Genealogical Society of Boone County and Central Missouri

Serving genealogists for over 40 years!

The Genealogical Society of Boone County and Central Missouri, aka "GSCM" is a non-profit organization founded in 1975. The
 objectives and purposes of the Society are educational. It is devoted to furthering genealogical research and promoting interest in family history in the central Missouri area. Persons interested in the Society and its objectives are encouraged to join.

Would you like to order Memorial Day decorations for the graves of your loved ones?  We can help!  Our society is selling these beautiful arrangements. They are of good quality material and will remain vibrant in color for several months or longer.  This project is for Boone County, MO gravesites only.  Click here to print the Order Form.  Please order by January 26, 2018.  Orders may be picked up at the GSCM Library on Saturday, April 14th, from 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. (3801 Ponderosa Dr, Columbia, MO) If you want us to place the decorations for you, please add $10 per cemetery to your order. This is an opportunity for those living elsewhere to decorate their ancestors' graves.  

 Looking for the perfect gift?  We have a large selection of books related to Boone County that are available in our STORE link.   One example is the 1875 Atlas of Boone County. Those who contributed to the publishing of the atlas appear in a list, along with the section, township and range of their residence. The bonus information includes the year they came to Boone County, and their nativity.  This is an excellent source of information.  While supplies last the book is $5, plus postage.
Click here for a link to atlases we sell.   Use the drop-down menu in the STORE to find other categories of books we sell.

Membership Benefit update:  Current members now have digital access to ALL past issues of The Reporter, published 1981 to the present.  Please log in to Members Only area to access these.    Members receive a bi-monthly newsletter by email and four issues of the Quarterly Reporter by postal mail each year.

OUR LIBRARY  We are proud of our library and encourage you to visit us when in the area. If you cannot visit, we do offer look-ups from the holdings in our collection.  

We are pleased to conduct brief research, for a small fee, using the holdings we have in our library.  For more information please click here. 


We welcome anyone with an interest in their family histories to become a member of GSCM. To download our printable membership brochure, click here.

Unless otherwise indicated, meetings are regularly held at the Boone Electric Cooperative Community Room on the first Tuesday of the month. Meetings generally start at 7:00 p.m. and include a presentation or discussion that lasts until around 9:00 p.m.

Located south of I-70 and north of Business Loop 70 at 1413 Rangeline Street on the west side of the road. (Use the parking lot on north side of the building). This location is for the monthly meetings ONLY. If you wish to research at the library you need to go to the 3801 Ponderosa Street location.


Your regular attendance and participation will make our society more useful and enjoyable to you and all other members! Bring a friend!

  • The June meeting is our Picnic on the Veranda. Meet on the veranda of the Boone County Historical Museum for a great evening of food and fun. This meeting begins at 6:30.
  • There is no meeting in August, as we encourage our members to attend the annual MoSGA conference. For information about the August 2017 conference, click here.
  • The December meeting is time for new officer elections. It is often (but not always) a dinner held off-site and usually begins at an earlier time.

  • To provide improved public access to information from central Missouri counties which is currently inaccessible.
  • To educate membership in the use of technological advances pertaining to genealogical research.
    • promote genealogical workshops, seminars and forums;
    • provide up-to-date equipment for the extraction of information
  • To improve the out-reach services to members; i.e., queries, information, assistance.
  • To seek out information on central Missouri counties which is currently unavailable.
  • To cooperate with existing central Missouri historical and genealogical societies in the compilation of information.
  • To maintain and expand a library of research material sufficient to meet the needs of researchers.

Web Administrators

  • Thank you to our web administration team members:  Rob Taylor, Thresa Chism and Nancy Waller Thomas. These members have been trained by EasyNetSites to manage  all modules of our website. 
  • The Bur Oak Tree, shown in our website banner, is the oldest known tree of its kind in Missouri. It is estimated to be 350 years old and is located near McBaine, Boone County, MO.  The photo was taken by member Thresa Chism

Upcoming Events
January 2
January Meeting 7:00 pm at Boone Electric Cooperative
Genealogy Brick Walls: share your brick walls and successes with the group. We may be able to help with your brick wall, and we all love to hear about
January 23
January Board Meeting 6:30 pm Columbia Public Library, Conference Room B
All members are welcome to attend.
February 6
February Meeting 7:00 pm at Boone Electric Cooperative
Famous (or Infamous) Ancestors: Our topic will be “bring your famous/infamous ancestor”. Famous/infamous can be well-known or notorious. Please write up your story so that it can be published ...
March 6
March Meeting 7:00 pm at LDS Church
Stories of Dress: Selections from the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection Enjoy examples of historic clothing and their untold histories as revealed by Nicole Johnston, Collection Manager of ...