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{{Missouri-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Cooper_County,_Missouri|Cooper County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri Genealogy|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Cooper County, Missouri|Cooper County]]''  
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Guide to '''Cooper County, Missouri ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
 
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| founded year = 1818
 
| founded year = 1818
 
| founded date = December 17
 
| founded date = December 17
| seat = Boonville
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| seat = [[Boonville, Missouri|Boonville]]
 
| building image =  
 
| building image =  
| building address = Cooper County Courthouse <br>200 Main Street <br> PO Box 123 <br>Boonville, MO 65233-0123<br>Phone: 660.882.2626<br>[http://www.coopercountymo.org/cccircuit.htm '''Cooper County Website'''] }}
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| building address = Cooper County Courthouse <br>200 Main Street <br> PO Box 123 <br>Boonville, MO 65233-0123<br>Phone: 660.882.2626<br>[http://www.coopercountymo.org/cccircuit.htm '''Cooper County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Cooper County, Missouri Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>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</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cooper County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cooper County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cooper County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cooper County, Missouri Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Cooper County, Missouri Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cooper County, Missouri Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1883
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1819
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1883
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1819
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1819
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|}
  
 
== County Court House  ==
 
== County Court House  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1818--'''Cooper County was created 17 December 1818&nbsp;from [[Howard County, Missouri|Howard<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228597545406_919" />]] County. '''County seat:''' Boonville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1818--'''Cooper County was created 17 December 1818&nbsp;from [[Howard County, Missouri Genealogy|Howard<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1228597545406_919" />]] County. '''County seat:''' Boonville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Cooper County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/missouri/mo-maps.html boundary changes] at N2Genealogy.  
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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.  
  
 
==== 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  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cooper, Blackwater|place|disp=Blackwater}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cooper, Boonville|place|disp=Boonville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cooper, Chouteau Springs|place|disp=Chouteau Springs}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cooper, Pilot Grove|place|disp=Pilot Grove}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cooper, Pleasant Grove|place|disp=Pleasant Grove}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cooper, Speed|place|disp=Speed}}
  
 
*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>
 
*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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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Boone County, Missouri|Boone]]  
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[[Boone County, Missouri Genealogy|Boone]] {{•}} [[Howard County, Missouri Genealogy|Howard]] {{•}} [[Moniteau County, Missouri Genealogy|Moniteau]] {{•}} [[Morgan County, Missouri Genealogy|Morgan]] {{•}} [[Pettis County, Missouri Genealogy|Pettis]] {{•}} [[Saline County, Missouri Genealogy|Saline]]  
*[[Howard County, Missouri|Howard]]  
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<center>{{MOCooper, Missouri Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Moniteau County, Missouri|Moniteau]]  
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*[[Morgan County, Missouri|Morgan]]  
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*[[Pettis County, Missouri|Pettis]]  
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*[[Saline County, Missouri|Saline]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{MO Church Intro}}
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===== Catholic  =====
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'''St. Peter and Paul, Boonville'''
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*'''1850-1876''' - St. Peter and Paul, Boonville, Baptism Index 1850-1876. Batch {{IGI|C511771}} 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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*'''1851-1876''' - St. Peter and Paul, Boonville, Marriage Index 1851-1857, 1867-1876. Batch {{IGI|M511771}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6043 Cooper County, Missouri: Marriages (1819-1850) &amp; Wills (1820-1870)] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{MO Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{MO History}}
  
 
[http://books.google.com/books?id=ZWNAAAAAYAAJ ''A history of Cooper County, Missouri from the first visit by white men, in February, 1804, to the fifth day of July, 1876''] by Levens and Drake (1876) is available online free from Google Books.  
 
[http://books.google.com/books?id=ZWNAAAAAYAAJ ''A history of Cooper County, Missouri from the first visit by white men, in February, 1804, to the fifth day of July, 1876''] by Levens and Drake (1876) is available online free from Google Books.  
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*National Historical Company. ''History of Howard and Cooper counties, Missouri&nbsp;: written and compiled from the most authentic official and private sources, including a history of its townships, towns, and villages&nbsp;: together with a condensed history of Missouri, a reliable and detailed history of Howard and Cooper counties-- its pioneer record, resources, biographical sketches of prominent citizens, general and local statistics of great value, incidents and reminiscences''. St. Louis&nbsp;: National Historical Co., 1883.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE115176 Family Search] (Free)
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*Johnson, William Foreman. ''History of Cooper County, Missouri''. Topeka, Kansas&nbsp;: Historical Pub. Co., 1919.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE519431 FamilySearch] (Free)
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*Melton, Elston Joseph. ''Melton's history of Cooper County, Missouri, an account from early times to the present''. Salt Lake City, Utah&nbsp;: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1244462 FamilySearch] (Free)
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*Barnes, J. B. ''Short historical sketches of Boonville and vicinity''. Boonville, Mo.&nbsp;: [Boonville Advertiser?], 1928.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1667507 Family Search] (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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[[Image:Mocooper.jpg|900px|Mocooper.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/missouri/ Maps of Missouri (1804-1889)]
 
