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{{Missouri-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Cass_County,_Missouri|Cass County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri Genealogy|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Cass County, Missouri|Cass County]]''  
  
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Guide to '''Cass County, Missouri ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:MO_ORP.png|Missouri Online Genealogy Records}}
  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
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| founded year = 1835
 
| founded year = 1835
 
| founded date = March 3
 
| founded date = March 3
| seat = Harrisonville
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| seat = [[Harrisonville, Missouri|Harrisonville]]
| building image =  
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| building image = MissouriCassCourthouse.jpg
| building address = Cass County Courthouse<br> 102 E Wall Street<br>Harrisonville, Mo 64701<br>Phone: 816.380.8102 <br>[http://casscounty.com/  '''Cass County Website'''] }}
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| building address = Cass County Courthouse<br> 102 E Wall Street<br>Harrisonville, Mo 64701<br>Phone: 816.380.8102 <br>[http://casscounty.com/  '''Cass County Website'''] }}  
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=== County Information ===
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==== Cass County, Missouri Record Dates  ====
  
{{MODC}}  
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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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" | '''[[Cass County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Missouri Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Cass County, Missouri Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Cass County, Missouri Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1883
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1836
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1837
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1835
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|}
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
<br><br><br>County Clerk has birth records 1861-1896 <br>and court records from 1843; Recorder of Deeds <br>has marriage, divorce and land records; <br>Associate Division has probate records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass County, Missouri. Page 398 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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County Clerk has birth records 1861-1896 and court records from 1843; Recorder of Deeds has marriage, divorce and land records; Associate Division has probate records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cass County, Missouri. Page 398 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1835--'''Cass County was created 3 March 1855&nbsp;from [[Jackson County, Missouri|Jackson]] County. '''County seat:''' Harrisonville. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> It was originally named [[Van Buren County, Missouri|Van Buren]] County. Its name was changed to Cass County in 1848.  
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'''1835''' Cass County was created 3 March 1855 from [[Jackson County, Missouri Genealogy|Jackson]] County. '''County seat:''' Harrisonville. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> It was originally named [[Van Buren County, Missouri Genealogy|Van Buren]] County. Its name was changed to Cass County in 1848.  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Cass 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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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Archie|place|disp=Archie}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Austin|place|disp=Austin}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Belton|place|disp=Belton}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Big Creek Township|place|disp=Big Creek Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Coldwater Township|place|disp=Coldwater Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Creighton|place|disp=Creighton}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Drexel|place|disp=Drexel}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Everett Township|place|disp=Everett Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Freeman|place|disp=Freeman}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Garden City|place|disp=Garden City}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Harrisonville|place|disp=Harrisonville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Kansas City|place|disp=Kansas City}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Lone Tree|place|disp=Lone Tree}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Peculiar|place|disp=Peculiar}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Pleasant Hill|place|disp=Pleasant Hill}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Cass, Raymore|place|disp=Raymore}}
  
 
*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 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 Missouri Counties.<br>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Bates County, Missouri|Bates]]  
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[[Bates County, Missouri Genealogy|Bates]] {{•}} [[Henry County, Missouri Genealogy|Henry]] {{•}} [[Jackson County, Missouri Genealogy|Jackson]] [[Johnson County, Missouri Genealogy|Johnson]] {{•}} [[Johnson County, Kansas Genealogy|Johnson County, Kansas]] {{•}} [[Miami County, Kansas Genealogy|Miami County, Kansas]]  
*[[Henry County, Missouri|Henry]]  
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{{MOCass, Missouri Clickable Neighbors}}
*[[Jackson County, Missouri|Jackson]]  
 
*[[Johnson County, Missouri|Johnson]]  
 
*[[Johnson County, Kansas|Johnson County, Kansas]]  
 
*[[Miami County, Kansas|Miami County, Kansas]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5684 Cass County, Missouri, Cemetery Records, Vol. 1] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{MO Church Intro}}
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==== City Directories ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4478 Kansas City, Missouri City Directories, 1889-91] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*'''1800 - 1991''' {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{MO Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{MO History}}
  
 
A [http://books.google.com/books?id=7n8UAAAAYAAJ ''History and directory of Cass County, Missouri containing a history of the county, its towns, commercial interests, etc.''] by A.L. Weber (1908) is available online free from Google Books.  
 
