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Guide to Lafayette County Missouri genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Lafayette County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded November 16, 1820
County Seat Lexington
Address Lafayette County Courthouse

1001 Main Street
PO Box 357
Lexington, MO 64067
Phone: 660.259.4315
Lafayette County Website


County Courthouse


County Recorder has marriage, divorce, probate,
court and land records from 1821[1]


Parent County

1820--Lafayette County was created 16 November 1820 from Cooper County. County seat: Lexington. [2] The county was originally named Lillard County. Its name was changed in 1825 to Lafayette County.

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Lafayette County boundary changes.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


Archives and Libraries





Immaculate Conception, Lexington

  • 1853-1876 - Immaculate Conception, Lexington, Baptism Index 1853-1876. Batch C511831 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1853-1885 - Immaculate Conception, Lexington, Marriage Index 1853-1885. Batch M511831 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



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.



Civil War
Civil War Battles

The following Civil War Battles was fought in Lafayette County

  • September 13-20, 1861 = Lexington I[4] also known as Battle of the Hemp Bales

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri


  • ($) 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.



Vital Records

  • 1865-1869 - Lafayette County Birth Index 1865-1869. Batch C515311 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1868 - Lafayette County Birth Index, Volume F, 1868. Batch C515312 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1821-1873 - Lafayette County Marriage Books A thru E Index 1821-1873. Batch M515311 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1868-1885 - Lafayette County Marriage Books F thru H Index 1868-1885. Batch M515312 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881-1885 - Lafayette County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1881-1885. Batch M515313 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Museums

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 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
  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)


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