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Ralls County has a Worldly History

St. Paul Catholic Church

Ralls County is rich in history. Not far from Hannibal and Mark Twain Lake, the area was settled in 1821 by immigrants from many countries, including Italy, Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, and Croatia, to name a few. People flocked to the area after Atlas Portland Cement was built and started recruiting European immigrants to work in the plant. Today, the area ... Read More »

Memories and Mysteries Revealed in the 1940 Census

If you ask genealogists how they became interested in family history research, many will cite specific childhood memories. Others will point to hints of long-lost family secrets or to a total void of any information. All cite a need to know who they are and where they came from. My interest in history began with the stories my grandparents and ... Read More »