The State of Missouri Bureau of Vital Records can provide certificates of Missouri
births and deaths in Missouri from 1910 to the present with some delayed filings prior to
this date. Please note, in the State of Missouri, birth and death records are not
public records and verifications by telephone are not provided.
Marriages and Divorces are available from the state for dates July 1, 1948 to present.
Before these dates the state recommends that you contact the county to see if they
have the records available. Since there was no manditory requirement before 1910
to collect those records, Boone county, like most Missouri counties, does not have
a cache of records available to it. So, Boone county does not have a central
repository of birth or death records that can assist you in your search.
Important : False application for a certified copy of a vital record is a felony
punishable by a fine up to $5,000, five years in prison, or both (RSMo 193.315).
The State of Missouri
First I suggest you visit the Missouri Department of Healths' information page
certified copies of birth or death certificates. At this time we don't know
of an online form, but we are working on one. You could use the Boone County form
(see the section below) -- the information provided and requested is almost identical.
They will accept a request not "filled out on a form", just make sure you include
all of the required information.
You can call them if you have questions at 573.751.6400 where you will travel
their phone information network and perhaps pickup the information you need. If
you need to talk to a person, you will eventually get transferred to another
line, for birth records that number is 573.751.6387 (in case you want to
bypass the recorded messages).
When I talked with them about the various requirements I picked up a few
tidbits of information that might help you if you are not too familiar with
- Fill the request form as completely as possible. This makes a big difference
in their ability to find the correct or many times any record at all.
- Be sure to sign and date the request.
- On their form they state "if request is not completely processed,
the fee is retained and valid for one year from date received." This
could have been worded better, for the base search fee is always retained,
but they mean that if you have not provided sufficent information for them
to locate the appropriate record, that if you follow up with additional
or corrected information within that year, the original payment will
cover the initial and follow-up searches. They don't say how many
times they might accept a follow-up search request, I suspect it depends
on how often and badly the feature is abused. Again, fill out your
request as completely as possible.
- They will not accept phone requests for a search (no signature)
but will accept faxed requests at 573.751.6010 if you provide
payment information via credit card or if this is a follow-up search.
No Email requests allowed and remember Email is NOT secure for credit
- Computer copy vs Photostat. The state can provide you two different
types of certified copies. The "Computer copy" is just that, a printed
copy of their computer records, certified to be correct. A "Photostat"
copy is a duplicate image of the original record - the one most useful
for genealogical purposes as additional information might be present on
the original that was not entered into the computer database. Please
note that the base/search fee covers only one computer copy OR photostat,
not both and you must specify which one you want. Multiple copies are
available with a charge for each copy requested.
- If you are paying with a credit card (either because of a faxed
request or just because you thought it was easier), you will have an
additional processing fee to pay. As of 16 March 2001, that fee was
$5.25 per process, which of course is subject to change at any time.
There is no additional fee for personal or cashier cheques.
- If you use one of their forms, don't worry about the "Legal Amendment Fee"
information -- you are not doing that process.
The County of Boone
Boone county does not have a repository of birth and death records
of a historical nature. What records of births and deaths are in the
local newspapers' birth announcements and obits, cemetery records, family
bibles and such.
So, you are unable to request a local agency to search for birth or
death records. It remains the researchers task to comb the historical
documents in the Missouri Historical library and sources such as this
for the information.
You can read the general information on the Columbia health department
Boone County has an
that you can print off and complete. Note, it is not a form you can
fill out on the computer and electronically forward to them, you must print it
out on your printer and then complete it.
They have the following comment on their main page :
"For information to be used for genealogical purposes or death records
other than natural cause, please contact the Missouri Department of Health,
Bureau of Vital Records at (573)751-6381."
If you are looking for information on counties other than Boone, or
states other than Missouri, I suggest visiting the
United States Vital Records Information webpage.
or their sister site
Foreign Vital Records Links.
Another recommended site, although I find it hard to use,
National Center for Health Statistics.