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*Church records (contains baptisms, marriages, deaths, first communions), 1882-1913, Hogan, Missouri are a[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/211096?availability=Family%20History%20Library vailable on microfilm at the Family History Library]. [https://familysearch.org/films/lookup/products/view/film/980545/ Order film online].  
*Church records (contains baptisms, marriages, deaths, first communions), 1882-1913, Hogan, Missouri are [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/211096?availability=Family%20History%20Library available on microfilm at the Family History Library]. [https://familysearch.org/films/lookup/products/view/film/980545/ Order film online].  
*On the mission in Missouri, 1857-1868, a book by John Joseph Hogan which describes experiences on the Missouri frontier by this Catholic missionary. [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/272975?availability=Family%20History%20Library View a digital version of this book at FamilySearch].
*On the mission in Missouri, 1857-1868, a book by John Joseph Hogan which describes experiences on the Missouri frontier by this Catholic missionary. [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/272975?availability=Family%20History%20Library View a digital version of this book at FamilySearch].

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

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Iron County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Iron County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded February 17, 1857
County Seat Ironton
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Address Iron County Courthouse
250 S Main Street
PO Box 42
Ironton, MO 63650
Phone 573.546.2912
Iron County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth records 1883-1885, marriage, divorce, probate and land records[1]


The unusual shape of Iron County, Missouri, according to Goodspeed's 1888 History of Southeast Missouri, resulted from the difficulty inherent in creating the county. Land was taken from six other counties in order to form Iron County, but it became a challenge to accomplish this without reducing the size of those counties below their constitutional limits.

Iron County derives its name from its prevalence of iron ore. The county is located in a part of southeast Missouri that at one time was important as a mining center.

The county court first met 4 Aug 1857 at Arcadia. That was when Iron County was subdivided into the townships of Dent, Kaolin, Iron, Pilot Knob, Arcadia, Liberty, and Union.

The county is home to Pilot Knob, known as the site of Fort Davidson. This is where a significant Civil War battle, the Battle of Pilot Knob, took place in 1864.

For more about the history of Iron County, Missouri, see:

Parent County

1857--Iron County was created by a legislative act of 17 February 1857 from Dent, Madison, Reynolds, St. Francois Washington, and Wayne Counties.  County seat: Ironton [2]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

In addition, see:

Neighboring Counties



Pilot Knob Mountain, Iron County, Missouri


  • The Iron County Genealogical Society has surname indexes for the 1860-1930 Federal Censuses.
  • The U.S. GenWeb Archives website has the following transcriptions:
1860 Mortality Schedules - partial listing for Iron County
1890 Special Census - transcription for Iron County of the names of Civil War Union veterans and widows of veterans enumerated in the 1890 Veterans Schedules, also known as the 1890 Special Census.

  • The 1910-1930 Federal censuses for Iron County are covered in the following three books:
Iron County, Missouri 1910 Census. WorldCat.
1920 Iron County, Missouri Census. WorldCat.
1930 Iron County, Missouri Census. WorldCat.


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.


Hogan Settlement

  • Lohman, Marcine. Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church of Pilot Knob, Missouri, Iron County, 1861-1931. Firestone, CO: Self-published, 2007?. WorldCat page.



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 Iron 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.




Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Iron County

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri


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

Current newspapers
Historic newspapers


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.


Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Iron 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August 2012)
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