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{{Missouri-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Missouri|Missouri]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Ray_County,_Missouri|Ray County]]''  
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| county = ___ County
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| state = Missouri
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| founded year = 1820
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| seat = Richmond
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| building address = Ray County Courthouse<br> 100 W Main Street; <br>PO Box 536<br>Richmond, MO 64085-0536<br>Phone: 816.776.4502 <br>[http://www.raycountycourthouse.com/ '''Ray County Website'''] }}
  
 
== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records 1883-1884; <br>Recorder Deeds has marriage and land records; <br>Clerk Circuit Court&nbsp;has divorce and court recrods; <br>Probate Judge has probate records. (Records of interest <br>to genealogists obtainable from Ray County Historical<br>Society, Richmond, Missouri 64085)<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ray County, Missouri. Page 405 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*See an interactive map of Ray County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/missouri/mo-maps.html border changes] at N2Genealogy.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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*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 Missouri Counties.<br>
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Compendium Resources:
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/mo/ray/cemetery.html Cemetery Records Ray County, Missouri] Genealogy Trails
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Individual Cemeteries:
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=63586 Shotwell Cemetery, Richmond] BillionGraves
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*Sunny Slope Cemetery, Richmond
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*Woodland Cemetery, Richmond
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*Odell Cemetery (also known as Roe Baptist Church cemetery)
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Three of the cemeteries in this county, Shotwell, Sunny Slope, and Richmond, are on the north side of Highway 10 (Main Street) and are all together almost as if they were all one cemetery.
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==== Census  ====
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{{Census|Missouri}}
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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New Hope Church, near Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, was the first church of any faith to organized (1820) in this county. (Transcript of records at Primitive Baptist Library in Carthage, Illinois.)<ref>Webb, Robert. "Sharing Our Joy in Successfully Locating Books, Church Records, and Other Valuable Original Source Documents, and a Listing of Recent Gifts Received." Primitive Baptist Library website, accessed 16 Dec 2012.</ref>
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/mo/ray/chu.html "Churches of Ray county, Missouri"] Ray County Genealogical Association.
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*[http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/churches/primbap/FamHist-RayMO.html Church and Family History Assistance for Ray County, Missouri] Primative Baptist Family History website. (1847-1877 Crooked River Church records recently donated.)
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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===== Circuit Court  =====
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*Woods, Fred D. ''Name Index to the First Twenty Years of Ray County, Missouri, Circuit Court records, 1820-1840''&nbsp; [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F743100 FHL]<br>
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*The Missouri State Archives has the index (1821-1872) to the circuit court records, and Vols A-O (1821-1882) in microfilm.
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*Missouri, Ray County Circuit Court. Court Records, 1821-1882; Index to Court records, 1821-1888. [https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/show?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fcatalog-search-api%3A8080%2Fwww-catalogapi-webservice%2Fitem%2F80081 FHL]<br>
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===== County Court  =====
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The Missouri State Archives has Vol A (1820-1837) Minutes (County Clerk) on microfilm.
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===== Court of Common Pleas  =====
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The Missouri State Archives has the Common Plea Index, Vol A, 1867-1874 and the Common Pleas book, Vol A, 1867-1870 on microfilm.
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===== Justice of the Peace  =====
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Docket, 1836-1851 is available at the Missouri State Archives.
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
Google has scanned the book "History of Ray County, Mo." as the book is now in the public domain.&nbsp; It was written in 1881 and can be found at [http://books.google.com/books?id=xTwVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR4-IA8#v=onepage&q&f=false books.google.com/books] .<br>  
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*Google has scanned the book "History of Ray County, Mo." as the book is now in the public domain.&nbsp; It was written in 1881 and can be found at [http://books.google.com/books?id=xTwVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PR4-IA8#v=onepage&q&f=false books.google.com/books] .<br>
  
