Jackson County, Missouri Genealogy

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

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Jackson County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Jackson County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 15, 1826
County Seat Independence
Courthouse
MissouriJacksonCourthouse.jpg


County Information

Jackson County, Missouri Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate

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.

Records Loss

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

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cass  • Clay  • Johnson  • Johnson County, Kansas  • Lafayette  • Ray  • Wyandotte County, Kansas

Jackson CountyPlatte CountyClay CountyClinton CountyRay CountyPettis CountyCass CountyLafayette CountyJohnson CountyHenry CountyBenton CountySaline CountyCarroll CountyAtchison CountyWyandotte CountyMiami CountyFranklin CountyDouglas CountyJefferson CountyLeavenworth CountyJohnson CountyMOJackson1.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

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
MOInterment
MOGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information.
  • Blue Springs Cemetery (Find a Grave)
    2800 Southwest Walnut Street
    Blue Springs, MO 64015-3321

Church

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

Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Kansas City

  • 1834 - 1876 Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Kansas City, Baptism Index 1834-1876. Batch C511801 at FamilySearch - free.[2]
  • 1846 - 1876 Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Kansas City, Marriage Index 1846-1876. Batch M511801 at FamilySearch - free.

St. Mary's, Independence

  • 1848 - 1876 St. Mary's, Independence, Baptism Index 1848-1876. Batch C511981 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  • 1850 - 1883 St. Mary's, Independence, Marriage Index 1850-1883. Batch M511981 at FamilySearch - free.

St. Patrick's, Kansas City

  • 1869 - 1885 St. Patrick's, Kansas City, Marriage Index 1869-1885. Batch M515221 at FamilySearch - free.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Independence Dist
  • Centropolis
  • Independence
  • Kansas City
Lutheran
  • Records of Grace Lutheran Church, Kansas City, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[3]

City Directories

Court

Land

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 Jackson 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 Jackson county, Missouri containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc., biographical sketches of its citizens, Jackson county in the late war... history of Missouri, map of Jackson county ... (1881) 1006 pages, is available online free from Google Books.

Google Books has several books on Kansas City and its residents including:

  • A civic history of Kansas City, Missouri at Ancestry.com ($)
  • Norman & Robertson. Abstract of Mount Auburn, an addition to Kansas City : a subdivision of all of the S.W. 1-4 of the N.W. 1-4 of sec. 17 Township 49, Range 33, except two acres in the S. W. corner, situate in Jackson County, Mo., except that part thereof occupied by the Grand BoulevardKansas City, Mo. : Norman & Robertson, [1886].
  • Sieben, Henry. Seven of 72 survive : voyages on Missouri River by Henry Sieben's Commodores sand bars. The Kansas City genealogist - v. 43-44 (2002-2004).
  • Chiles, Mary Sue. "A brief history of the Six Mile Territory". The Kansas City genealogist - v. 43-44 (2002-2004) - v. 43, no. 2 (fall 2002).

Maps

MOJackson.JPG

Migration

Early migration routes to and from Jackson County, Missouri for European and African American settlers included:

Military

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments

Service men in Jackson 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 Jackson County, Missouri:

- 12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company C
- 12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company D
- 12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company E
- 12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company G
- 12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company H
- 2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union), Company B
- 2nd Battery, Missouri State Militia Artillery (Union), Company E
- 3rd Battalion, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company H
- 3rd Battalion, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company I
- 3rd Battalion, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company K
- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company H
- 3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company H
- 12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company B
Civil War Battles

The following Civil War Battles were fought in Jackson County:

  • Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri.
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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


Probate

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

Taxation

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.

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

  • Heart Of America Genealogical Society & Library
    311 East 12th St.
    Kansas City, MO 64106

Libraries

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.

Websites



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 Jackson 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 Jackson 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 "Jackson Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Jackson County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries


Social networking sites pertaining to Jackson County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
Ancestry.com Jackson County Message Board

References

  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. Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d8/Igimissourij.pdf.
  3. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.
  4. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap1.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://www.octa-trails.org/learn/virtual-trail (accessed 20 August 2016).
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August 2012)
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 16 August 2012)