Family Research

The Starzinger Family Research Library is the best genealogy research library available for researching the original Saxon German families which immigrated to Perry County. Recent additions to the library expand these resources to include information on immigrants from other areas of Germany as well as families from the Eastern United States who came to Perry and Cape Girardeau Counties. Resources include county histories, family histories, church records, photographs and other resources which assist genealogists in tracing their family’s history.

The library is open daily during our business hours, from 10am – 4pm.  There is no charge for using the library, but donations are certainly welcome.

Resources in our Library

 The Zion Roots™ Project focuses on providing resources which assist researchers in gaining access to the parish records in Germany so that they can located their German ancestors. Resources include surname, German hometown and parish information, regional census data and a large map collection.

Zion Roots™ contains town histories, maps, parish reference and indexes, gazetteers and similar resources for the following areas of Germany: Kingdom of Saxony with a concentration on Dresden, Saxe-Altenburg and Thuringia, Leipzig, Kingdom of Hanover including Sudheim, Lamstedt, Borgholzhausen, Waldeck, Winzlar, and Scheessel, Bavaria including Oberfranken and Rheinbaeim/Pfalz, Upper Austria.


The German Family Tree (GFT) is a compiled, alphabetical index of persons who are listed in church records and census records in the Perry County area. It is a great place to begin researching your family history. GTF leads researchers to other library resources such as family histories and digitized church records.

The Library subscribes to, which is available for researchers visiting the library.

Watch here for more information on the resources available in our library!

Online Resources 

The Zion Roots Genealogy website is an online resource for researching families with connections to Perry County. Genealogists contribute their family information to this site. The site also is involved in transcribing the Perry County church records into a searchable database, copies of which are available through the Museum store.


Research Help

Our extraordinarily helpful research staff is available to help you discover your Perry County family connections. If you are planning a visit, please contact us so that we can gather relevant materials to make your research as productive as possible. Call us at 573-824-6070 or email at with research questions or to see what resources we have related to your family!