Genealogical Society of Boone County and Central Missouri

Serving genealogists for 45 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.

LIBRARY:  IMPORTANT NOTICE Due to the rise in cases of Covid-19 in our area, we have made the decision to temporarily close the Genealogy Library located at the Boone County History and Culture Center.  Our library room is small and we cannot guarantee social distancing while assisting patrons. For the safety of our volunteers and our visitors, the Board has agreed this is the best course of action right now.   
If you have a research question, we encourage you to contact us by email.  You may also find helpful information on this website.  Our email:


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.  
 If you are traveling a long distance to visit our library, please contact us ahead of time. Hours and available volunteers are subject to change. 
ADDRESS:  3801 Ponderosa St, Columbia, MO 65201

Our April 2018 newsletter gives detailed information about our library holdings.  Link
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.
RESEARCH REQUESTS   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.
  • Meetings (when resumed after Covid-19 restrictions) will be located at our "home base", the Boone County History and Culture Center, 3801 Ponderosa Dr, Columbia, on the FIRST SATURDAY of the month, 10:30 am.  
  • Your regular attendance and participation will make our society more useful and enjoyable to you and all other members! Bring a friend!
  • 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:  
  • Nancy Waller Thomas and Thresa Chism. 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
September 23
Library Closed until further notice
Our Genealogy Library will be closed until further notice. Our library room is small, making it difficult for social distancing for our volunteers and patrons during the Covid-19 pandemic.  ...