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|Lewis County, Missouri|
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
|Founded||January 2, 1833|
|Address|| Lewis County Courthouse|
100 E Lafayette Street
Monticello, MO 63457
Lewis County Website
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce and land records;
Probate Judge has probate and court records
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 114 Missouri Counties.
- Family Biographies from The History of Lewis County, Missouri (1887) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
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.
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 Lewis 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.
- History of Lewis, Clark, Knox and Scotland Counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present...family records.... St. Louis : Goodspeed, 1887.
- Online at FamilySearch (Free)
- Maps of Missouri (1804-1889)
- Map of Lewis County townships (Histopolis)
- Map of 1904 Lewis County, Missouri (My Genealogy Hound)
- The University of Missouri Digital Library has digital copies of Missouri county plat books (ca. 1930) for all Missouri counties including Lewis County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.
- - 69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- - 21st Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company A
- - 21st Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company F
- - 21st Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company G
- - 21st Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company K
- - 10th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company B
- - 1st Northeast Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company A
- - 1st Northeast Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company I
- - 2nd Northeast Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Franklin) - Confederate, Company A, C to E
- - 2nd Northeast Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Franklin) - Confederate, Company B
- - 69th Battalion, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
- - 69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- - 69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- - 69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- - 69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
- - 69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company L
- - 69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company M
- - 3rd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia Cavalry (Union), Company A
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lewis County, Missouri newspapers in online catalogs like:
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.
- 1832-1866 - Lewis County Birth Index, Volumes 1 thru 3, 1832-1866. Batch C515331 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1833-1877 - Lewis County Marriage Books 1 thru 3 Index 1833-1877. Batch M515331 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1877-1885 - Lewis County Marriage Books 4 and 5 Index 1877-1885. Batch M515332 at FamilySearch - free.
- Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries
Lewis County Historical Society
102 N 4th St
Canton, MO 63435
Phone: (573) 288-5713
Lewis County Public Libraries - Libraries located in Lewis County have resources for genealogy and researching family history.
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 "Lewis County"|
|Google+||Missouri Genealogy Network Community|
|list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search|
|genealogy.com||Lewis County, MO Genealogy Forum|
|ancestry.com||Lewis County Message Board|
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lewis 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 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.
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