Nodaway County, Missouri Genealogy

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

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Nodaway County, Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded January 2, 1841
County Seat Maryville
Address Nodaway County Courthouse
305 N Main Street
Maryville, MO 64468-0218
Phone: 660.582.2251
Nodaway County Website

County Courthouse

Clerk Circuit Court has marriage and divorce records from 1845;
Probate Court has probate records[1]


Parent County

1841--Nodaway County was created 2 January 1843 from Andrew County. County seat: Maryville [2]

Boundary Changes

  • See an interactive map of Nodaway 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.


Delores, Ravenwood

  • 1862-1876 - Delores, Ravenwood, Baptism Index 1862-1876. Batch C515011 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1868-1885 - Delores, Ravenwood, Marriage Index 1868-1885. Batch M515011 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

St. Columban, Conception

  • 1858-1876 - St. Columban, Conception, Baptism Index 1858-1876. Batch C511861 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1860-1885 - St. Columban, Conception, Marriage Index 1860-1885. Batch M511861 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

St. Mary, Maryville

  • 1869-1876 - St. Mary, Maryville, Baptism Index 1874-1875. Batch C511871 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1870-1882 - St. Mary, Maryville, Marriage Index 1870-1882. Batch M511871 at FamilySearch - free.[3]


  • 1871-1894 - Graham Presbyterian Church Baptism Index 1871-1894. Batch C530941 at FamilySearch - free.[3]



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 Nodaway 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.

A Biographical History of Nodaway and Atchison counties, Missouri compendium of national biography (1901) is available online free from Google Books. Part I contains biographies of national celebrities. Part II (starts on p.219) contains biographies of Atchison and Nodaway county residents.




Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Nodaway 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.

  • 1845-1882 - Nodaway County Marriage Index 1845-1882. Batch M515521 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1881-1885 - Nodaway County Marriage Index 1881-1885. Batch M515522 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.
  • 1883-1893 - Nodaway County Death Index, Volume A, 1883-1893. Batch B515529 at FamilySearch - free.[3]
  • 1886-1929 - Nodaway County Death Index, Volume C, 1886-1929. Batch B515527 at FamilySearch - free.[3]

Societies and Libraries

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), Nodaway County, Missouri. Page 403 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. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Genealogical Society of Utah, Parish and Vital Records List (July 1998). Microfiche. Digital version at