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Guide to Monroe County, Missouri ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Monroe County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 6, 1831
County Seat Paris
Address Monroe County Courthouse
300 N Main Street
Paris, MO 65275-1399
Phone: 660.327.1019
Monroe County Website


County Courthouse

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce and court records;
probate Judge has probate records; County Assessor has
has land records[1]


Parent County

1831--Monroe County was created 6 January 1831 from Ralls County. County seat: Paris [2]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Missouri county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Missouri County Boundary Maps" (1804-1889) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

For a list of record loss in Missouri counties see: Missouri Counties with Burned Courthouses


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Audrain  • Macon  • Marion  • Ralls  • Randolph  • Shelby

Monroe CountyShelby CountyMarion CountyRalls CountyMacon CountyRandolph CountyHoward CountyChariton CountyBoone CountyPike CountyPike CountyLincoln CountyMontgomery CountyAudrain CountyAdams CountyMOMonroe.JPG


African American

  • 1865-1881 - Monroe County Colored Marriage Book 1 Index 1865-1881. Batch M515873 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



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.


St. Stephen's Church, Indian Creek

  • 1833-1875 - St. Stephen's Church, Indian Creek, Baptism Index 1833-1875. Batch C520471 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1835-1885 - St. Stephen's Church, Indian Creek, Marriage Index 1835-1885. Batch M520471 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



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 Monroe 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.

  • History of Monroe and Shelby counties, Missouri . . . : including a history of their townships, towns and villages together with a condensed history of Missouri . . . biographical sketches of prominent citizens. St. Louis, Missouri : National Historical Co., 1884.




Civil War
- 39th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company K
:- 1st Northeast Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company C
:- 1st Northeast Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company D
:- 1st Northeast Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company F
:- 1st Northeast Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company G
:- 1st Northeast Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company M
:- 70th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company A
:- 70th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company C
:- 70th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company Detailed
:- 70th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company H
:- 70th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company D
:- 70th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company B
:- 70th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union), Company F


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

  • ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Moberly newspapers from the early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Monroe County communities.


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.


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.

  • 1865-1881 - Monroe County Birth Index, Volume 1, 1865-1881. Batch C515873 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1885 - Monroe County Death Index 1883-1885. Batch B515879 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries


Historical Society

Monroe County Historical Society
PO Box 131, Paris, MO 65275
Phone: (660) 327-1831

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 Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites

Sites with online indexes or images of records
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
Sites that search for links pertaining to Monroe County, Missouri Genealogy
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
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Monroe County, Missouri Genealogy
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 "Monroe County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Monroe County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search Monroe County, MO Genealogy Forum Monroe County Message Board


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Monroe County, Missouri. Page 403 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


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