Monroe County Historical Society
Monroe County, Missouri

PO Box 131, Paris, MO 65275
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Adoption Records Pre-1853

State Historical Society of Missouri
Prior to 1853 some adoptions were made by legislative act - information - research request

Adoption Records 1821-1830

Ralls County Courthouse, Ralls County Recorder of Deeds
Original records - visit in person

Adoption Records 1831-1916

Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Recorder of Deeds
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

Adoption Records Post-1917

Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Circuit Court, Juvenile Division
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

Artifacts

Monroe County Historical Society Museum
Artifacts and displays - visit in person

Mark Twain Birthplace Museum, "The Shrine"
visit museum and reading room

Birth Records Pre-1882

No birth records are available for this period in Monroe County. Your best options are to search newspapers, view a headstone in a cemetery, locate a funeral home record or a church record, or access the files at the MCHS Research Center.

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Birth Records 1883-1885

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives
Transcribed records - view online
Images of originals - order microfilm

Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Clerk
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

Birth Records 1886-1909

There are very limited birth records in this period since recording births was not required by law. Some delayed birth certificates were issued post-1910 where the birth dates may fall in these years.

Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
Certified copies of birth and fetal death reports - how to order

Monroe County Health Department
Vital records can be printed at the Health Department for a fee - visit in person

Birth Records Post-1910

Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
Certified copies of birth and fetal death reports - how to order

Monroe County Health Department
Vital records can be printed at the Health Department for a fee - visit in person

Little Dixie Libraries Web Site
Births indexed from recent years of the Monroe County Appeal

Books

Comprehensive Monroe County Histories
History of Monroe & Shelby Counties published 1884 - view Monroe portion online - book and indexes available at MCHS Research Center
Monroe County, Missouri Then & Now: 1831 - 2006

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request
Births, Deaths, & Marriages Extracted From Books, Monroe County Quarterly, Vol. 2, Issue 2 & 3, Summer & Fall 2005

Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri or Atterbury Memorial Library in Madison, Missouri
visit or view catalog online
HeritageQuest and Ancestry are now available through the Little Dixie Libraries, see Online Databases. - NEW

State Historical Society of Missouri
visit the reference library - research request

Virtually Missouri
search the online collection

Family History Archive
search the online collection

HeritageQuest
images through your local library

Google
search the online collection

Businesses & Organizations

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Monroe County MOGenWeb
web site

Cemetery Records

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request
Paris Cemetery Association, Monroe County Quarterly, Vol. 2, Issue 1, Spring 2005
SCV Porter's Camp Union Work Day Photo Album
St. Judes Cemetery Listing

Monroe County Historical Society Location Project
view this work in progress online

Monroe County Historical Society Web Site
St. Jude's Cemetery in Monroe City

ParisMo.net Web Site
Walnut Grove Cemetery and Founder's Cemetery in Paris

Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri and Moberly Library in Moberly, Missouri
visit or view catalog online

Monroe County MOGenWeb
cemetery category on web site

State Historical Society of Missouri
visit the reference library - research request

Census Records

1810 Federal Census, Louisiana Territory
This census was "lost" district wide.

1820 Federal Census, Missouri Territory
This census was "lost" district wide.

1890 Federal Census, Missouri
This census was "lost" district wide except for the 1890 Veterans Census of Union Veterans.
MCHS Research Request - Monroe County MOGenWeb - Images at Ancestry.com - Text at Dulany Memorial Library in Paris

1830 Federal Census, Missouri, Ralls County & 1840-1880, 1900-1930 Federal Census, Missouri, Monroe County
Indexes and Assistance - visit the MCHS Research Center
MCHS Research Request
Indexes and Microfilm - Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri - Paris Library offers offsite manipulation and viewing of microfilm through your Internet browser. Contact the library to schedule your preferred roll and time.
HeritageQuest and Ancestry are now available through the Little Dixie Libraries, see Online Databases. - NEW
Ancestry.com images through personal subscription or your local library - web site
1880 transcription - FamilySearch.org
1850, 1880, & 1900 census schedules; 1850 mortality and slave schedules (work is in progress) - FamilySearch Labs Record Search - NEW
1830-1860 images including 1850 slave schedule - Ed & Sandy Mackley's Missouri Census Images
Indexes and images - Monroe County MOGenWeb
Microfilm through interlibrary loan or purchase; or order individual census pages - National Archives
Missouri State Archives Research Request
Visit or Interlibrary loan - State Historical Society of Missouri

Missouri State Censuses
Monroe County has no surviving state census schedule for any year.

