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Revision as of 15:27, 26 June 2014

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Missouri
Online Records

McDonald County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded March 3, 1849
County Seat Pineville
Address McDonald County Courthouse
Hwy W;
Pinneville, MO 64856-0665
Phone: 417.223.4717
McDonald County Website


County Courthouse

Recorder Deeds has marriage records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and
land records; probate Judge has probate


Parent County

1849--McDonald County was created 3 March 1849 from Newton County. County seat: Pineville. [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


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Barry  • Benton County, Arkansas  • Delaware County, Oklahoma  • Newton  • Ottawa County, Oklahoma

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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.



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 McDonald 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.




Civil War
- 11th Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company E
:- 11th Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company E
:- 11th Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company F
:- 11th Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company F
:- 16th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company G
:- 16th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company H


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


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.

  • 1853-1860 - McDonald County Birth Index 1853-1860. Batch C515351 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1887 - McDonald County Birth Index 1883-1887. Batch C515404 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Historical Society

McDonald County Historical Society
P. O. Box 572
Pineville, MO 64856
Phone: (417) 223-7700


McDonald County Library
808 Bailey Road
Pineville, Missouri 64856
Phone: (417) 223-4489

Family History Centers

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


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), McDonald 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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at