Grundy County, Missouri Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search
United States
Grundy County

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


Grundy County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Grundy County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1841
County Seat Trenton
Address Grundy County Courthouse
700 Main Street
Trenton, MO 64683
Phone: 660.359.6305
Grundy County Website

County Information

Grundy County, Missouri Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1847 1841 1883 1830 1841 1863

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records 1881-1890; County Recorder has marriage, divorce and land records; Probate office has probate records.[2]


Felix Grundy.JPG

The county is named after U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy (1777-1840).[3]

Link about Centennial history of Grundy County, Missouri, 1839-1939

Parent County

1841 Grundy County was created 29 January 1841 from Livingston County. County seat: Trenton [4]

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 website.

Record Loss

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


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Daviess  • Harrison  • Linn  • Livingston  • Mercer  • Sullivan

Grundy CountyMercer CountyMacon CountyLinn CountyChariton CountySullivan CountyAdair CountyPutnam CountyLivingston CountyDaviess CountyCaldwell CountyClinton CountyDeKalb CountyGentry CountyWorth CountyHarrison CountyRinggold CountyDecatur CountyAppanoose CountyWayne CountyMOGrundy1.JPG



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
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.


St. Joseph, Trenton

  • 1872 - 1876 St. Joseph, Trenton, Baptism Index 1872-1876. Batch C511501 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1870 - 1882 St. Joseph, Trenton, Marriage Index 1870-1882. Batch M511501 at FamilySearch - free.



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 Grundy 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.

The History of Grundy County, Missouri an encyclopedia of useful information, and a compendium... (1881) is available online free from Google Books.

  • Ford, James Everett. A history of Grundy County : treating of its transformation from the heart of the wilderness of yesterday to the heart of the mighty nation of today; a tribute to the pioneer and something of the men who are making the Grundy County of tomorrow. Trenton, Mo. : News Pub., 1908.




Civil War

Online Records


Service men in Grundy 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 Grundy County, Missouri:

- 18th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company C
- 23rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company B
- 30th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 30th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- 30th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
- 30th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
- 30th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- 30th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
- 4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company D
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Grundy 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

  • Gentry County Genealogical Society
    802 E. Canady
    Albany, MO 64402

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 Grundy 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 Grundy 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 "Grundy Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Grundy County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Grundy County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search Grundy 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), Grundy County, Missouri. Page 400 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "Felix Grundy," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at