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United States Gotoarrow.png Missouri Gotoarrow.png Macon County

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

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Online Records

Macon County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 6, 1837
County Seat Macon
Address Macon County Courthouse
101 E Washington Street
Macon, MO 63552-0096
Phone: 660.385.2913
Macon County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records 1883-1893;
County Recorder has marriage and land records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce records; Circuit Court
Division 2, has probate records[1]


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The county is named after U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837).[2]

Parent County

1837--Macon County was created 6 January 1837 from Randolph County.
County seat: Macon [3]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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.


Funeral Homes

[Greening-Eagan-Hayes Funeral Home]


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 Macon 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.





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

  • Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Moberly newspapers from the early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Macon County communities.


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.

  • 1857-1868 - Macon County Birth Index 1857-1868. Batch C515361 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1837-1883 - Macon County Marriage Books A thru D Index 1837-1883. Batch M515361 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1867-1882 - Macon County Marriage Books E and F Index 1867-1882. Batch M515362 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1881-1883 - Macon County Marriage Book 1 Index 1881-1883. Batch M515363 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1883-1885 - Macon County Marriage Book 2 Index 1883-1885. Batch M515364 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

Societies and Libraries

Historical Society

Macon County Historical Society
PO Box 304
Macon, MO 63552
Phone: (660) 395-0266
Website: http://www.maconcountyhistoricalsociety.com/index.html


Macon County Library
210 N Rutherford
Macon, MO 63552
Phone: (660) 385-3314
Email: maconlibrary @ gmail.com
Website: http://www.maconlibrary.org/

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), Macon County, Missouri. Page 402 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Nathaniel Macon", Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 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.