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Guide to Cedar County Missouri ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Cedar County, Missouri
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 14, 1845
County Seat Stockton
Courthouse
Address Cedar County Courthouse
113 South Street
PO Box 158
Stockton, MO 65785-0126
Phone: 417.276.3514
Cedar County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1845, probate and court records[1]

History

Parent County

1845--Cedar County was created 14 February 1845 from Dade and St. Clair Counties. County seat: Stockton [2]

Boundary Changes

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

For a list of record loss in Missouri counties see: Missouri Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Benton  • Dade  • Polk  • St. Clair  • Vernon

Cedar CountyPolk CountyGreene CountyLawrence CountyChristian CountyJasper CountyDade CountyBarton CountyVernon CountyBenton CountyHickory CountySt. Clair CountyBates CountyHenry CountyLinn CountyBourbon CountyCrawford CountyCherokee CountyLabette CountyNeosho CountyAllen CountyAnderson CountyMOCedar1.JPG


Resources

African American

  • 1865-1872 - Cedar County Colored Marriage Index 1865-1872. Batch M515233 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Cedar County, Missouri census records online, see: Missouri Census.

Church

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

Land

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

Local histories are available for Cedar County, Missouri. 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.

  • Biographies from The History of Cedar County, Missouri (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
  • Cedar County Booster. Fragmentary history of Cedar County. [S.l.] : Cedar County Booster, [1920].
  • Williams, F M. Early days in Cedar County. Kansas City, Mo. : Punton-Clark Pub. Co., 1908.

Maps

Mocedar.jpg

Military

Civil War
- 15th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company M
:- 11th Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company D
:- 11th Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company D
:- 3rd Battalion, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company G
:- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company G
:- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company G
:- 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company C
:- 7th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company M

Newspapers

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


Probate

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.

Taxation

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

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
  • 1828-1869 - Cedar County Birth Index 1828-1869. Batch C515231 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1889 - Cedar County Birth Index 1883-1889. Batch C515234 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriages
  • 1845-1883 - Cedar County Marriage Books A thru C Index 1845-1883. Batch M515231 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881-1885 - Cedar County Marriage Books D thru F Index 1881-1885. Batch M515232 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Deaths
  • 1883-1889 - Cedar County Death Index 1883-1889. Batch B515235 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Family History Centers