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Wright County, Missouri


Research Team: Virginia Long and Gloria Bogart Carter.  Will search in our personal collections of records pertaining to Wright County.  No charge unless copies are required and postage needed.  If you would like to have your query published in the free genealogy columns done by two of these members, please be sure and give permission to do so.

 ,Wright County Library System has its main branch in the Courthouse at Hartville. Their snail mail address is P.O. Box 70, Hartville Missouri 65667. The phone number is 417-741-7595. Hours are 8 - 12 and 12:30 - 4:30 Monday through Friday, Saturday 8 to noon, closed Sundays and holidays. They will do searches as time permits.  You must send a full name, approximate date, what you are searching for, a SASE, and reimbursement for any copying expenses. Their genealogy collection includes many Wright County items, some throughout the state and other areas.

Wright County Courthouse, P. O. Box 39, Hartville MO 65667-0098.
Circuit Clerk's Office:  phone 417-741-7121    County Clerk's Office:  phone 417-741-6661

Wright County Historical and Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 66, Hartville MO 65667

The courthouse was severely damaged during the Civil War when it was set on fire in 1864.  Evidence indicates that county records had been removed prior to the beginning of hostilities and safely stored.  After the war, the courthouse was repaired and records returned to the proper offices.  The courthouse was completely destroyed by fire in 1897, but some records were saved by two courageous men when entered the burning building and threw records out of windows until they were forced to flee for their lives. Staff will search for a record as time permits if you send  a name,  approximate date and a S.A.S.E. They are located on Main Street on the square.

Their hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Some offices may close for lunch. Closed weekends and holidays. Missouri celebrates Truman's birthday on May 8th of each year - Friday if it falls on Saturday, Monday if it falls on Sunday. We are in the Central Time Zone.


Virginia Long does a column in The Mansfield Mirror.  Queries are placed at no charge and Virginia will also do research on your query.  You may write her at 2852 Highway MM, Mountain Grove, MO 65711. Please limit your query to the Wright County area.

Gloria Bogart Carter does a column in The Springfield News-Leader.  Queries are placed at no charge.  Please limit your query to the southern Missouri area.

Other Libraries

The Ozarks Genealogical Library located at 534 West Catalpa, Springfield, MO 65807, phone 417-831-2773. This is the library of the Ozarks Genealogical Society and is housed in its own building, although some holdings are at the Main Branch of the Springfield/Greene County Public Library.  Staffed by volunteers.  Any genealogist can appreciate this fine library with lots of information on Southwest Missouri, including Wright County and Wright County families, as well as lots of information from other states. Visit their homepage.

Springfield-Greene County Public Library
Visit their home page here. Notice you can pick genealogy and get started! An OGS representative is in the Shepard Room on Wednesdays from 9:30 12:00 and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Shepard Room  is devoted to Missouri and Genealogy. Many census records, books, and family histories are housed here. A genealogy librarian is on staff.

Lena Wills Collection at the Meyer Library of Southwest Missouri State University, 901 South National in Springfield, MO 65804
Unfortunately, this wonderful collection is accessed by appointment only and times are limited. Contact SMSU at 417-836-4525 for information. Lena was a local genealogist for years and had the genealogy column until her death.

Updated November 2010