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

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Osage County, Missouri
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 29, 1841
County Seat Linn
Courthouse
Address Osage County Courthouse
106 E Main Street
Linn, MO 65501
Phone: 573.897.2139
Osage County Website

Contents

County Courthouse


Recorder Deeds has marriage and land records from 1841;
probate courth has probate records from 1841; County
Clerk has birth and death records[1]

History

Osage County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. The county was named for the Osage River. As of 2000, the population was 13,062. Its county seat is Linn[1]. The center of population of Missouri is located in Osage County, in the city of Westphalia[2]

Parent County

1841--Osage County was created 29 January 1841 from Gasconade County. County seat: Linn [3]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Osage County border changes at N2Genealogy.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Cities

Belle · Bland · Chamois · Linn · Meta · Westphalia



          To see a list of places in Osage County, click on [Show], in the bar above.

Osage County Historical Society has information on historic places from Gasconade, Maries & Osage Counties including sources and links to historic maps. Also see: The Ramsay Place Names File for Osage County. (State Historical Society of Missouri)

Resources

Cemeteries

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 Osage 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.

Maps

Moosage.jpg Maps of townships (Histopolis)

The University of Missouri Digital Library has digital copies of Missouri county plat books (ca. 1930) for all Missouri counties including Osage County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.

Military

Newspapers

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


Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Jefferson City newspapers from the early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Osage County communities.

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
Marriages
  • 1841-1875 - Osage County Marriage Index 1841-1875. Batch M515531 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1875-1885 - Osage County Marriage Index 1875-1885. Batch M515532 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Osage County Historical Society
P.O. Box 402
Linn, MO 6505
573-897-2932
Website: http://www.osagecounty.org/

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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Osage County, Missouri. Page 403 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/cenpop/statecenters.txt
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 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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