Dunklin County, Missouri Genealogy

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Dunklin County

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


Dunklin County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Dunklin County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1845
County Seat Kennett
Address Dunklin County Courthouse
PO Box 188
Kennett, MO 63857-0188
Phone: 573.888.2796
Dunklin County Website

County Information

Dunklin County, Missouri Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1872 1830 1859 1865

County Courthouse

Recorder of Deeds has marriage and land records; Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and court records; Probate Judge has probate records.[2]


Parent County

1845 Dunklin County was created 14 February 1845 from Stoddard County. County seat: Kennett [3]

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

1860s Fire destroyed the courthouse.
1872 Courthouse burned in April 1872. All records were destroyed.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Butler  • Clay County, Arkansas  • Craighead County, Arkansas  • Greene County, Arkansas  • Mississippi County, Arkansas  • New Madrid  • Pemiscot  • Stoddard

Dunklin CountyScott CountyWayne CountyHickman CountyCarlisle CountyButler CountyRipley CountyCarter CountyClay CountyRandolph CountyGreene CountyCraighead CountyPoinsett CountyLake CountyObion CountyDyer CountyLauderdale CountyTipton CountyGibson CountyGraves CountyWeakley CountyHaywood CountyCrockett CountyFulton CountyMadison CountyMississippi CountyLawrence CountyStoddard CountyNew Madrid CountyPemiscot CountyMississippi CountyMODunklin1.JPG



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
MOGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MOGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information.



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.



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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Dunklin 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.

  • Dunklin County Historical Society. Kennett, Missouri : Thrower Printing Co., [190-?].
  • Smyth-Davis, Mary F. History of Dunklin County, Missouri, 1845-1895; embracing an historical account of the towns and post-villages of Clarkton, Cotton Plant, Cardwe ll, Caruth, Campbell, Gibson, Halcomb, Hornersville, Kennett, Lulu, Mald en, Nesbit, Senath, Valley Ridge, Vincent, White Oak, and Wrightville. Including a department devoted to the description of the early appearanc e, settlement, development, resources, and present appearance of the cou nty, with an album of its people and homes profusely illustrated. St. Louis : Nixon-Jones Print., 1896.
  • History of southeast Missouri. Embracing an historical account of the counties of Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Perry, Cape Girardeau, Bollinger, Madison, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Dunklin, Scott, Mississippi, Stoddard, Butler, Wayne and Iron. Chicago, The Goodspeed publishing co., 1888.




Civil War

Online Records


Service men in Dunklin 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 Dunklin County, Missouri:

- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company D
- 2nd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company D
- 5th Regiment, Missouri Infantry - Confederate, Company K
- 7th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company A
- 7th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company C
- 7th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company G
- 7th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company Haislip's
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


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


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


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.

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.


Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

  • Dunklin County Genealogical Society
    226 North Main Street
    Kennett, MO 63857
    Phone: 573-888-3561
  • Campbell Area Genealogical And Historical Society
    P.O. Box 401
    Campbell, MO 63933-0401

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Sites with online indexes or images of records
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
Sites that search for links pertaining to Dunklin County, Missouri Genealogy
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 ($)
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Dunklin County, Missouri Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library Major genealogy resource library, located in Indiana. On home page enter "Dunklin Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Dunklin County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Dunklin County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
Ancestry.com Dunklin County Message Board


  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 422-438. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dunklin County, Missouri. Page 400 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 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.