Christian County
History and Genealogy: A Researcher's Guide

Microfilm

Census Microfilm - Census Bureau
Sixth Census of the United States 1840. M704
- Roll 223. Crawford, Daviess, Franklin, Gasconade, and Greene Counties, Missouri
- Roll 232. Stoddard, Shelby, Scott, Saline, Taney and Van Buren Counties, Missouri
Seventh Census of the United States 1850. M432
- Roll 400. Greene, Grundy, and Harrison Counties, Missouri - Free Schedule
- Roll 420. Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Sullivan and Taney Counties, Missouri - Free Schedule
- Roll 423. Greene (& many other counties) Missouri - Slave Schedule
- Roll 424. Taney (& many other counties) Missouri - Slave Schedule
Eighth Census of the United States 1860. M653
- Roll 613. Cedar, Chariton and Christian Counties, Missouri - Free Schedule
- Roll 661. Christian (& many other counties) Missouri - Slave Schedule
Ninth Census of the United States 1870. M593
- Roll 769. Christian and Clark Counties, Missouri
Tenth Census of the United States 1880. T9
- Roll 681. Christian, Clark and Clay (part) Counties, Missouri
Special Schedules of the Eleventh Census (1890) Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War. M123
- Roll 30. Christian (& many other counties) Missouri
Twelfth Census of the United States 1900. T623
- Roll 848. Christian and Clark Counties, Missouri
Thirteenth Census of the United States 1910. T624
- Roll 776. Chariton, Christian and Clark (EDís 24 -34) Counties, Missouri
Fourteenth Census of the United States 1920. T625
- Roll 911. Camden (EDís 31 - 42), Christian (EDís 38 - 54) and Cape Girardeau (EDís 16 - 33 and 37) Counties, Missouri
County Records - Missouri State Archives.
Christian County (38 reels)
Organized March 8, 1859, from Greene, Taney and Webster Counties and named for Christian County, Kentucky which had been named for Revolutionary War soldier, William Christian. County seat: Ozark 65721. Courthouse burned in 1865.

Recorder of Deeds: Index to deeds, 1865-1890; Deed records 1861-1893; Index to marriage records, 1866-1923; Marriage records, 1866-1917

Clerk of the County Court: Register of births and stillbirths, 1883-1889 [Note: very useful when recorded, but a small percentage of actual births during this period, none of them after 1886] ; Record of births, 1840-1904 [Note, fewer than half a dozen families took advantage of this opportunity to have children's births listed]; State census, 1876; Land assessment records 1868-1875 and 1881-1885.

Clerk of the Circuit Court: Index to circuit court records, 1883-1891; Circuit court records, 1865-1891.

Clerk of the Probate Court: Probate records and index, 1870-1891; Probate minutes, 1881-1890; Administrator/executor's letters, bonds and records, 1865-1904; Inventories, appraisements and sale bills, 1865-1913; Settlement records, 1866-1899; Guardian's/curator's records, 1873-1890; Will records, 1864-1925.

From: A Guide to County Records on Microfilm, Published by the Missouri State Archives, Jan 1990.
These microfilm rolls are also available for use at the Christian County Library.

Christian County Personal Property Tax Records, 1879 - 1900, 4 Rolls. Microfilmed through the Local Records Preservation Program of the State Archives and Secretary of State's Office from originals belonging to the Christian County Museum. Microfilm available for use at the Christian County Library. Index now being transcribed for library database and possible on-line access.

Hall Indexed Genealogical Information from Springfield Newspapers
Hall, William K., Dr. Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, Newspaper Clippings 1939 - 1991, with gaps during World War II, Indexes. 55 rolls. Consists primarily of engagement, marriage and birth announcements; obituaries and other materials of genealogical interest. Covers a large area in southwest Missouri. Especially useful is the single index covering 1953 - 1991.

