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{{Missouri-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Mercer_County,_Missouri|Mercer County]]''
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Guide to '''Mercer County, Missouri ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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{{Click|Image:MO_ORP.png|Missouri Online Genealogy Records}}  
  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = Mercer County  
 
| county = Mercer County  
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| state = Missouri
 
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| founded year = 1845
 
| founded year = 1845
 
| founded date = February 14
 
| founded date = February 14
| seat = Princeton  
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| seat = [[Princeton, Missouri|Princeton]]
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| building image = MissouriMercerCourthouse.jpg
| building address = Mercer County Courthouse<br>802 E Main Street<br>Princeton, MO 64673<br>Phone: 660.748.34215<br>[http://www.courtreference.com/Mercer-County-Missouri-Courts.htm '''Mercer County Website'''] }}
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| building address = Mercer County Courthouse<br>802 E Main Street<br>Princeton, MO 64673<br>Phone: 660.748.34215<br>[http://www.courtreference.com/Mercer-County-Missouri-Courts.htm '''Mercer County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Mercer County, Missouri Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 422-438. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1883
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1898
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1883
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1846
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1849
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
<br><br>County Clerk has birth&nbsp;records 1883-1894 and death records<br>1883-1891; Clerk Circuit Court has marriage,&nbsp;divorce, court<br>&nbsp;land records; Circuit Court, division 2, has probate records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, Missouri. Page 403 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<br><br>County Clerk has birth records 1883-1894 and death records 1883-1891; Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, court, land records; Circuit Court, division 2, has probate records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, Missouri. Page 403 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/702981?availability=Family%20History%20Library A brief history of Mercer County, Missouri&nbsp;: its wealth, resources, &amp;C., together with biographical sketches of many of its leading citizens]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1178059?availability=Family%20History%20Library Mercer community] Mercer centennial, 1872-1972.
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1845--'''Mercer County was created 14 February 1845&nbsp;from [[Grundy County, Missouri|Grundy]] County. '''County seat:''' Princeton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1845''' Mercer County was created 14 February 1845&nbsp;from [[Grundy County, Missouri Genealogy|Grundy]] County. '''County seat:''' Princeton <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
*See an interactive map of Mercer County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/missouri/mo-maps.html border changes] at N2Genealogy.
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For animated maps illustrating Missouri county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/missouri/ "Rotating Formation Missouri County Boundary Maps"] (1804-1889) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1898'''  Fire burned the courthouse on March 24, 1898, destroying some records.<br>
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{{Fire+}}
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Mercer, Mercer|place|disp=Mercer}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Missouri, Mercer, Princeton|place|disp=Princeton}}
  
 
*The [http://shs.umsystem.edu/index.shtml State Historical Society of Missouri] has information on [http://shs.umsystem.edu/manuscripts/ramsay/ramsay.html historical Missouri place names] for all 114 Missouri Counties.<br>
 
*The [http://shs.umsystem.edu/index.shtml State Historical Society of Missouri] has information on [http://shs.umsystem.edu/manuscripts/ramsay/ramsay.html historical Missouri place names] for all 114 Missouri Counties.<br>
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Decatur County, Iowa|Decatur County, Iowa]]  
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[[Decatur County, Iowa Genealogy|Decatur County, Iowa]] {{•}} [[Grundy County, Missouri Genealogy|Grundy]] {{•}} [[Harrison County, Missouri Genealogy|Harrison]] {{•}} [[Putnam County, Missouri Genealogy|Putnam]] {{•}} [[Sullivan County, Missouri Genealogy|Sullivan]] {{•}} [[Wayne County, Iowa Genealogy|Wayne County, Iowa]]  
*[[Grundy County, Missouri|Grundy]]  
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{{MOMercer, Missouri Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Harrison County, Missouri|Harrison]]  
 
*[[Putnam County, Missouri|Putnam]]  
 
*[[Sullivan County, Missouri|Sullivan]]  
 
*[[Wayne County, Iowa|Wayne County, Iowa]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=26&GScnty=1461&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|627125|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=26&CScnty=1461 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~momercer/mccem.html MOGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Mercer+Missouri&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Missouri&county=Mercer&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mo/mercer/mercercem.htm MOGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/missouri/mercer.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://missourigravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=65 MOGravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=20490&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=48&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/cemetery/missouri-cemetery-records-adair-to-christian.htm Missouri Cemeteries] Missouri Access Genealogy
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{MO Church Intro}}
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===== Catholic  =====
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'''Princeton'''
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*'''1871 - 1876'''  Princeton Catholic Church Baptism Index 1871-1876. Batch {{IGI|C511521}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*'''1800 - 1991''' {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{MO Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{MO History}}
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*''History of Mercer County, Missouri''. [n.p., 1911?]. Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE3741395 FamilySearch] (Free)
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*''The crime of Ira Sexton&nbsp;: containing Life history and last statements by Himself''. [S.l.&nbsp;: s.n., 1898?]. Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE994917 FamilySearch] (Free)
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*Mercer County Genealogical and Historical Society. Mercer centennial, 1872-1972. [Princeton, Missouri]&nbsp;: Mercer County Genealogical &amp; Historical Society (MO), 2002. Online at [https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1040137 FamilySearch] (Free)
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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[[Image:Momercer.jpg|right|400px|Momercer.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/missouri/ Maps of Missouri (1804-1889)]
 
