hand" extortion within the Sicilian American community to the FBI’s "Strawman" investigation of Las Vegas profit skimming. Through a combination of contemporary interviews, historical newsreels, crime scene photos, police files and surveillance recordings, Black Hand Strawman follows the rise and decline of the Kansas City mob and its alliance with the Pendergast political machine. The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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      • Missouri State Archives Presents: What Archaeology Can Reveal about General Order Number 11

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        General Order No. 11 mandated the depopulation of four Missouri counties, which led to the destruction of private property without hearing or compensation. Ann Raab's excavation in the Bates County area offers great potential for understanding the events which led to the order, it's destructiveness, and how survivors were able to recover.

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        • KBIA Interview with 2012 Missouri Republican Secretary of State nominee Shane Schoeller

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          KBIA’s Kristofor Husted interviews Missouri state Rep. Shane Schoeller, who is facing Democrat Jason Kander for the secretary of state office in the November 6 election.

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          • General Sterling Price's Raid through Missouri

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            Author Walter E. Busch leads a discussion exploring Confederate Gen. Sterling Price’s raid through Missouri on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at 7 p.m., where he argued Price’s raid was more effective than most historians acknowledge. The Battle of Fort Davidson, also known as the Battle of Pilot Knob, was the opening engagement of Price's Missouri Raid during the Civil War. On the morning of September 27, 1864, a force led by Price attacked the installation, just outside of Pilot Knob in Iron County. Although outnumbered by more than 10-to-1, the Union defenders held off repeated Confederate assaults and slipped away during the night. Walter E. Busch, natural resources manager for the Fort Davidson State Historic Site and a prolific author on Price and the Battle of Pilot Knob, will lead the audience through this and other intriguing events associated with the general’s historic raid through Missouri. The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main St. in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker, (573) 526-5296 or emily.luker@sos.mo.gov .

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            • Damming the Osage: The Conflicted Story of Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Reservoir

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              Authors Crystal and Leland Payton speak about their new award-winning book, "Damming the Osage: The Conflicted Story of Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Reservoir," at the Missouri State Archives, a division of Secretary of State Jason Kander's office. The native people for which the Osage River is named were pushed west, displaced by eastern tribes and a growing American populace. Later, the native prairies of the river’s watershed were significantly altered by the construction of two massive dams, turning the main stem of the river into huge reservoirs. Damming the Osage explores the effects of these multipurpose dams on nature and society, describing a history that is as compelling as it is turbulent. In journals of soldiers, explorers and missionaries, as well as in old newspaper accounts and court documents, the authors discover stories of bank fraud and slush funds that involve a cast of passionate, insightful and sometimes doomed personalities. Illustrated with hundreds of color photographs, period maps and vintage images, their book presents the dramatic saga of human ambition pitted against natural limitations and forces beyond man's control. The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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              • Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943

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                The oldest grandson of President Harry and Bess Truman, Clifton Truman Daniel, spoke at the Missouri State Archives on October, 16, 2014, about his new book, Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman’s Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943. One evening in 1955, Harry Truman came home to find Bess burning her letters to him. "What are you doing? Think of history," he said. "Oh, I have," she replied and tossed in another stack. Bess Truman thought her business was hers and nobody else’s, so she destroyed her half of the more than 2,600 letters she and Harry exchanged during their courtship and marriage. However, while making an inventory of the Truman home in the 1980s, archivists discovered 184 letters Bess had missed. Her grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel, will shared them, along with portions of Harry’s responses, family photographs and stories. These letters provide new insight into the life and personalities of Bess and Harry Truman during the formative years of his political life. Despite Bess’s shy and self-effacing manner, her lively correspondence offers a glimpse of a caring and witty woman who shared her concerns about family, politics and day-to-day activities with her husband. The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 W. Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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                • Missouri Business Portal: How to Become a Notary

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                  Notary Publics serve an important role in Missouri’s legal system. Notaries can verify the authenticity of signatures, certify copies of documents, administer oaths, and help uphold the high standards of legal practices in our state. Applying for your Notary Commission is a simple process through the Business Services Division of the Secretary of State’s Office. This short video will walk you through the process, address commonly asked questions, and let you know how to get more information.

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                  • Missouri Business Portal: How to File a Fictitious Name

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                    At the Business Services Division of the Secretary of State’s Office, it’s our goal to help Missouri businesses save time and money. Registering a fictitious name through our website is simple, whether you are filing for the first time, or renewing a name that you currently use.

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                    • Secretary of State Jason Kander and Protecting Your Money

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                      While the media's attention is on the hacking at Target that cost Americans millions of dollars, the bigger threat to your finances could be a friendly voice on the phone. Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) explains several roles his office has in state government, including when it comes to consumer protection from illegal and unethical financial services businesses. Also, the Better Business Bureau's Tracy Hardgrove offers advice on stopping the scammers from getting their hands on your money in the first place.

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