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

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Oregon County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Oregon County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 14, 1845
County Seat Alton
Courthouse
Address Oregon County Courthouse
PO Box 324
Alton, MO 65606
Phone: 417.778.7475
Oregon County Website

Contents

County Courthouse


Clerk Cicuit Court has court has marriage, divorce, marriage and court records;
Probate Judge has probate records; Recorder Deeds has land records[1]

History

Parent County

1845--Oregon County was created 14 February 1845 from Ripley County. County seat: Alton [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

Places/Localities

A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets Past and Present of Oregon County, Missouri. Compiled by Arthur Paul Moser is available from the Springfield-Greene County Library District.
Also, the State Historical Society of Missouri has information on historical Missouri place names for all 114 Missouri Counties.

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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.

Topographic Map Church Features in Oregon County, Missouri.

Court

  • Many Court records for Oregon County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of their holdings, see the topic details from their catalog.

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 Oregon 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.

  • Oregon County, Missouri Published Books.
  • Oregon County Missouri. This lists collections in the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Rolla that del in some manner with Oregon County.
  • Many History records for Oregon County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of their holdings, see the topic details from their catalog.

Maps

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Military

Naturalization

  • Many Naturalization records for Oregon County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of their holdings, see the topic details from their catalog.

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Oregon County, Missouri 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.

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  • Oregon County, Missouri Probate Records. Index to Probate Records A-F.
  • Many Probate records for Oregon County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. For a listing of their holdings, see the topic details from their catalog.

Schools

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.

Many vital records records for Oregon County have been microfilmed or abstracted. Some of those copies are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and may be available through Inter-Library loan. For a listing of their holdings, see the topic details from their catalog.

Births
Marriages
  • Ancestry ($) has the following records available:
Deaths

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oregon 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 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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