*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Mercer_County Mercer County townships] (Histopolis)<br>
 
*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Mercer_County Mercer County townships] (Histopolis)<br>
  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1900 - 1941''' {{RecordSearch|2576872|Missouri, Pre-WWII Adjutant General Enlistment Contracts, 1900-1941}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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===== Civil War  =====
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'''''Online Records'''''
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*'''1861 - 1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932374|Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' {{RecordSearch|1932408|Missouri, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*{{RecordSearch|1865475|Missouri, Confederate Pension Applications and Soldiers Home Applications}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — images
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'''''Regiments'''''
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Service men in Mercer County, Missouri served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Mercer County, Missouri:<br>
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:- [[35th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)|35th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union)]], Company C<br>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company A<br>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company B<br>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company C<br>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company D<br>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company E<br>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company F<br>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company G<br>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company H<br>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company I<br>
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:- [[44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company K<br>
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:- [[4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company H<br>
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:- [[4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)|4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union)]], Company I<br>
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:- [[6th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union)|6th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union)]], Company M<br>
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:- [[7th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union)|7th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union)]], Company I<br>
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===== World War II =====
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*'''1941 - 1946''' {{RecordSearch|2392705|Missouri, Reports of Separation Notices, 1941-1946}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
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*'''1800 - 1991''' {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{MO Newspaper Abstracts|Mercer}}
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{MO Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1750 - 1988''' {{RecordSearch|2399107|Missouri Probate Records 1750-1998}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1766 - 1988''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9071 Missouri Wills and Probate Records 1766-1988] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{MO Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{MO Vital Intro}}
  
 
===== '''''Births'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Births'''''  =====
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*'''1827 - 1935''' {{RecordSearch|1680833|Missouri, Births and Christenings, 1827-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1851 - 1910''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1170 Missouri Birth Records, 1851-1910] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index/images $
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*'''1883 - 1894''' Mercer County Birth Index 1883-1894. Batches {{IGI|C515455}} and {{IGI|C515456}} at FamilySearch - free.<ref>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.</ref>
  
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Marriages'''''  =====
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*'''1750 - 1920''' {{RecordSearch|1680838|Missouri, Marriages, 1750-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1800 - 1991''' {{RecordSearch|2060668|Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1805 - 2002''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1171 Missouri, Marriage Records, 1805-2002] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] $
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*'''1844 - 1885''' - Mercer County Marriage Book A Index 1844-1885. Batch {{IGI|M515421}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
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*'''1850''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2094 Missouri Marriages to 1850] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1898 - 1932''' [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1520366?availability=Family%20History%20Library Mercer Co. Missouri index of marriage books A, G, H, I and J listed by grooms and by brides]
  
 
===== '''''Deaths'''''  =====
 
===== '''''Deaths'''''  =====
  
*Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to [http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/ Missouri Death Certificates] more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.<br>
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*'''1834 - 1910''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1172 Missouri, Death Records, 1834-1910] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index/images $
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*'''1867 - 1976''' {{RecordSearch|1680837|Missouri, Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to [http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/ Missouri Death Certificates] more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.<br>  
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*'''1883 - 1894''' Mercer County Death Index 1883-1894. Batch {{IGI|B515455}} at FamilySearch - free.</ref>
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*'''?-2008 '''[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1520365?availability=Family%20History%20Library Cemetery records of Mercer County, Missouri by cemetery and by surname]
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==== '''''Census'''''  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/1492727?availability=Family%20History%20Library Index of Mercer County, Missouri census records] 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 censues of Mercer County. Includes 1922 Atlas/Plat book Mercer Co. Mo.&nbsp;: with index of landowners.
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== Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries  ==
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[http://www.genealogyinc.com/missouri/mo-society-archive/ List of Missouri Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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Mercer County Genealogical and Historical Society<br> c/o Mercer County Library<br> 601 Grant Street<br> Princeton, MO 64673<br> Phone: 660-748-3725
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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==== Websites  ====
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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{{WA Websites Intro}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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| width="30%" | [http://mdh.deepwebaccess.com/mdh/result-list/fullRecord:mercer+county/ Missouri Digital Heritage]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| digital images of many types of records from institutions across the State
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| width="30%" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~momercer/index.html MOGenWeb]
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mo/mercer/mercer.html USGenWeb Archives]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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| width="30%" | [http://resources.rootsweb.ancestry.com/USA/MO/Mercer/ RootsWeb resources]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
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| width="30%" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/genealogy/USA/MO/Mercer/ Linkpendium]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.cyndislist.com/us/mo/counties/mercer/ CyndisList]  
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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| width="30%" | [http://www.genealogyinc.com/missouri/mercer-county// StateofUS]
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| width="10%" | Free
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| width="60%" | family history resources and government records
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| width="30%" | [http://ldsgenealogy.com/MO/Mercer-County.htm Missouri Genealogy]  
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| width="60%" | Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
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== Web Sites  ==
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| width="30%" | [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/results?count=20&placeId=203244&query=%2Bplace%3A%22United%20States%2C%20Missouri%2C%20Mercer%22 FamilySearch catalog]
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| width="30%" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Mercer+county+missouri WorldCat]
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== References  ==
 