Independent Order of Odd Fellows
2 rolls. Nixa Lodge 1898 - 1909 and Ozark Lodge 1869 - 1931 (mostly 1901 - 1927). Nixa is indexed and available on-line at Christian County Transcribed Records website. Ozark will be transcribed. Original books belong to the Christian County Museum. Microfilm can be viewed at the Christian County Library or the Western Historic Manuscript Collection, Rolla.

William Henry Lynch Papers
3 Rolls. Diaries and other papers of a southern Missouri educator who lived 1839 - 1924.

Mortuary Records
Chaffin Funeral Home Records, Jan 1917 - Sept 1962.
3 Rolls. Microfilmed through the Local Records Preservation Program of the State Archives and Secretary of State's Office from originals belonging to the Christian County Library. Index available on-line at http://www.rootsweb.com/~moccl/chaffin.pdf. All information of genealogical interest available in library database.

Newspapers - State Historical Society Newspaper Library & University of Missouri Microfilm Service
Christian County
Billings Times (weekly)
Oct 31- dec 5, 1895; Jan 9, 23, 30, Aug 6, Sept 17-Oct 1, Oct 15-19, Dec 17-24, 1896; Feb 25, Mar 11, Apr 15, Jul 15-22, Oct 7, 1897; Mar 17, Dec 1, 1898-Nov 16, 1899; Mar 1-8, Mar 29, 1900-Aug 19, 1920; May2, Jun 30, Jul 21, Oct 20-27, Nov 17-24, 1921; Jul 10, 1924; Jan 1, 1925 - Oct 29, 1953

Christian County Headliner-News (bi-weekly) 1996 - mid 1997. Microfilm not yet ready March 1999

Christian County Headliner-News (weekly) mid 1997 - present. Microfilm not yet ready March 1999

Christian County Leader (weekly) - Aug 13 - Dec 31, 1903

Christian County Republican (weekly)
Nov 24, 1898 - Dec 26, 1907; Feb 18, 1909 - Dec 29, 1911; Jan 10, 1913 - Aug 6, 1936; Jan 21, 1937 - Nov 30, 1972

Free Silver Herald (weekly)
Dec 25, 1896, Jan 1, Jan 15, Feb 5 -12, Feb 26 - May 21, 1897

Herald (weekly) - May 7 - 15, 1896

Nixa Enterprise (weekly) - Jun 7, 1962 - 1989

Nixa News-Enterprise (weekly) - 1989 - 1996, mid 1997 to present

Ozark Headliner (weekly) - Dec 7, 1972 - 1996

Ozark Herald (weekly)
Jun 10, Jun 24, Jul 1, Jul 8, Nov 4, 1898

Except for Free Silver Herald, Herald, and Ozark Herald, these microfilm rolls are also available for use at the Christian County Library.

United States Works Project Administration - Historical Survey
Roll #199. Folder #5178 - #5203. Brief history and sketches of 35 churches in Christian County, by Clell F. Morse of Oldfield. Information on other Christian County buildings, including the courthouse.

Roll #200. Folder #5204 - #5231. Location, in the Christian County Courthouse, of various types of records. Beginning of a History of Christian County, by Leonard J. Boatwright.

Roll #201. Folder #5232 - #5263. End of a History of Christian County, by Leonard J. Boatwright, Sparta, Missouri. 1866 county court records. Deed for county seat. Names, incorporation, founding and platting dates of Christian County towns. Original township boundaries. Roads, industry and dairy farming in 1939.

Roll #202. Folder #5264 - #5291. Christian County Court records, Vol 1, pp. 242-638 (1868 - 1875) and Vol 2 pp 1-133 (1875 - 1877)

Roll #203. Folder #5292 - #5314. Christian County Court records. Vol 2, pp 134 - 309 (1877 - 1878)

The above is a partial listing of the content of materials collected in Christian County for the U. S. Works Projects Administration. Microfilm from originals in the Western Historic Manuscripts Collection. Available for use at the Christian County Library


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