Howard County, Missouri Genealogy

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

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Howard County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 13, 1816
County Seat Fayette
Address Howard County Courthouse
#1 Courthouse Square
Fayette, MO 65248
Phone: 660.248.2284
Howard County Website

County Courthouse

Clerk Circuit Court has birth recordsc 1870-1955,
marriage and court records from 1870, land and burial
records from 1820, military and divorce records from 1900;
Probate Court has probate records from 1835; County
Health Nurse has death records from 1870[1]


Parent County

1816--Howard County was created 13 January 1816 from St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. County seat: Fayette [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties





Immaculate Conception, Richmond

  • 1870-1876 - Immaculate Conception, Richmond, Baptism Index 1870-1876. Batch C511971 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Howard County

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri


  • ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Moberly newspapers from the early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Howard County communities.
  • Missouri Intelligencer, 1819-1835 (Franklin, Howard County, Missouri) Searchable online at the State Historical Society of Missouri’s Digital Collections, Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers.



Vital Records

  • 1883-1893 - Howard County Birth Index 1883-1893. Batch C001967 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1865-1878 - Howard County Birth Index, Volume 4A, 1865-1878. Batch C515182 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1816-1861 - Howard County Marriage Index 1816-1860. Batches M515184 and M515181 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1865-1885 - Howard County Marriage Book 4A Index 1865-1885. Batch M515182 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881-1885 - Howard County Marriage Book 1 Index 1881-1885. Batch M515183 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1888 - Howard County Death Index 1883-1888. Batch B515185 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Howard County, Missouri. Page 401 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
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)