Daviess County, Missouri Genealogy

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County Courthouse

History

Parent County

1836--Daviess County was created 29 December 1836 from Ray County. County seat: Gallatin [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Arthur Paul Moser has short descriptions of towns in Daviess county, many of them no longer extant. Also see Missouri Place Names, 1928-1945

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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.

Church

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

Court

Land

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.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

  • 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.
  • Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Chillicothe newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Daviess County communities.

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Births
Marriages
Deaths
  • 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.

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).