A [http://books.google.com/books?id=7n8UAAAAYAAJ ''History and directory of Cass County, Missouri containing a history of the county, its towns, commercial interests, etc.''] by A.L. Weber (1908) is available online free from Google Books.  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22588 Kansas City, Missouri&nbsp;: its history and its people, 1808-1908] at Ancestry.com ($)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=22352 A civic history of Kansas City, Missouri] at Ancestry.com ($)
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*''The History of Cass and Bates counties, Missouri&nbsp;: containing a history of these counties, their cities, towns; biographical sketches of their citizens, general and local statistics, history of Missouri. St. Joseph, Mo.&nbsp;: National Historical Co., 1883.''
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE57838 FamilySearch] (Free)
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*Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather. ''History and directory of Cass County, Missouri&nbsp;: containing a history of the county, its towns, commercial interests, etc..''. Harrisonville, Mo.&nbsp;: Cass County Leader, 1908.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE933642 Family Search] (Free)
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*Glenn, Allen. ''History of Cass County, Missouri''. Topeka, Kansas&nbsp;: Historical Pub. Co., 1917.
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**Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE90953 FamilySearch] (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Mocass.jpg|900px|Mocass.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/missouri/ Maps of Missouri (1804-1889)]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  
 
*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Cass_County Cass County townships] (Histopolis)<br>
 
*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Cass_County Cass 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 Cass 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 Cass 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-cass-county-missouri-1904-map.html Map of 1904 Cass County] with numerous small settlements (My Genealogy Hound)
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1900 - 1941''' {{RecordSearch|2576872|Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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===== Civil War  =====
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861 - 1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932374|Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932408|Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*{{RecordSearch|1865475|Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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{{VAciv}}
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:- [[12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate|12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate]], Company K
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:- [[1st Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union)|1st Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union)]], Company E
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:- [[2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union)|2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union)]], Company A
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:- [[2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union)|2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union)]], Company C
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:- [[2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union)|2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union)]], Company D
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:- [[11th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry State Guard (8th Division) - Confederate|11th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry State Guard (8th Division) - Confederate]], Company A
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:- [[11th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry State Guard (8th Division) - Confederate|11th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry State Guard (8th Division) - Confederate]], Company B
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:- [[11th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry State Guard (8th Division) - Confederate|11th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry State Guard (8th Division) - Confederate]], Company C
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:- [[1st Battery, Missouri Light Artillery - Confederate|1st Battery, Missouri Light Artillery - Confederate]], Also known as Henry Guibor's Light artillery Battery
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:- [[14th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)|14th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)]], Company D<br>
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
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*'''1800 - 1991''' {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{MO Newspaper Abstracts|Cass}}
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{MO Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1750 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|2399107|Missouri Probate Records 1750-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1766 - 1988''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9071 Missouri Wills and Probate Records 1766-1988] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== 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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*'''1865 - 1867''' Cass County Birth Index 1865-1867. Batch {{IGI|C514751}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at [[Media:Igimissouria.pdf|https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5a/Igimissouria.pdf]].</ref>
  
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
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*'''1750 - 1920''' {{RecordSearch|1680838|Missouri, Marriages, 1750-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1800 - 1991''' {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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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/ Ancestry.com] $
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*'''1835 - 1882'''  Cass County Marriage Books A thru E Index 1835-1882. Batch {{IGI|M514751}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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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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*'''1881 - 1885'''  Cass County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1881-1885. Batch {{IGI|M514752}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=29462 The marriage records of Cass (Van Buren) County, Missouri] 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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*'''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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*'''1867 - 1976''' {{RecordSearch|1680837|Missouri, Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1870 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=70535 Web: Cass County, Missouri, Obituary Index, 1870-2011] at Ancestry.com ($)
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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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== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.casscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ Cass County Genealogical Society]<br>P.O. Box 406<br>400 E. Mechanic Street<br>Harrisonville, MO 64701<br>Phone: 816-380-4396
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*Cass County Historical Society<br>P.O. Box 406<br>400 E Mechanic Street<br>Harrisonville, MO 64701-0406<br>Phone: 816-887-2393<br>[https://www.facebook.com/cchsmo/ Facebook]
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*[http://www.orgsites.com/mo/casscountygenealogicalsocietyinc/ Cass County Family History Guild]<br>Pearson Hall<br>400 E. Mechanic Street<br>Harrisonville, MO 64701<br>Phone: 816-773-8464
  
