FOUR RIVERS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

With a focus on Franklin County, Missouri

Mail: 4RGS, P.O. Box 146, Washington, MO 63090

Dedicated to promoting genealogical research and assisting others in researching and documenting family histories.

Wall of shelves with Kiel binders.

As explained by Ralph Gregory in 2009

The “Kiel Files” are a collection of written and printed records of Franklin County, Missouri. The collection was made by Herman Gottlieb Kiel, a man born and raised to maturity in the county. Click here to read more about the files.

Herman Kiel published part of the collection in 1925. What he published was mainly lists of persons who had worked at various occupations in the county since the county began. There were many lists such as: judges, clerks, postmasters, teachers, soldiers, justices of the peace, etc. All the lists were compiled from the information he found in county papers , the newspaper articles, information he received from writing to descendents of earlier residents of the county, and from studying county historical documents..”

HERE IS ONE SAMPLE PAGE OUT OF THE NEARLY ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PAGES IN THE KIEL FILE! keel page about August Meyer

The Library is located inside the WASHINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM through the Market-Street side door or door up the ramp from the parking lot.