Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy

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Daviess County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded December 29, 1836
County Seat Gallatin
Address Daviess County Courthouse
102 N Main Street
Gallatin, MO 64640
Phone: 660.663.2641
Daviess County Website

County Courthouse

County Library has birth and death record on microfilm 188301893
and local census 1876; Recorder of Deeds has land records;
Probate Court has probate records[1]


The History of Daviess County, Missouri (1882) is available online free from Google Books.

Parent County

1836--Daviess County was created 29 December 1836 from Ray County. County seat: Gallatin [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


  • Arthur Paul Moser has short descriptions of towns in Daviess county, many of them no longer exist.

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Steve Reid's page has about 70 transcriptions of Daviess county cemeteries.  Many of these transcriptions are current only to the 1970s.  The page also includes a historical description of all known Daviess county cemeteries and directions to their location.

Lanita Sconce Smith's page and the Daviess County Historical Society sort Daviess county burials by name.

Find A Grave has many Daviess county cemetery transcriptions.

Here is another page of Daviess county cemeteries for Clear Creek, Creekmore, Enyart, Everly, Foley, Frazier, Guthrie, Hays, Hemry/Payne, Hill, Lick Fork, Lock Springs, McCrary, Muddy, Old Union, Pell, Pilot Grove 1, Reid (partial), Trosper, Trotten, and Weldon.

Here are transcriptions of the Winston and Muddy cemeteries.  Other transcriptions of Muddy cemetery are here and here.

The Missouri Tombstone Transcription project has links to McCrary, Lick Fork, Creekmore, and Old Scotland cemeteries.

Brenda Abplanalp and Virgil Givens abstracted the Wooderson cemetery.


The 1876 State Census for Daviess county is available at Ancestry.com or on microfilm ($15) from the Missouri State Archives.

For tips on accessing Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri Census.


Trails.com has a partial list of historic and current churches in Daviess county.  A slightly different list is given by the USGS database.

Primitive Baptist Library in Carthage, IL maintains a Daviess county, Missouri page on their website.



There are two types of patents. Those issued by the state and those by the Federal Government.

The Missouri Secretary of State sponsors a site with land patents for Daviess county 1831-1969. 

For patents issued by the Federal Government for land in Daviess county click here. Enter Missouri and your ancestors surname. If you find a record for your ancestor you will be able to download a PDF of the patent. You should also consider ordering the associated case file.

Local Histories

The Daviess County Historical Society lists a variety of county and family histories and other resources.



Names of soldiers are engraved in the pavement bricks of the war memorial near the courthouse.


  • The Genealogy Department of the Daviess County Library, given a specific date, will do lookups in the newspapers listed on their website for a small fee.



Vital Records

  • The Missouri Secretary of State has Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910, a few earlier. Some certificates were never completed or filed, others have creative spellings. The information is only as good as the informant could recall at the time.

Societies and Libraries

There is a Daviess county Genealogical Societyand a Daviess County Historical Society.  The Daviess County Library in Gallatin also has genealogical records.  Other Missouri libraries with Daviess county records include the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, the Missouri State Historical Library in Columbia and the State Archives in Jefferson City.

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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