Church Records

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
Church Records, Photographs, and Files - visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request
Church Book of Salem Church of United Baptist Monroe County MO, Monroe County Quarterly, Vol. 1, Issue 1, Fall 2004

Monroe County Historical Society Museum
Artifacts and displays - visit in person

Monroe County Historical Society Location Project
view this work in progress online

Monroe County MOGenWeb
church category on web site

Western Historical Manuscript Collection - Columbia
catalog - visit - research request

Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri or Atterbury Memorial Library in Madison, Missouri
visit or view catalog online

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FamilySearch) International Genealogical Index - NEW
Record groups listed here are transcribed from Monroe County, Missouri records
Search the IGI using the following Batch Numbers.
St Stephens at Indian Creek Marriages 1835-1885 Batch Number M520471
St Stephens at Indian Creek Christenings 1833-1875 Batch Number C520471

Court Records

1831 and after - Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Circuit Court Clerk
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

1831 and after - Monroe County Courthouse, Probate Circuit Court Clerk
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

1821 to 1830 - Ralls County Courthouse
Original records - visit in person

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives
Images of originals - order microfilm

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives, Missouri Supreme Court Records
search - research request - MCHS has compiled an index to Monroe County cases in this database, MCHS Research Request

Death Records Pre-1882 & 1886-1909

No death records are available for this period in Monroe County. Your best options are to search newspapers for obituaries, view a headstone in a cemetery, locate a funeral home record or a church record, or access the files at the MCHS Research Center.

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Death Records 1883-1885

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives
Transcribed records - view online
Images of originals - order microfilm

Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Clerk
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

Death Records 1910-1957

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives
Index and images of records - search & view online

Death Records Post-1957

Missouri Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics
Certified copies of death reports - how to order

Monroe County Health Department
Vital records can be printed at the Health Department for a fee - visit in person

Social Security Death Index
Begins about 1962 although some earlier deaths may be indexed.
SSDI at Rootsweb - SSDI at FamilySearch

Directories

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Monroe County MOGenWeb
directory category on web site

Divorce Records

State Historical Society of Missouri
Prior to 1853 some divorces were made by the General Assembly - information - research request

1831 and after - Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Circuit Court Clerk
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

1821 to 1830 - Ralls County Courthouse
Original records - visit in person

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives
Images of originals - order microfilm

Little Dixie Libraries Web Site
Divorces indexed from recent years of the Monroe County Appeal

Events & Topics

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Mark Twain Birthplace Museum, "The Shrine"
visit museum and reading room

Monroe County MOGenWeb
web site

Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri or Atterbury Memorial Library in Madison, Missouri
visit or view catalog online

Family Records

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Mark Twain Birthplace Museum, "The Shrine"
visit museum and reading room

Monroe County MOGenWeb
web site

Western Historical Manuscript Collection - Columbia
catalog - visit - research request

Funeral Home Records

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request
Madison Funeral Home Records Index 1890-1937

Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri or Atterbury Memorial Library in Madison, Missouri
visit or view catalog online

Monroe County MOGenWeb
cemetery category on web site

Homes & Buildings

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Mark Twain Birthplace Museum, "The Shrine"
visit museum and reading room

Monroe County MOGenWeb
web site

Historic American Building Survey
view online

Land Records

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Monroe County MOGenWeb
tax & land category on web site

1831 and after - Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Recorder
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

1821 to 1830 - Ralls County Courthouse
Original records - visit in person

BLM Land Patents
search online, view copies, and order copies

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives
images of original deeds - order microfilm
search land patents and request copies

Libraries & Research Facilities

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri or Atterbury Memorial Library in Madison, Missouri
Paris Library offers offsite manipulation and viewing of microfilm through your Internet browser. Contact the library to schedule your preferred roll and time.
visit to view microfilm or view catalog online
HeritageQuest, Ancestry, and Newspaper Archive are now available through the Little Dixie Libraries, see Online Databases. - NEW

Mark Twain Birthplace Museum, "The Shrine"
visit museum and reading room

Monroe City Library
visit in person

State Historical Society of Missouri
visit the reference library - research request

Western Historical Manuscript Collection - Columbia
catalog - visit - research request

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives
visit - research request

Family History Library and Centers
visit - catalog

Maps

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Monroe County MOGenWeb
map category on web site

Original landowner plat map - Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Recorder
visit in person or MCHS Research Request

Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri
visit or view catalog online

1876 Plat Map
Smiser Family Web Site

1876 & 1917 Plat Map
Iowaz's Site

1930 Plat Map
University of Missouri Digital Library

Sanborn Maps for Missouri - NEW
University of Missouri Digital Library

MoDot County Maps
county maps in pdf format with Section, Township, Range and current Road Numbers

USGS GNIS
Coordinates and Links to Maps

Marriage Records

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
Records of marriages kept by churches, clergy, justices of the peace and in newspapers - visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

1831 and after - Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Recorder
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

1821 to 1830 - Ralls County Courthouse
Original records - visit in person

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives
Images of originals - order microfilm

Monroe County MOGenWeb
court records topic on web site

Little Dixie Libraries Web Site
Marriages & Anniversaries indexed from recent years of the Monroe County Appeal

