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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Cooper County, Missouri History published in 1883 by National Historical Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

JOHN E. BLANK, farmer, section 16. In 1852 when Nicholas and Catharine Blank came to America, from Bavaria, Germany, John E., their soil, was a lad eleven years of age, he having been born in their native country, September 22, 1843. They first stopped in Moniteau county, but the following spring settled near where John E. now lives. There the father died April 8, 1878, but the mother is still living and resides on their homestead. John, after he grew up, was married June 4, 1868, to Miss Margaret Cleckner, of this county, and engaged extensively in the life of a farmer. This he has since followed with excellent success. He has a good farm of 200 acres comfortably improved, and devotes his attention mainly to grain growing, and raises some stock. They have a family of six children, Emma, Bertha, John J., Nicholas H., Louisa L., and Oscar O. During the war, Mr. Blank served three months in the regularly enrolled militia. He was with the squad of eleven engaged in looking for a stray mare when Bill Anderson's command fell on them, and killed seven of the eleven. Mr. Blank is a member of the Evangelical church.

This family biography is one of 375 biographies included in the History of Cooper County, Missouri published by National Historical Company in 1883.  For the complete description, click here: Cooper County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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