Also Google has the book "A History of Northwest Missouri" written in 1915, also in the public domain.&nbsp; This book has history on Ray county and neigboring counties.&nbsp; It can be found at [http://books.google.com/books?id=FWIUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA625#v=onepage&q&f=false books.google.com/books] .  
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*Also Google has the book "A History of Northwest Missouri" written in 1915, also in the public domain.&nbsp; This book has history on Ray county and neigboring counties.&nbsp; It can be found at [http://books.google.com/books?id=FWIUAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA625#v=onepage&q&f=false books.google.com/books] .
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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*Map of [http://www.histopolis.com/Place/US/MO/Ray_County Ray County townships] (Histopolis)<br>
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*The [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/ University of Missouri Digital Library] has digital copies of [http://digital.library.umsystem.edu/cgi/i/image/image-idx/cgi/i/image/image-idx?sid=7474c95ce6e68ec22a63efb27869515c;page=index;c=platic Missouri county plat books] {{nowrap|(ca. 1930)}} for all Missouri counties including Ray County. The city of St. Louis is not included in this collection.<br>
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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===== Indian Wars (Black Hawk 1832, Seminole War 1837, Osage War 1837, Mormon War, Heatherly War 1836)<br>  =====
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*Service Records
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*Pensions and Claims, 1892-1926
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''See [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Missouri_Military_Records#Indian_Wars_.281780s-1890s.29 Missouri Military Records: Indian Wars] or [http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/military.asp Military Records] (Missouri State Archives)''<br>
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===== 1846-1848 Mexican War  =====
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''Some Ray county residents served in the Santa Fe Battalion of the Missouri Mounted Volunteers. (This unit compiled its own record.)''
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*Service Records
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*Pensions and Claims, 1887-1926
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''See [https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Missouri_Military_Records#Mexican_War_.281846-1848.29 Missouri Military Records: Mexican War 1846-1848.]''
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=58&ci=5230 Chillicothe newspapers] from the late 1800's and early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Ray County communities.<br>
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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''A unique aspect of Ray county wills is that the people who legally should be referred to as executors are referred to as administrators''.<ref>Fred Woods, "Tarwater Family History / Genealogy - Daviess and Ray co. Missouri" Facebook group (closed) posting dated 29 Jul 2012 and email correspondence to Jana Stokes, July 2012. Wood is author of several Ray county genealogical books including ''Name Index to the First Twenty Years of Ray County, Missouri, Circuit Court Records, 1820-1840'' (Richmond, Missouri : Ray County, Missouri Genealogical Association, 1994).</ref>
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Ray county, Probate Court. Wills, Letters &amp; Bonds, 1821-1915. Missouri State Archives microfilm.
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Ray county, Probate Court. Bonds, Vol B, 1836-1844. Missouri State Archives Microfilm Reel Number C 5780.
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Ray county, Probate Court. Letters of Admministration, 1836-1884. Missouri State Arcives microfilm.
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Ray county, Probate Court. Inventories/appraise/sale Bill, Vol B, 1853-1863. Missouri State Archives microfilm.
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Ray county, Probate Court. Inventories,Appraisements &amp; Sale Bills, Vol D-FI, 1859-1886. Missouri State Archives microfilm
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Ray county, Probate Court. Notices &amp; Affidavits, Vol A, 1862-1877. Missouri State Archives microfilm.
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Ray county, Probate Court. Minutes, 1867-1869. Missouri State Archives microfilm.
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Ray county, Probate Court. Record of Estates, Vol 1, Allen-Zuklin. Missouri State Archives microfilm.
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Ray county, Probate Court. Record of Estates-guardians, Vol 1, Adams-Yates. Missouri State Archives microfilm.
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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*'''[1821] '''.[http://www.usgwarchives.net/mo/ray/court.htm "Ray County Assessor's List for 1821]" Ray county, Missouri USGenweb. Which cites as it's source: "Missouri Pioneer Book" Volume 2 February 1968, p. 39-41, compiled and published<br>by Miss Nadine Hodges &amp; Mrs John Vineyard &amp; Mrs Howard W. Woodruff.
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*'''[1831] '''"[http://genealogytrails.com/mo/ray/pollbooks.html Poll Book of Elections &amp; Voter Registrations"]&nbsp;Ray County Genealogical Assoication
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*Cowles, Edgar M. ''Resident taxpayers of Ray County, Mo., comprising the names and occupation of all resident taxpayers in the county, arranged alphabetically, according to post-office addresses''. (Hardin? Mo., c1894). See Library of Congress F472.R2 C87.<br>
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*Missouri State Archives has microfilmed taxation sources starting in the 1900s.<br>
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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===== '''''Births'''''  =====
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*Missouri, Ray county, County Clerk. Permanant Record of Births, Vol 1, 1883-1889 is available at the Missouri State Archives on microfilm. Reel Number C 25631.
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*Missouri, Ray county, County Clerk. Register of Births and Stillbirths, Vol 1, 1883-1890 is available at the Missouri State Archives on microfilm. Reel Number C 5754.
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*Missouri, Ray county, County Clerk. Permanent Record of Deaths, Vol 1, 1883-1889 is available at the Missouri State Archives on microfilm. Reel Number C 5754.
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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.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Wood Heights Missouri Family History Center]]
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==== Genealogical Societies  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~morcga/ Ray County Genealogical Society] homepage.&nbsp; [http://www.facebook.com/raycountymogenealogical Facebook page].
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://ray.mogenweb.org/index.htm "Ray County Genealogy: A Missouri GenWeb Project"]<br>
 
