Below is information on how to research Vernon County,
Missouri deaths, burials, and obituaries. Many of these links are
valid for researching any county in Missouri.
1. Vernon County, Missouri Cemetery Directory 2010.
This directory includes information on many deaths/burials that were not
published in the previous cemetery directory. It includes an every-name index of more than
51,000 deaths and burials, with many maiden names cross-referenced.
The cemetery directory is available to view at the Nevada Public Library
or can be purchased from the Bushwhacker Museum. The directory is
not available online. If researching other Missouri counties,
Google the public library in that county and then search the library's
card catalog to see if they have a local cemetery directory. Note
that not all libraries are listed at
1883-1910 Database of Officially Reported Births and Deaths in Vernon
to 1883, Missouri counties were not asked to record births and deaths.
Beginning in 1883, counties were asked (but not required) to report
births and deaths. Births and deaths that were recorded in the County Clerk's office
beginning in 1883 are in this database at the
Missouri State Archives website. Because it was not
mandatory to report births or deaths from 1883-1910, many are not
included. This link covers all Missouri counties.
Certificates Over 50 Years Old. Missouri
required death certificates beginning in 1910, and those which are at
least 50 years old are available online without charge at
Missouri State Archives advanced search. This is a copy of the
official Missouri Death Certificate, but it is not embossed as a legal
document. IMPORTANT: Do not use a middle name or initial when
searching. This link covers all Missouri counties.
Certificates Not Yet 50 Years Old
are available from the
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services ($13).
the death occurred after 1980, a copy of a Missouri Legal
Certificate of Death can be obtained at each county's Health Department.
Please note that the "legal certificate of death" that can be obtained
from a county Health Department is not the same document and does not contain all of
the genealogically significant information which the Death Certificate
documents from the State Archives and Missouri Department of Health and
Senior Services will have. Death certificates
before 1980 and not yet 50 years old must be ordered from the Missouri
Department of Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City.
This link covers all Missouri counties.
5. Find A Grave. Thousands
of generous volunteers have posted cemetery information and gravestone
pictures on the
Find A Grave website. A variety of
searches are available including by name, geographic location, cemetery,
contain biographical information, obituaries, and photos. Many Vernon
County burials are included, but no Vernon County cemetery's listing is
100% complete. This link covers all of the United States.
Funeral Home Records. Abstracts
and indexes of many early funeral home records are available to
researchers at the Nevada Library Genealogy Department. Online
indexes are available for some of these Vernon County records on
Obituaries and Notices of Death from Microfilmed Newspapers. All
of the extant early newspapers in this area have been microfilmed by the
State Historical Society of Missouri. A listing of the newspaper microfilm
available in the
Nevada Library Genealogy Department is at
this link. For a detailed list of specific issues available, see
the Vernon County microfilm list for those papers at
Archives of the State Historical Society.
The Newspaper Archives covers all Missouri counties and that
microfilm is available for Inter Library Loan.
Many issues of the Nevada newspapers are
available online at Google News. However, several issues have
not been put online, and some issues have sections erased from the
digital file. Please see
the local genealogy
society's website for information on how to order a copy of a
specific article if you know the date of the publication or event and
you are unable to get a usable copy from Google News.
Outlying towns had newspapers,
and extant issues have been microfilmed but not digitized:
Bronaugh, El Dorado Springs, Jerico Springs, Lamar, Metz, Schell City, Sheldon, and Walker.
Newspaper Indexes. Many
of Vernon County's early area newspapers have been abstracted and
indexed and are now available in the Nevada Library Genealogy
Department. Many of the
indexes to these newspaper books
are also available on this Vernon County website.
Obituary Card File.
If a local death occurred between approximately 1985 and October 2012, a copy of the
obituary may be available in the Genealogy Department's alphabetical
card file. These are obituaries from the Nevada newspapers, filed
alphabetically by surname of the deceased.
Obituaries Online. Please
check these links for copies of local, more recent obituaries available
Nevada Daily Mail, Nevada, MO
Scott Tribune, Fort Scott, KS
Home, Nevada, MO
Memorial Chapel, Fort Scott, KS
Find A Grave
The Nevada Library Genealogy Department has film
copies of all local newspapers that have been microfilmed.
Probate Index. If
the estate of the deceased was settled in probate court, there will be
documents pertaining to the settlement. Many of the older probate files do not
list an exact date of death; however, the earliest filing date is
generally a few days after the death. Click here for an
on-line searchable Probate Index. If the deceased had
minor children at the time of his death, researchers should also look
for information under the name of the individual minor children.
now have the option to request a digital copy of a probate file on
CD/DVD from the genealogy society. These enhanced digital images can be enlarged
on the computer screen, making them easier to read; and pages can be
selectively printed. Please email for a fee
quote for a digital or paper copy
A list of records on microfilm
at the Missouri State Archives for all Missouri counties is at this
Click on "County and Municipal Records."
Social Security Death Index. If
the death occurred after about 1962 and the deceased was receiving a
Social Security benefit or the death was reported to the Social Security
Administration, a listing may be found in the Social Security Death
Index. The SSDI is available online for free at
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1202535 and also at
Members of the genealogy society are available to conduct research on
behalf of the society if you are unable to make a research trip. Please see
the society's website for information on requesting lookups or conducting