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FamilySearch) International Genealogical Index - NEW
Record groups listed here are transcribed from Monroe County, Missouri records
Search the IGI using the following Batch Numbers.
Marriages 1831-1879 Batch Number M515871
Marriages 1879-1885 Batch Number M515872
Marriages 1865-1881 Batch Number M515873
St Stephens at Indian Creek Marriages 1835-1885 Batch Number M520471
Ralls County Marriages 1821-1895 Batch Number M515641 (Monroe County was part of Ralls County from 1821-1831)
Monroe was part of Pike County 1820-1821 but no marriage records for those years in Pike County appear in the IGI
St. Charles County Marriages 1807-1854 Batch Number M515461 (Monroe was part of St. Charles County 1812-1820)

Military Records

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
Photographs and Files - visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Monroe County Historical Society Museum
Artifacts and displays - visit in person

Monroe County MOGenWeb
military category on web site

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives
military category on web site - Soldiers Database

State Historical Society of Missouri
military category on web site

NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) - NEW
State-level Lists of Casualties from the Korean War (1951-1957) and Vietnam War (1956-)
More Military Records are available online and cataloged - Search with ARC - Search others in AAD

Other
HeritageQuest images of Revolutionary War Pension Files through your local library.
Ancestry.com through personal subscription or your local library - web site
HeritageQuest and Ancestry are now available through the Little Dixie Libraries, see Online Databases. - NEW

Naturalization Records

Before 1906, naturalization took place in local, state, or federal courts. The Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization was established in September 1906; local courts were encouraged to relinquish their naturalization jurisdiction to federal courts.

Monroe County Historical Society Web Site
index of some naturalization records available at the Circuit Clerk's office

1831 to 1906 - Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Circuit Court Clerk
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

Missouri Secretary of State, State Archives
search Missouri Supreme Court records online and request photocopy

NARA
US Circuit Court records from St. Louis and Kansas City and other possibilities

1906 and after - Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization
request records

Newspapers

Newspapers of Monroe County, Missouri with Holdings at Various Institutions at Library of Congress - NEW
View List

WorldVitalRecords.com or SmallTownNewspapers.com - NEW
Monroe County Appeal 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, and 2002-2007 - search or browse online at WVR - search or browse online at STN
Missing years from 1966-2001 will appear during 2008. This source is free.

Footnote.com - NEW
Monroe County Appeal 2000-2004 by subscription (images from SmallTownNewspapers.com)

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Monroe County Historical Society Museum
Artifacts and displays - visit in person

Monroe County MOGenWeb
newspaper category on web site

Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri - NEW!
Paris Library offers offsite manipulation and viewing of microfilm through your Internet browser. Contact the library to schedule your preferred roll and time.
Newspaper Archive is now available through the Little Dixie Libary's web site, see Online Databases.

State Historical Society of Missouri
Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers - NEW
visit or request microfilm through interlibrary loan from the Newspaper Library - Monroe County newspaper listing

Missouri Newspapers Online
Missouri Historical Newspaper Project

Quincy Historical Newspaper Archive 1835-1890 - NEW
search or browse online

Other Newspapers Online
Newspaper Digitization Projects listed at ICON

Moberly Newspapers at NewspaperArchive.com - NEW
Moberly newspapers ranging from 1899 to 1977
Available from NewspaperArchive.com directly by subscription or from Godfrey.org by subscription

Current Newspapers
The Lake Gazettte
The Monroe County Appeal

Obituaries, Indexed

Monroe County Appeal - February 27, 1875 to December 26, 1913; indexed by Kenneth Weant
indexes available at MCHS Research Center - MCHS Research Request for microfilm lookup
Dulany Memorial Library in Paris for indexes and microfilm
Purchase Mr. Weant's Indexes

Paris Mercury - August 24, 1844 to May 10, 1912; indexed by Kenneth Weant
indexes available at MCHS Research Center - MCHS Research Request for microfilm lookup
Dulany Memorial Library in Paris for indexes and microfilm
Purchase Mr. Weant's Indexes

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog, use Filter and choose Obituaries - MCHS Research Request
(work is ongoing and our catalog may not reflect all in our collection)

Monroe County MOGenWeb Obituary Page

Little Dixie Libraries Web Site
Weant indexes and newspaper microfilm

Online Resources

Photographs

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Mark Twain Birthplace Museum, "The Shrine"
visit museum and reading room

Monroe County MOGenWeb
web site

State Historical Society of Missouri
visit the reference library - research request

School Records

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
School Record Books, Photographs, and Files - visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Monroe County Historical Society Museum
Artifacts and displays - visit in person

Monroe County Historical Society Location Project
view this work in progress online

Monroe County MOGenWeb
school category on web site

Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri or Atterbury Memorial Library in Madison, Missouri
visit or view catalog online

Societies & Groups

Tax Records

Monroe County Courthouse, Monroe County Clerk
Original records - visit in person or MCHS Research Request

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Monroe County MOGenWeb
tax & land category on web site

Towns & Communities

Monroe County Historical Society Research Center
visit in person - catalog - MCHS Research Request

Mark Twain Birthplace Museum, "The Shrine"
visit museum and reading room

Monroe County MOGenWeb
web site

Dulany Memorial Library in Paris, Missouri or Atterbury Memorial Library in Madison, Missouri
visit or view catalog online


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