Scotland County, Missouri Genealogy

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Scotland County Genealogical Society<br>P.O. Box 232<br>Memphis, MO 63555<br>Website: []
Scotland County Memorial Library<br>306 W. Madison<br>Memphis, Mo 63555<br>Phone: (660) 465-7042<br>Website: []
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Guide to Scotland County Missouri genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Scotland County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1841
County Seat Memphis
Address Scotland County Courthouse
117 S Market Street
Memphis, MO 63555
Phone: 660.465.7027
Scotland County Website


County Courthouse


County Clerk has birth and death records 1883-1889;
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, court and
land records from 1841; probate Judge has probate
records from 1841[1]


Parent County

1841--Scotland County was created 29 January 1841 from Lewis County. County seat: Memphis [2]

Boundary Changes

  • See an interactive map of Scotland County border changes at N2Genealogy.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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


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 Scotland 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.





Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Scotland 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.

  • 1865 - Scotland County Birth Index 1865. Batch C515791 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1841-1885 - Scotland County Marriage Index 1841-1885. Batch M515791 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881-1885 - Scotland County Marriage Index 1881-1885. Batch M515792 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1889 - Scotland County Death Index 1883-1889. Batch B515483 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Scotland County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 232
Memphis, MO 63555

Scotland County Memorial Library
306 W. Madison
Memphis, Mo 63555
Phone: (660) 465-7042

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Scotland County, Missouri. Page 405 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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at