Carroll County, Missouri Genealogy

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

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Online Records

Carroll County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 2, 1833
County Seat Handybook
Address Carroll County Courthouse
County Courthouse
Carrollton, MO 64633
Phone: 816.542.0615
Carroll County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth records 1883-1895
and death records 1883-1890; Clerk Circuit Court
has divorce and court records from 1833
and naturalization records 1843-1919; Recorder
Deeds has marriage records,  land records from 1833;
Probate Office has probate records[1]


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The county is named after Charles Carroll (1737-1832), a signer of the Declaration of Independence.[2]

Parent County

1833--Carroll County was created 2 January 1833 from Ray County. County seat: Carrollton [3]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Carroll County boundary changes at N2Genealogy.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




For tips on accessing Carroll 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.


St. Mary's, Carrollton

  • 1869-1876 - St. Mary's, Carrollton, Baptism Index 1869-1876. Batch C511931 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1869-1885 - St. Mary's, Carrollton, Marriage Index 1869-1885. Batch M511931 at FamilySearch - free.[4]



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 Carroll 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 Carroll County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:


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.

  • 1870-1872 - Carroll County Birth Index 1870-1872. Batch C514731 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1883-1895 - Carroll County Birth Index 1883-1895. Batch C514735 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1833-1881 - Carroll County Marriage Books A thru C Index 1833-1881. Batch M514731 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1868-1882 - Carroll County Marriage Books C and D Index 1868-1882. Batch M514732 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1881-1885 - Carroll county Marriage Books 1 and 2 Index 1881-1885. Batch M514733 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1890 - Carroll County Death Index 1883-1890. Batch B514734 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1883-1895 - Carroll County Death Index 1883-1895. Batch B514738 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

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), Carroll County, Missouri. Page 398 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Wikipedia,
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at