*{{FHL|Missouri%2C+Ray|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Missouri%2C+Ray|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Revision as of 02:01, 28 February 2013

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___ County, Missouri
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 16, 1820
County Seat Richmond
Courthouse
Address Ray County Courthouse
100 W Main Street;
PO Box 536
Richmond, MO 64085-0536
Phone: 816.776.4502
Ray County Website


County Courthouse



County Clerk has birth and death records 1883-1884;
Recorder Deeds has marriage and land records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court recrods;
Probate Judge has probate records. (Records of interest
to genealogists obtainable from Ray County Historical
Society, Richmond, Missouri 64085)[1]

History

Parent County

1820--Ray County was created 16 November 1820 from Howard County. County seat: Richmond [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Compendium Resources:

Individual Cemeteries:

  • Shotwell Cemetery, Richmond BillionGraves
  • Sunny Slope Cemetery, Richmond
  • Woodland Cemetery, Richmond
  • Odell Cemetery (also known as Roe Baptist Church cemetery)

Three of the cemeteries in this county, Shotwell, Sunny Slope, and Richmond, are on the north side of Highway 10 (Main Street) and are all together almost as if they were all one cemetery.

Census

For tips on accessing Ray County, Missouri Genealogy census records online, see: Missouri Census.

Church

New Hope Church, near Richmond, Ray County, Missouri, was the first church of any faith to organized (1820) in this county. (Transcript of records at Primitive Baptist Library in Carthage, Illinois.)[3]

Court

Circuit Court
  • Woods, Fred D. Name Index to the First Twenty Years of Ray County, Missouri, Circuit Court records, 1820-1840  FHL
  • The Missouri State Archives has the index (1821-1872) to the circuit court records, and Vols A-O (1821-1882) in microfilm.
  • Missouri, Ray County Circuit Court. Court Records, 1821-1882; Index to Court records, 1821-1888. FHL
County Court

The Missouri State Archives has Vol A (1820-1837) Minutes (County Clerk) on microfilm.

Court of Common Pleas

The Missouri State Archives has the Common Plea Index, Vol A, 1867-1874 and the Common Pleas book, Vol A, 1867-1870 on microfilm.

Justice of the Peace

Docket, 1836-1851 is available at the Missouri State Archives.

Land

Local Histories

  • Google has scanned the book "History of Ray County, Mo." as the book is now in the public domain.  It was written in 1881 and can be found at books.google.com/books .
  • Also Google has the book "A History of Northwest Missouri" written in 1915, also in the public domain.  This book has history on Ray county and neigboring counties.  It can be found at books.google.com/books .

