Morgan County Genealogy
A Missouri GenWeb Project
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Settlement in this area began in the 1820s, and Morgan County was organized from Cooper County in 1833. The county seat is at Versailles. The northern half of the county is prairie farmland; the southern half is wooded hills and bottomlands. The economy of Morgan County was forever altered by the construction of the Bagnell Dam in 1929-31 and the formation of the Lake of the Ozarks along its southern border.
Links to Other Morgan County Sites
Data Posted by Volunteers
Morgan County is well served by genealogists and local historians who are posting genealogical data on their web sites.
Other Useful Sites
Searching the Morgan County E-Mail List Archives
I heartily recommend that new visitors search these archives for their ancestors, since they contain many, many obituaries and other materials posted by volunteers.
Morgan County Addresses
Morgan County Courthouse
The courthouse burned in 1887, but the records were saved. (Photo: Ted Hitt)
Morgan County Library
Morgan County Historical Society
120 North Monroe Street
The historical Martin Hotel museum has finally been reopened after 2 years of extensive renovations. It is now open year round and the hours are Tues. - Fri. from 12 noon to 5 pm; Sat. 9 - 12.
The Society is always looking for family history materials, census records, old pictures, cemetery records, or anything to do with the history of your family in Morgan County. If you have something to contribute, please contact the Morgan County Historical Society.
A Special Offer
The Morgan County Historical Society is going to offer a First Families of Morgan County Pioneer Certificate for a nominal fee ($10.00). Families must have been in Morgan County by 1870 or before. There is an application form for direct descendents to complete which includes a four or five generation pedigree chart and proof of the Morgan County connection. Application forms may be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to "First Families of Morgan County," Morgan County Historical Society, 120 North Monroe Street, Versailles, MO, 65084.
To go further afield, look at the map of the counties of Missouri.
Send comments and questions to Larry Flesher and do come back to visit. New materials will be added all the time!
1860 Census - free and slave schedules - with links to land patents and Civil War service records (July 2004)
Land Patents - maps and records of land patents granted in Morgan County, with links to the 1860 census (June 2004)
My name is Peter Binkley, and I am the county coordinator for the Morgan County MOGenWeb page (which was founded by Ted Hitt). If you see any errors on these pages or can contribute information, please let me know. If you would like to volunteer to host a county in Missouri contact Larry Flesher.
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