Jackson County, Missouri Genealogy

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

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Jackson County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded information needed
County Seat Independence


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



  • Blue Springs Cemetery (Find a Grave)
    2800 Southwest Walnut Street
    Blue Springs, MO 64015-3321



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.


Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Kansas City

  • 1834-1876 - Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Kansas City, Baptism Index 1834-1876. Batch C511801 at FamilySearch - free.[1]
  • 1846-1876 - Immaculate Conception Cathedral Parish, Kansas City, Marriage Index 1846-1876. Batch M511801 at FamilySearch - free.[1]

St. Mary's, Independence

  • 1848-1876 - St. Mary's, Independence, Baptism Index 1848-1876. Batch C511981 at FamilySearch - free.[1]
  • 1850-1883 - St. Mary's, Independence, Marriage Index 1850-1883. Batch M511981 at FamilySearch - free.[1]

St. Patrick's, Kansas City

  • 1869-1885 - St. Patrick's, Kansas City, Baptism Index 1869-1885. Batch C515221 at FamilySearch - free.[1]
  • 1869-1885 - St. Patrick's, Kansas City, Marriage Index 1869-1885. Batch M515221 at FamilySearch - free.[1]
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Independence Dist
  • Centropolis
  • Independence
  • Kansas City
  • Records of Grace Lutheran Church, Kansas City, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[2]

City Directories



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 Jackson 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 History of Jackson county, Missouri containing a history of the county, its cities, towns, etc., biographical sketches of its citizens, Jackson county in the late war... history of Missouri, map of Jackson county ... (1881) 1006 pages, is available online free from Google Books.

Google Books has several books on Kansas City and its residents including:




Early migration routes to and from Jackson County, Missouri Genealogy for European and African American settlers included:


  • Fold3.com ($) has Civil War and other military records available online.
Civil War
Civil War Battles

The following Civil War Battles was fought in Jackson County

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Jackson 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.

  • Marriage licenses dating back to 1826 are available to be searched and viewed at http://records.jacksongov.org/search.asp?cabinet=marriage.
  • 1827-1860 - Jackson County Marriage Index 1827-1860. Batch M515211 at FamilySearch - free.[1]
  • 1827-1872 - Jackson County Marriage Index 1827-1872. Batch M515212 at FamilySearch - free.[1]
  • 1872-1881 - Jackson County Marriage Index 1872-1881. Batch M515213 at FamilySearch - free.[1]
  • 1881-1885 - Jackson County Marriage Index 1881-1885. Batch M515214 at FamilySearch - free.[1]

Societies and Libraries

Historical Societies

Jackson County Historical Society
P.O. Box 4241
Independence, Missouri 64051
Phone: History Center (816) 461-1897; Archives (816) 252-4754
Website: http://jchs.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jchs.org


The Kansas City Public Library
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: (816) 701-3400
Website: http://www.kclibrary.org/databases

Family History Centers


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

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Missouri, Jackson, Voter Registration (FamilySearch Historical  Records)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/d/d8/Igimissourij.pdf.
  2. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.
  3. Jim Tompkins, "The Oregon Trail 1841-1848 Map I" in Oregon Trail Landmarks at http://www.oregonpioneers.com/OTMap1.jpg (accessed 18 July 2011).
  4. "Oregon California Trails Association" at http://octatrails.micromaps.com/ (accessed 18 July 2011).
  5. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  6. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  7. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  8. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August 2012)
  9. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)
  10. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 16 August 2012)