Maps

Military

Indian Wars (Black Hawk 1832, Seminole War 1837, Osage War 1837, Mormon War, Heatherly War 1836)
  • Service Records
  • Pensions and Claims, 1892-1926

See Missouri Military Records: Indian Wars or Military Records (Missouri State Archives)

1846-1848 Mexican War

Some Ray county residents served in the Santa Fe Battalion of the Missouri Mounted Volunteers. (This unit compiled its own record.)

  • Service Records
  • Pensions and Claims, 1887-1926

See Missouri Military Records: Mexican War 1846-1848.

Newspapers

  • Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Chillicothe newspapers from the late 1800's and early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Ray County communities.

Probate

A unique aspect of Ray county wills is that the people who legally should be referred to as executors are referred to as administrators.[4]

Ray county, Probate Court. Wills, Letters & Bonds, 1821-1915. Missouri State Archives microfilm.

Ray county, Probate Court. Bonds, Vol B, 1836-1844. Missouri State Archives Microfilm Reel Number C 5780.

Ray county, Probate Court. Letters of Admministration, 1836-1884. Missouri State Arcives microfilm.

Ray county, Probate Court. Inventories/appraise/sale Bill, Vol B, 1853-1863. Missouri State Archives microfilm.

Ray county, Probate Court. Inventories,Appraisements & Sale Bills, Vol D-FI, 1859-1886. Missouri State Archives microfilm

Ray county, Probate Court. Notices & Affidavits, Vol A, 1862-1877. Missouri State Archives microfilm.

Ray county, Probate Court. Minutes, 1867-1869. Missouri State Archives microfilm.

Ray county, Probate Court. Record of Estates, Vol 1, Allen-Zuklin. Missouri State Archives microfilm.

Ray county, Probate Court. Record of Estates-guardians, Vol 1, Adams-Yates. Missouri State Archives microfilm.

Taxation

  • [1821] ."Ray County Assessor's List for 1821" Ray county, Missouri USGenweb. Which cites as it's source: "Missouri Pioneer Book" Volume 2 February 1968, p. 39-41, compiled and published
    by Miss Nadine Hodges & Mrs John Vineyard & Mrs Howard W. Woodruff.
  • [1831] "Poll Book of Elections & Voter Registrations" Ray County Genealogical Assoication
  • Cowles, Edgar M. Resident taxpayers of Ray County, Mo., comprising the names and occupation of all resident taxpayers in the county, arranged alphabetically, according to post-office addresses. (Hardin? Mo., c1894). See Library of Congress F472.R2 C87.
  • Missouri State Archives has microfilmed taxation sources starting in the 1900s.


Vital Records

Births
  • Missouri, Ray county, County Clerk. Permanant Record of Births, Vol 1, 1883-1889 is available at the Missouri State Archives on microfilm. Reel Number C 25631.
  • Missouri, Ray county, County Clerk. Register of Births and Stillbirths, Vol 1, 1883-1890 is available at the Missouri State Archives on microfilm. Reel Number C 5754.
Marriages
Deaths
  • Missouri, Ray county, County Clerk. Permanent Record of Deaths, Vol 1, 1883-1889 is available at the Missouri State Archives on microfilm. Reel Number C 5754.
  • Missouri State Archives provides on-line access to Missouri Death Certificates more than 50 yrs old starting in 1910.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers



Genealogical Societies

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ray County, Missouri. Page 405 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. Webb, Robert. "Sharing Our Joy in Successfully Locating Books, Church Records, and Other Valuable Original Source Documents, and a Listing of Recent Gifts Received." Primitive Baptist Library website, accessed 16 Dec 2012.
  4. Fred Woods, "Tarwater Family History / Genealogy - Daviess and Ray co. Missouri" Facebook group (closed) posting dated 29 Jul 2012 and email correspondence to Jana Stokes, July 2012. Wood is author of several Ray county genealogical books including Name Index to the First Twenty Years of Ray County, Missouri, Circuit Court Records, 1820-1840 (Richmond, Missouri : Ray County, Missouri Genealogical Association, 1994).