Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society

Bringing Cape Girardeau County History to Life!


Attend a Program

Formal meetings are held at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 East Washington, in Jackson, Missouri, on the fourth Tuesday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 7:00 p.m. Informative programs are given at each formal meeting. Visitors are always welcomed to bring their questions, and work with more experienced genealogists at the meetings.


We have books!

Click here for a descriptive list of publications. Publications are available by mail order. All books are soft bound (stapled or spiral) unless otherwise indicated. We pay postage and some quantities are limited.


Genealogy Collection

The society maintains a library and other genealogical holdings in the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center. Our collection of local records is one of the best in Southeast Missouri. Many books have been published by the society and its members. Books donated to the CGCGS are listed in the next quarterly and placed in the Genealogy Room. We welcome photocopies of original records from the Cape Girardeau County area, such as Bibles, diaries, account books, and church, cemetery, and military records. Queries are free to members. The Genealogy Collection is open during Archive Center hours.


You are Important to Us

Our fiscal year is May 1 to April 30, so dues are due in May. Individual memberships are $10, family memberships are $15, and a life membership is available for a one-time payment of $250. We count on you and and apppreciate our active members. Click here for a printable membership form.


Building Family Trees

The CGCGS is currently NOT offering paid research. If you have specific needs, however, do not hesitate to email us and we may be able to put you in touch with a member who may assist you. Specific requests might be handled through the Archive Center.


2019 Officers

President: Drew Blattner

Vice President: Dr. Bill Eddleman

Treasurer & Membership: Betty Voss

Recording Secretary: Sheila Porter

Historian: Deb Baughn

Corresponding Secretary: Need volunteer!

Web Manager: Cheryl Rutledge-Brennecke

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2015 Collage

All editions of the 2015 Collage have been added 1/26/20, and the Dec 2019 issue.

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2016 Collage

All editions of the 2016 Collage have been added 12/22/19, and the Sept 2019 issue.

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2017 Collage

All editions of the 2017 Collage have been added 11/26/19.

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Books Added

All Cape City Death Records Books have been added 11/26/19

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Old editions of Collage!

All editions of the 1982 Collage have been added 10/17/19.

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Wreck of Stonewall

a boat at Neely's Landing 10/16/19

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Thomas G. Sheppard

his Will; slave Nancy 10/16/19

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First White Before Lorimier

Lail and the Indians! 10/16/19

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Colonel William H. McLane

a history 10/16/19

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Portis Family Bible

a transcription 10/16/19

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Zarilda J. Shaner

maiden name of Russell 10/16/19

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A Pioneer's Recollection

Major Bollinger 10/16/19

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a family history 10/16/19

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Gravestone Epitaph

Dutch or German? 10/16/19

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Missouri Land Claims

a Bollinger transcription 10/16/19

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Who owned Swampland?

Missouri Swampland 10/15/19

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California Travel 1850's

John R. Randol Letter 10/14/19

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Statler History

Our Statler Family 10/14/19

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The Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society was organized in May 1970, a non-profit organization, its primary purpose is education in the field of genealogy. Membership is open to individuals upon payment of the annual dues of $10, or a couple for $15, per year, beginning in May. Life membership is available for a one-time payment of $250.

CGCGS publishes a quarterly "The Collage of Cape County" in March, June, September, and December, sent free to members. All members are encouraged to submit articles for publication.


Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society
PO Box 571, Jackson, MO 63755
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The CGCGS Library is located in the Research Room at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 East Washington, Jackson, MO and is open during regular Archive Center hours.

Our meetings are held at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 East Washington in Jackson MO, by-monthly in January, March, May, July, September, and November on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., unless announced otherwise. All are welcome!


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