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Revision as of 00:19, 15 December 2017

United States
Sullivan County

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


Sullivan County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Sullivan County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Location of Missouri in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1845
County Seat Milan
Address Sullivan County Courthouse
109 N Main Street
Milan, MO 63556
Phone: 660.265.3786
Sullivan County Website

County Information

Sullivan County, Missouri Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1835 1845 1883 1850 1845 1845

County Courthouse

Recorder Deeds has incomplete birth records 1867-1895, marriage and land records from 1845, death records 1883-1896; Clerk of the Circuit Court has divorce and court records from 1845; Probate Judge has probate records from 1845.[2]


Parent County

1843 Sullivan County was created 17 February 1843 from Linn County. County seat: Milan [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

1908 Fire destroyed the courthouse June 26, 1908.

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


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Adair  • Grundy  • Linn  • Macon  • Mercer  • Putnam

Sullivan CountyGrundy CountyHarrison CountyDaviess CountySchuyler CountyLinn CountyAdair CountyMacon CountyLivingston CountyKnox CountyShelby CountyMercer CountyVan Buren CountyDecatur CountyWayne CountyAppanoose CountyDavis CountyPutnam CountyScotland CountyMOSullivan.JPG



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
Billion Graves
See Missouri Cemeteries for more information.


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


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.



  • 1870 - 1872 Milan Catholic Church Baptism Index 1870-1872. Batch C511541 at FamilySearch - free.</ref>



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 Sullivan 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 Adair, Sullivan, Putnam and Schuyler counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present. Chicago, Illinois : Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1888.
  • Shepler, John N. The Milan standard souvenir edition. Milan, Mo. : [Milan Standard], 1895.

History Timeline

Emphasis for this timeline is on events that affected migration, records, or record-keeping. Unless otherwise mentioned, the events below were gleaned from Missouri Digital Heritage

  • 1795 - The area now known as Sullivan County was claimed by the Missouris.
  • 1836 - The first white settlers came to the county.
  • 1842 - Settlements now existed along all the streams of the northern part of the County. These settlements were grouped according to the localities of the immigrants.
  • 1845 February 14 - Sullivan County was founded.
  • 1845 May 6 - Sullivan County was divided into townships.
  • 1849 - The Chariton Land Disrtrict was established.




Civil War

Online Records


Service men in Sullivan 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 Sullivan County, Missouri:

- 18th Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company B
- 23rd Regiment, Missouri Infantry (Union), Company A
- 1st Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry (Union), Company C
- 2nd Provisional Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
- 66th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company A
- 66th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company B
- 66th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company C

- 66th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company D
- 66th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company E
- 66th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company F
- 66th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company G
- 66th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company H
- 66th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company I
- 66th Regiment, Enrolled Missouri Militia (Union), Company K

World War II

Naturalization and Citizenship


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

Online Probate Records


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.


Genealogy Societies, Archives and Libraries

Historical Society

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.


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 Sullivan 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 Sullivan 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 "Sullivan Missouri" and search catalog.
Missouri State Archives Library catalog; from this page you must search "Sullivan County"
See also local libraries and Missouri Archives and Libraries
Social networking sites pertaining to Sullivan County, Missouri Genealogy
Google+ Missouri Genealogy Network Community
Facebook list of groups from "Missouri Genealogy" search


  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), Sullivan County, Missouri. Page 406 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/f/f4/Igimissourir.pdf.