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

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Online Records

Ralls County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded November 16, 1820
County Seat New London
Address Ralls County Courthouse
311 S Main Street
New London, MO 63459
Phone: 573.985.7111
Ralls County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records. 
Clerk has birth and deaht records 1883-1886;
Clerk Circuit Court and Recorder of Deeds has
marriage, divorce, court and land records from 1821;
probate Judge has probate records[1]


Parent County

1820--Ralls County was created 16 November 1820 from Pike County. County seat: New London [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Barkley Cemetery, New London, Missouri


For tips on accessing Ralls County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri Census.


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.



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 Ralls 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 Ralls County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


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.

  • 1837-1866 - Ralls County Birth Index 1837-1866. Batch C515641 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1893 - Ralls County Birth Index, Volume A, 1883-1893. Batch C582497 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1821-1895 - Ralls County Marriage Index 1821-1895. Batch M515641 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1886 - Ralls County Death Index 1883-1886. Batches B582497 and B393549 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Ralls County Historical Society and Museum in Perry, Missouri.


Ralls County Public Library in Center, Missouri

  see  http://www.rallscounty.org/

Hannibal Free Public Library in Hannibal, Missouri

These are all important depositories of Ralls County historical and genealogical materials.

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ralls 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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/f/f4/Igimissourir.pdf.