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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lafayette_County,_Missouri|Lafayette County]]''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri Genealogy|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Lafayette County, Missouri|Lafayette County]]''  
  
Guide to '''Lafayette County Missouri genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Lafayette County, Missouri ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
{{MODC}}  
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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 = 1820
 
| founded year = 1820
 
| founded date = November 16
 
| founded date = November 16
| seat = Lexington  
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| seat = [[Lexington, Missouri|Lexington]]
| building image =  
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| building image = MissouriLaFayetteCourthouse.jpg
 
| building address = Lafayette County Courthouse<br><br>1001 Main Street<br> PO Box 357 <br>Lexington, MO 64067<br>Phone: 660.259.4315<br>[http://www.lafayettecountymo.com/ '''Lafayette County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address = Lafayette County Courthouse<br><br>1001 Main Street<br> PO Box 357 <br>Lexington, MO 64067<br>Phone: 660.259.4315<br>[http://www.lafayettecountymo.com/ '''Lafayette County Website'''] }}  
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Lafayette County, Missouri Record Dates  ====
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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" | '''[[Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1821
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1830
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1820
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1821
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1820--'''Lafayette County was created 16 November 1820 from [[Cooper County, Missouri|Cooper]] County. '''County seat:''' Lexington. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> The county was originally named [[Lillard County, Missouri|Lillard]] County. Its name was changed in 1825 to Lafayette County.  
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'''1820''' Lafayette County was created 16 November 1820 from [[Cooper County, Missouri Genealogy|Cooper]] County. '''County seat:''' Lexington. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref> The county was originally named [[Lillard County, Missouri Genealogy|Lillard]] County. Its name was changed in 1825 to Lafayette County.  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Lafayette County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/missouri/mo-maps.html boundary changes].  
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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, Lafayette, Bates|place|disp=Bates}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Lafayette, Corder|place|disp=Corder}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Lafayette, Freedom Township|place|disp=Freedom Township}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Lafayette, Higginsville|place|disp=Higginsville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Lafayette, Lexington|place|disp=Lexington}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Lafayette, Odessa|place|disp=Odessa}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Lafayette, Waverly|place|disp=Waverly}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Lafayette, Wellington|place|disp=Wellington}}
  
 
*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.
 
*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.
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Carroll County, Missouri|Carroll]]  
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[[Carroll County, Missouri Genealogy|Carroll]] {{•}} [[Jackson County, Missouri Genealogy|Jackson]] {{•}} [[Johnson County, Missouri Genealogy|Johnson]] {{•}} [[Pettis County, Missouri Genealogy|Pettis]] {{•}} [[Ray County, Missouri Genealogy|Ray]] {{•}} [[Saline County, Missouri Genealogy|Saline]]  
*[[Jackson County, Missouri|Jackson]]  
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<center>{{MOLafayette, Missouri Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Johnson County, Missouri|Johnson]]  
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*[[Pettis County, Missouri|Pettis]]  
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*[[Ray County, Missouri|Ray]]  
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*[[Saline County, Missouri|Saline]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Archives and Libraries  ====
 
==== Archives and Libraries  ====
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==== Biographies  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=25942 Portrait and biographical record of Lafayette and Saline Counties, Missouri&nbsp;: containing biographical sketches of prominent and] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*The [http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs] has burial records for the [http://www.mvc.dps.mo.gov/cemeteries/higginsville.asp Missouri Veterans Cemetery at {{nowrap|Higginsville, Mo}}] and other veterans cemeteries around the country.<br>The [http://mostateparks.com/park/confederate-memorial-state-historic-site Confederate Home Cemetery in Higginsville, Mo] is not available at this site, but records submitted by the general public are available on [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=304493 Find A Grave.com].
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*The [http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs] has burial records for the [http://www.mvc.dps.mo.gov/cemeteries/higginsville.asp Missouri Veterans Cemetery at {{nowrap|Higginsville, Mo}}] and other veterans cemeteries around the country.<br>The [http://mostateparks.com/park/confederate-memorial-state-historic-site Confederate Home Cemetery in Higginsville, Mo] is not available at this site, but records submitted by the general public are available on [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=304493 Find A Grave.com].  
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*Photos and locations of numerous [http://www.hearthstonelegacy.com/cemeteries-in-lafayette-county-missouri.htm Lafayette County cemeteries] (Hearthstone Legacy)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5741 Lafayette County, Missouri, Cemetery Records, Vol. I] at Ancestry.com ($)
  
 
BillionGraves:  
 
