Crawford County, Missouri Genealogy

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

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Crawford County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 23, 1829
County Seat Steelville
Address Crawford County Courthouse
302 W Main Street
Steelville, MO 65565
Phone: 573.775.2376
Crawford County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has marriage, divorce, court and land records from 1832;
Probate Judge has probate records from 1889[1]


Parent County

1829--Crawford County was created 23 January 1829 from Gasconade County. County seat: Steelville [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Crawford County Biographies


Crawford County Cemeteries

Cemeteries in Crawford County at Find A Grave


For tips on accessing Crawford 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 Crawford 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 Crawford County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Crawford County Obituaries


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.

  • 1829-1871 - Crawford County Marriage Index 1829-1871. Batch M514841 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1866 - Crawford County Marriage Index 1866. Batch M514843 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1871-1885 - Crawford County Marriage Books C thru E Index 1871-1885. Batch M514842 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Brian Oster Missouri Marriage Records Site


Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

Family History Catalog

Biographies from The History of Crawford County, Missouri (1889) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.


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