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Historical Society of Maries County MO

P. O. Box 289, Vienna, Missouri 65582

The Historical Society of Maries County is a non-profit corporation founded in 1956 to collect and preserve information pertaining to historic events of Maries County:  to assume responsibility for proper recognition and preservation of various historical landmarks, relics, souvenirs, and Missouriana, and to engender a rightful pride in the history of Maries County and the State of Missouri.

Through its publications, special programs and exhibits, the Society perpetuates the history and traditions of Maries County.

The Research Room in the Maries County courthouse in Vienna contains the Society’s holdings of old county records, member-contributed family charts and records, published genealogies and other research materials.  Open Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m.  Email Us

Members of the Society also maintain three museums in Vienna:  the Old Jail Museum and the Felker and Latham Log Houses, all built in the 1850’s.


Membership is $15.00 per calendar year, and will bring you four issues of the quarterly, THE MARIES COUNTIAN. Click here for a membership application for your convenience.  Print the application, complete the information and mail with your check/money order to The Historical Society of Maries Co MO, PO Box 289, Vienna MO  65582.

The Maries Countian

A news-quarterly mailed to members of the organization, features articles from a myriad of sources.  This illustrated publication contains material of value to those interested in local history as well as the researcher of genealogical data on Maries County families.  Its pages bring a wealth of information from past newspapers, birth, marriage and death records, and transcriptions from various collections and compilations of knows facts and reminiscences.  Material is gleaned from old ledgers, documents and registers to guide the reader through Maries County’s past.  Included are items and stories of general interest and communications from members in all areas of the country.

Finding Your Maries County Roots

Research in person:
The Research Room, located in the basement of the Maries County Court House, is open every Wednesday between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and is free to all researchers, including non-members.  Volunteers are available to assist researchers.  Due to the variety of resource material in our collections as well as limited staff resources, a personal visit is strongly encouraged.

Research by mail:
A comprehensive search can be conducted by our volunteer genealogist for a fee of $10 per research hour, with a two hour minimum charge.  Photo copies are 25 cents each.  Payment is required in advance.

Successful research results cannot be guaranteed.  The more information you gie us to start, the better the chances are for a successful search.  Please give us as much specific information as possible for the families for whom yu are seeking information including:
First and last name
Family: such as siblings, spouses and children
Places and dates: births, deaths, marriages and residences

The Historical Society of Maries County
P.O. Box 289, Vienna, MO 65581

Historical Society of Maries County - Charitable Trust Program

Publications for Sale

A Pictorial History, Maries County MO, Volume 1, 1989 - Hardbound, 224 pages of photographs of people and places of Maries County through the years. $47.00 plus $5.00 to mail.

A County/Family History of Maries County MO Volume II, 1990 - Hardbound, 504 pages. 900 family histories are surname indexed. Also stories about the churches, businesses, schools and organizations of Maries County. $50.00 plus $5.00 to mail.

A County Pictorial/Family History of Maries County, Vol III, 1995 - Hardbound, companion book to Volumes I and II. 520 pages highlighting the lives and times of the people and places of Maries County, past and present. "A Tour Through the Townships" pictorial section featuring the schools, churches and communities through hundreds of photographs. Wedding, Anniversary and Military sections. The 553 family histories are surname indexed. $47.00 plus $5.00 to mail.

1955 Vienna Centennial book containing Maries County chapter of Goodspeed’s 1889 History of Various Missouri Counties, including biographical sketches.  $5.00 postpaid.

The History of the Post Offices and Postmasters of Maries County, 1991. 48 pages, arranged alphabetically. $7.50 postpaid. Material contributed by J. Hoyle Mayfield and others. All records from the Archives in Washington DC as well as personal reminiscences. Photographs.

Index to Marriage Book B, 1881-1890. 1991. $7.50 postpaid. Compiled by Wm L. Schwegler. Surname Index.

1860 Federal Census of Maries County MO, 2005. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by Wanda Blackwell.  Full name index, includes Mortality and Slave Schedules, plus Maries County news excerpts from the Rolla Express newspaper. 114 pages. Spiral bound.

1870 Federal Census & Mortality Schedule for Maries County MO, 2004. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by Wanda Blackwell. Full name index. 157 pages. Spiral bound.

1880 Federal Census of Maries County MO, 1993. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by J. Hoyle Mayfield. Surname index. Spiral bound for easy researching through 141 pages.

1900 Federal Census of Maries County MO 1996. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by Wanda Blackwell. Full name index and 216 pages. Spiral bound.

1910 Federal Census of Maries County MO 1997. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by Wanda Blackwell. Full name index and 239 pages. Spiral bound.

1920 Federal Census of Maries County MO 1996. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by J. Hoyle Mayfield. Surname index and 199 pages.

1930 Federal Census of Maries County MO, 2005. $10.00 plus $2.00 shipping. Compiled by Wanda Blackwell. Full name index. 174 pages. Spiral bound.

Back issues of The Maries Countian, $4.00 postpaid.

Memories of Mine compiled by Mozelle Hutchinson and Glenda Baxter. The memories of Virginia Schwegler Crossman. Contains stories about Pay Down (old and new), the Bend, the Gasconade River, Belle, Summerfield, etc.  Life in Maries County during the 1920’s and 30’s.  50 pages. $7.50 plus $1.50 postage.

Growing Up in the Bend by E. M. Bray . . . life along the Gasconade in the 1940's. $13.00 plus $2.00 postage.

The Outlaw Wils Howard by Gary Knahans.  Wils Howard had a bloody career and was eventually hanged for a murder he was accused of committing in Dry Creek Township, Maries County.  $10.00 plus $2.00 postage.

History of Maries County by Everett M. King, reprinted 2004, an exact copy of the 1963 version, 8 ˝" x 11" soft cover, spiral bound book.  $25.00 plus $5.00 shipping.

The Cemeteries of Maries County, MO, A Personal History by Mozelle Hutchison and Gale Howard, reprinted 2005, an exact copy of the 1986 version, spiral bound (reprinted by the Historical Society of Maries County with the generous permission of the authors)
$25.00 plus $5.00 shipping.

Keepsake Item for Sale

Old Jail Christmas Ornament, 24-k gold plated brass.  $6.00 each plus $2.00 postage per order.

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