BillionGraves:  
  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158834 Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Dover]  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Dover-Cemetery/286340 Dover Cemetery]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=63410 St. John's Cemetery, Concordia]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=63410 St. John's Cemetery, Concordia]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148808 St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Freedom]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148808 St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Freedom]
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{MO Church Intro}}
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===== Catholic  =====
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'''Immaculate Conception, Lexington'''
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*'''1853 - 1876'''  Immaculate Conception, Lexington, Baptism Index 1853-1876. Batch {{IGI|C511831}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr">Genealogical Society of Utah, ''Parish and Vital Records List'' (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d8/Igimissourij.pdf.</ref>
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*'''1853 - 1885'''  Immaculate Conception, Lexington, Marriage Index 1853-1885. Batch {{IGI|M511831}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
==== 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=DX0UAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA111 ''Portrait and biographical record of Lafayette and Saline counties, Missouri ...''] (1893) is available online free from Google Books. The first part of the book contains biographies of the U.S. presidents. The second part, starting on p.111, contains biographies Lafayette and Saline county residents.  
 
A [http://books.google.com/books?id=DX0UAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA111 ''Portrait and biographical record of Lafayette and Saline counties, Missouri ...''] (1893) is available online free from Google Books. The first part of the book contains biographies of the U.S. presidents. The second part, starting on p.111, contains biographies Lafayette and Saline county residents.  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5750 Lafayette County, Missouri, Excerpts from the 1877 Atlas] at Ancestry.com ($)
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*Young, William. ''Young's history of Lafayette County, Missouri''. Indianapolis, Ind.: B. F. Bowen, 1910. 2 volumes; Vol. 2 online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1220543 FamilySearch] (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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[[Image:Molafayette.jpg|900px|Molafayette.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/missouri/ Maps of Missouri (1804-1889)]
 
*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Lafayette_County Lafayette County townships] (Histopolis)<br>
 
*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Lafayette_County Lafayette 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 Lafayette County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.<br>
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*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 Lafayette 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-lafayette-county-missouri-1904-map.html Map of 1904 Lafayette County] with numerous small settlements (My Genealogy Hound)
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*[http://www.loc.gov/resource/g4163lm.gla00084/#seq-1 Atlas of Lafayette County, Missouri, circa 1920.]
  
 
==== 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
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
*Records of the {{RecordSearch|1865475|Missouri Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications}} for the Missouri Confederate Home in Higginsville are available online from FamilySearch.
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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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:- [[5th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate|5th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate]], Company A<br>
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:- [[5th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate|5th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate]], Company C<br>
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:- [[2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union)|2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union)]], Company F<br>
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:- [[3rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate|3rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate]], Company I<br>
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:- [[5th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|5th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company I<br>
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:- [[69th Battalion, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|69th Battalion, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company C<br>
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:- [[69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union)|69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company K<br>
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:- [[71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union)|71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company A<br>
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:- [[71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union)|71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company C<br>
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:- [[71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union)|71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company D<br>
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:- [[71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union)|71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company I<br>
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:- [[71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union)|71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company B<br>
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:- [[71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Milita (Union)|71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company E<br><br>
  
 
===== Civil War Battles  =====
 
===== Civil War Battles  =====
  
The following Civil War Battles was fought in Lafayette County  
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The following Civil War Battles was fought in Lafayette County:
  
*September 13-20, 1861 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/mo006.htm Lexington I]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/mo006.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 15 August 2012)</ref> also known as&nbsp;Battle of the Hemp Bales
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*September 13-20, 1861 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/mo006.htm Lexington I]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/mo006.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 15 August 2012)</ref> also known as Battle of the Hemp Bales
  
 
*October 19, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/mo023.htm Lexington II]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/mo023.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 15 August 2012)</ref>
 
*October 19, 1864 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/mo023.htm Lexington II]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/mo023.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 15 August 2012)</ref>
  
[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/MOmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Missouri  
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[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/MOmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Missouri.
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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|Lafayette}}
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*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=58&ci=26324 Sedalia newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Lafayette County residents.<br>
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==== Newspapers  ====
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{{MO Newspaper Abstracts|Lafayette}}
  
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=58&ci=26324 Sedalia newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Lafayette County residents.<br>
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=58&ci=26324 Sedalia newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Lafayette County residents.<br>
  
 
==== 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 - 1869''' Lafayette County Birth Index 1865-1869. Batch {{IGI|C515311}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
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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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*'''1750 - 1920''' {{RecordSearch|1680838|Missouri, Marriages, 1750-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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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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*'''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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*'''1868 - 1885''' Lafayette County Marriage Books F thru H Index 1868-1885. Batch {{IGI|M515312}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref name="vr" />
  
