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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Benton_County,_Missouri|Benton County]]''  
 
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Benton_County,_Missouri|Benton County]]''  
  
Guide to '''Benton County Missouri genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Benton County Missouri genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
 
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| founded year = 1835
 
| founded year = 1835
 
| founded date = January 3
 
| founded date = January 3
| seat = Warsaw
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| seat = [[Warsaw, Missouri|Warsaw]]
 
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| building address = Benton County Courthouse<br> PO Box 1238<br> Warsaw, MO 65355-1238<br> Phone: 660.438.7326 <br>[http://www.bentoncomo.com/ '''Benton County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = Benton County Courthouse<br> PO Box 1238<br> Warsaw, MO 65355-1238<br> Phone: 660.438.7326 <br>[http://www.bentoncomo.com/ '''Benton County Website'''] }}  
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
<br><br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1883 <br>and marriage records from 1839; Clerk Circuit Court<br> has divorce and court records; Probate Court has probate <br>Court has probate records; Recorder has Deeds and&nbsp; land <br>records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Missouri. Page 397 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1883 <br>and marriage records from 1839; Clerk Circuit Court<br> has divorce and court records; Probate Court has probate <br>Court has probate records; Recorder has Deeds and land <br>records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Missouri. Page 397 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1835--'''Benton County was created 3 January 1835&nbsp;from [[Pettis County, Missouri|Pettis]] and [[St. Clair County, Missouri|St. Clair]] Counties.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Warsaw <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1835--'''Benton County was created 3 January 1835&nbsp;from [[Pettis County, Missouri|Pettis]] and [[St. Clair County, Missouri|St. Clair]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Warsaw <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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For animated maps illustrating Missouri county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/missouri/ "Rotating Formation Missouri County Boundary Maps"] (1804-1889) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
See an interactive map of Benton County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/missouri/mo-maps.html border changes] at N2Genealogy.  
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in Missouri counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/missouri/mo-counties/#courthouse Missouri Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
  
*The [http://shs.umsystem.edu/index.shtml State Historical Society of Missouri] has information on [http://shs.umsystem.edu/manuscripts/ramsay/ramsay.html historical Missouri place names] for all 114 Missouri Counties.<br>
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[[Image:Mobenton.jpg|600px|Mobenton.jpg]]
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*The [http://shs.umsystem.edu/index.shtml State Historical Society of Missouri] has information on [http://shs.umsystem.edu/manuscripts/ramsay/ramsay.html historical Missouri place names] for all 114 Missouri Counties.
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cole_Camp,_Missouri Cole Camp]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwards,_Missouri Edwards]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mora,_Missouri Mora]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw,_Missouri Warsaw]
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Camden County, Missouri|Camden]]  
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[[Camden County, Missouri|Camden]] {{•}}
*[[Henry County, Missouri|Henry]]  
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[[Henry County, Missouri|Henry]] {{•}}
*[[Hickory County, Missouri|Hickory]]  
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[[Hickory County, Missouri|Hickory]] {{•}}
*[[Morgan County, Missouri|Morgan]]  
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[[Morgan County, Missouri|Morgan]] {{•}}
*[[Pettis County, Missouri|Pettis]]  
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[[Pettis County, Missouri|Pettis]] {{•}}
*[[St. Clair County, Missouri|St. Clair]]
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[[St. Clair County, Missouri|St. Clair]]
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<center>{{MOBenton, Missouri Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{MO Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{MO Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
[http://books.google.com/books?id=jPguAAAAYAAJ ''A sketch of the history of Benton County, Missouri''] by James Henry Lay (1876) , only 76 pages, is available online free from Google Books.  
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{{MO History}}
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*[http://books.google.com/books?id=jPguAAAAYAAJ ''A sketch of the history of Benton County, Missouri''] by James Henry Lay (1876) , only 76 pages, is available online free from Google Books.
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*Biographies from [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/missouri-counties/benton-county-missouri-genealogy-biographies.asp The History of Benton County, Missouri] (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/missouri/ Maps of Missouri (1804-1889)]
Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Benton_County Benton County townships] (Histopolis)<br>
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
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*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Benton_County Benton County townships] (Histopolis)  
The [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/ University of Missouri Digital Library] has digital copies of [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx/cgi/i/image/image-idx?sid=7474c95ce6e68ec22a63efb27869515c;page=index;c=platic Missouri county plat books] {{nowrap|(ca. 1930)}} for all Missouri counties including Benton County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.<br>
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*The [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/ University of Missouri Digital Library] has digital copies of [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx/cgi/i/image/image-idx?sid=7474c95ce6e68ec22a63efb27869515c;page=index;c=platic Missouri county plat books] {{nowrap|(ca. 1930)}} for all Missouri counties including Benton County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.  
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/missouri-maps/mo-benton-county-missouri-1904-map.html Map of 1904 Benton County] with numerous small settlements (My Genealogy Hound)
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=58&ci=26324 Sedalia newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Benton County residents.<br>
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{{MO Newspaper Abstracts|Benton}}
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[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=58&ci=26324 Sedalia newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Benton County residents.  
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{MO Probate Intro}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{MO Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{MO Vital Intro}}
  
