Cole County, Missouri Genealogy
Guide to Cole County Missouri genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Cole County, Missouri|
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
|Founded||November 16, 1820|
|County Seat||Jefferson City|
|Address|| Cole County Courthouse|
01 E High Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Cole County Website
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records from 1821;
Probate Judge has probate records from 1821; Recorder Deeds
has marriage and land records from 1821
See an interactive map of Cole County boundary changes at N2Genealogy.
Jefferson City, MO Cole County Courthouse Fire
Jefferson City, Mo., March 14. -- The Cole County courthouse was destroyed by fire this afternoon. The records which were in fireproof vaults were not damaged. The building was insured for $70,000. The cost of replacing the structure, it was stated today would be $100,000, though the original cost was $59,000.
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 15 Mar 1918
To see a list of places in Cole County, click on [Show], in the bar above.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has burial records for Jefferson City National Cemetery and other Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries around the country.
For tips on accessing Cole County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri Census.
Maps of townships (Histopolis)
The University of Missouri Digital Library has digital copies of Missouri county plat books (ca. 1930) for all Missouri counties including Cole County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.
Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Jefferson City newspapers from the early 1900's that covered local news on Cole County residents as well as residents from surrounding counties.
- 1865-1874 - Cole County Birth Index 1865-1874. Batch C514812 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1883 - Cole County Birth Index 1883. Batch C514814 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1883-1906 - Cole County Birth Index 1883-1906. Batch C514817 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1885 - Cole County Birth Index 1885. Batch C514815 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1821-1865 - Cole County Marriage Books A and B Index 1821-1865. Batch M514811 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1865-1881 - Cole County Marriage Books C and D Index 1865-1881. Batch M514812 at FamilySearch - free.
- 1881-1885 - Cole County Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1881-1885. Batch M514813 at FamilySearch - free.
- Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
- 1883-1906 - Cole County Death Index 1883-1906. Batch B514817 at FamilySearch - free.
Societies and Libraries
Cole County Historical Society
109 Madison Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Family History Centers
- USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
- Family History Library Catalog
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cole County, Missouri. Page 399 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- 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.