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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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.



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 Benton 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.




Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Benton County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like: ($) 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.


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

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.

  • 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