== Societies and Libraries<br>  ==
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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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==== Websites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
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| width="30%" | [http://mdh.deepwebaccess.com/mdh/result-list/fullRecord:cass+county/ Missouri Digital Heritage]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| digital images of many types of records from institutions across the State
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| width="30%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mocass/index.htm 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/cass/cass.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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== Web Sites ==
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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/Cass/ 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/Cass/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/mo/counties/cass/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/missouri/cass-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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| width="30%" | [http://ldsgenealogy.com/MO/Cass-County.htm Missouri Genealogy]
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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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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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{| width="100%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="5" border="1"
*{{FHL|Missouri%2C+Cass|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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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=202910&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Missouri%2C%20Cass%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=cass+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://www.acpl.lib.in.us/ Allen County Public Library]
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| width="70%" | Major genealogy resource library, located in Indiana. On home page enter "Cass Missouri" and search catalog.
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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 "Cass 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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== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Latest revision as of 01:02, 20 September 2016

United States Gotoarrow.png Missouri Gotoarrow.png Cass County

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


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Cass County, Missouri
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 3, 1835
County Seat Harrisonville
Courthouse
MissouriCassCourthouse.jpg
Address Cass County Courthouse
102 E Wall Street
Harrisonville, Mo 64701
Phone: 816.380.8102
Cass County Website


County Information

Cass County, Missouri Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1883 1836 1830 1837 1835

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth records 1861-1896 and court records from 1843; Recorder of Deeds has marriage, divorce and land records; Associate Division has probate records.[2]

History

Parent County

1835 Cass County was created 3 March 1855 from Jackson County. County seat: Harrisonville. [3] It was originally named Van Buren County. Its name was changed to Cass County in 1848.

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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Bates  • Henry  • Jackson Johnson  • Johnson County, Kansas  • Miami County, Kansas

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Resources

Cemeteries

Census

For tips on accessing Cass 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.

City Directories

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 Cass 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 and directory of Cass County, Missouri containing a history of the county, its towns, commercial interests, etc. by A.L. Weber (1908) is available online free from Google Books.

  • Kansas City, Missouri : its history and its people, 1808-1908 at Ancestry.com ($)
  • A civic history of Kansas City, Missouri at Ancestry.com ($)
  • The History of Cass and Bates counties, Missouri : containing a history of these counties, their cities, towns; biographical sketches of their citizens, general and local statistics, history of Missouri. St. Joseph, Mo. : National Historical Co., 1883.
  • Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather. History and directory of Cass County, Missouri : containing a history of the county, its towns, commercial interests, etc... Harrisonville, Mo. : Cass County Leader, 1908.
  • Glenn, Allen. History of Cass County, Missouri. Topeka, Kansas : Historical Pub. Co., 1917.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Cass County, Missouri Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Cass County, Missouri Genealogy:

- 12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company K
- 1st Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union), Company E
- 2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union), Company A
- 2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union), Company C
- 2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union), Company D
- 11th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry State Guard (8th Division) - Confederate, Company A
- 11th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry State Guard (8th Division) - Confederate, Company B
- 11th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry State Guard (8th Division) - Confederate, Company C
- 1st Battery, Missouri Light Artillery - Confederate, Also known as Henry Guibor's Light artillery Battery
- 14th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company D

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

Online Probate Records

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

  • Cass County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 406
    400 E Mechanic Street
    Harrisonville, MO 64701-0406
    Phone: 816-887-2393
    Facebook

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 Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Websites



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 Cass 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
Missouri Genealogy Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Cass 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 Major genealogy resource library, located in Indiana. On home page enter "Cass Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Cass County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries

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), Cass County, Missouri. Page 398 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 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.