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|Lafayette County, Missouri|
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
|Founded||November 16, 1820|
|Address|| Lafayette County Courthouse|
1001 Main Street
PO Box 357
Lexington, MO 64067
Lafayette County Website
County Recorder has marriage, divorce, probate,
court and land records from 1821
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.
For a list of record loss in Missouri counties see: Missouri Counties with Burned Courthouses
Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog
- The State Historical Society of Missouri has information on historical Missouri place names for all Missouri Counties.
Archives and Libraries
- Portrait and biographical record of Lafayette and Saline Counties, Missouri : containing biographical sketches of prominent and at Ancestry.com ($)
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has burial records for the Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Higginsville, Mo and other veterans cemeteries around the country.
The Confederate Home Cemetery in Higginsville, Mo is not available at this site, but records submitted by the general public are available on Find A Grave.com.
- Photos and locations of numerous Lafayette County cemeteries (Hearthstone Legacy)
- Lafayette County, Missouri, Cemetery Records, Vol. I at Ancestry.com ($)
- Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Dover
- St. John's Cemetery, Concordia
- St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Freedom
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.
Immaculate Conception, Lexington
- 1853-1876 - Immaculate Conception, Lexington, Baptism Index 1853-1876. Batch C511831 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1853-1885 - Immaculate Conception, Lexington, Marriage Index 1853-1885. Batch M511831 at FamilySearch - free.
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 are available for Lafayette 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.
A Portrait and biographical record of Lafayette and Saline counties, Missouri ... (1893) is available online free from Google Books. The first part of the book contains biographies of the U.S. presidents. The second part, starting on p.111, contains biographies Lafayette and Saline county residents.
- Lafayette County, Missouri, Excerpts from the 1877 Atlas at Ancestry.com ($)
- Young, William. Young's history of Lafayette County, Missouri. Indianapolis, Ind. : B. F. Bowen, 1910. 2 v.
- Vol. 2 Online at FamilySearch (Free)
- The University of Missouri Digital Library has digital copies of Missouri county plat books (ca. 1930) for all Missouri counties including Lafayette County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.
- Map of 1904 Lafayette County with numerous small settlements (My Genealogy Hound)
- Atlas of Lafayette County, Missouri, circa 1920.
- Records of the Missouri Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications for the Missouri Confederate Home in Higginsville are available online from FamilySearch.
- - 5th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company A
:- 5th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company C
:- 2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union), Company F
:- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company I
:- 5th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
:- 69th Battalion, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
:- 69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company K
:- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company A
:- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company C
:- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company D
:- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company I
:- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company B
:- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company E
Civil War Battles
The following Civil War Battles was fought in Lafayette County
Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lafayette County, Missouri newspapers in online catalogs like:
- Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Sedalia newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Lafayette County residents.
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.
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 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.
- 1865-1869 - Lafayette County Birth Index 1865-1869. Batch C515311 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1868 - Lafayette County Birth Index, Volume F, 1868. Batch C515312 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1821-1873 - Lafayette County Marriage Books A thru E Index 1821-1873. Batch M515311 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1868-1885 - Lafayette County Marriage Books F thru H Index 1868-1885. Batch M515312 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1881-1885 - Lafayette County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1881-1885. Batch M515313 at FamilySearch - free.
- Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
- Lafayette County, Missouri Obituaries, 1891-1920 at Ancestry.com ($)
Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries
- List of Missouri Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies
- Harvey J. Higgins Historical Society
2113 S. Main Street
Higginsville, MO 64037
Phone: (660) 584-6474
Family History Centers
|Centers provide: • Personal one-on-one assistance • Access to genealogical records through the Internet or microfilm loan program • Free how-to classes (varies by location). See Family History Centers for more information.|
| Check back often with these websites. Internet offerings are growing at record rates.
Local societies and libraries may know of other websites.
|Missouri Digital Heritage||Free||digital images of many types of records from institutions across the State|
|MOGenWeb||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions|
|USGenWeb Archives||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions|
|RootsWeb resources||Free||Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions|
|Linkpendium||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|CyndisList||Free||Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)|
|StateofUS||Free||family history resources and government records|
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||located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.|
|Missouri State Archives Library||catalog; from this page you must search "Lafayette County"|
|Google+||Missouri Genealogy Network Community|
|list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search|
|genealogy.com||Lafayette County, MO Genealogy Forum|
|ancestry.com||Lafayette County Message Board|
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lafayette 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).
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 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.
- ↑ Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
- ↑ Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
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