PLATTE COUNTY, MISSOURI, HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
PLATTE COUNTY RESEARCH TOOL AVAILABLE
Platte County Historical Society (PCHS) announces
the development of a research tool for helping those with Platte
County (MO) ancestors locate records specifically about their
master index made up of many of the indexes from previously published
PCHS books has been developed into a search tool most computer owners
will be able to quickly put to work.
The index, with 65,363 entries from Abbett to Zyswyler, is for
use with Microsoft’s Excel and Works spreadsheet programs for
printed instructions are included for those unfamiliar with the use of
Using the ‘Find’ tool in
the spreadsheets, the user types in the surname being searched.
All entries will be searched, pausing on each occurrence of the
search name anywhere in the file.
In the individual entries are the name of the PCHS book and the
location of the entry within that book.
This means that not only will
the tool quickly find every record in which someone with that surname
is recorded, it will also find wives and widows, whose names are no
longer their maiden names, if their maiden name was a part of the
The research tool also includes
hundreds of name-spelling cross-references, linking the several
different spellings found in Platte County records for the same
persons. A separate
search must be performed with each spelling, but the result is that
different records will be identified wherein the name was misspelled.
Misspelling of names was common from the time of the founding
of the county in 1839 up to about 1900 as folks anglicized their
‘foreign’ family names and after Webster’s first dictionary,
published in 1880, taught us that how a word was spelled was
Records contained in the master
index include: Tax Lists for 1839 and 1849, the 1840, 1850, 1860 and
1870 Platte County Censuses, Marriage records from 1839 through 1885,
Mortality and Death records 1850-1880 & 1883-1888, Cemetery
records 1839 to well into the 1900’s, plus 1842 landowners, 1877
Atlas and 1907 Atlas of the county.
The research tool, named
People”, is recorded on a CD that works in a
computer’s CD drive. It is priced at just $20.00, plus $3.50 shipping and
handling, and is now available from PCHS using the mailing address
found on the Bookstore webpage.
It will be upgraded from time to time as additional materials
are indexed and become available for adding to the file.