Adair County, Missouri Genealogy

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This article is about a northeast Missouri county. For other uses, see Adair.

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

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Adair County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1841
County Seat Kirksville
Address Adair County Courthouse
106 W. Washington
Kirksville, MO 63501
Telephone: (660) 665-3350
Adair County Website

County Courthouse

County Recorder has marriage and land records from 1840:
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records; Probate
Clerk has probate records; County Clerk has school enumeration


Parent County

1841--Adair County was created 29 January 1841 from Macon County. County seat: Kirksville [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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




Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Adair County

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri


TheAdair County Historical Society has created an obituary and death notice collection on its website. They have been extrated from the Kirksville Daily Express and cover from March, 1979 through December 31, 2010. There are some additional obituaries taken from the Unionville Republican which are earlier than the listed dates above.



Vital Records

  • 1866-1867 - Adair County Birth Index, Volume 1, 1866-1867. Batch C514581 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1841-1878 - Adair County Marriage Book 1 Index 1841-1878. Batch M514581 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1871-1884 - Adair County Marriage Books 2 thru 4 Index 1871-1884. Batch M514582 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1884-1885 - Adair County Marriage Books 5 and 6 Index 1884-1885. Batch M514583 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

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), Adair 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at