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. During Covid, we began offering virtual meetings (info and downloads here).


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.


2020 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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Houk Video Presentation

Houk: A Cape County Ghost Town added on 1/1/23.

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Pension Video Presentation

Dissecting a Union Civil War Pension File added 1/1/23.

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1881-1894 Book

Cape Girardeau District Grange 1881-1894 added 1/1/23.

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2004 Collage

All four 2004 Collages added on 9/25/22.

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NEW Biographies

Submit biographies of your ancestors add 9/25/22.

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June 2022 Collage

New edition of the Collage added 9/6/22.

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New Cemetery Map Documents

Two new documents in spreadsheet and word format have been added to the cemetery project page on 5/30/22.

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1985 Collages

All 4 of the 1985 Collages added 5/30/22.

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Early Gardens in Cape Girardeau

Two writings dated 1935 about Beer Gardens added 5/30/22.

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Stevenson Documents

Stevenson Family Documents added 5/25/22.

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Cemetery Book

St. Marys Catholic Cemetey book were added 5/25/22

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The State Historical Society of Missouri

Video presentation and download with links have been added 5/25/22

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March Collage

March Collage added 3/24/22.

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Marriage Books

Two marraige books were added 3/21/22

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2005 & 2006 Collages

All eight issues of 2005 & 2006 Collages have been added 3/21/22

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2021 Collages

September and December Collages added 2/22/22.

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Judge Limbaugh Presentation

Life and Times of Judge John D. Cook added 10/19/21

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2007 Collages

All four 2007 Collages have been added 10/21/21

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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, bimonthly in January, March, May, July, September, and November on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., unless announced otherwise.


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