Livingston County, Missouri Genealogy

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Livingston County's civil records start the following years:

Beginning Dates for Livingston County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1883 1837 1883 1840 1831 1837

Livingston County, Missouri
Founded January 6, 1837
County Seat Chillicothe
Address Livingston County Court House
700 Webster Street,
Chillicothe, Mo 64601


County Courthouse

Livingston County Courthouse
700 Webster Street
Chillicothe, Oh 64601
Phone: 660-646-2293

County Clerk has birth and death records; Recorder of Deeds
has marriage and land records; Probate Court has probate
records.  Clerk Circuit Court has court records


  • Livingston County was formed in 1837 from Carroll County. Named after Hon. Edward Livingston, the 11th Secretary of State of the United States under President Andrew Jackson. History of Livingston County
  • You've heard of the "greatest thing since sliced bread. It was recently discovered that sliced bread was first offered for sale - ever - in Chillicothe, Missouri. A product of the Chillicothe Baking Company, it was sliced on a machine called the Rohwedder Bread Slicer. Invented by Iowa inventor, Otto Rohwedder, the bread slicer was put into practice in 1928 in beautiful downtown Chillicothe.

Parent County

1837--Livingston County was created 6 January 1837 from Carroll County. County seat: Chillicothe [1]

Boundary Changes

  • See an interactive map of Livingston County border changes at N2Genealogy.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



  • Find A Grave Find A Grave has 95 cemeteries listed in Livingston County. There are also pictures of several headstones.

Census Records

Historical populations
Census Pop.
  • An article about the Federal and State Census Records that exist for Missouri. Missouri Census
  • No State Census Records exist for Livingston County, Missouri.
  • This article was written by G. David Dilts. It deals with finding elusive ancestors in the census. He gave this presentation at the Atlanta Family History expo in 2010. Finding Elusive Ancestors




Local Histories

  • The Livingston County Library has a web paged titled Livingston County History. The site has County History, Communitiy Histories, Biographies, and a few Genealogy links.




  • This link is an index of Missouri Confederate Casualties. It is taken from the Offical Records of the Civil War in the National Archives Missouri Confederate Casualties




Vital Records

Brief History of Vital Records in Missouri

In 1883, the Missouri General Assembly enacted legislation providing for the Board of Health to have supervision of the statewide registration of births and deaths. This supervision amounted to prescribing “such forms and recommend[ing] such legislation as shall be deemed necessary for a thorough and complete registration of vital and mortuary statistics through the state.” (Laws of the State of Missouri, 1883, page 96/section 7) The State Board of Health was charged with preparing printed forms of certificates of births and deaths; these were to be provided to the clerks of the various counties and it was the duty of the county clerks to furnish the printed forms to the persons required to file birth and death reports.

This law did not make the reporting of all births and deaths mandatory. Due to non-compliance, the General Assembly repealed the statutes relating to the registration of births and deaths in Missouri in 1893.

It was not until 1910 that the General Assembly again provided for the registration of births and deaths on a statewide basis. Approved May 6, 1909, the act was to “provide for the immediate registration of all births and deaths throughout the state of Missouri by means of certificates of births and deaths and burial or removal permits; requiring prompt returns to the central bureau of vital statistics at the capital of the state, as required to be established by the state board of health, and to insure the thorough organization and efficiency of the registration of vital statistics throughout the state, and providing certain penalties” (Laws of the State of Missouri, 1909, page 538). Pursuant to this 1909 law, all births and deaths that occur in Missouri are reported to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The Bureau of Vital Records maintains these birth and death records.

  • Name index to marriage records from the state of Missouri, 1750-1920. Microfilm copies of these records are available at the Family History Library and Family History Centers Missouri, Marriages 1750-1920

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Introduction to LDS Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • MOGenWeb project May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).