*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Cooper_County Cooper County townships] (Histopolis)<br>
 
*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Cooper_County Cooper County townships] (Histopolis)<br>
  
 
*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 Cooper County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.<br>
 
*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 Cooper County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.<br>
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/missouri-maps/mo-cooper-county-missouri-1904-map.html Map of 1904 Cooper County] with numerous small settlements (My Genealogy Hound)
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
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:- [[13th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union)|13th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union)]], Company E<br>:- [[29th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)|29th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)]], Company A<br>:- [[29th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)|29th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)]], Company F<br>:- [[52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company A<br>:- [[52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company B<br>:- [[52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company C<br>:- [[52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company D<br>:- [[52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company E<br>:- [[52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company F<br>:- [[52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company G<br>:- [[52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company H<br>:- [[52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company I<br>:- [[52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Detached Company<br>:- [[5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union)|5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union)]], Company A<br>:- [[5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union)|5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union)]], Company B<br>:- [[5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union)|5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union)]], Company F<br>:- [[9th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union)|9th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union)]], Company I<br><br>
  
 
===== Civil War Battle  =====
 
===== Civil War Battle  =====
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{MO Newspaper Abstracts|Cooper}}
  
 
*[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=14201 Jefferson City newspapers] and [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=58&ci=26324 Sedalia newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's covering local news that included residents from Cooper County communities.<br>
 
*[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=14201 Jefferson City newspapers] and [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=58&ci=26324 Sedalia newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's covering local news that included residents from Cooper County communities.<br>
  
 
==== 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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*1827 - 1935 {{RecordSearch|1680833|Missouri, Births and Christenings, 1827-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1851 - 1910 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1170 Missouri Birth Records, 1851-1910] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index/images $
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*'''1819-1867''' - Cooper County Birth Index, Volumes A thru C, 1819-1867. Batch {{IGI|C514821}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1868-1872''' - Cooper County Birth Index, Volume E, 1868-1872. Batch {{IGI|C514822}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1883-1884''' - Cooper County Birth Index 1883-1884. Batch {{IGI|C514825}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
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*1802 - 1969 {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1802-1969}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index/images
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*1750 - 1920 {{RecordSearch|1680838|Missouri, Marriages, 1750-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1805 - 2002 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1171 Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002] at [http://home.ancestry.com/
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*1850 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2094 Missouri Marriages to 1850] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1819-1867''' - Cooper County Marriage Books A thru C Index 1819-1867. Batch {{IGI|M514821}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1867-1883''' - Cooper County Marriage Book E Index 1867-1883. Batch {{IGI|M514822}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*'''1881-1885''' - Cooper County Marriage Books 1 thru 3 Index 1881-1885. Batch {{IGI|M514823}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6043 Cooper County, Missouri: Marriages (1819-1850) &amp; Wills (1820-1870)] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
===== '''''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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*1867 - 1976 {{RecordSearch|1680837|Missouri, Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1834 - 1910 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1172 Missouri, Death Records, 1834-1910] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index/images $
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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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*'''1883-1884''' - Cooper County Death Index 1883-1884. Batch {{IGI|B514827}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
== Societies and Libraries<br> ==
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5701 Cooper County, Missouri, Cemetery Records, Vol. 1-12] at Ancestry.com ($)
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== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries  ==
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*Boonslick Historical Society Of Cooper And Howard Counties<br>P.O. Box 324<br>Boonville 65233
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*[http://www.pilotgrovemo.org/cchs.html Cooper County Historical Society &amp; Research Center]<br>P. O. Box 51<br>111 Roe Street<br>Pilot Grove, Missouri, 65276<br>(660) 834-3582
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/missouri/mo-society-archive/ List of Missouri Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]&nbsp;
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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==== Web Sites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://mdh.deepwebaccess.com/mdh/result-list/fullRecord:cooper+county/ Missouri Digital Heritage]
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| width="20%" | Free
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| digital images of many types of records from institutions across the State
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| width="30%" | [http://cooper.mogenweb.org/ MOGenWeb]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mo/cooper/cooper.htm USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#94FFFF" colspan="3" | <center>'''Sites that search for links pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/MO/Cooper/ RootsWeb resources]  
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/MO/Cooper/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/mo/counties/cooper/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/missouri/cooper-county// StateofUS]  
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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== Web Sites  ==
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FFFF66" colspan="2" | <center>'''Major catalogs for ''hard copy'' collections of {{PAGENAME}}''' <br>Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records</center>
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=202928&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Missouri%2C%20Cooper%22 FamilySearch catalog]
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| width="70%" | Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=cooper+county+missouri WorldCat]
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| width="70%" | To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see [[WorldCat Online Catalog]].
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| width="30%" | [http://smartcat.acpl.lib.in.us/?q=cooper+county%2C+missouri&image.x=0&image.y=0 Allen County Public Library]
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| width="70%" | located in Indiana They are heavily involved in digitizing.
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| width="30%" | [http://msa.library.net/ Missouri State Archives Library]
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| width="%70%" | catalog; from this page you must search "Cooper County"
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| width="100%" colspan="2" | <center>'''See also''' [[{{PAGENAME}}#Genealogy_Societies.2C_Archives_and_Libraries|local libraries]] and [[Missouri Archives and Libraries]]</center>
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*{{FHL|Missouri%2C+Cooper|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#FAEBD7" colspan="3" | <center>'''Social networking sites pertaining to {{PAGENAME}}''' </center>
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| width="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100347390989583743440 Google+]
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| width="70%" | Missouri Genealogy Network Community
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| width="30" | [https://www.facebook.com/search/more/?q=Missouri%20Genealogy&sid=0.6922872586034933 Facebook]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
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| width="30%" | [http://genforum.genealogy.com/mo/cooper/ genealogy.com]
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| width="70%" | Cooper County, MO Genealogy Forum
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.missouri.counties.cooper/mb.ashx ancestry.com]
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| width="70%" | Cooper County Message Board
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Latest revision as of 19:54, 20 August 2015