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Latest revision as of 20:39, 23 August 2017

United States
Missouri
Mercer County

Guide to Mercer County, Missouri ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Mercer County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Mercer County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 14, 1845
County Seat Princeton
Courthouse
MissouriMercerCourthouse.jpg
Address Mercer County Courthouse
802 E Main Street
Princeton, MO 64673
Phone: 660.748.34215
Mercer County Website


County Information

Mercer County, Missouri Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1883 1898 1883 1850 1846 1849

County Courthouse



County Clerk has birth records 1883-1894 and death records 1883-1891; Clerk Circuit Court has marriage, divorce, court, land records; Circuit Court, division 2, has probate records[2]


History

Parent County

1845 Mercer County was created 14 February 1845 from Grundy County. County seat: Princeton [3]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Missouri county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Missouri County Boundary Maps" (1804-1889) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1898 Fire burned the courthouse on March 24, 1898, destroying some records.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Decatur County, Iowa  • Grundy  • Harrison  • Putnam  • Sullivan  • Wayne County, Iowa

Mercer CountyPutnam CountyAdair CountyMacon CountySullivan CountyGrundy CountyLinn CountyDaviess CountyDecatur CountyRinggold CountyWorth CountyGentry CountyWayne CountyAppanoose CountyHarrison CountyHarrison CountyDavis CountyMOMercer1.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
MOGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MOGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
MOGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information.

Church

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.

Catholic

Princeton

  • 1871 - 1876 Princeton Catholic Church Baptism Index 1871-1876. Batch C511521 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>

Court

Land

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 Mercer 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.

  • History of Mercer County, Missouri. [n.p., 1911?]. Online at FamilySearch (Free)
  • The crime of Ira Sexton : containing Life history and last statements by Himself. [S.l. : s.n., 1898?]. Online at FamilySearch (Free)
  • Mercer County Genealogical and Historical Society. Mercer centennial, 1872-1972. [Princeton, Missouri] : Mercer County Genealogical & Historical Society (MO), 2002. Online at FamilySearch (Free)

Maps

Momercer.jpg

Military

Civil War

Online Records

Regiments

Service men in Mercer County, Missouri served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Mercer County, Missouri:

- 35th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company C
- 44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C
- 44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
- 44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company E
- 44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
- 44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- 44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
- 44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
- 44th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company K
- 4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
- 4th Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
- 6th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company M
- 7th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company I
World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

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


Probate

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.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

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.

Births
Marriages
Deaths

Census

Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries


List of Missouri Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies

Mercer County Genealogical and Historical Society
c/o Mercer County Library
601 Grant Street
Princeton, MO 64673
Phone: 660-748-3725

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites



Sites with online indexes or images of records
Missouri Digital Heritage Free digital images of many types of records from institutions across the State
MOGenWeb Free Data may be submitted by individuals or complete transcriptions
USGenWeb Archives Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Sites that search for links pertaining to Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy
RootsWeb resources Free Data may be submitted by individuals or may be complete transcriptions
Linkpendium Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
CyndisList Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
StateofUS Free family history resources and government records
Missouri Genealogy Free Click links. Some sites they link to may have fees ($)
Major catalogs for hard copy collections of Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy
Books, microfilm, or manuscripts of genealogical records
FamilySearch catalog Select topics. To select towns, add a comma to the search box.
WorldCat To find nearby libraries that have specific items, see WorldCat Online Catalog.
Allen County Public Library Major genealogy resource library, located in Indiana. On home page enter "Mercer Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Mercer County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Mercer County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search
Ancestry.com Mercer County Message Board

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 422-438. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mercer County, Missouri. Page 403 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  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.