Miller County, Missouri Genealogy

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


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Miller County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Miller County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 6, 1837
County Seat Tuscumbia
Courthouse
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Address Miller County Courthouse
PO Box 12;
Tuscumbia, MO 65082;
Phone: 573.369.2731
Miller County Website


County Information

Miller County, Missouri Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1883 1837 1883 1840 1837 1837

County Courthouse


County Clerk has birth records 1883-1891; County Recorder has marriage and divorce records; Probate Judge has probate records; Clerk of the Circuit Court has court records. [2]

History

Miller County, Missouri was organized 6 February 1837. The county was named after Congressman and Missouri governor John Miller. You will find more history by selecting: HISTORY.

Parent County

1837 Miller County was created 6 February 1837 from Cole and Pulaski Counties. County seat: Tuscumbia [3]

Neighboring Counties

Pulaski • Camden • Morgan • Moniteau • Cole • Osage • Maries

Miller CountyCole CountyOsage CountyGasconade CountyDent CountyDallas CountyLaclede CountyPulaski CountyMaries CountyPhelps CountyPolk CountyHickory CountyCamden CountyMorgan CountyBenton CountyPettis CountyCooper CountyMoniteau CountyCallaway CountyBoone CountyCole CountyMontgomery CountyMOMiller.JPG


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.

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog


          To see a list of places in Miller County, click on [Show], in the bar above.


Populated Places

Townships:

Communities:

Resources

For more about Miller County populated places, see the following:

Resources

General

Biographies

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
Miller MOInterment
MOGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information.

Census

General

1840

  • 1840 Census (GenWeb)
  • McKinley, Robert L. 1840 Census of Miller County, Missouri with Annotations. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1997. WorldCat

1850

  • 1850 Census (GenWeb): Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Index
  • Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather. Miller County, Missouri 1850 Federal Census. Chillicothe, MO: Self-published, n.d. WorldCat
  • Strange, Gaylord. 1850 & 1860 Census, Miller County, Missouri. Eldon, MO: Self-published, 1986?. WorldCat

1860

  • Ellsberry, Elizabeth Prather. 1860 Census for Miller County, Missouri. Chillicothe, MO: Self-published, n.d. WorldCat
  • Strange, Gaylord. 1850 & 1860 Census, Miller County, Missouri. Eldon, MO: Self-published, 1986?. WorldCat

1870

  • Strange, Gaylord, 1870 Census, Miller County, Missouri. Eldon, MO: Self-published, 198-?. WorldCat

1880

  • Strange, Gaylord. 1880 Census, Miller County, Missouri. Eldon, MO: Self-published, 1986?. WorldCat

1900

1920

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.

Court

Genealogies and Biographies

General
  • Family Histories (at Library of the Miller County Historical Society)
  • Hake, Peggy Smith. Pioneer Families of Miller County, Missouri: A Journey to the Past. St. Elizabeth, MO: Self-published, 2000. WorldCat | Index
Specific families

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 Miller 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.

  • Hake, Peggy Smith. They Left a Legacy: Historical Stories of Miller County, Missouri. St. Elizabeth, MO: Self-published, 1991. WorldCat
  • History of Miller County (Welcome to Miller County website)
  • Jenkins, Clyde Lee. Judge Jenkins' History of Miller County, Missouri. Tuscumbia, MO, 1971. WorldCat
  • Jenkins, Clyde Lee, and Clayton Edwin Jenkins. Judge Jenkins' History of Miller County, Missouri. Tuscumbia, MO?: Clayton Edwin Jenkins, 1995. WorldCat
  • Miller County History and Vittles. Tuscumbia, MO: Miller County Historical Society, 1991. WorldCat
  • Osage River Country: A History of the People and Places of Miller County, Missouri. Tuscumbia, MO: Miller County Historical Society, 1995. WorldCat
  • Schultz, Gerard. A History of Miller County, Missouri. Jefferson City, MO: Midland Printing Co., 1933. WorldCat
  • Warman-Starlings, Kelly, and Kirk D. Warman. The Ghost Towns of Central Missouri: Cole, Miller & Moniteau Counties. Jefferson City, MO: Ketch's Printing, 1994?. WorldCat
  • History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business, professional and private records, besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc., etc. Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1889.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments

Service men in Miller 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 Miller County, Missouri:

- 12th Regiment, Missouri Cavalry (Union), Company K
- 26th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company D
- 42nd Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- 47th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
- 47th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company K

World War II

Miscellaneous

  • Hake, Peggy Smith. Book of Marks and Brands, Miller County, Missouri, 1837-1856. St. Elizabeth, MO: Self-published, n.d. WorldCatInternet Archive (digital copy)

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Miller 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
  • Barnhouse, August F., and Carl G. Kelsay. Marriages, Miller County, Missouri. Eldon, MO: A.F. Barnhouse, 1984?. WorldCat
  • Hickok, Thelma Scott. Index to Marriages of Miller County, Missouri. Eldon, MO: Barnhouse and Kelsay, 1973-1974. WorldCat
  • Marriage Transcriptions (GenWeb)
  • Marriages of Miller and Maries Counties (Miller County Museum & Historical Society)
  • Strange, Gaylord. Marriages, Miller County, Missouri. Eldon, MO: Self-published, n.d. WorldCat
Deaths

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

List of Missouri Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Historical Society

Heartland Regional Library System (Miller and Maries Counties)
Resources

Miller County Museum and Miller County Historical Society
P.O. Box 57
Highway 52 West
Tuscumbia, MO 65082

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.

Osage Beach Missouri 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
genealogytrails.com Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
emslanders.com Free identifies records and resources related to Miller County, MO and their locations
Sites that search for links pertaining to Miller 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
epodunk.com 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 Miller 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 "Miller Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Miller County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Miller County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
Ancestry.com Miller 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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Miller County, Missouri. Page 403 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. 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.