United States Gotoarrow.png Missouri Gotoarrow.png Cooper County

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

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Online Records



Cooper County, Missouri
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 17, 1818
County Seat Boonville
Courthouse
Address Cooper County Courthouse
200 Main Street
PO Box 123
Boonville, MO 65233-0123
Phone: 660.882.2626
Cooper County Website

Contents

County Information

Cooper County, Missouri Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1883 1819 1883 1830 1819 1819

County Court House

 

County Clerk has birth and death records 1883-1893
and burial records; Circuit Clerk has marriage,
divorce, court and naturalization records from 1819
and land records from 1812; Associate Circuit Court
has probate record from 1828[2]

History

Parent County

1818--Cooper County was created 17 December 1818 from Howard County. County seat: Boonville [3]

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

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

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Resources

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Cooper County, Missouri Genealogy 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.

Catholic

St. Peter and Paul, Boonville

  • 1850-1876 - St. Peter and Paul, Boonville, Baptism Index 1850-1876. Batch C511771 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1851-1876 - St. Peter and Paul, Boonville, Marriage Index 1851-1857, 1867-1876. Batch M511771 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

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 Cooper 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.

A history of Cooper County, Missouri from the first visit by white men, in February, 1804, to the fifth day of July, 1876 by Levens and Drake (1876) is available online free from Google Books.

  • National Historical Company. History of Howard and Cooper counties, Missouri : written and compiled from the most authentic official and private sources, including a history of its townships, towns, and villages : together with a condensed history of Missouri, a reliable and detailed history of Howard and Cooper counties-- its pioneer record, resources, biographical sketches of prominent citizens, general and local statistics of great value, incidents and reminiscences. St. Louis : National Historical Co., 1883.
  • Johnson, William Foreman. History of Cooper County, Missouri. Topeka, Kansas : Historical Pub. Co., 1919.
  • Melton, Elston Joseph. Melton's history of Cooper County, Missouri, an account from early times to the present. Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1987.
  • Barnes, J. B. Short historical sketches of Boonville and vicinity. Boonville, Mo. : [Boonville Advertiser?], 1928.

Maps

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Military

Civil War
- 13th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company E
:- 29th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company A
:- 29th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company F
:- 52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
:- 52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
:- 52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
:- 52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
:- 52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company E
:- 52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
:- 52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
:- 52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
:- 52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
:- 52nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Detached Company
:- 5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union), Company A
:- 5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union), Company B
:- 5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union), Company F
:- 9th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company I

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Cooper County

June 17, 1861 = Boonville[5] also known as First Battle of Boonville

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri

Newspapers

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


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
Deaths

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

  • Boonslick Historical Society Of Cooper And Howard Counties
    P.O. Box 324
    Boonville 65233

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 Cooper 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 Cooper 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 "Cooper County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Cooper County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
genealogy.com Cooper County, MO Genealogy Forum
ancestry.com Cooper County Message Board

References

  1. 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
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cooper County, Missouri. Page 399 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 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.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August 2012)

 

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