Welcome to the Vernon Co., Missouri USGenWeb
This site is provided by volunteers working together
for free genealogy information. It contains many free indexes and what you
need to know to research your Vernon County ancestors.
Please email the County
Coordinator if you have a how-to research question that is not covered. Additional
information will be added as time permits. The local genealogy
society's website is at
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Vernon County, Missouri?
It is located on the Missouri-Kansas state line about 80
miles south of Kansas City.
Where is the county seat? The
county seat is Nevada (neh-VĀ-duh), MO, at the
crossroads of U.S. 71 & 54 near the center of the county. The Courthouse is located in the town
square, and its clock tower is visible from much of the town.
Do you have information on the [fill
in the name] family? Please check these pages: Biographies,
Surnames. As county coordinator, I personally do not
conduct genealogical research or do lookups for individuals, however the
Bushwhacker Museum does.
Where is Vernon County, Missouri Found in the
North of the Osage River: Jackson County, MO
South of the Osage River: Crawford County, MO
Van Buren County, MO except for the southern 1/4th of the county
which was enumerated as Newton County, MO
Bates County, MO
Vernon County, MO
When was Vernon County, Missouri First Settled?
The first permanent white settlers in the area that
is now Vernon County were the Summers brothers--Jesse J., Moses, and
Allen--and their families. They settled near the Osage River in
what is now Metz Township, Vernon County, Missouri, in 1829/1830.
Vernon County was organized in
Were Vernon County's Records Lost During the
Although the Vernon County Courthouse was burned
by Federal troops in
1863, the official records were not lost because they had been removed from the
area. Deed Book B, however, did get lost.