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Lincoln County, Missouri Genealogy

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Guide to Lincoln County, Missouri ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Lincoln County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Lincoln County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded December 14, 1818
County Seat Troy
Address Lincoln County Courthouse
201 Main Street
Troy, MO 63379
Phone: 636.528.4415 Lincoln County Website]

County Information[edit | edit source]

Lincoln County, Missouri Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1825 1883 1820 1819 1820

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Recorder has marriage records from 1825, land, death and burial records; Probate Judge has probate records from 1823; Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce records.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1818 Lincoln County was created 14 December 1818 from St. Charles County. County seat: Troy [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Missouri county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Missouri County Boundary Maps" (1804-1889) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Calhoun County, Illinois  • Montgomery  • Pike  • St. Charles  • Warren

Lincoln CountyGasconade CountyOsage CountyWarren CountyAudrain CountyPike CountyMontgomery CountyRalls CountyMorgan CountyGreene CountyCalhoun CountyPike CountyScott CountyJersey CountyCallaway CountySt. Charles CountyFranklin CountySt. Louis CountyMOLincoln1 (1).JPG

Resources[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
MOGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MOGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Missouri denominations, view the Missouri Church Records wiki page.

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Missouri Land and Property for information about records of land transfers from the government to private ownership. After that transfer, transactions were usually recorded and are currently housed at the county courthouse.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lincoln County, Missouri Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section Missouri Local Histories.

  • Goodspeed Publishing Company (Chicago). History of Lincoln County, Missouri from the earliest time to the present : including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc.. Chicago : Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1888.

Maps[edit | edit source]


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records


Service men in Lincoln County, Missouri served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Lincoln County, Missouri:

- 2nd Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- 2nd Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
- 3rd Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union), Company
- 37th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- 37th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 37th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
- 37th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company E
- 37th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
- 37th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- 37th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lincoln County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records include wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information, see United States Probate Records.

In Missouri, probate records have usually been recorded by the clerks of the probate courts, but in some counties the common pleas or circuit courts handled this function. They are frequently indexed.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Missouri Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. For additional guidance on researching and using vital records, see United States Vital Records or How to order Missouri Vital Records.

St. Louis and Kansas City recorded births and deaths starting as early as 1850 for deaths and 1870 for births.  The Missouri Department of Health began keeping birth and death records in 1909. County records vary by year and the county. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Missouri Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office or order electronically online.

Births[edit | edit source]
Marriages[edit | edit source]
Deaths[edit | edit source]

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries[edit | edit source]

List of Missouri Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Genealogical Society[edit | edit source]

Lincoln County Genealogical Society and Library
1023 Ridge Road
Troy, MO 63379-5654
Phone: 636-528-7551

Historical Society[edit | edit source]

Lincoln County Historical and Archeological Society
211 West Collier Street
Troy, MO 63379
Phone: 636-338-4344

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Sites with online indexes or images of records
Missouri Digital Heritage Free digital images of many types of records from institutions across the State
MOGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Lincoln County, Missouri Genealogy
RootsWeb resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS Free family history resources and government records
Missouri Genealogy Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Lincoln County, Missouri Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library Major genealogy resource library, located in Indiana. On home page enter "Lincoln Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Lincoln County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Lincoln County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search Lincoln County Message Board

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 422-438. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lincoln County, Missouri. Page 402 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at