Harrison County, Missouri Genealogy

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

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Harrison County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1845
County Seat Bethany
Address Harrison County Courthouse
1500 Central Street
Bethany, MO 64424
Phone: 660.425.6424
Harrison County Website

County Courthouse


County Clerk has some birth records 1883-1893;
Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and divorce records
from 1845; Probate Judge has probate records from 1853[1]


Parent County

1845--Harrison County was created 14 February 1845 from Daviess County. County seat: Bethany [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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.



  • 1871-1876 - Eagleville Marriage Index 1871-1876. Batch M511661 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Railroad Camp, Bethany

  • 1870 - Railroad Camp, Bethany, Baptism Index 1870. Batch C511651 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881 - Railroad Camp, Bethany, Marriage Index 1881. Batch M511651 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

St. Mary and Station, Andover

  • 1870-1878 - St. Mary and Station, Andover, Baptism Index 1870-1878. Batch C511951 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1871-1885 - St. Mary and Station, Andover, Marriage Index 1871-1885. Batch M511951 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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Harrison 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 Harrison 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.

  • 1883-1889 - Harrison County Birth Index 1883-1889. Batch C515133 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1893 - Harrison County Death Index 1883-1893. Batch B000524 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harrison County, Missouri. Page 400 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 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.