Missouri Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Collection Time Period

This index covers events from 1830 through 1910.

Record Description

This index is an electronic database of information compiled from a variety of sources including the following:

  • Family Records
  • Church Records
  • Civil Registration

This index is not complete for any particular place or region.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in birth or christening index entries may include:

  • Name of the child
  • Gender
  • Names of the parents
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Christening date (if the source is a church record)
  • Family History Library Microfilm and item numbers for the source materials

Coverage Table

This collection is a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of April 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed may not have any records in this collection.

Most of these records date from the time period indicated in the columns below; however, there may be records before and after these dates. Record counts where the locality information was incomplete are included below under the country name. Because of this, you may wish to search only by state.

As this is an index of records compiled from various sources, it is strongly recommended that you verify the information in original records. Due to privacy laws not all records may be displayed.

Locality Births and Christenings, 1830-1910 Marriages, 1825-1922 Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976
Andrew 0 3,249 0
Audrain 0 0 102
Barton 234 0 305
Bates 0 1,969 0
Benton 0 2,265 0
Bollinger 0 3,969 0
Boone 1,077 0 0
Buchanan 0 0 664
Butler 2,580 2,140 103
Callaway 845 7,209 0
Cape Girardeau 733 11,509 147
Carroll 1,194 0 0
Cedar 782 0 0
Chariton 980 0 0
Clark 0 3,290 0
Clay 0 604 0
Clinton 0 0 121
Cole 981 0 0
Dallas 966 0 121
Dunklin 0 10,277 0
Franklin 331 0 0
Gasconade 985 0 0
Greene 0 2,407 0
Hickory 2,088 0 0
Howard 1,385 0 115
Howell 0 0 0
Iron 0 3,339 0
Jackson 515 1,432 0
Jefferson 0 0 277
Johnson 0 0 494
Laclede 1,085 0 0
Lafayette 977 5,712 0
Livingston 550 0 0
Macon 0 0 547
Madison 0 0 107
Maries 0 811 0
Marion 0 0 2,037
Miller 1,912 0 0
Missouri 950 0 48,277
Monroe 0 0 113
Nodaway 110 0 1,425
Osage 999 2,467 113
Pemiscot 0 1,829 0
Perry 2,849 104 986
Pettis 219 0 0
Phelps 0 2,415 0
Pike 785 0 0
Polk 1,314 0 0
Ralls 1,010 163 0
Randolph 0 0 116
Ray 431 0 0
Saline 777 0 0
St. Charles 1,537 3,576 0
St. Clair 0 2,688 0
St. Francois 1,144 15,361 2,433
St. Louis 272 71,366 0
Ste. Genevieve 0 3,729 157
Stoddard 0 4,452 0
Vernon 0 0 103
Warren 123 4,945 0
Total 32,720 173,277 24,496

How to Use the Record

Use this index to help you learn more about your ancestors. The information could help you identify family relationships and lineages as well as direct you to original records of your ancestors, which may contain additional information.

In birth or christening records, if a surname is not listed for the child, the indexer often assigns the father’s surname to the child. This surname may not be correct. So if you are looking for a birth or christening, search by the given name of the child, adding parents' names and as much locality information as is permitted.

Finding the Original Source for an Entry in This Collection

Each entry in this index has a source listed which includes a batch number. You will need to trace the batch number for the individual entry to learn its source. Please see the following wiki articles for more information on batch numbers:

If an FHL film number is given in the entry for your ancestor, search for it in the Family History Library Catalog.

Record History

For over 30 years, volunteer indexers extracted this information from microfilm copies of the original records. In 1998, a few of the entries were published on 7 CDs by the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the "North America Vital Records Index." This is an index of some birthsand christenings throughout Missouri. The index is not necessarily complete for any particular place or region.

Why This Record Was Created

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sponsored this index to help individuals find information about their ancestors.

Record Reliability

Church records and civil registration were official records and are some of the most reliable sources of information available for those who were born, married, or died in Missouri.

Related Web Sites

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Related Wiki Articles

Missouri Vital Records

Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.


Sources of Information for This Collection

"Births and Christenings, 1830-1910" database, FamilySearch. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023