Jackson County, Missouri Genealogy

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Jackson County

Guide to Jackson 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: Independence
Organized: December 15, 1826
Parent County(s):
Neighboring Counties
Cass  • Clay  • Johnson  • Johnson (KS)  • Lafayette  • Ray  • Wyandotte (KS)
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information

Description

The County was named for President Andrew Jackson. The County has Kansas City as its seat and the County was created December 15, 1826. The County is located in the west area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse

Jackson County Courthouse
415 E 12th Street
Kansas, MO 64106
Phone: 816-881-3000
Jackson County Website

Jackson 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[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1883 1827 1883 1828 1827 1828 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 Jackson County, Missouri:

History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

  • Men Who are Making Kansas City, a Biographical Directory. (1902) by G. Creel and J. Slavens. Available online at Google Books
  • Seven of 72 Survive : Voyages on Missouri River by Henry Sieben's Commodores Sand Bars. By Henry Sieben. The Kansas City Genealogist - v. 43-44 (2002-2004). Available online at FamilySearch.
  • A Brief History of the Six Mile Territory. By Mary Sue Chiles. The Kansas City Genealogist - v. 43-44 (2002-2004) - v. 43, no. 2 (Fall 2002). Available online at FamilySearch.

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Jackson 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
Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Kansas City

  • 1834-1876 Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Kansas City, Baptism Index 1834-1876. Batch C511801 at FamilySearch.[3]
  • 1846-1876 Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Kansas City, Marriage Index 1846-1876. Batch M511801 at FamilySearch.

St. Mary's, Independence

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

St. Patrick's, Kansas City

  • 1869-1885 St. Patrick's, Kansas City, Marriage Index 1869-1885. Batch M515221 at FamilySearch.

Lutheran

  • Records of Grace Lutheran Church, Kansas City, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives ($).[4]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Independence Dist
  • Centropolis
  • Independence
  • Kansas City

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 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. 1881. Available online at Google Books
  • Kansas City, Missouri : its History and its People, 1808-1908. Available online at Ancestry ($)
  • Kansas City, Missouri : its History and its People, 1808-1908. By Carrie Westlake Whitney. 1908.
Vol. 1 Available online at Google Books
Vol. 2 Available online at Google Books
Vol. 3 Available online at Google Books
  • A Civic History of Kansas City, Missouri. Available online at Ancestry ($)
  • Abstract of Mount Auburn, an addition to Kansas City. 1886. Kansas City, Mo. : Norman & Robertson. Available online at FamilySearch

Maps and Gazetteers

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Migration

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

Military Records

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
- 12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry - Confederate, Company B

Civil War Battles
The following Civil War Battles were fought in Jackson County:

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:

Obituaries

Other Records

Voter 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

Voter Records

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

  • Jackson County Genealogical Society
    P.O. Box 2145
    1111 West Pacific Street
    Independence, MO 64050
    Phone: 816-252-8128
    Website
  • Jackson County Historical Society
    P.O. Box 4241
    Independence, MO 64051
    Phone: History Center - 816-461-1897; Archives - 816-252-4754
    Website
    Facebook
  • Heart Of America Genealogical Society & Library
    311 East 12th St.
    Kansas City, MO 64106
  • Midwest Afro-American Genealogy Interest Coalition (M.A.G.I.C.)
    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 300972
    Kansas City, MO 64130
    Physical Address:
    Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center
    3700 Blue Parkway
    Kansas City, MO 64137
    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. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson, Missouri," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Missouri. accessed 9/11/2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson 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.
  3. 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.
  4. "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.
  5. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap1.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  6. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://www.octa-trails.org/learn/virtual-trail (accessed 20 August 2016).
  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 15 August 2012)
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August 2012)
  11. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  12. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 16 August 2012)