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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mojchs/Marriagemenu.htm Marriage Records] (Jefferson County Historical Society)  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mojchs/Marriagemenu.htm Marriage Records] (Jefferson County Historical Society)  
*[http://www.vienici.com/moabs/lookups.html Vien Ici] (local area marriage records)
*[http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~caulleyfamilyinfo/MissouriMarriages/index.html Brian Oster Missouri Marriage Records Site] (local area marriage records)
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Online Records

Jefferson County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the state of Missouri
Founded 1818
County Seat Hillsboro

Jefferson County Website

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County Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse
300 2nd Street; PO Box 100;
Hillsboro, MO 63050-0100
Phone: 636.797.5478 

Recorder Deeds has marriage and land records;
Probate Court has probate records; Clerk Circuit 
 Court has court records[1]


Jefferson County, Missouri was organized 8 December 1818. This became effective 1 January 1819. The county was named after Thomas Jefferson.


Parent County

1818--Jefferson County was created 8 December 1818 from Ste. Genevieve and St. Louis Counties. County seat: Hillsboro [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

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Neighboring Counties



A number of residents of Valle Township, Jefferson County, Missouri were buried across Big River in Masonic Cemetery in Washington County, near Blackwell.


Historical populations
Year Pop.  %±
1820 1,835
1830 2,592 41.3%
1840 4,296 65.7%
1850 6,928 61.3%
1860 10,344 49.3%
1870 15,380 48.7%
1880 18,736 21.8%
1890 22,484 20.0%
1900 25,712 14.4%
1910 27,878 8.4%
1920 26,555 −4.7%
1930 27,563 3.8%
1940 32,023 16.2%
1950 38,007 18.7%
1960 66,377 74.6%
1970 105,248 58.6%
1980 146,183 38.9%
1990 171,380 17.2%
2000 198,099 15.6%
2010 218,733 10.4%




Local Histories

  • Articles: Items of History (Jefferson County Historical Society)
  • Boyer, Mary Joan, Jefferson County, Missouri in Story and Pictures.  Festus, Missouri: Tri-City Independent, 1956.
  • Douglass, Robert Sidney, History of Southeast Missouri.  New York:  Lewis Publishing Compasny, 1912.
  • Family Histories (Jefferson County Historical Society)
  • History of Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Crawford, and Gasconade Counties, Missouri.  Chicago:  The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1888.  Reprint, Greenville, South Carolina:  Southern Historical Press, 2001.  (Jefferson County portion, GenWeb)
  • Jefferson County, Missouri History Books (indexes) (Jefferson County Historical Society)
  • Rutledge, Zoe Booth, Our Jefferson County Heritage (index only; Jefferson County Historical Society)
  • Whipple, Etta, History of Jefferson Co. Baptists 1798-1949 (index only; Jefferson County Historical Society)

Maps and Gazetteers




Historic newspapers from 1869 to 1952 are housed at the Jefferson County History Center at Jefferson College. The Center is located in the Jefferson College Library and is open by appointment.


The Jefferson County History Center, located in the Jefferson College Library and open by appointment, contains probate files dating from the 1820s.


  • Schools (Jefferson County Historical Society)


Real estate and personal property tax records from the 19th through the mid-20th centuries are located at the Jefferson County History Center in the Jefferson College Library. The Center is open by appointment.

Vital Records


Societies and Libraries

Many of the older county records have been moved from the Jefferson County Courthouse to the Jefferson County History Center at Jefferson College.  Old newspapers which were once housed at Roop Printing in De Soto have also been moved to the Jefferson County History Center.  The De Soto Public Library has a large collection of vintage photographs of De Soto landmarks and businesses.

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jefferson County, Missouri. Page 401 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).