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United States Gotoarrow.png Missouri Gotoarrow.png Clark County

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Missouri
Online Records

_Clark County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded December 16, 1836
County Seat kahoka
Address Clark County Courthouse
111 E Court Street
Kahoka, MO 63445-1268
Phone: 660.727.3283
Clark County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, probate, court,
and  land records from 1836[1]


Parent County

1836--Clark County was created 16 December 1836 from Lewis County. County seat: Kahoka [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




For tips on accessing Clark 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





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

  • 1883 - Clark County Birth Index 1883. Batch C514776 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1887 - Clark County Birth Index 1883-1887. Batch C514775 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1836-1895 - Clark County Marriage Index 1836-1895. Batch M514771 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1856-1872 - Clark County Marriage Index 1856-1872. Batch M514772 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1872-1881 - Clark County Marriage Index 1872-1881. Batch M514773 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881-1885 - Clark County Marriage Index 1881-1885. Batch M514774 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883 - Clark County Death Index 1883. Batch B514777 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

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), Clark County, Missouri. Page 399 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 3.6 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/5/5a/Igimissouria.pdf.