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|St. Clair County, Missouri|
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
|Founded||January 16, 1833|
|Address|| St.Clair County Courthouse|
PO Box 525
Osceola, MO 64776-0405
St. Clair County Website
St. Clair County, Missouri Record Dates
Recorders Office has marriage records from 1855 and
marriage from 1855 and land records from 1867; Clerk Circuit
Court has divorce and probate records
1833--St. Clair County was created 16 January 1833 from Lafayette County. St. Clair lost land to Pettis County 26 January 1833 and attached to Rives County, until formally organized 29 January 1841. County seat: Osceola 
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.
- Appleton City, St. Clair County, Missouri Cemetery Records, Vol. 1 at Ancestry.com ($)
For tips on accessing St. Clair County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri Census.
Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Missouri denominations, view the Missouri Church Records wiki page.
Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.
See Missouri Land and Property for information about records of land transfers from the government to private ownership. After that transfer, transactions were usually recorded and are currently housed at the county courthouse.
Local histories are available for St. Clair County, Missouri Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section Missouri Local Histories.
- The History of Henry and St. Clair Counties, Missouri : containing a history of these counties, their cities, towns...biographical sketches...statistics.... St. Joseph, Mo. : National Historical Co., 1883.
- Online at FamilySearch (Free)
- Maps of Missouri (1804-1889)
- Family Maps of St. Clair County, Missouri Genealogy (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
- Map of St. Clair County townships (Histopolis)
- The University of Missouri Digital Library has digital copies of Missouri county plat books (ca. 1930) for all Missouri counties including St. Clair County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.
- - 60th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company E
:- 12th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company B
:- 16th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company I
:- 23rd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
:- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company A
:- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company B
:- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company C
:- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company D
:- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company E
:- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company F
:- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company G
:- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company H
:- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company I
:- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company K
:- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company C
:- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company G
:- 5th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
:- 5th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company L
:- 5th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company M
:- 5th Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company F
:- 5th Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company I
:- 60th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as St. Clair County, Missouri Genealogy 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.
Online Probate Records
- 1750 – 1988 Missouri Probate Records 1750-1998 at FamilySearch — images
- 1766 - 1988 Missouri Wills and Probate Records 1766-1988 at Ancestry.com — index and images $
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.
- 1827 - 1935 Missouri, Births and Christenings, 1827-1935 at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1851 - 1910 Missouri Birth Records, 1851-1910 at Ancestry.com — index/images $
- 1848-1867 - St. Clair County Birth Index 1848-1867. Batch C515161 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1802 - 1969 Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1802-1969 at FamilySearch.org — index/images
- 1750 - 1920 Missouri, Marriages, 1750-1920 at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1805 - 2002 Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002 at [http://home.ancestry.com/
- 1850 Missouri Marriages to 1850 at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1855-1885 - St. Clair County Marriage Index 1855-1885. Batches M515161 and M515162 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1867 - 1976 Missouri, Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976 at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1834 - 1910 Missouri, Death Records, 1834-1910 at Ancestry.com — index/images $
- Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
- St. Clair County, Missouri Deaths, 1906-1929 at Ancestry.com ($)
- St. Clair County, Missouri Obituaries, 1888-1928 at Ancestry.com ($)
Societies and Libraries
Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries
St. Clair County Historical Society
660 Main Street
PO Box 376
Osceola, MO 64776
Phone: (417) 646-8455
St. Clair County Library
Main Branch: Osceola
Osceola, MO 64776
Phone: (417) 646-2214
Family History Centers
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 [[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Family History Center] for more information. Search the [https://familysearch.org/ask/help#localResource online FHC director for a nearby family history center.
| 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 "St. Clair County"|
|Google+||Missouri Genealogy Network Community|
|list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search|
|genealogy.com||St. Clair County, MO Genealogy Forum|
- ↑ 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
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), St. Clair County, Missouri. Page 405 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f4/Igimissourir.pdf.
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