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Mo. holds contest focused on historic records

An 1895 railroad map of Missouri.
(via Flickr/BrianSwan)
An 1895 railroad map of Missouri.

A new contest is designed to encourage Missouri residents to scour historic records held by the state's public institutions.

The Great Missouri Treasure Hunt is sponsored by the Missouri State Archives to promote awareness of historic records available on the Internet.

Participants will enter stories they unearthed from online records or documents. Entries will be broken down into family history, Civil War history and Missouri history.

There will be more than 100 prizes, including games, Missouri history books and a hotel stay near the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.