Vernon County, Missouri Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Vernon County Courthouse
100 W Cherry Street
Nevada, MO 64772
Phone: 417.448.2500

County Clerk has birth and death records 1883-1904;
Recorder of  Deeds has marriage and land records;
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court recordsc;
Probate Court has probate records; County Historical
Societ has burial records[1]


Parent County

1851--Vernon County was created 17 February 1851 from Bates County. County seat: Nevada [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

  • See an interactive map of Vernon County border changes at N2Genealogy.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




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




Local Histories



Civil War
Civil War Battles

The following Civil War Battles was fought in Vernon County

  • September 2, 1861 = Dry Wood Creek[3] also known as Big Dry Wood Creek, Battle of the Mules

Map showing Civil War battles in Missouri



Vernon County Probate Index, 1855-1963 On-line.   Index may be searched by surname of the deceased, the administrator or the heirs. Record copies may be ordered for a nominal sum. The index provides the following:
• ID
• Deceased surname
• Deceased given name
• Comment re deceased
• File type
• Date of Probate
• Administrator surname
• Administrator given name
• Heirs surname
• Heirs given name
• Relationship to Deceased
• Field 12


Vital Records


Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Vernon County, Missouri. Page 406 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August 2012)
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 15 August 2012)