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*[http://www.mcdonaldcohistory.org McDonald County], Missouri County Historical Society  
*[http://www.mcdonaldcohistory.org McDonald County], Missouri County Historical Society  
*An [http://archive.org/details/illustratedhisto00stur ''Illustrated history of McDonald County, Missouri: from the earliest ...''] by J.A. Sturges (1897) can be read online.  
*An [http://archive.org/details/illustratedhisto00stur ''Illustrated history of McDonald County, Missouri: from the earliest ...''] by J.A. Sturges (1897) can be read online.  
*[http://www.librarymail.org/genehist/sturgesbookv2_2.pdf Biographies from The History of McDonald County, Missouri] (1888) published by Goodspeed can be read online.
*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/missouri-counties/mcdonald-county-missouri-genealogy-biographies.asp Biographies from The History of McDonald County, Missouri] (1888) published by Goodspeed are available free on the My Genealogy Hound website.
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Guide to McDonald County Missouri genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

McDonald County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded March 3, 1849
County Seat Pinneville
Address McDonald County Courthouse
Hwy W;
Pinneville, MO 64856-0665
Phone: 417.223.4717
McDonald County Website

County Courthouse

Recorder Deeds has marriage records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce, court and 
land records; probate Judge has probate


Parent County

1849--McDonald County was created 3 March 1849 from Newton County. County seat: Pineville. [2]

Boundary Changes

  • See an interactive map of McDonald 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.



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 McDonald 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 McDonald 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.

  • 1853-1860 - McDonald County Birth Index 1853-1860. Batch C515351 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1883-1887 - McDonald County Birth Index 1883-1887. Batch C515404 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1865-1885 - McDonald County Marriage Books A thru C Index 1865-1885. Batch M515351 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

Historical Society

McDonald County Historical Society
P. O. Box 572
Pineville, MO 64856
Phone: (417) 223-7700
Website: http://www.mcdonaldcohistory.org/


McDonald County Library
808 Bailey Road
Pineville, Missouri 64856
Phone: (417) 223-4489
Website: http://www.librarymail.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcdonaldcountylibrary

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), McDonald County, Missouri. Page 402 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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.