If you have ancestors who lived in Southwest Missouri, a recent project by the State Historical Society of Missouri will be of great help in your search for family history.

The society digitized issues of The Cassville Republican that were published between 1890 and 1946 at Cassville.

The newspaper was founded in 1872 by George E. Harris, who sold the paper in 1908 to Eli Meador. In 1949, the paper was sold to Emory Melton and Wayne Ennis.

Before the paper ceased publication in 1984, it was sold several more times

Free, online digital images of the newspaper are available at digital.shsmo.org. When the site opens, click on Digital Collections Home. When the next screen opens, enter Cassville Republican in the search box.

When the next screen opens, enter a keyword. The keyword could be the name of a family, community, church, organization, business, school or event.

When a newspaper page appears on the screen, the keyword will be highlighted. To enlarge the page, place the pointer on the sliding scale at the top of the image.

Because the screen only displays the top half of the page at first, place the pointer at the bottom of the image on the small arrow that points down.

Hold the pointer on the arrow and slide it down to see the rest of the page. To read different sections of the paper, place the pointer on the page and move the image around.

The issues contain national news, as well as reports about Cassville and similar-sized towns in Barry County, as well as the adjacent counties of McDonald, Newton, Stone and Lawrence. Some of the towns are Rocky Comfort, Monett, Purdy, Butterfield, Washburn, Seligman, Fairview, Exeter, Eagle Rock and Pierce City.

Some of the smaller communities included in the issues are Shady Grove, Mineral Springs, Lookout Mountain, Rock Creek, Talbert, Antioch, Hailey, Leann, Madry, Horner, Mano, Combs, New Salem, Stringtown, Cato, Bethel, Gunter, Golden, Dog Hollow, Corsicana, Flat Creek, McDowell, Pioneer, Forest Grove, Viola, Aix and Pasley.

Although the early issues rarely include obituaries, the reports about communities and towns often mention deaths, births and marriages.

Family history researchers will also appreciate the articles about schools, churches, businesses, hospitals and farming. Announcements of probate court proceedings and notices of marriage licenses and land sales will be helpful too.

Suggestions or queries? Send to Frankie Meyer, 509 N. Center St., Plainfield, IN 46168, or contact: frankiemeyer@yahoo.com.