Marion County, Missouri Genealogy

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

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Online Records

Marion County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded December 14, 1822
County Seat Palmyra
Address Marion County Courthouse
100 S Main Street
Palmyra, MO 63461
Phone: 573.769.2549
Marion County Website

County Courthouse


Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, court
and land records from 1827 and military discharge
records; Probate Court has probate records[1]


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The county is named after "The Swamp Fox" Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Marion (c1732-1795).[2]

Parent County

1822--Marion County was created 14 December 1822 from Ralls County. County seat: Palmyra [3]

Boundary Changes

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

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Hannibal

New Providence Presbyterian Church, Round Grove Township

  • 1834-1859 - New Providence Presbyterian Church, Round Grove Township Baptism Index 1834-1859. Batch C535261 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1835-1849 - New Providence Presbyterian Church, Round Grove Township Marriage Index 1835-1849. Batch M535261 at FamilySearch - free.[4]



Local Histories






Vital Records

  • 1849-1872 - Marion County Birth Index 1849-1872. Batch C515412 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1866 - Marion County Birth Index 1866. Batch C515411 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1883-1886 - Marion County Birth Index 1883-1886. Batch C515417 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1883-1887 - Marion County Birth Index 1883-1887. Batch C515416 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1827-1871 - Marion County Marriage Books A thru 3 Index 1827-1871. Batch M515411 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1868-1881 - Marion County Marriage Books 4 and 5 Index 1868-1881. Batch M515412 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1881-1885 - Marion County Marriage Books 6 and 7 Index 1881-1885. Batch M515413 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1887 - Marion County Death Index 1883-1887. Batch B515418 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1883-1928 - Marion County Death Index 1883-1928. Batch B515414 at FamilySearch - free.[4]
  • 1928 - Marion County Death Index 1928. Batch B515415 at FamilySearch - free.[4]

Societies and Libraries

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), Marion County, Missouri. Page 402 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. "Francis Marion," Wikipedia.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at