Howard County, Missouri Genealogy

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


Howard County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Howard County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 13, 1816
County Seat Fayette
Address Howard County Courthouse
#1 Courthouse Square
Fayette, MO 65248
Phone: 660.248.2284
Howard County Website

County Information

Howard County, Missouri Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1883 1816 1883 1830 1816 1818

County Courthouse

Clerk of the Circuit Court has birth records 1870-1955, marriage and court records from 1870, land and burial records from 1820, military and divorce records from 1900; Probate Court has probate records from 1835; County Health Nurse has death records from 1870.[2]


Parent County

1816 Howard County was created 13 January 1816 from St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. County seat: Fayette [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 website.

Record Loss

1886 Fire destroyed the courthouse on December 1, 1886, but no records were lost.


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Boone  • Chariton  • Cooper  • Randolph  • Saline

Howard CountyAudrain CountyBoone CountyCallaway CountyMoniteau CountyCooper CountyCole CountyOsage CountyMorgan CountyPettis CountyBenton CountyHenry CountySaline CountyChariton CountyLafayette CountyCarroll CountyJohnson CountyLivingston CountyMacon CountyShelby CountyMarion CountyMonroe CountyLinn CountyRandolph CountyMOHoward.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.


Immaculate Conception, Richmond

  • 1870 - 1876 Immaculate Conception, Richmond, Baptism Index 1870-1876. Batch C511971 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 Howard 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.

  • Van Ravenswaay, Charles. The Boon's Lick country : a guide for the William Clark Society second annual field trip, June 15 and 16, 1940. [St. Louis, Mo.? : s.n.], 1940.
  • Smith, Thomas Berry. History of Chariton and Howard counties, Missouri. Topeka [Kansas] : Historical Pub., 1923.
  • National Historical Company. History of Howard and Cooper counties, Missouri : written and compiled from the most authentic official and private sources, including a history of its townships, towns, and villages : together with a condensed history of Missouri, a reliable and detailed history of Howard and Cooper counties-- its pioneer record, resources, biographical sketches of prominent citizens, general and local statistics of great value, incidents and reminiscences. St. Louis : National Historical Co., 1883.




Civil War

Online Records


Service men in Howard 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 Howard County, Missouri:

- 46th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 46th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 46th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company E
- 46th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company K
- 9th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company A
- 9th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company H
- 1st Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Howard County:

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri.

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


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

  • ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Moberly newspapers from the early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Howard County communities.
  • Missouri Intelligencer, 1819-1835 (Franklin, Howard County, Missouri) Searchable online at the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Digital Collections, Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers.


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

  • Howard County Genealogical Society
    201 South Main Street
    Fayette, MO 65248
    Phone: 660-248-3348

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.


  • Howard County Missouri Genealogical Society


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 Howard 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 Howard 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 "Howard Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Howard County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Howard County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search Howard 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), Howard County, Missouri. Page 401 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  5. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at