Iron County, Missouri Genealogy

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United States
Missouri
Iron County

Guide to Iron 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: Ironton
Organized: February 17, 1857
Parent County(s): Dent, Madison, Reynolds, St. Francois, Washington, Wayne[1]
Neighboring Counties
Crawford  • Dent  • Madison  • Reynolds  • St. Francois  • Washington  • Wayne
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption
Pilot Knob Mountain, Iron County, Missouri

County Information

Description

The County was named for iron ore. The County has Ironton as its seat and the County was created February 17, 1857. The County is located in the southeast area of the state. [2]

County Courthouse

Iron County Courthouse
250 S Main Street
PO Box 42
Ironton, MO 63650
Phone: 573-546-2912
Iron County Website

County Clerk has birth records 1883-1885, marriage, divorce, probate and land records.[3]

Iron 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 1857 1883 1857 1814 1857 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

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 Iron County, Missouri:

  • Annapolis
  • Arcadia
  • Belleview
  • Bixby
  • Des Arc
  • Glover
  • Goodland
  • Hogan
  • Ironton (county seat)
  • Middle Brook
  • Pilot Knob
  • Viburnum
  • Vulcan

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

  • Barnes, Thomas S. (biography, from "Goodspeed Brothers, 1894"), USGenWeb Archives
  • First Families of Iron County, Missouri. Arcadia, MO: Iron County Genealogy Society, 2007. WorldCat.
  • Iron County Biographies, Iron Co. Genealogical Society, courtesy of Tom Caulley.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Iron 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

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.

Catholic
Hogan Settlement

  • On the Mission in Missouri, 1857-1868, a book by John Joseph Hogan describes experiences on the Missouri frontier by this Catholic missionary. Available online at FamilySearch.

Lutheran

  • Lohman, Marcine. Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church of Pilot Knob, Missouri, Iron County, 1861-1931. Firestone, CO: Self-published, 2007?. WorldCat.

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Iron 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.

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments

Service men in Iron 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 Iron County, Missouri:

- 2nd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)
- 3rd Regiment, Arkansas Cavalry (Union)
- 24th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company I
- 29th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company E
- 30th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company D
- 12th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company B
- 12th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company E
- 12th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company F
- 3rd Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union), Company M
- 5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union), Company L
- 5th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (2nd Organization) (Union), Company M
- 68th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- 68th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
- 68th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company E
- 68th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company K
- 68th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company L
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company A
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company C
- 6th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company F
- 8th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 8th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company L
- 8th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company M
- 13th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company F
- 13th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company L

Civil War Battle
The following Civil War Battles were fought in Iron County:

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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

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

  • Iron County Historical Society
    Website
  • Iron County, Missouri Genealogy 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, "Iron, Missouri," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_County,_Missouri. accessed 9/11/2018
  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), Iron 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August 2012)