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== Societies and Libraries   ==
== Societies and Libraries   ==
Dallas County Historical Society, Inc. <br>P.O. Box 594 <br>Buffalo, MO 65622<br>Phone: Thelma Kurtz at 417-345-8694<br>Email: lcrawford@windstream.net<br>Website: http:[http://www.mogenweb.org/dallas/DCHS.html //www.mogenweb.org/dallas/DCHS.html ]
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====

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

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Online Records

Dallas County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1841
County Seat Buffalo
Address Dallas County Courthouse
107 Maple Street
PO Box 436
Buffalo, MO 65622-0436
Phone: 417.345.2632
Dallas County Website

County Courthouse

County Recorder has birth, marriage, death,
burial, divorce, probate, court and land records[1]


Parent County

1841--Dallas County was created 29 January 1841 from Polk County. County seat: Buffalo. [2] Dallas was originally named Niangua County. Its name was changed to Dallas in 1844.

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




For tips on accessing Dallas 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 Dallas 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 Dallas 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.

  • 1851-1866 - Dallas County Birth Index 1851-1866. Batch C514651 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1922 - Dallas County Birth Index 1883-1922. Batch C514652 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1922 - Dallas County Birth Index 1883-1922. Batch C514654 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1867-1885 - Dallas County Marriage Book 1 Index 1867-1885. Batch M514651 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1924 - Dallas County Death Index 1883-1924. Batch B514657 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries 

Dallas County Historical Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 594
Buffalo, MO 65622
Phone: Thelma Kurtz at 417-345-8694
Email: lcrawford@windstream.net
Website: http://www.mogenweb.org/dallas/DCHS.html

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dallas 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 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.