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*The [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/ University of Missouri Digital Library] has digital copies of [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx/cgi/i/image/image-idx?sid=7474c95ce6e68ec22a63efb27869515c;page=index;c=platic Missouri county plat books] {{nowrap|(ca. 1930)}} for all Missouri counties including Jasper County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.<br>
*The [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/ University of Missouri Digital Library] has digital copies of [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx/cgi/i/image/image-idx?sid=7474c95ce6e68ec22a63efb27869515c;page=index;c=platic Missouri county plat books] {{nowrap|(ca. 1930)}} for all Missouri counties including Jasper County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.<br>
*Historic maps of [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/missouri-maps/jasper-county-missouri-maps.asp Jasper County, Missouri]
*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/missouri-maps/jasper-county-missouri-maps.asp Historic maps of Jasper County, Missouri] 1861 to 1904, free access on My Genealogy Hound.[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/missouri-maps/jasper-county-missouri-maps.asp ]
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United States Gotoarrow.png Missouri Gotoarrow.png Jasper County

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

Hand and keyboard.jpg Missouri
Online Records

Jasper County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1841
County Seat Carthage
Address Jasper County Courthouse
302 S Main Street
Carthage, MO 64836-1696
Phone: 417.358.0441
Jasper County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth records 1883-1900
and death records 1883-1891;Recorder Deeds
has marriage and land records; Probate Judge
has probate and court records[1]


Monument to William Jasper at Savannah, Georgia
The county is named after Sergeant William Jasper (c1750-1779).[2]

Parent County

1841--Jasper County was created 29 January 1841 from Newton County. County seat: Carthage [3]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss

An EF5 tornado struck the southern part of the city in May 2011, it is possible some record loss did occur as some locations where records may have been kept or stored were hit by the twister.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Forest Park Cemetery, Joplin BillionGraves. May contain some interments of those killed by the tornado in 2011.


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.



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 Jasper 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.

A history of Jasper County, Missouri, and its people by Joel T. Livingston (1912) Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available online free from Google Books.

The biographical record of Jasper County, Missouri (1901) by Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor is available online free from Google Books. This book has biographical sketches of county residents. A name index is provided on page 5 of the book.

Biographies from The History of Jasper County, Missouri (1883) published by Mills & Company are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website




Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War Battle was fought in Jasper County

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri


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

  • 1816-1864 - Jasper County Birth Index 1816, 1828-1832, 1851-1864. Batch C515261 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1841-1874 - Jasper County Marriage Books A thru D Index 1841-1874. Batch M515261 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1873-1881 - Jasper County Marriage Books E thru G Index 1873-1881. Batch M515262 at FamilySearch - free.[5]
  • 1881-1885 - Jasper County Marriage Books H and I Index 1881-1885. Batch M515263 at FamilySearch - free.[5]

Societies and Libraries


Joplin Public Library
300 South Main Street
Joplin, MO 64801-2384
Phone: (417) 623-7953
Email: jpl@joplinpubliclibrary.org
Website: http://www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/digitized/carthage_book.php

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jasper County, Missouri. Page 401 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "William Jasper," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August 2012)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 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.