Perry County Genealogical Research Library and Archive Center

The Perry County Archive Center is an archive quality repository of Perry County, Missouri of Perry County, Missouri records and documents previously housed in the attic, vault and basement of the courthouse. The archive currently holds records from 1821-1921 from the Circuit Clerk, Recorder of Deeds, Collector, Assessor, County Clerk, and County Commission. These are now permanent Perry County Records now more easily available for public research. 

Research Library: The Perry County Historical Society Research Library has a vast amount of information concerning Perry County and its citizens. Using migration and immigration routes, we also have a wide selection of regional, state, and national resources associated with many Perry County ancestors.

The Library contains federal census records, marriage records, birth and death records, church records, cemetery tombstone listings, local newspaper excerpts and numerous family surname contributions. Researchers can trace their family heritage and explore Perry County's vibrant history and rich culture.

The Dohney Room: The Doheny room was originally created for Papal Countess Estelle Doheny. The room of French Roccoco style and 18th century chandeliers showcased her porcelain and crystal paperweight collection.  Now, the Perry County Museum displays items bringing awareness to our rich heritage and culture.  This room serves as a meeting room for our historical society and the community.

The Hours for the Library and Archive are Monday Mon-Tues-Thurs from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 and Wednesday Sept-Apr from 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. May-Aug 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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The Perry County Historical Society was established in 1971 and is still around today. 

Our Project of the Perry County Genealogical Research Library and Archive Center has been chosen to compete in the 2015 Missouri Community Betterment awards.

The Perry County Historical Society collaborated with Southeast Missouri State University, Mineral Area Collage, Perryville Higher Education Board, Missouri State Archives, County Clerk, County Collector, County Assessor, Recorder of Deeds, County Commissioners, County Bridge and Road Crew, Richardet Flooring, Liberty Glass Company, Gilster Mary-Lee Corporation, St. Vincent’s High School, Zahner and Associates, Duane Ernst Construction, Rotary Club, US Bank to assist with the move to the Society's new location for our Library and Archive Center.

Recently, we have been selected as the newest Affiliated Family Research Library and Archive Center for  

We also won an award in Fall of 2015 from the Missouri Association of Counties. Our award is for our Perry County Genealogical Research Library and Archive Center that the Perry County Historical Society runs in recognition of innovative efforts to serve Missouri Citizens.

How to Support

The Perry County Historical Society is a forty-four year old non-profit 501 (c)3 organization. We rely on membership dues, published book sales and your donations to support our gallant effort to preserve promote and protect our county history and family heritage for generations to come.

There are many ways you can support the Perry County Historical Society and our mission:

Join the Historical Society

Volunteer to help with the Library/Archive Center, fundraising, organizing events, and publicizing our activities.

Contribute money

Donate artifacts, old family documents and histories, and other materials to the Library/Archive Center.

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