Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy

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Daviess County

Guide to Daviess County, Missouri ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Gallatin
Organized: December 29, 1836
Parent County(s): Ray[1]
Neighboring Counties
Caldwell  • Dekalb  • Gentry  • Grundy  • Harrison  • Livingston
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for Major Joseph Hamilton Daveiss. The County has Gallatin as its seat and the County was created December 29, 1836. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse

Daviess County Courthouse
102 N Main Street
Gallatin, MO 64640
Phone: 660-663-2641
Daviess County Website

Recorder of Deeds has land records.
Probate Court has probate records.[3]

Daviess County, Missouri Record Dates

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1883 1837 1883 1837 1838 1890 1830
Statewide registration started in 1910 for births and deaths. General compliance for births by 1927 and deaths by 1911.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes

  • 1836 Daviess County was created 29 December 1836 from Ray County.
  • County seat: Gallatin[5]

For animated maps illustrating Missouri county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Missouri County Boundary Maps" (1804-1889) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Populated Places

The following are locations in Daviess County, Missouri:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Daviess County, Missouri online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information

Census Records

The 1876 State Census for Daviess county is available at Ancestry.com or on microfilm ($15) from the Missouri State Archives.

For tips on accessing Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri Census.

Church Records

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Missouri denominations, view the Missouri Church Records wiki page.

Baptist

Catholic
Gallatin

  • 1871-1875 Catholic Church, Gallatin, Baptism Index 1871-1875. Batch C511511 at FamilySearch.[6]

Court Records

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Missouri Land and Property for information about records of land transfers from the government to private ownership. After that transfer, transactions were usually recorded and are currently housed at the county courthouse.

There are two types of patents. Those issued by the state and those by the Federal Government.

The Missouri Secretary of State sponsors a site with land patents for Daviess county 1831-1969.

Patents issued by the Federal Government for land in Daviess County. Enter Missouri and your ancestor's surname. If you find a record for your ancestor you will be able to download a PDF of the patent. You should also consider ordering the associated case file.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the Wiki page section Missouri Local Histories.

  • Daviess County Historical Society lists a variety of county and family histories and other resources.
  • History of Daviess and Gentry Counties, Missouri.. By John C. Leopard. 1974. Tucson, Arizona : W.C. Cox. Available online at FamilySearch
  • The History of Daviess County, Missouri. 1882. Kansas City, Missouri : Birdsall & Dean. Available online at FamilySearch
  • Memories : being a story of early times in Daviess County, Missouri. By John F. Jordin. [1904?]. Gallatin, Mo. : North Missourian Press. Available online at FamilySearch

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments

Service men in Daviess County, Missouri served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Daviess County, Missouri:

- 23rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company H
- 2nd Battalion, Enrolled Missouri Militia, 6 months (Union), Company C
- 1st Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company A
- 1st Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company B
- 1st Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company D
- 1st Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company E
- 1st Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company I
- 3rd Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
- 4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company M
- 6th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company G
- 4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 57th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 57th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 57th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- 2nd Battalion, Enrolled Missouri Militia, 6 months (Union), Company A

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

Probate records include wills, bonds, petitions, accounts, inventories, administrations, orders, decrees, and distributions. For further information, see United States Probate Records.

In Missouri, probate records have usually been recorded by the clerks of the probate courts, but in some counties the common pleas or circuit courts handled this function. They are frequently indexed.

Online Probate Records

School Records

Tax Records

Taxes were levied on free white males over 21 and slaves aged 21 to 60. These persons are referred to as "polls." Tax listings, or digests, of a county generally list the taxable landowners and other polls and the amount of tax. The records for each county are divided by militia district. For more information see the wiki page Missouri Taxation.

As of Mar 2013 neither the Missouri State Archives, nor the FHL appear to have early tax lists in their microfilm collections for Daviess County. So if they exist, they are probably held by the county clerk's office at the courthouse.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths. For additional guidance on researching and using vital records, see United States Vital Records or How to order Missouri Vital Records.

St. Louis and Kansas City recorded births and deaths starting as early as 1850 for deaths and 1870 for births.  The Missouri Department of Health began keeping birth and death records in 1909. County records vary by year and the county. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Missouri Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office or order electronically online.

Birth

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Libraries

Museums

Societies

  • State Historical Society of Missouri
    Website
    Website has links to the different research centers in Missouri
  • Daviess County Genealogical Society
    Website
  • Daviess County Historical Society
    Website

Websites

  • Missouri Digital Heritage. Free. digital images of many types of records from institutions across the State
  • MOGenWeb. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
  • USGenWeb Archives. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • FamilySearch Catalog . Free. - The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records
  • RootsWeb resources. Free. Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
  • Linkpendium. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • CyndisList. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
  • StateofUS. Free. family history resources and government records
  • Missouri Genealogy. Free. Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)

Research Guides

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missouri. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Daveiss, Missouri," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daviess_County,_Missouri. accessed 9/10/2018
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missouri. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Daviess County, Missouri. Page 397-407 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 393-397.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Missouri. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5a/Igimissouria.pdf.