Audrain County, Missouri Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Revision as of 19:22, 6 June 2013 by Donnaevelynb (talk | contribs) (Added Intro to Probate)

Jump to: navigation, search

United States Gotoarrow.png Missouri Gotoarrow.png Audrain County

Guide to Audrain County Missouri genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Hand and keyboard.jpg Missouri
Online Records

Audrain County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 12, 1831
County Seat Mexico
Address Audrain County Courthouse
101 N Jefferson St
Mexico, MO 65265
Audrain County Website

County Courthouse

County Recorder has marriage and land records; Clerk Circuit
Court has divorce and court records; County Clerk has birth records
1883-1893; Probate Judge has probate records[1]


Parent County

1831--Audrain County was created 12 January 1831 from Ralls County. County seat: Mexico [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Audrain County border changes at N2Genealogy.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




For tips on accessing Audrain County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri Census.


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.



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




  • ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Moberly newspapers from the early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Audrain County communities.
  •  has The Mexico Missouri Message which was published from 1899-1918 online. It can be searched using single words or combinations of words. It covers news local to Audrain county and the surrounding areas.


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.


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

  • 1839-1866 - Audrain County Birth Index 1839-1866. Batch C514604 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1837-1861 - Audrain County Marriage Book A Index 1837-1861. Batch M514601 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1861-1885 - Audrain County Marriage Book B-1 Index 1861-1885. Batch M514602 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1865-1882 - Audrain County Marriage Index 1865-1882. Batch M514604 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1885 - Audrain County Marriage Book 2 Index 1885. Batch M514603 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1886 - Audrain County Death Index 1883-1886. Batch B514605 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Audrain County, Missouri. Page 397 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at