Benton County, Missouri Genealogy

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

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Online Records

Benton County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 3, 1835
County Seat Warsaw
Address Benton County Courthouse
PO Box 1238
Warsaw, MO 65355-1238
Phone: 660.438.7326
Benton County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1883
and marriage records from 1839; Clerk Circuit Court
has divorce and court records; Probate Court has probate
Court has probate records; Recorder has Deeds and  land


Parent County

1835--Benton County was created 3 January 1835 from Pettis and St. Clair Counties.  County seat: Warsaw [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




For tips on accessing Benton 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.



Local Histories

A sketch of the history of Benton County, Missouri by James Henry Lay (1876) , only 76 pages, is available online free from Google Books.



Newspapers ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Sedalia newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that sometimes included Benton County residents.



Vital Records

  • 1849-1865 - Benton County Birth Volumes 1 and 2 Index 1849-1865. Batch C514641 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1892 - Benton County Birth Index 1883-1892. Batch C514643 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1839-1880 - Benton County Marriage Books A and B Index 1839-1880. Batch M514641 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1873-1885 - Benton County Marriage Books C thru E Index 1873-1885. Batch M514642 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1890 - Benton County Death Index 1883-1890. Batch B514644 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries 

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benton 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 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at