 
===== '''''Births'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Births'''''  =====
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*'''1849-1865''' - Benton County Birth Volumes 1 and 2 Index 1849-1865. Batch {{IGI|C514641}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5a/Igimissouria.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1883-1892''' - Benton County Birth Index 1883-1892. Batch {{IGI|C514643}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
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*'''1839-1880''' - Benton County Marriage Books A and B Index 1839-1880. Batch {{IGI|M514641}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1873-1885''' - Benton County Marriage Books C thru E Index 1873-1885. Batch {{IGI|M514642}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
===== '''''Deaths'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Deaths'''''  =====
  
*Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to [http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/ Missouri Death Certificates] more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.<br>
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*Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to [http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/ Missouri Death Certificates] more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.<br>
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*'''1883-1890''' - Benton County Death Index 1883-1890. Batch {{IGI|B514644}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
== Societies and Libraries&nbsp; ==
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/missouri/mo-society-archive/ List of Missouri Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies]
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/missouri/benton-county/ Benton County, MO History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100347390989583743440 Missouri Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/218845911485304/ Missouri Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Missouri%2C+Benton|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Missouri%2C+Benton|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/missouri-counties/benton-county-missouri-genealogy-biographies.asp# Biographies from The History of Benton County, Missouri] (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Latest revision as of 19:02, 28 March 2014

United States Gotoarrow.png Missouri Gotoarrow.png Benton County

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Missouri
Online Records


Benton County, Missouri
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 3, 1835
County Seat Warsaw
Courthouse
Address Benton County Courthouse
PO Box 1238
Warsaw, MO 65355-1238
Phone: 660.438.7326
Benton County Website

Contents

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1883
and marriage records from 1839; Clerk Circuit Court
has divorce and court records; Probate Court has probate
Court has probate records; Recorder has Deeds and land
records[1]

History

Parent County

1835--Benton County was created 3 January 1835 from Pettis and St. Clair Counties. County seat: Warsaw [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 MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Mobenton.jpg

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Camden  • Henry  • Hickory  • Morgan  • Pettis  • St. Clair

Benton CountyHenry CountyMorgan CountyCass CountyLafayette CountyVernon CountyCedar CountySt. Clair CountyMiller CountyCass CountyDallas CountyBates CountyJohnson CountyCooper CountyPolk CountyHickory CountyMoniteau CountyCamden CountyLaclade CountyPettis CountyJackson CountyMOBenton.jpg
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Resources

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Benton County, Missouri census records online, see: Missouri Census.

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 Benton 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

Military

Newspapers

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


Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Sedalia newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Benton County residents.

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
  • 1849-1865 - Benton County Birth Volumes 1 and 2 Index 1849-1865. Batch C514641 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1892 - Benton County Birth Index 1883-1892. Batch C514643 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Marriages
  • 1839-1880 - Benton County Marriage Books A and B Index 1839-1880. Batch M514641 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1873-1885 - Benton County Marriage Books C thru E Index 1873-1885. Batch M514642 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
Deaths
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1890 - Benton County Death Index 1883-1890. Batch B514644 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton County, Missouri. Page 397 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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5a/Igimissouria.pdf.

 

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