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*[[Henry County, Missouri|Henry]]  
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*[[Johnson County, Missouri|Johnson]]  
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*[[Lafayette County, Missouri|Lafayette]]  
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*[[Morgan County, Missouri|Morgan]]  
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*[[Saline County, Missouri|Saline]]
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== Resources  ==
== Resources  ==

Revision as of 16:45, 25 March 2014

United States Gotoarrow.png Missouri Gotoarrow.png Pettis County

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

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Online Records

Pettis County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 26, 1833
County Seat Sedalia
Address Pettis County Courthouse
415 S Ohio Avenue
Sedalia, MO 65301; Phone 660.826.5395
Pettis County Website

County Courthouse

Recorder Deeds has marriage and land records from 1833;
Probate Court has probate records from 1833; Clerk Circuit
has court records[1]


Parent County

1833--Pettis County was created 26 January 1833 from Cooper and Saline Counties. County seat: Sedalia [2]

Boundary Changes

  • See an interactive map of Pettis County border changes at N2Genealogy.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Benton  • Cooper  • Henry  • Johnson  • Lafayette  • Morgan  • Saline

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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.


St. John's, Bahner

  • 1846-1876 - St. John's, Bahner, Baptism Index 1846-1876. Batch C511881 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1851-1885 - St. John's, Bahner, Marriage Index 1851-1885. Batch M511881 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • St. Louis
  • St. Louis N.
  • St. Louis S.
  • Sedalia



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 Pettis 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.





Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Pettis 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 covered local news on Pettis County residents as well as residents from surrounding counties.


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.


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.

  • 1865-1874 - Pettis County Birth Index 1865-1874. Batch C515581 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1865-1884 - Pettis County Marriage Index 1865-1884. Batch M515581 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1884-1885 - Pettis County Marriage Index 1884-1885. Batch M515582 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Pettis County, Missouri, Marriages, performed in 1891, listed in the Sedalia Weekly Bazoo Newspaper.

Societies and Libraries

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


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Pettis County, Missouri. Page 404 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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 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.