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This report is extracted from the 1000 Section (Confirmed Newspaper Indexes) of the 1979-1980 Edition of LATHROP REPORT ON NEWSPAPER INDEXES: An illustrated guide to published and unpublished newspaper indexes in the United States and Canada.   Either a compiler, publisher or repository had confirmed the existance of this index and supplied information for the report. See the INTRODUCTION for the methodology used in compiling the LATHROP REPORT.

REPORT NO:  1309A Previous Report (1308A)  |  Next Report (1309B)
INDEX NAME:  Genealogical notes from the Liberty Tribune
  • LIBERTY TRIBUNE Liberty MO 1846(Apr)-1886(Apr)
COMPILER:  Nadine Hodges & Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff
1824 S. Harvard
Independence MO 64052
Telephone: (816) 833-2191
AVAILABILITY:  A published index in five volumes. Volume 1 (1846-1858); Volume 2 (1858-1869); Volume 3 (1869-1874); Volume 4 (1874-1880); Volume 5 (1880-1886). Copies are available at a cost of $6 per volume ($30 for all five). The index is available for public use at the Missouri State Historical Society (Hitt & Lowry Streets, Columbia MO 65201).
SCOPE OF INDEX:  The index was compiled from the microfilm of the weekly newspaper the Liberty Tribune, published in Liberty Missouri from April 1846 until April 1886. The Liberty Tribune was well circulated throughout Clay County and nearby counties. The emphasis of the index is people (where they lived, where they came from, names of family members, deaths, marriages, etc.). Volume 1 contains a great deal of information about the settlement of the Western States. Volume 2 includes the Civil War years and information is given regarding the men actively engaged. After the war, men were required to sign the loyalty oath, and those lists have been included as they give an indication of the residents over the age of 21 years. In July 1870, the Liberty Tribune began publishing a series of biographical sketches which they called "Old men of Clay County". These pertained primarily to men over 60 years of age who were still refused the right to vote because of their sympathy toward the Confederacy. These articles are indexed in Volume 3. As the years passed and the population increased, more local news items were carried. In Volumes 4 and 5, the obituaries are longer and more information is given. Included are many obituaries of prominent Missourians who had lived in the surrounding counties and were well-known to many Clay Countians.
FORMAT OF INDEX:  This is a typed, mimeographed index on 8½x11 inch pages. The body of each volume consists of abstracts arranged in chronological order. Each group of abstracts from the same newspaper is preceeded by the date of the paper. Each abstract consists of a brief description of the article. Every volume contains a surname index which guides the user to the page numbers within the abstracts where that surname appears.
SIZE OF INDEX:  Five volumes in total, ranging from 114 to 136 pages per volume. There are about 1400 surnames per volume, with from one to eight entries per surname.
Anita Cheek Milner. NEWSPAPER INDEXES: A LOCATION & SUBJECT GUIDE FOR RESEARCHERS. Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1977.
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