McDonald County, Missouri Genealogy
Guide to McDonald County Missouri genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|McDonald County, Missouri|
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
|Founded||March 3, 1849|
|Address||McDonald County Courthouse|
Pinneville, MO 64856-0665
McDonald County Website
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
County Courthouse[edit | edit source]
Recorder Deeds has marriage records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and
land records; probate Judge has probate
History[edit | edit source]
Parent County[edit | edit source]
Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]
- See an interactive map of McDonald County border changes at N2Genealogy.
Record Loss[edit | edit source]
Places/Localities[edit | edit source]
- The State Historical Society of Missouri has information on historical Missouri place names for all 114 Missouri Counties.
Populated Places[edit | edit source]
Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]
- Benton County, Arkansas Genealogy
- Delaware County, Oklahoma Genealogy
- Ottawa County, Oklahoma Genealogy
Resources[edit | edit source]
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- Family Biographies from The History of McDonald County, Missouri (1888) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
Cemeteries[edit | edit source]
- Cowan Cemetery, Center
- Fox Cemetery, Powell East of Powell.
- Hagee Road Cemetery, Anderson East
- Pineville Cemetery, Pineville North
- Roller Cemetery, Powell
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]
- McDonald County, Missouri County Historical Society
- An Illustrated history of McDonald County, Missouri: from the earliest ... by J.A. Sturges (1897) can be read online.
- Biographies from The History of McDonald County, Missouri (1888) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
Maps[edit | edit source]
- Map of McDonald County townships (Histopolis)
- The University of Missouri Digital Library has digital copies of Missouri county plat books (ca. 1930) for all Missouri counties including McDonald County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.
- Historic maps of McDonald County, Missouri 1861 to 1904, free access on My Genealogy Hound.
Military[edit | edit source]
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
- Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Joplin newspapers and Neosho newspapers from the early 1900's that covered local news on residents from McDonald County communities.
Probate[edit | edit source]
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.
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]
- 1853-1860 - McDonald County Birth Index 1853-1860. Batch C515351 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1883-1887 - McDonald County Birth Index 1883-1887. Batch C515404 at FamilySearch - free.
Marriages[edit | edit source]
- 1865-1885 - McDonald County Marriage Books A thru C Index 1865-1885. Batch M515351 at FamilySearch - free.
Deaths[edit | edit source]
- Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]
Historical Society[edit | edit source]
McDonald County Historical Society
P. O. Box 572
Pineville, MO 64856
Phone: (417) 223-7700
Library[edit | edit source]
Family History Centers
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Web Sites[edit | edit source]
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
References[edit | edit source]
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McDonald County, Missouri. Page 402 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d8/Igimissourij.pdf.