 
===== '''''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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*'''1867 - 1976''' {{RecordSearch|1680837|Missouri, Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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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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*'''1891 - 1920''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4156 Lafayette County, Missouri Obituaries, 1891-1920] 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.genealogyinc.com/missouri/mo-society-archive/ List of Missouri Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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=== Historical Societies ===
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Harvey J. Higgins Historical Society<br>2113 S. Main Street<br> Higginsville, MO 64037 <br>Phone: 660-584-6474<br>
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[http://www.lafayettehistorical.com/ Lafayette County Historical Society]<br> 101 West Phillips<br> Lexington, MO 64067<br>
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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==== Web Sites  ====
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
  
== Societies and Museums  ==
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| width="30%" | [http://mdh.deepwebaccess.com/mdh/result-list/fullRecord:lafayette+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://lafayette.mogenweb.org/ 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/lafayette/lafayette.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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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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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/Lafayette/ 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/Lafayette/ Linkpendium]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/mo/counties/lafayette/ CyndisList]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/missouri/lafayette-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/Lafayette-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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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=203068&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Missouri%2C%20Lafayette%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=Lafayette+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 "Lafayette 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 "Lafayette County"
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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="30%" | [https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/100347390989583743440 Google+]
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| width="70%" | Missouri Genealogy Network Community
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| width="30" | [https://www.facebook.com/search/more/?q=Missouri%20Genealogy&sid=0.6922872586034933 Facebook]
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| width="70%" | list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
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| width="30%" | [http://boards.ancestry.com/localities.northam.usa.states.missouri.counties.lafayette/mb.ashx Ancestry.com]
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Guide to Lafayette County, Missouri ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Lafayette County, Missouri
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 16, 1820
County Seat Lexington
Courthouse
MissouriLaFayetteCourthouse.jpg
Address Lafayette County Courthouse

1001 Main Street
PO Box 357
Lexington, MO 64067
Phone: 660.259.4315
Lafayette County Website


County Information

Lafayette County, Missouri Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1821 1830 1820 1821

County Courthouse

 

County Recorder has marriage, divorce, probate,
court and land records from 1821[2]

History

Parent County

1820 Lafayette County was created 16 November 1820 from Cooper County. County seat: Lexington. [3] The county was originally named Lillard County. Its name was changed in 1825 to Lafayette County.

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

Carroll  • Jackson  • Johnson  • Pettis  • Ray  • Saline

Lafayette CountyHoward CountySaline CountyPettis CountyJohnson CountyCass CountyJackson CountyClay CountyRay CountyClinton CountyCarroll CountyChariton CountyHenry CountyCooper CountyMorgan CountyMOLafayette.JPG
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Resources

Archives and Libraries

Biographies

Cemeteries

BillionGraves:

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.

Catholic

Immaculate Conception, Lexington

  • 1853 - 1876 Immaculate Conception, Lexington, Baptism Index 1853-1876. Batch C511831 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1853 - 1885 Immaculate Conception, Lexington, Marriage Index 1853-1885. Batch M511831 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

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 Lafayette 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 Portrait and biographical record of Lafayette and Saline counties, Missouri ... (1893) is available online free from Google Books. The first part of the book contains biographies of the U.S. presidents. The second part, starting on p.111, contains biographies Lafayette and Saline county residents.

  • Young, William. Young's history of Lafayette County, Missouri. Indianapolis, Ind.: B. F. Bowen, 1910. 2 volumes; Vol. 2 online at FamilySearch (Free)

Maps

Molafayette.jpg

Military

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Lafayette 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 Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy:


- 5th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company A
- 5th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company C
- 2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union), Company F
- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company I
- 5th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
- 69th Battalion, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- 69th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company K
- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 71st Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company E

Civil War Battles

The following Civil War Battles was fought in Lafayette County:

  • September 13-20, 1861 = Lexington I[5] also known as Battle of the Hemp Bales

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri.

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


  • Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Sedalia newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Lafayette County residents.

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


  • Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Sedalia newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Lafayette County residents.

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

Historical Societies

Harvey J. Higgins Historical Society
2113 S. Main Street
Higginsville, MO 64037
Phone: 660-584-6474


Lafayette County Historical Society
101 West Phillips
Lexington, MO 64067


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.


Web Sites



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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette 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 "Lafayette Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Lafayette County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries


Social networking sites pertaining to Lafayette County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
Ancestry.com Lafayette County Message Board

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), Lafayette County, Missouri. Page 402 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 4.3 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d8/Igimissourij.pdf.
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)