Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy

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

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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.


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.

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.

Grand River Baptist Church in Jameson - History and list of early members. Missouri Genealogy and History.

Grand River Baptist Church in Jameson - History. (Daviess County Historical Society). Photos & Tours (William Jewell College) Note also that he William Jewell College is a major repository for Missouri Baptist records.



  • 1871-1875 - Catholic Church, Gallatin, Baptism Index 1871-1875. Batch C511511 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1871 - Catholic Church, Gallatin, Marriage Index 1871. Batch M511511 at FamilySearch - free.[3]


  • 1872-1876 - Catholic Church, Jamesport, Baptism Index 1872-1876. Batch C511631 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1873 - Catholic Church, Jamesport, Marriage Index 1873. Batch M511631 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

St. Joannis, Bancroft

  • 1870-1876 - St. Joannis, Bancroft, Baptism Index 1870-1876. Batch C511611 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1871, 1883-1885 - St. Joannis, Bancroft, Marriage Index 1871, 1883-1885. Batch M511611 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



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.

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

Local histories are available for Daviess 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.

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.


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • 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.


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.


As of Mar 2013 neither the Missouri State Archives, nor the FHL appear to have early tax lists in their microfilm collections for Daviess County. So if they exist, they are probably held by the county clerks office at the courthouse.

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.

  • 1883-1891 - Daviess County Birth Index 1883-1891. Batch C514864 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1837-1899 - Daviess County Marriages 1837 - 1899
  • 1838-1881 - Daviess County Marriage Books A, C and D Index 1838-1881. Batch M514861 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1878-1885 - Daviess County Marriage Books E thru G Index 1878-1885. Batch M514862 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 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.
  • 1883-1891 - Daviess County Death Index 1883-1891. Batch B514867 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

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).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 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.