Newton County, Missouri Genealogy

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


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Newton County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Newton County
Location in the state of Missouri, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 30, 1838
County Seat Neosho
Courthouse
Newton County MO Courthouse.jpg
Address Newton County Courthouse
101 S Wood Street
Neosho, MO 64850
Phone: 417.451.8220
Newton County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

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

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1883 1865 1883 1840 1839 1839

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate and land records.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1838 Newton County was created 30 December 1838 from Barry County. County seat: Neosho [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1862 Courthouse burned in 1862, destroying many county records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Barry  • Cherokee County, Kansas  • Jasper  • Lawrence  • McDonald  • Ottawa County, Oklahoma

Newton CountyLawrence CountyGreene CountyBarry CountyJasper CountyChristian CountyCarroll CountyCraig CountyCherokee CountyMayes CountyMcDonald CountyDelaware CountyBenton CountyOttawa CountyStone CountyMONewton1.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
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
MOGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MOGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
MOInterment
MOGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information.

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]

  • History of Newton, Lawrence, Barry and McDonald counties, Missouri. From the earliest time to the present. Chicago, The Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1888.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Monewton.jpg

Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Regiments

Service men in Newton 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 Newton County, Missouri:

- 15th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company K
- 5th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company B
- 5th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company K
- 16th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company C
- 16th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company E
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company A
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company B
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company E
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company F
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company G
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company H
- 7th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company K
- 8th Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company K
Civil War Battles[edit | edit source]

The following Civil War Battles were fought in Newton County:

World War II[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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]

  • Montgomery Co Genealogical Society
    112 W Second Street
    Montgomery City, MO 63361
  • Newton County Historical Society and Museum
    121 North Washington and McCord
    Neosho, MO 64850
    Phone: 417-451-4940
    Website

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 Newton 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 Newton 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 "Newton Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Newton County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Newton County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
Ancestry.com Newton 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), Newton County, Missouri. Page 403 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  6. 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.