Genealogy – Local History

Try our new digital microfilm scanner.

With the VIEWSCAN 4, patrons can now easily browse, re-size or crop an image before printing or saving to a USB drive.  It’s 18-megapixel sensor and software creates a consistently clear image, even from historic microfilm.  The library’s collection includes film of Dallas County newspapers beginning in 1869, as preserved by the Missouri State Historical Society. Some issues are not available due to poor quality, or lack of the original document to microfilm.  Films may be viewed at the library during our regular hours.  Call 417-345-2647 for details.

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Password: 2read@Dallas

An essential collection of genealogical & historical sources to help you research your family tree.
U.S. Federal Census records, Social Security Death Index records.

Missouri Digital Heritage

Dallas County Historical Society  ( email – )

Missouri Death Certificates (Deceased 50 years or earlier)

Digital Public Library of America

National ArchivesCensus Records

State Historical Society of Missouri

Family Search Internet Genealogy Service

Find a Grave

Missouri Dept. of Health & Senior Services (Vital Records)

American Family Immigration History

National Genealogical Society

Genealogy Charts (Some free ones)

Library of Congress

U.S. Dept. of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management

Buffalo Reflex

Summer Reading

“All Together Now” : June 1 – July 22, 2023!

The Dallas County Library just completed a very successful Summer Reading Program, “All Together Now”.   79 children in Pre-school through 5th grade signed up and read 3,134 books during June and July.

All participants received various gift certificates from several local businesses when they turned in completed reading sheets.  36 of the children who completed all 5 sheets received book bags.  Their names were placed in a drawing for the grand prizes in three age groups.  Two children received tablets and a Pre-school activity set was awarded to the youngest winner.  32 craft bags were also distributed.

The library staff and board would like to thank the following businesses for donating prizes:  Hip Pocket Pizza, Dairy Queen, Sonic, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell.  Thank you to the Buffalo United Methodist Church which allowed the library to hold several of the special programs in the church family center, and Buffalo Reflex for publishing information about library programs.

Thank you to the program presenters including Marty Hahne the Reading Magician, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Missouri Department of Conservation, Buffalo Garden Club, Buffalo Fire Department, and Iron Knights Fitness Center.  Thank you to the parents and grandparents of the participants who brought the children to library activities and checked out books for them.

Readers who have just completed 5th grade & younger may sign up beginning May 22, using paper sheets to log books that are read, or use the online Beanstack app. and begin logging titles June 1st. (See instructions below.)

Small prizes will be awarded with each completed sheet. A GRAND PRIZE drawing will be held at the end of the program, for those who have completed all 5 sheets. July 22 is the last day to turn in reading logs!

All ages are welcome to attend any of the events scheduled for the Summer Reading Program.

FREE programs at 10:00 a.m.

June 1 (Thursday) – Stories, Crafts, and Fun at the Library!

June 8 (Thursday) – Buffalo Garden Club, at the Library! Free seed starter kids for all registered children!

June 15 (Thursday) – Buffalo Fire Department truck and presentation at the Library!

June 22 (Thursday) – Stories, Crafts, and Fun at the Library!

June 27 (Tuesday) – (10:30 a.m. ) Mammals of Missouri, presented by Ha Ha Tonka State Park, held at the Buffalo United Methodist Church Family Center, at the corner of Pine & Benton Streets, 2 blocks north of the library!

June 29 (Thursday) – Marty the Magician Show, Marty Hahn, held at the Buffalo United Methodist Church Family Center, at the corner of Pine & Benton Streets, 2 blocks north of the library!

July 6 (Thursday) – Stories, Crafts, and Fun at the Library!

July 13 (Thursday) – Missouri Department of Conservation, at Buffalo United Methodist Church Family Center.

July 20 (Thursday) – Iron Knights Fitness (exercise, health & wellness), at Buffalo United Methodist Church Family Center.

How it works:

  1. Visit Beanstack or download the Beanstack Tracker app or
  2. Register for a family or individual account and add readers.
  3. Your card number is required. Use the letter “P” in front of your number, and if needed, Add zeroes in front to make a total of 6 digits. Example: P00001.
  4. Log reading and activities beginning June 1st.
  5. Earn badges and prizes along the way!

The library’s summer reading program was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Dallas County Library, 211 W. Main, Buffalo, Missouri, is a nonprofit group that meets at 9:00 a.m., the first Saturday of each month, unless that is a holiday, in the used bookstore next to the library. Annual dues are $5.00.  A book discussion group meets after the meeting. Books are available at the library, and participants do not have to be a Friends of the Library member to participate, but do need a valid Dallas County Library card.

The store is open from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursdays, and 9:00 a.m. to noon each Saturday. A large selection of gently used hardback and paperback books, audio and video tapes and puzzles, is available at low prices. These materials cover a wide range of interest and ages. Stock is updated frequently so there are always many new items from which to choose. Children’s books and magazines are free of charge. Volunteers are available to answer questions and assist in finding materials. All proceeds benefit the Dallas County Library.

Contact the library for more information: 417-345-2647